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JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort

5.0 of 5 Resort   |   340 Calle 3ra Buenaventura, Rio Hato, Panama (Formerly Bristol Buenaventura)
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Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in Rio Hato
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed today
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Panama City, Panama
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4 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

My wife and I stayed for a weekend in July 2014. We found the staff highly attuned to insuring the guests pleasure. The facilities were nice, but considering the resort is not too old, the maintenance was not what it should be.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

This hotel was a great place to unwind and just relax on the beach. This is a beautiful hotel that also has luxury homes on the property. The rooms are so welcoming that there was a day we just did spa treatments, drank wine on the balcony patio and ordered room service. Great place to unwind with your significant other.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We just returned from our Panamanian honeymoon at the JW Marriott and we loved every minute of our stay in Rio Hato. It was a perfect quiet, romantic getaway. We must admit though, it was a bit further than expected. With traffic the drive can take up to 2 hours and is not easy or cheap. That said, we spent... More

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Panama City, Panama
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This weekend was our first time going to the JW Marriott since it changed owners from the Bristol Hotels. Pros: The staff were extremely kind and helpful totally unlike most places in Panama. The room was clean, comfortable and pleasant. The breakfast include was good and there was a variety of things to eat. Nice beach for walking and enjoying... More

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I just spent a weekend get away from the city, and this is the perfect place to relax, just 1:30 minutes’ drive, you can enjoy this beautiful property. Friendly staff, nice and comfortable room, I have been with friends and family, and the hotel can accommodate our needs.-

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I stayed 3 nights in July after visiting the Panama Canal. It was well worth the 2 hour drive to get to this beautiful property. We were glad we hired a taxi since it ended up being a bit tricky to find. Also, it was nice to relax and enjoy the scenic drive. It is their off-season... More

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denver
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Stayed here as a family of four during the off-season. Had the large pool area almost completely to ourselves at times. Small hotel beach area was nice. Overall the property was well maintained and beautiful. There were bikes that hotel guests could use to ride from the main lobby to the pool. Would recommend this hotel.

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Frisco, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed two nights during a week in July, which is the "slow" season as it's rainy season in Panama (although we were fortunate and had two beautiful sunny days with no rain while we were there). The property was not crowded and was quiet. We checked out on a Saturday morning and noticeably guests were arriving so it did... More

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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I recently came to Panama to celebrate our wedding anniversary and we could not have made a better choice than the JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort. As we checked-in we were warmly greeted and immediately offered a cold glass of lemonade. We had a delicious lunch that included ceviche, a Cuban sandwich and hamburger and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First a little about the travelers: husband and wife, mid 30's, no children, global travelers from the northeast US. The property is absolutely fabulous! The rooms are well appointed, the pools plentiful, and the dining options sufficient. The hotel was taken over by Marriott about a year ago and was not up to JW standards initially, but has certainly come... More

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Address: 340 Calle 3ra Buenaventura, Rio Hato, Panama (Formerly Bristol Buenaventura)
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Location: Panama > Cocle Province > Rio Hato
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort 5*
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Also Known As:
Bristol Buenaventura Hotel Farallon
Bristol Bueneventura Santa Clara
JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort Rio Hato

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Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Set on the Pacific coast of Panama, Bristol Buenaventura is a luxury oceanfront destination resort and a member of Leading Hotels of the World. The resort sits on 1,000 acres of natural splendor, nestled between rivers, lakes, lush vegetation, and pristine beaches. Blending old world glamour and tropical elegance, the resort is reminiscent of a Spanish hacienda. ... more   less 
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