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“Sun Sun Sun” 4 of 5 stars
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Royal Decameron Beach Resort, Golf & Casino
3.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Avenida principal Farallon, Km.115, Farallon, Panama   |  
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Illinois
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“Sun Sun Sun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Just returned from Panama and the Royal Decameron... Very pleased with the resort... We traveled with another couple so there was 4 of us (we booked with Apple Vacations great way to go they took care of transfers,and everything went like clock work) We was in building 12 ground floor great location close to pool and bar and buffet..3 days into the vacation our friends had to be moved at the resorts request because aircondition was not working they ended up in building 30 and 3rd floor still very nice location.. a few helpful hints: bring your insulated cups for drinks everyone does, also your own wash cloth as they do not have.. The only down side was the steps so bring you walking shoes no elevators... From ground floor to Lobby 1 there is 67 stair steps there are NO elevators... shows was good.. Andrean in activies is Awesome, Davon bartender great also...We booked 3 nights in Panama City before going to resort since the distance was so far this was a very good idea. Beach was good but sand was so hot we stayed most of the time at the pool. Get involved with the activites you will have a very good time... Weather was great >>>>

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Edmonton, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

We just got back early this morning after spending one week. So glad to be home. We did 5 days at the Resort and 2 days in Panama City (which we are so glad we did). The resort is definitely beautiful, however, the ocean water's were very murky. We really wanted to do some snorkeling but they had the RED flags out pretty much the whole time we were there because of the jellyfish :-(.

Our room was good....we stayed in the 4900 block. The A/C was perfectly set, the rooms we not overly clean, but ok. If you wanted anything extra just leave a tip on the bed. It is very quiet back there so if you didn't want all the noise this is the prefect place to stay. There is a lot of walking and stairs so be prepared, however, they do have vans that will come and pick you up and bring you where you need to go. We only used this service once....on check out day....which brought us to Lobby 1.

The weather was very hot....which was great!!! :-) Temp average +33

NEGATIVES:

1. Food - was absolutely horrible. I do not understand the people that are saying the food was good....where did they eat, must have been somewhere off the resort. We found the food to be tasteless, bland, repetitious, not very fresh, the fruit was sad (not very good).....If you have no taste buds than the food would be fine for you. The A la Carte....well, we only ate at one (that was enough for us), we went to the Italian cuisine....we ordered the Lasagna....thinking this should be good....NOT....the first bite tasted like a salt shaker....absolutely gross.....so disappointing.....:-(

2. This resort seems to be more appealing to the more maturer crowd (if you know what I mean)....I am in my early forties and I felt very young.

3. THE FRENCH....do I need to say anymore. Well for those of you that do not know what I am talking about.....these people from "Montreal"...anywhere in "Quebec".....are very, very, very RUDE....and I mean RUDE......I am so embarrassed that they are considered Canadian's....because the other Canadian Province's do not behave like these people do.

4. DRINKS....were definitely watered down.......we had to purchase beverages from the stores in Lobby 1, 2 & 3......beers and vodka drinks...... this was the only time we felt a buzz. You may get the odd bartender that would actually make you a good drink.....but it was sad being at an all inclusive resort and you had to purchase your alcohol.....:-(

5. Nolitours rep's were very disorganized....they would tell you one thing....and another Rep would tell you something totally different..we felt very lost at times on what we were supposed to do....when we went to Cancun, the Nolitours Rep's were way better......we didn't feel lost at all....we always knew what to do......

6. Learn SPANISH....we found it hard to communicate here....just learn simple spanish words to get you by....

POSITIVE is when we went to Panama City....we stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel....very beautiful hotel......and the food was absolutely amazing......it was 500% times better than at the resort. Everything was fresh....had taste.....variety (many, many, many choices).....I think I may have gained a couple pounds here.....(lost weight at the resort....not kidding....it was awful.) The desserts were delicious....many choices......at the resort....they actually put fruit loops on top of a so called cheese cake for decoration.....yuk......Drinks....well we definitely felt the alcohol....there was nothing water downed here.....not like at the resort.....Lots to do here.....definitely will not get bored....like others have mentioned in their review......Check out the Hard Rock Hotel's website.....you will see for yourself.....

If we were to go back to Panama.....would definitely do the City again....not the resort.

Room Tip: Get the newer rooms....apparently the have the newer A/C......4000 block and up.....plus it's qu...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Russell, Manitoba, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

I just got back from a weeks stay with one of my girlfriends and 4 other couples. We had an awesome time! The resort is HUGE but that just means you can eat a little more at the buffet to keep your energy up ;) Buffets were ok. A la Carte's were awesome - the Thai a la carte and Cayuco (where the snack bar is) were the best! We were in Block 20 room 10 - no complaints! The AC was set at 21.5 C which was nice after a HOT day in the sun! Two other couples we were travelling with were in Block 24 and thier AC was set at 27-29 - you can't adjust the AC - so I guess just hope you get a good one! Plenty of pools - no lack of water! Beach is nice - it is SO hot to walk on. We say one stingray bite happen and there was red flags up a couple days but just use your discretion when swimming in the ocean.
Instead of taking the large bus on the day trip to the city and to Anton Valley we booked a driver, an english speaking guide and a 13-seater van and went on our way! If you are travelling with a big group I highly suggest seeing the sights this way as you can do what you want and take as long as you want. You must go see the Panama Canal. And Anton Valley was beautiful! We heard some not-so-good reviews about the zoo.. but it is Panama, not Calgary. It's a good day trip! Head to Ty's in Anton Valley for a bucket of beer and a picture with Mona the Monkey! If you get a chance, talk to the owners, they are pretty awesome people.
My only complaint about the resort would be that there is nothing to do at night besides the entertainment and then the disco - so nights can get a little boring a few days in. As for the long drive to the resort (2-3 hrs depending on traffic) - you know it's coming - so sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery!

Room Tip: Rooms at the south end of site tend to be quieter. Block 40 and up are newer rooms but we were in B...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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regina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

This place is huge with lots of bars and places to eat.
The al la carts were all very good but the buffets were just average at best, the entertainment at night was really good as far as resorts go and the bars had pretty good service, everyone seemed really friendly.
The rooms are really clean but kinda out dated in the building we were in, we had no problem with the maid giving us all the towels and water we needed.
The bad thing about the resort is they nickel and dime you to death, extra for a key, safe, fridge, internet. I would prefer to pay all that in the initial price and not be bothered but all in all not a bad resort for the price.
Panama is very hot and humid so climbing all those stairs and all the walking around makes you very tired by night time so never really checked out the disco but looked like a lot of fun. I would go back and stay if there was a good deal on packages.
There are lots of pools which is real nice and the grounds are tropical and very well cared for and the golf course is also very nice.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Just returned from a week at this resort - aside from the long bus trip from PTY to the resort - we had a very good time. Please if you decide to go there - there are a LOT OF STAIRS, and the resort is huge. We saw a lot of poeple who where having difficulty so be aware...
The Bad - bus trip - 2014 a new airport will open about 10 min away from the resort. The check in went fast but there was np help finding your room - very large resort, night, we had some difficulty finding the room - That is about all of the negatives. You are in a Central American country that speaks spanish so Learn more that to order a couple of beers before you go.
The best was the beach - about 2km in length, clean, lots of places to but your but down, lots of bars. Lots of resturants to choose from. Al al carte where OK - Kontiki being the best we found - The sushi resturant be the poorest ( we only heard form other people). The staff was helpful, LEARN SOME SPANISH, front staff spoke English- but that was about it. Buffets (3 large) where good - ate breakfast and lunches there. Grounds where well maintained.
Two tips - don't take Canadian $ - the exchange was .65c - and as I said LEARN SOME SPANISH....
I will go back but ot until th new airport is open...

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Darien, Illinois
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

First of all, let me start by saying that this resort is advertised to be like 90 minutes from the airport but when we arrive to the airport at 2:30pm, we didn't make it to the resort until 8pm. Due to traffice, it made the drive much longer. On the way back to the airport, we left the resort at 4am and it was still a 2 hour drive with no traffic so that 90 minutes is completely false. They are building an airport next to the resort so that should make travel much easier when completed. The resort itself is absolutely massive! It can probably hold 3000-4000 people when it is completely full. They did have multiple resturants though and the food was pretty good; the resort has 7 specialty dinner restaurants which are pretty good as well. The beach itself isn't what I was expecting. The water was fairly murky. The pools on the other hand were really nice. Most of everything was done there was in Spanish, which became an issue for us since we don't speak Spanish. It's not their fault since we are in a Spanish speaking country, but it was just a hassle for us. I doubt we will ever visit this resort again.

Room Tip: If you have trouble walkingn up and down steep hils, you will need to request a room that is at the...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sudbury, Canada
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Just spent a week's vacation in Panama with the guys (plus 1 wife). Golf "package" was pretty well free and was only charged $13.75 each for a cart! Course was very scenic, challenging and much better than we expected. Golf course rooms, by the green, were basic, and the food was not fancy, but the price was right. Large resort with plenty of pools, bars etc and a nice beach. Weather was great. Very hot but a nice, steady breeze helped. The bus ride from and to the airport, especially on the way home, was long (2.5 hours) and very tiring, but a new airport is being built very near the resort in 2014. This will attract more resorts and travellers so hopefully, the price won't go up much? We will be back.

Room Tip: For golfers, try and book rooms together and, closer to the resort than far out on the far end of th...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Avenida principal Farallon, Km.115, Farallon, Panama
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Location: Panama > Cocle Province > Farallon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Farallon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Decameron Beach Resort, Golf & Casino 3*
Number of rooms: 1170
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Royal Decameron Golf, Beach Resort & Villas Panama is an all inclusive hotel located about 2 kilometers of white sandy beach in Farallon, Panama. The hotel is located on the Pacific coast, close to many tourist attractions. Also, the city of Panama and the Tocumen International Airport (PTY) are located 120 miles away. The Royal Decameron in Panama hotel offers 852 guestrooms in low-rise buildings and 370 rooms Villas. Each room is equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, closet, safe (local charge), direct dial telephone (with deposit cash at the reception) and a private bathroom with shower and hair dryer. Also have a minibar as part of the all inclusive plan and the villas are located on the golf course. Royal Decameron Golf, Beach Resort & Villas Panama offers eight pools for adults three wading pools, three hot tubs, a casino, a golf course with 18 holes and a full spa. This beach hotel also offers a variety of organized activities on land and water for the whole family, and two convention centers for business travelers. The Royal Decameron Golf, Beach Resort has 11 bars, a nightclub and 10 restaurants ranging from traditional to the more exotic. ... more   less 
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