We stayed with a group of friends for 5 nights for Christmas in two standard rooms.
The provide both stays with lodging and daily passes, so some days the resort was totally full (weekends, holidays) and some days almost empty (weekdays). The daily passes guests are quite noisy and not vey polite.
The room decor was really basic, lack some maintenance (wall painture old, humidity smell, old bath towels). Very basic and small drawers and closets. The main problem was the WC that didn't stopped charging water. They tried to fix it, but we passed 2 nights with this quite annoying noise that really disturbed our sleep. They came to fix it every time we called, but seemed unable to solve the problem permanently. Expect a limited choice of international tv channels (no CNN, no Fox, no Europen TV).
Wifi as an extra at 6 US$ per day and mostly works only in the recepcion hall area. No business center, so bring your own printer if you need to work during your stay.
The food is totally caribbean style, abundant but of medium/low quality, quite greasy. Most in our groups had stomach problems during the stay. The morning/afternoon open snack is limited to a disgusting frozen/heated pizza, chicken nuggets that may resembre the McDonalds ones to gourmet and rare cooked french fries. They seem to aim more to quantity than to quality overall.
The "supposed" and only gourmet restaurant "El Velero" (only by reservation) has beautiful sea views and nice decor, but the menu is a ridicoulous intent to provide Thai/Asian cuisine. Expect to wait 45 minutes for your main course there, even if the restaurant is empty.
The animation is provided by a group od 12 young guys and girls, amusing but with limited resources. The adult show is 9.15 pm to 11.00 pm, previously is all concentrated in kids and families. If you are a honeymoon couple or searching for tranquillity, this is definitely not your place. All day long playing maximum volume salsa and merengue rythms in the pool/bar/restaurant area. Fun for a while, but not if you want to read a book or just sleep after lunch.
The night disco basically plays only latin rythms, so be prepared to have a couple of wekks of lessons prior to your arrival if you want to dance.
The beach is not particularly attractive, white sand but very few maintenance and cleaning, the water is ocean style deep green, not very clear. Jellyfish at times, most times...
Overall, the resort doesn't seem to be aimed to an international public, rather a local one less pretentious and of quite simple tastes.
Honestly, I cannot recommend it and certainly won't get back
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- Also Known As:
- Playa Blanca Hotel Farallon
- Playa Blanca Hotel And Resort
- Hotel Playa Blanca Panama
- Playa Blanca Resort Panama
- Playa Blanca Panama City
- Blanca Panama Playa
- Playa Blanca Hotel & Resort Panama/Farallon