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The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort Panama, Autograph Collection

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340 Calle 3ra Buenaventura, Riviera Pacifica, Rio Hato Panama
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 08/18/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#1 of 7 hotels in Rio Hato
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2020 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
Set on the Pacific coast of Panama in Rio Hato, The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort Panama, Autograph Collection is a luxury boutique resort in Riviera Pacifica, Panama situated 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 with views of the Pacific Ocean is reminiscent of a Spanish hacienda.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Beach
Bicycle rental
Babysitting
Parking
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Sauna
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Golf course
Tennis court
Fishing
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Car hire
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Massage
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Additional bathroom
Desk
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Telephone
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Family rooms
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English, Spanish
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Jack S wrote a review Feb 20
Panama City, Panama19 contributions26 helpful votes
We've been to this hotel several times before. They have a promotion after being closed for several months due to Panama's harsh and bizarre quarantine laws that practically killed the tourist season. Room's Director, Ricardo Diaz is a gem of a person. Took care to reply by Whatsapp and arranged 3 premier rooms due to my Bonvoy Status. We felt privileged there. The hotel was seeing its first full house of the year due to Carnival week, but all the staff was working to make sure service was prompt. Our breakfast was included but it is not a top-quality breakfast to command a price of $28. It was rather basic. Don't remember if it was better before Covid but needs improving. Tai Kai was excellent and the outdoor seating area was very pleasant this time of year. Beach area drinks and snacks were brought promptly and were Ok. The spa was offering limited service and they made me keep my mask on during the massage. I was allowed to use the wet areas alone for a half-hour after the massage. They loan bicycles for guests but I think they only had 2 working bikes and every time we tried to get 2 together, there was only 1 available, and my wife rode by herself. The rooms show signs of aging but all things worked well in our rooms. I saw some nearby rooms with technicians repairing the air conditioners. The hotel should get a renovation next year because it is a rather small hotel with 118 rooms and it could be upgraded to be the undisputed best in Panama. The staff is well trained and work hard to give good service. I recommend staying in this resort during Panama's dry season from late December to mid-April.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Karla wrote a review Oct 2020
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It is very embarrassing to see a hotel of the height of Marriott as it has deteriorated. I do not recommend for a long time to stay here. For breakfast I waited an hour or more for my order and by the way it got wrong. I have a service dog and they didn't allow us to eat in the salon we hace to eat out side because of the dog. That is what they are for service or company, they cannot deny you entry that is discrimination. I hope they train the staff to give better service, in the 6 years that I have been coming, I have never been so badly attended.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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KMestre wrote a review Mar 2020
Miami, Florida446 contributions89 helpful votes
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Overall we had a wonderful stay! We checked in through the Marriott app the day before we arrived. To my surprise I received a text at 11 AM while still in Miami that my room was ready! Buenaventura is a 2 hour drive from Panama City but it was an easy drive. It was more convenient and cheaper to rent a car so we did. We arrived at about 11PM and the front desk agent was really pleasant and took our bags up to our room promptly after check-in. Luckily breakfast was included in our rate so we ate from the breakfast buffet three times. The selection was always the same but adequate (omelet station, pastries, assortment of bread, fruit, cheese, ham , local frituras, cereal, yogurt, etc.). The hotel and it’s grounds were beautiful! It was all open and despite being the summer is was surprisingly really breezy! The pools were refreshing and really nice. We actually preferred the pool closest to our hotel rather then the one at el Faro because it was empty...despite the hotel bien go sold out we always had the hotel pool and Cabanas to ourselves because guests always wanted to be at the Pool/beach location which was about a 10 minute walk from the hotel rooms (houses were closer to el Faro). Pool bar had a great variety of drinks and food and surpassingly was really cheap compared to other similar Marriott pool bars. Internet was as good as expected although my room was very close to the lobby in #140 so maybe that is why but even at the pool it was good enough for browsing the internet. Rooms and bathrooms were spacious, clean and beds were very comfortable! The balcony view looking out to the resort was nice although we were right above the restaurant and had some bachelor party group that was loud until about 1AM the day we checked in which was kind of annoying but all other nights it was quiet. The one thing I didn’t like about the room was the humidity smell that hits you when you walk in. After a while you get used to it so it was tolerable. Shuttle service around the Buenaventura grounds was awesome!! We were there for a wedding and the shuttle service operated until 2PM taking us to and from hotel to Martini Beach. We also used the shuttle to take us to Punta Arenas Beach Club which is another huge pool with beach access in Buenaventura. It isn’t a part of the hotel but hotel guests (and residents of Buenaventura) do have access to it. Valet parking is free but you won’t use your car much when on site.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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The Alons wrote a review Feb 2020
Cresskill, New Jersey16 contributions11 helpful votes
This is our third trip to Panama. Each time we explored different resorts (see some of my previous reviews). This is by far the best resort experience we had in Panama! Yes you will have to dig a bit deeper in your wallet to stay here but it’s definitely worth it. The resort is very well maintained and service was superb. This is not an all inclusive resort, recommend to get the breakfast included as the selection is good and quality of food is excellent. They’re are several restaurant options for lunch and dinner that are reasonably priced (not top notch but better than standard hotel food). There are several pool areas and the way seating is arranged you almost have a private pool. Even on the weekend the resort and pool area were not packed so pliantly of privacy and tranquility. The rooms are well maintained and include a large bath and large shower ( we had an ocean facing room). We stayed with our child who also enjoyed the kids club. This is a relatively quite resort so not much parties or nightlife (was perfect for us). Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Seve46 wrote a review Feb 2020
Alberta, Canada18 contributions11 helpful votes
This resort is fantastic. The food, service, facilities and especially the people are great. Golf course is immaculate and a great challenge. Big shout out to Andre’s, Juan Carlos, and Miguel and their staff... you made our stay! Service a front desk great as well. Only two complaints ... no shuttle to the golf course early in the am but the 10 minute walk was a good warm up. Bed needs to be replaced ... broken down ... have a bad back and made the nights long. Other than that our stay was great.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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PRICE RANGE
$177 - $531 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
bristol buenaventura hotel farallon, bristol bueneventura santa clara
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort
LOCATION
PanamaCocle ProvinceRio Hato
NUMBER OF ROOMS
118
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort Panama, Autograph Collection
Which popular attractions are close to The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort Panama, Autograph Collection?
Nearby attractions include Playa Santa Clara (5.0 miles) and Palmer Beach (3.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort Panama, Autograph Collection?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free wifi, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort Panama, Autograph Collection?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort Panama, Autograph Collection?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort Panama, Autograph Collection?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort Panama, Autograph Collection?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Fogata, Pipa's Beach Bar & Restaurant, and Rancho del Mar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort Panama, Autograph Collection?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort Panama, Autograph Collection have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort Panama, Autograph Collection offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort Panama, Autograph Collection?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort Panama, Autograph Collection?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort Panama, Autograph Collection offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.