I was not familiar with Riu Hotels, but took a suggestion from a business contact I was meeting in Panama City. It was across the street from his office in the Banking District. The hotel is something like 34 floors and only a year or two old. Service was fast checking in, and they are used to having a lot of people checking in and out throughout the day. Before I booked it, I read some negative reviews about service and an odor. I cannot agree with those assessments. It as fine. This is a business hotel with lots of conferences for the region, but I saw quite a few couples and families. The included breakfast buffet is first class. Take a little time and do not rush, because this is a very nice treat. I only went to the restaurant by the pool for dinner one night and snacks during the one day I had off. There was another fine dinning restaurant, but the prices scared me a bit, and that is not what I was looking for at the time. Prices were what you would expect from a upscale hotel in a business center, and the service was friendly and good. The room was modern and fully equipped for internet access. I had a problem with the reading lamps by the bed, and maintenance was available in a reasonable time to address the issues. I went to the spa once which is run by a different company on contact. The attendants were both pleasant and proficient. The concierge desk was helpful and friendly. Overall, it was a positive experience. One thing I did think was a negative was the prices from transportation from the hotel. The taxis were always more than they should be. Walking 100 feet away would allow you to get a taxi for about 50% of the price. Other than that and a formal feel to the lobby area, it was a pleasant stay. I would stay at this hotel or another in the Riu chain without hesitation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Riu Plaza Panama is located in the heart of the banking and business district of Panama City and very close to most attractive entertainment and shopping centers. Only 250m from the luxurious "Soho Mall" Panama and Tocumen International Airport (PTY) is approx. 21 km away. It is ideal for both leisure and business travel. The 644 modern designed and lovingly decorated rooms with free Wi-Fi offer maximum comfort and relaxation and in our 23 stylish and modern conference rooms you can successfully organize your events, meetings. Relax at the Renova Spa or get in shape in the gym. 1 outdoor pool. For lovers of gastronomy, we offer a live cooking station at our buffet restaurant, an á la carte restaurant, as well as 2 bars. Crown Level Executive lounge service free for guests staying in Executive rooms and Suites as well as hotel guests holding RIU Class Gold and RIU Class Diamond cards. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Riu Plaza Panama Panama City