Hotel Riu Playa Blanca is located on the shore of the Cocle beach in Panama.  Its exclusive service and complete facilities offer a variety of activities, sports and entertainment to all clients, making each stay a wonderful vacation with family and friends.

In the hotel you will find different buffet and thematic restaurants to taste delicious Panamanian gastronomy, a refreshing swimming-pool and one gym in order to maintain the rhythm during your vacation. Throughout the day you will be able to join different activities with our team. You will be able to dance, to sing, do some aqua gym, volleyball… and the children will find Riuland. At night you will enjoy the shows, live music, and the discotheque; or perhaps just enjoying a cocktail under the moonlight.  Come to Coclé Beach and enjoy relaxing days in Hotel Riu Playa Blanca.


Scarlett Martinez International Airport : 5 miles
Tocumen International Airport (PTY) : 93 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 2014
Floors: 7
Room: 573


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Hotel Advisories

Advisory Student Groups/Spring Breakers (either groups or individuals, regardless of age) are not allowed at any time during the year. Guests disturbing or generating complaints from other guests or hotel may be removed from the property, at their own expense. Parties in rooms are not permitted.

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:
Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds. 

Convention Policy - Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policy - Student Groups/Spring Breakers (either groups or individuals, regardless of age) are not allowed at any time during the year. Guests disturbing or generating complaints from other guests or hotel may be removed from the property, at their own expense. Parties in rooms are not permitted.EFFECTIVE FROM 03/30/21

Minimum Age Condition: At least one person 21 years or older is required in every room during March and April. The Hotel reserves the right of admission and may request guests show passport or official ID to prove age. During the remainder of the year, at least one person 18 or older is required in every room. Guests can and will be removed from the property at their own expense in case of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff.

Transfer Policy - A price may display when children stay free, if your vacation includes transfer to your hotel.

General Information - Room taxes and service fees are included in vacation price.  Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.  Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.
Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0 4097 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating

    Our group of 8 just returned from the Riu Playa Blanca last week and it was spectacular. The beach is amazing, the black lava sand makes it magical, and also very hot (since its so close to the equator) so make sure you bring beach shoes. You can walk 2.5 kilometers one way on the beach and about half a kilometer in the other direction, its perfect for nice walks. The resort is spotless, someone is always cleaning everywhere you go. The food is incredible, and plenty of choices. The bartenders go out of their way to make sure you have your drink exactly as you like it. The ocean is warm and you can walk right out into the water, but the Pacific ocean has to be respected, the rip tides can get a little aggressive. The rooms are spacious and housekeeping is right no top of anything you need. We did have an issue getting coffee in our rooms every day, so we just called the front desk and they brought it right up. At times the resort got pretty busy and you could see some of the management staff jump in and help, to me, this shows how much they care about the travelers that are there and it was really nice to see. We will defiantly be going back again next year.

    Feb 01, 2023
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Fun in the sun

    Hotel and rooms were wonderful and clean. Could improve restaurants (Asian and Buffet were excellent) Could improve entertainment in evening. Pool parties and exercises were great. Overall an excellent stay

    Feb 01, 2023
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Difficult to REACH the hotel but was nice

    First time in Panama, my husband and I reserved this hotel but we never thought about how to get there from Panama City. I contacted TAMARA +50763242898 recommended by a friend of us who was in Panama last year. She was so kind and arranged a transportation just for us from our hotel in Panama city. When we get the Riu Hotel was nice, good food and friendly staff. What we loved the most was the pasta and the coctails at the pool. But we wanted to know the area around so we talked to Tamara who organized 2 unforgettable visits: Anton Valley with nice hiking and montains and the YAYAS waterfall. That way we could enjoy the hotel and also, see other places around. I am dominican but my husband just speaks English, but, no problem at all, the driver David, spoke English all the way and was really nice to us. If you go to this hotel, be aware that you need transportation from the capital and you need to find your own activities. However, if you want just to enjoy the resort is 100% recommended.

    Jan 28, 2023
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Panama Riu Playa Blanca;)!

    3rd time at this resort in Playa Blanca at the Riu!:) We really love it here! The hotel is very well maintained, the food selection is really good, & the staff make it that more Special!:) Rosa in the buffet, Jose and his brother Donny at the bars, Luisana Dirección Hotel Riu Playa Blanca.. What an amazing team!We keep coming back year after year because of all this.:)January, February & March are the months we prefer.:) always sunny and Hot!I only mentioned a few names.. but ALL the staff were amazing.The airport is only 10-15 minutes away from the hotel.. there is nothing at the airport unfortunately.. so a piece of advice bring 1 or 2 tupperware to pack a small meal for your flight.. because.. the sunwing flight we were on did not serve any meals for a 6 hr flight:(! Also.. the beach sand is VERY HOT.. so bring some beach shoes to walk into and out of the ocean:) All in All.. it was a perfect stay:)! Enjoy

    Jan 23, 2023
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    A good 3 star resort - DO NOT RIDE HORSES on the beach!

    This was a 4 night trip with a big group of friends. We flew into Rio Hato airport and it was very quick ride to hotel. We had done online check in but line to get keys was still a bit long. We had ocean view room on second floor. It was view of pool and ocean in distance. The room was clean but run down. Hotel is very dated and run down in general but it appeared to be clean. Grounds are beautiful and well kept. Beach was big with lots of palm trees. Note that this beach is on the Pacific Ocean so don’t come here expecting turquoise water and white sand. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT RIDE THE HORSES ON THE BEACH!!!! It’s obvious these animals are being exploited and are in very bad shape. People paying to ride them is the reason they bring them to the beach everyday. If people stopped paying to ride them they would stop exploiting them at the beach. So it’s the people who ride them that are causing this cruelty :( the horses also poop all over the beach. Food was ok - I am vegan and eating rice,beans, guacamole and veggies was fine for the 4 days. If you ask in advance they can make vegan lasagna at Italian restaurant. The Asian restaurant had veggie rolls and veggie stir fry. Overall we had a good vacation because of the group we were with and the hotel staff are kind and work so hard. Please tip them if you can. The resort was good for our group trip as we just wanted to party and drink. I would not recommend it for a quiet romantic vacation.

    Jan 23, 2023
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