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  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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With a stay at RIU Plaza Panama, you’ll be centrally located in Bella Vista, walking distance from National Shrine of the Heart of Mary and close to Via Espana. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Megapolis Convention Center and Iglesia del Carmen.


Make yourself at home in one of the 644 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while iPod docking stations and satellite programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature deep soaking bathtubs and rainfall showerheads. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities

Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy body treatments and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.

Food & Drink

Enjoy a meal at one of the hotel’s dining establishments, which include 3 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access 24-hour room service. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar. Buffet breakfasts are available for a fee.

Business & Travel Amenities

Featured amenities include a business center, a 24-hour front desk, and luggage storage. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference space and meeting rooms.

How to Get There

RIU Plaza Panama
Calle 50, Urb. Marbella
Panama City, Panama


4.0 Very Good 3218 Reviews
Pleasant staying
Reviewed 3 days ago

Amazing service, friendly staff. The food was good and there was gluten free options in all the meals.
The hotel is right in the center of the city what made it easy to tour around, shop and sightseeing.
I am really impressed with the high level service the hotel provided.

Consistent performer.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always stay at the RIU when in Panama, well positioned great breakfast and moderate priced buffet dinner. The small gift shop is the highlight for me and prices as good or better than found after hours of trapsing around Mega Malls.

Go For The Pool and The Breakfast
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed 5 nights in a wonderful room high up with a view all the way to the ships lining up to go through the canal. Great bed for peaceful sleeps. The bath was always with hot water and strong water force.
The thing that annoyed me was the small screen TV that didn't seem to be HD and was placed in front of the bed, far from the sitting area. The clock-radio didn't seem to work so a technician came and just took it away, never to be seen again.
Upon booking there are 2 rates, non-refundable and, for more money, a refundable rate. Be warned that once you have checked in, you are bound to stay the full amount of days reserved or pay $180 to leave early regardless of paying a refundable rate.. This I was told at reception so I endured the TV and lack of clock-radio.
The good parts of my stay were the enormous buffet breakfast included with the stay that had hundreds of choices, no exaggeration!. The large long swimming pool and area around it for lounging was a plus too. In the evenings the area was set up for dining. There was a lounge for upper room level guests where very pleasant personnel answered questions and made tour recommendations. The lounge also had a complimentary variety of drinks including white wine, small desserts, breads and meats throughout the day.
I also took advantage of the lobby bar for happy hour with food.
The location of the hotel was perfect for accessing other restaurants and businesses.
Riu is a fine hotel chain and I would certainly use it again.

Magnificent Hotel/Breathtaking Views
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my first time at Hotel Riu Plaza Panamá and the room I got had a beautiful view of part of city. It’s location is very centric to lots of bistros, restaurants, shopping centers, the Panama Bay for a nice stroll and plus more. The hotel staff are second to none, starting with Barbara at the registration counter with her pleasant and welcoming personality, Juan the bellboy with his great smile helps you with your luggage to your room, Celia the housekeeper that always strive to keep your room spotless and with freshly clean linen; at the Restaurant Art-Prisma, the staff always welcome you with a smile during each meals and Henry, Hipólito, Luz, and Brian, are always attentive to make sure your needs and wants are met. The food is more than excellent, I have no words to described how superb the food is at Hotel Riu Plaza Panama. Eduardo, the chef, greats you daily and his gastronomy is out of this world, you can find from Spaniard to Asian, Italian, Mexican, Panamanian and more as part of the variety of dishes served on specific days of the week. The restaurant ambience is always welcoming and gives you a home feeling. Daisy, one of the cooks can make you any eggs made to order with a smile on her face, Yessenia, will make you any freshly fruit smoothie to start your mornings. If you want to rejuvenate yourself, take a SPA treatment at Renova in the hotel, Yuri, will give you from a deep facial to a full body exfoliating and massage treatment. I’ve traveled to many places in the world and stayed at many hotels but, this hotel has been Superb. No regrets if you choose Hotel Riu Plaza Panamá when traveling to Panama City, Panama.

Good located hotel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hotel is nice & showing good atmosphere in the lobby for a Latin American hotel. The coffee in the lobby (opposite of reception) is quiet good, so don’t need to walk next door to Starbucks. The rooms are nice furnished & big & have everything on need. The staff is friendly & helpful. They have a pool where you can swim your lanes(long enough). As well they have a pool bar and during my stay on weekend they playing music which brings people there in good mood.
The spa area looking fine and at last after a steam(separate )you can relax with your partner in an relaxing area, which is not often the case in hotels.
300 m opposite of the hotel there is a Mall where you can find Louis Vuitton, Prada and some more shops(small Mall). But if you’re looking for Gucci, Versace, Roberto Coin, Dolce & Gabbana etc. this shops you’ll find in Multiplaza(big Mall), which you can reach by walk in about 15-20min from the hotel.