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Reviewed August 15, 2018

Overall, a nice resort hotel with various swimming pools and other amenities. The staff is quite friendly, although sometimes not as attentive as you might find in a Cancun/Riveria Maya resort location.

I went to the property (August 2018) for a meeting--about 80 attendees. We utilized the conference rooms, had some catered dinners, etc. This is the rainy season, but there really was not that much rain--just some overcast skies on some days. The resort is not crowded at this time of year--in fact, the swim up bar a the pool was closed--likely because there were just not that many people at the pool. I did appreciate the attentive service of "Kenneth" one of the wait staff who really hustled during my stay.

I stayed a few days after the meeting (with my wife) and would agree with other reviews--it is a bit remote. If you wish to go into Panama City or see the canal, etc. you need to budget at least 30 minutes travel time--the traffic is tough! The hotel has a shuttle bus that runs to the Algood mall (a very large mall), but it only makes two trips a day--leaving the hotel at 10AM, returning to the mall at 4PM for the trip back to the resort.

The concierge assisted with booking a bus to take a larger group to dinner at the Mira Flores locks of the Panama Canal. And he helped book a boat tour of the canal which included viewing/feeding wild monkeys. And an all day whale watching tours. All were quite good.

The views of the ocean were quite nice. And as other reviewers have said, you do need to see the difference between high an low tides! Amazing!

Date of stay: August 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled on business
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1  Thank Kenny R
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Concierge W, Guest Relations Department at The Westin Playa Bonita Panama, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2018

Dear Kenny R,

Thanks you so much for share your thoughts about your experience in your stay with us.

We are happy to know we were able to exceed all of your expectations. We hope you can be with us again.

Many thanks thanks for your score.

Thank you again for choosing us!

Kind Regards,

Darlinn Julianne

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Reviewed August 14, 2018

pros: nice views, hotel propery, rooms, pools, beach etc

cons:
1. distance wise not far from downtown panama - but typically there is a lot of traffic which makes getting in and out of the here a very long time.
2. on-site restaurants are average

Date of stay: August 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank austx2018
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Concierge W, Guest Relations Department at The Westin Playa Bonita Panama, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2018

Dear austx2018,

Thanks you so much for share your thoughts about your experience in your stay with us.

We are happy to know that you enjoy the amenities of the hotel. We hope you can be with us again.

Thank you again for choosing us!

Kind Regards,

Darlinn Julianne

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Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

The hotel itself is beautiful and extremely well cared for. We had a wonderful experience at the spa getting facials and massages. The beach was beautiful and kept clean. the pool areas were filled with beautiful flowers, trees and bushes. Our room was absolutely gorgeous with one of the most beautiful bathrooms I have ever seen. All of our meals were buffet style and were fresh and delicious.

Date of stay: August 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
4  Thank 412TinaS
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Concierge W, Westin Executive Specialist at The Westin Playa Bonita Panama, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2018

Dear 412TinaS


Thanks you so much for share your thoughts about your experience in your stay with us.

We are happy to know we were able to exceed all of your expectations. We hope you can be with us again.

Many thanks thanks for you high score.

Thank you again for choosing us!

Kind Regards,


Alejandra Briceño

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Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Thank you very much for the nice service Nilka..! Everyone is friendly in this hotel.
The oceanview rooms are fantastic, with a nice balcony. The pools are amazing and the restaurants very good.
The beach is clean and the water clear...a wonderful place!!!

Date of stay: August 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
1  Thank 350,808
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Concierge W, Westin Executive Specilist at The Westin Playa Bonita Panama, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2018

Dear 350808


Thank you very much for sharing your experience with the entire Trip Advisor community . We are very proud to know that you were very well taken care of by all our staff and that we were able to exceed your expectations specially Nilka in the pool area.

We appreciate your high score and we hope we will be very happy to receive it again.

Warm Regards from Panama

Alejandra J Briceño

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Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed our week at the Westin Playa Bonita Panama. We stayed in a suite and found the room clean and well maintained. The hotel is well laid out and comfortable. The lobby bar is a great place for pre and post dinner cocktails and is well furnished and lit. The service is prompt, attentive and friendly.
The steak restaurant is easily the best and well worth a visit. The buffet is well stocked and comfortable.
The pools are plenty and warm. We didn’t use the swim-up bar as the pool service is outstanding. We also didn’t go in the ocean as I wouldn’t consider this a swimming beach. Frankly I wouldn’t recommend swimming in the ocean anywhere near Panama City. That being said the beach in front is nice for morning walks and spotting hermit crabs. If you do find yourself here, be sure to visit Casco Viejo at least twice. There are far too many excellent restaurants there for just one visit.
Cheers

Date of stay: August 2018
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Thank Wanderquest
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Concierge W, Westin Executive Specialist at The Westin Playa Bonita Panama, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2018

Dear Wanderquest


Greetings from the Westin Playa Bonita Panama.

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience. Your opinion is of great value to our hotel.

We are so happy to know that you enjoy our facilities and restaurants. We hope you can visit us again.

Kind Regards,

Alejandra Briceño

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