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Riu Guanacaste

Costa Rica-Guanacaste Beach Region

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This little gem of a destination lives up to its rep - you know - adventurous, wildly green, unique animals to see (the ... More

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4.2 out of 5
"We just returned from Riu Guanacaste on January 26, 2013 and we had a wonderful vacation! We heard mixed reviews before departing from Michigan but I can honestly say we had the best vacation ever! The..." – Suggie
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"We just returned from Riu Guanacaste on January 26, 2013 and we had a wonderful vacation! We heard mixed reviews before departing from Michigan but I can honestly say we had the best vacation ever! The..." – Suggie
282 out of 340 (83%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
the lobby zip line canopy tour Nacho bar is amazing Spider monkeys Heading to the beach white water rafting tour with Tenorio River Masaya Volcano Breathe taking first day Night view from the Hallway Balcony The Beach! The beach at the resort Dinner Playa Del huevo View from our Room A waterfall that our tour guide went out of his way to take us to that was not part of our paid excursion. GREAT EXPERIENCE! Quick Recap of vacate View from our room on night 1! Street party Nacho statioin at Ocotal. Looking back at the resort Coco Beach View from our fifth floor room. sun set on the black sand beach out at night Endless palapas/chairs at the pool Our last selfie before headed to the airport. Bed Rooster Fish On the mega combo tour mold in bathroom. Swim-up bar. Resort Beach Bathroom basics Fun excursions
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June 17, 2017

It was wonderful place to visit. The people are very nice and polite. The hotel beautiful, all the restaurant the foods delish. They have great service in the pool, restaurant, overall great place. All the food organic. Great Coffee. PURA VIDA I went to visit the basilica VIRGEN DE LOS ANGELES in Catargo. It was recommended, you have visit to feel something in your heart FAITH.


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From: NEW YORK
Age: 45-54
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

June 17, 2017
Ok at best

Bar staff inside the hotel was good. Housekeeping was good. Rooms were excellent. Asian Restaurant was good. Buffets were ok. Beach was good. Shows were ok. Booked excursions through Viator. They were ok. You can book when you get there. Lots of different places in the main lobby to book through. Check in staff and dining staff were good. Pool was ok but there was kids everywhere. Even in the bar area. No one was enforcing any kind of rules. Pool bar staff with the exception of a couple was terrible. Unless you are female plan on being ignored. Drinks were watered down. Pool closed at 6 which to me was early. Not much to do after 12. Alcohol in room was filled less than half and refilled to less than half every two days. Food at all the restaurants except The Asian were mediocre, we were thoroughly unimpressed. I personally would not recommend this place based on the food and pool bar service. It was that bad.


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From: Avon, IN
Age: 35-44
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

June 15, 2017
Great Resort for the Value

This resort is very well maintained. Many workers, at all hours of the day, making sure the resort is clean and well kept. The employees are always very helpful and made our vacation go extremely smoothly. There is one large pool, which is nice and there is some entertainment going on throughout the day. The room is just ok. Nice enough for a young couple, especially because you will not spend too much time there. It is cleaned well daily. The great part about the resort was that everything was walkable! We could easily walk from to pool to our room in a matter of minutes if we had forgot sunscreen or something. All of the workers were amazing, very attentive. I recommend going to the buffet for dinner. The service at the restaurants were horrendous and its the same food you will get at the buffet but no wait! Don't waste your vacation waiting hours for these sub-par restaurants. The food at the buffet is excellent. And servers are constantly there to fill our water and clear our plates. It is almost as good as being served. As for excursions, I recommend the diamonte zipline, 4 lines and we bargained the pay $60 a person. It's right next to the resort, maybe a 5 minutes bus ride. VERY FUN. We also did the double deck vision catamaran up the coast. We had almost the whole boat to ourselves and the drink staff was extremely attentive. Constantly asking if we needed our drinks refilled. Breakfast and Lunch are served at one buffet. Both are great with lots of selection. I promise you will find at least 5 things you love. i ate eggs, pancakes, oatmeal, yogurt, tomatoes and so on every breakfast. Quite the feast. Plus the fruit juices and smoothies are delicious. Plenty of space by the pool, try to go early to reserve a close to the pool location. Bars open at 10am! enjoy them, they can make any drink you'd like. We tipped about a dollar a drink. Bring some singles! The bartenders are excellent and friendly. They come around the pool deck and take your drink orders. The pool and beach are both very warm. The beach is not a luxury, Caribbean style beach. Black sand and rocky waters. Didn't go in more than once the entire trip and we love the beach. Also very little shade of the beach! I was frying, Lots of vendors selling things on the beach as well so if you don't like that, avoid it. Stick to the pool. Not much entertainment at night, we went to the casino, watched a show or two and listened to live music. It was enough for us. Ask for the drinks to be strong or else you will be drinking sugar the whole time! Overall, we had a great time and would go back. Everything went so smoothly thanks to the great staff. It was relaxing and I could have spent every day laying by the pool drinking cocktails. Plenty of excursions to choose from if you want your trip to be adventurous. But be warned! the rain forest is a 4 hour drive from the resort. So you might not want to waste the day. If i could make recommendations to the resort, it would be adding A/C to the elevators. Also some umbrellas on the beach! That is all, enjoy your trip :)


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From: New York
Age: 19-24
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

June 10, 2017
Dissapointted!

Costa Rica is a beautiful country! However the RIU Gunacaste experience is not the greatest. The property itself and the grounds are beautiful and well maintained. As soon as we checked into 1 of our rooms we had a leak in the ceiling, a clogged toilet, soiled bed linens, bugs in the room and on the bed. The staff at this hotel is very rude, the food is very mediocre, the beach is very rocky not good for swimming, not enough bar tenders at the pool area, flies all over the food in all of the restaurants, all of the restaurants are buffet style except for the Italian, we are yet to eat at the steakhouse we were never able to get in. The alcohol is cheap and gross. Be very aware the FREE WIFI that is advertised on the website only works in the hotel lobby area which feels like a 100 degrees everyday. If you want WIFI elsewhere u have to pay per day. They do not accecpt American Express for WIFI and if u pay them in US $ u better have the exact amount, because we were told by a staff member we will not be able to get any change back and the diff could not go on the account. The hotel staff is not very accommodating and they will plain out right tell you it's not there problem. The excursions are amazing and they are a must do. We booked the mega combo with Destination Services and Marcos was very nice. Our tour guide was Marcelo and our driver was Eric. Marcelo was the best tour guide ever. This excursion is well worth the money and the exp. They go above and beyond to make this excursion fun. We also used LAR for our airport transfers and they were very good and the price was very reasonable. Please also be aware that I had 2 children 1 age 14 & the other 16 and they were both offered alcohol at this property several times. Even though they were wearing a diff color wrist bands from the adults. There is also and alcohol dispenser in your room and the mini bar is also FREE and accessible to anyone, including children. I will def return to Costa Rica there is so much to do and see, but I will never stay at another RIU property!


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From: FL
Age: 35-44
Travel: 7+ trips/year

Room Information

The 701 guest rooms are all equipped with central air conditioning, Satellite televisions, radio alarm clock, hair dryer, direct dial telephone, mini bar and liquor dispenser, laptop size in-room safe, iron and ironing board, and balcony or terrace.

Room Details

Double Room ROH (DBSB)
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Double Room Superior (DBJB)
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Double Room Ocean View (DBMB)
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Family Room (DGSB) (Available Beginning Dec 24, 2017)
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What's to Love

The all-inclusiveness: the food, the drinks, the everything.

No reservations needed at any of the restaurants.

Three sparkling pools, surrounded by lush greens keep you refreshed and cool. Pool side bars quench your thirst.

The liquor dispenser in the room lets you craft your own cocktail (soda water and mixers are stocked in the fridge.)

The beach isn't crowded and the tropical background adds to its peacefulness. Find your perch.

The stunner of a view with green lush landscapes and rolling mountains off in the distance - breathtaking.

Riu knows how to put on a show and the live entertainment day and night won't disappoint.

Some great rocks nearby for snorkeling - pack your own gear if you want to make sure you get a mask.

 

What We'd Change

The walk from the lobby to the pool doesn't offer much shade. Luckily, the pool's swim-up bar offers quick relief with ice-cold beer.

 

Why You Should Go

Riu is not far from the airport in Liberia - a quick 20 minutes to your tropical oasis.

A great spot for adventure-seeking tourists with excursions like Rincon Nature Park and the Safari Park nearby.

The beachy tan sands are sometimes rocky under the water - just grab shoes to wear & you'll be set.

Laid-back Costa Rican resort with lots to experience in the area - unique foliage and wild life add to the charm.

Much-needed spa time lets you get uber relaxed - massages, steam baths, facials in tropical paradise.

Activities galore - tennis, ping pong, beach volleyball, windsurfing, kayaks, paddle boards. Game on.

Available Amenities

  • Tour Assistance
  • Car Rental Available
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Beach
  • Casino ($)
  • Babysitting/Child Care ($)
  • Children's Activities
  • Children's Pool
  • Conference Facilities ($)
  • Cribs Available on Request
  • Currency Exchange
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Fitness/Exercise Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Golf Course ($)
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kayaks
  • Kids Club
  • Laundry Services ($)
  • Lounge Chairs/Umbrellas
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Swim-Up Bar(s)
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Windsurfing
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • 24 Hour All-Inclusive
  • Poolside Bar
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Medical Services ($)
  • Nightclub/Disco
  • Billiards
  • Scuba Lessons
  • Horseback Riding ($)
  • 4 Restaurants
  • 5 Bars/Lounges
  • Porter/Bellhop
  • Nightclub
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Elevators
  • Honeymoon Packages ($)
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Sports Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Connecting Rooms Available


Nearby Excursions & Attractions

  • Beach
  • Eco-Adventure Tour(s)
  • Fishing
  • Golf Course(s)
  • Nature Park(s)
  • Scuba Diving

Map of Local Area

Costa Rica is an exhilarating land of luxuriant rainforests and mighty volcanoes, of natural hot springs and shimmering oceans, of colonial charm and captivating nightlife. The ultimate delight of Costa Rica is its people.

Riu Guanacaste

Sardinal, Canton de Carrillo, Playa Matapalo

011-506-2681-2300

Hotel Description

Riu Guanacaste: All-Inclusive Palatial Retreat in Tropical Costa Rica

This little gem of a destination lives up to its rep - you know - adventurous, wildly green, unique animals to see (the sloth is big here and so adorable), volcanoes to hike and ocean waters ideal for all kinds of sea faring folks. Have you tried surfing? Why not give it a go here. And Riu Guanacaste makes traveling to this oasis a breeze - delicious cuisines, cocktails for days, all the activities you'll want and gorgeous palms to settle in for a day of everything you want. Poolside, beachside, spa side - you choose. Ready to see Costa Rica? We thought so.

It's Time to Get Your Riu On.



DINING

Here you can get a great combo of taste bud-slaying cuisine. Chow down at the plentiful (and varied) buffet where you can enjoy tasty breakfasts/lunch/dinner along with "live" cooking stations. You'll find those favs from home (think pizza, hamburgers and pastas), plus a la carte specialties like made-to-order steaks and Italian cuisines that will make your mouth water.

La Toscana
Type: Italian
Hours: Daily, 3 seatings at 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm
Description: Main course with table service, buffet for starters and dessert.
Dress code: Long trousers and shirts with sleeves for gentlemen.

Furama
Type: Asian
Hours: Daily, 3 seatings at 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm
Description: Buffet.
Dress code: Long trousers and shirts with sleeves for gentlemen.

Ocotal
Type: Steakhouse
Hours: Daily, 3 seatings at 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm
Description: Poolside restaurant, a la carte menu.
Dress code: Long trousers and shirts with sleeves for gentlemen.

Liberia
Type: International
Hours: Breakfast - daily, 7am-10am; Lunch - daily, 12:30pm-3:30pm; Dinner - daily, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Description: International buffets and cooking stations.
Dress code: shirts with sleeves for gentlemen.

All restaurant hours subject to change.



BARS/NIGHTLIFE

Bars run plenty - you'll find one at every turn. And, the friendly bartenders are more than ready to craft you whatever your heart desires. Even better - it's unlimited 24-hours a day. Drink up.

Filadelfia
Lobby bar with terrace. Daily, 10am-11pm.

Pura Vida
Lounge bar with terrace. Daily, 7pm-midnight.

Santa Cruz
Poolside, swim-up bar. Daily, 10am-6:30pm.

La Plaza
Intimate outdoor bar. Daily, 6pm-midnight.

Sports Bar
Open 24 hours.

Casino Las Olas
Daily, 6pm-2am.

Pacha Nightclub
Daily, 11pm-3am.



BEACHES AND POOLS

Three refreshingly bright blue pools dot the lush landscapes at this palatial retreat, and those tan colored sands along Costa Rica's Mata Palo Beach offer plenty of sunny seaside relaxation. Grab a lounger, a cocktail and dive in.

SPORTS/ACTIVITIES

Water

  • Windsurfing
  • Pedaloes
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba lesson in the pool

Sports

  • Table tennis
  • Fitness center
  • Beach volleyball
  • Tennis

For an additional charge:

  • Billiards
  • Horseback riding

Golf
Enjoy a round of golf at Papagayo Golf & Country Club or Hacienda Pinilla Country Club.



INTERNET

Guests can use Wi-Fi in the lobby area for 90 consecutive minutes, daily. Wi-Fi is available in guest rooms for an additional charge.

SPA SERVICES

Renova Spa is a full-service spa.
  • Massages
  • Body treatments
  • Facials
  • Salon services


WEDDING SERVICES

Riu Guanacaste offers several wedding packages. Contact the front desk for more information.

CHILD CARE

Kids Club is available for children ages 4-12. Daily, 8:30am-3:30pm.
  • Daytime entertainment program
  • Children's swimming pool
  • Children's playground


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Location
20 mi from Liberia Airport (LIR).

Check In/Check Out
Check-in: 3 pm. Check-out: Noon.
A valid credit card may be required upon check-in for possible incidentals not included in your hotel reservation.

Minimum Stay Requirements
A 3-night minimum stay is required at this resort.

Departure Fees
Please be advised that there is a $29 USD per person departure fee due and payable upon leaving Costa Rica. Fees are subject to change without notice at the discretion of the Costa Rican government. It is possible that this fee is included in the cost of your airline ticket. Please consult the airline on which you are traveling to verify.

Holy Week
In observance of Holy Week, some resorts in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Costa Rica may put limits on the use of motorized water sports, and loud music.

Spring Break Policy
At least one person 21 years old or older is required in every room at this property during March and April. The hotel may require guests to show proof of age and reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone. In-room parties, unruly behavior and spring break groups are not allowed at any Riu resort. Guests can and will be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff.



All hours, fees, amenities, information and services are subject to change without notice.
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