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Riu Guanacaste

Costa Rica-Guanacaste Beach Region

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4 Nights with Air from $949 All-Inclusive
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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
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3.7
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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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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
249 out of 296 (84%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
the lobby zip line canopy tour Spider monkeys Heading to the beach white water rafting tour with Tenorio River 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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March 26, 2017
Would definitely return. Great value for the price

Resort was beautiful and well kept. Beach was rocky and not great, but if you are willing to walk 2-3 minutes down the beach, they were great. Pool was awesome and huge. Get your chair early though!! Buffet was good. Didn't care for the Italian restaurant and the service was poor there, but the service was great everywhere else Rooms were a little dated but clean. We didn't spend much time there anyway- so much stuff to do. Resort was isolated but plenty of fun excursions if you're so inclined. Cocoa beach was pretty fun as well and was about a half hour away. Overall, I think this was a great resort for the price. Would definitely return!.


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Overall Rating: 5
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From: Minnesota
Age: 35-44
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

March 24, 2017
Best Vacation Ever

The resort had everything we needed in Costa Rica. The food was great, especially Ocotal. And there was entertainment every night. The one thing that stood out the most was the staff. They were incredibly friendly, kind, helpful, and the nicest people I have met in a long time. William was especially helpful with dining and took the extra effort to make out dinners special. He went as far as putting flowers on our tables and helping us make reservations. In addition, Alex was incredibly nice and friendly as well. Patricia from Amstar was an absolute sweetheart. She helped us plan our excursions. I accidentally left my phone on her desk and she made sure it stayed with the front desk manager and wrote us a note to let me know where my phone was. Overall, it was the people at this resort that made this trip so special and memorable. The only complaints I heard while at the resort was that the beds were too firm and that there wasn't fresh food 24/7. I will definitely be coming back to Riu Guanacaste again. Thank you everyone for everything!


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Overall Rating: 5
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From: Connecticut
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

March 23, 2017
Good

My husband and I booked and were super excited because we had never been to Costa Rica. Short 30 minute drive to the hotel. Once you arrive there are tropical drinks waiting in the lobby. Check in was short. Down side was they had keys to the doors not cards which are much more convenient. Once we got to the room we were impressed. Very nice room. The tv was only in Spanish which is confusing since most of the people who book speak English. We like to relax in the room and watch tv sometimes before dinner but we could only watch CNN all week. Pools were nice and well kept. Food was average. Beach was very disappointing. We thought it was going to be clear but the water was not. Also the sister hotel next door was allowed to use our hotel but we were not allowed to enjoy there's if we wanted to for the day. The last couple days were the worst we would have to say. A huge group of people showed up over 200 of them and they were really disrespectful and made the hotel seem ghetto. Overall we had a good trip. We met a couple people that hung out with everyday after the first day and they made it a better trip for sure. We are glad we went to say we have been to Costa Rica but probably would not go back.


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4.0
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From: Redlands, CA
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

March 23, 2017
our stay

ok some of our experience march 2017 Our room the bathtub has a very high step into be careful the bathroom smelled a bit like urine they have a 3 in one shampoo dispenser not a fan bed is hard hotel nice cleaning service did not travel the stairs and pick up glasses and such we saw items setting in same spot for 3 days not impressed Beach not impressed at all. you will most likely want to stay in the pools. pool area on the left side of pool area very foul smelling (like sewage) i think they use the waste and feed the grass area it sticks also in the early mornings restaurants the two that say you need a reservation that is not true you CAN NOT make a reservation. First come first served. the buffets and the other restaurants had good enough foods. their italian sauce is not anything like the states pasta sauces lacks in flavor. excursions we did the zip lines with the huge slide good time. the water slide (it scared me) we did the rainforest hike with the water falls. nice we really enjoyed we also the the Nicaragua excursion it was ALL DAY be prepared. take snacks you will not get to eat in the afternoon. you will most likely arrive back to hotel past restaurant hours. we really enjoyed our excursions. TAKE TOILET PAPER ON THIS EXCURSION. you have to pay to use bathrooms in some areas and you may or may NOT acquire TP. Make sure you bring your itinerary of your flight return info for this excursion for each person going on this. spent close to 1000.00 for my hubby and i for all three excursions. In general if you snorkel don't bother taking your gear. in march everything is brown not green. it is their dry season. suggestion take a cup that will keep your beverages cold it also fits more drink in your cup than the small plastic cups you get. ;) Hope this is helpful Enjoy your vaca


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Overall Rating: 4
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From: texas
Age: 45-54
Travel: 1-2 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)
Hotel/Studio Unit Details

Double Room Superior (DBJB)
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Double Room Ocean View (DBMB)
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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 4-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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