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Riu Palace Costa Rica

Costa Rica-Guanacaste Beach Region

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"The staff at the hotel were top notch and some of the most friendly people of anywhere I have ever stayed. My daughter and I became well acquainted with the staff on a first name basis. Jo Han works at..." – 1Ironhorse
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"The staff at the hotel were top notch and some of the most friendly people of anywhere I have ever stayed. My daughter and I became well acquainted with the staff on a first name basis. Jo Han works at..." – 1Ironhorse
119 out of 136 (88%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
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September 20, 2017
Overall good place and value!

Would recommend to anyone! Property was gorgeous! Service was great. Beach isn't your typical Caribbean sand but you are still able to lounge on a chair at least. View is breathtaking! Food was good; nice variety. However they could better communicate the days the theme restaurants are open/closed. Room was nice; fridge was always stocked. Liquor refill seemed to be every 2 or 3 days which was just fine since you could grab a drink at anytime anywhere else! Slightly weird smell in the room but we opened the balcony door to air it out and seemed fine afterwards. Hotel is about 30 min away; suggest arranging transportation in advance...red cab cost $75 one way! You can arrange transpo going back to the airport with the hotel - shared ride for $15 per person. Though not adults only there were less kids than expected - next door seemed more family friendly. Had a great time and we look forward to going back!

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From: Baltimore, MD
Age: 35-44
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

September 20, 2017
Can't Go Wrong with RIU

This is about the 5-6 time I've stayed at a RIU and like all the others it didn't disappoint. The Palace (and sister hotel next door) are both absolutely beautiful. The grounds, pools, beach, rooms, everything was in top shape and/or manicured to perfection. Service was amazing (as always) and the value is truly unmatched. What we loved: The Palace is more modern in style while the other RIU next door is more traditional. I stayed at the Palace, but I prefer the more traditional architecture. The pools- there are like 5, at the Palace is gorgeous and the beach is absolutely magnificent. It is like having your own private beach. Its about a mile long, the sand is black, and the water is nice and calm. No rocks at all. The water is actually CLEAR - although it doesn't look so in pics because again the sand beneath is black. Once you're in the water you can see how clear it is. The Staff was superb- you feel appreciated and you're treated like a King and Queen. Activities are plenty and are a lot of fun. Rooms were really nice, well appointed, large, great views, everything you'd want. Overall location is superb if you want to get away from it all- there is really nothing nearby in the way of a town, shopping, entertainment, everything is about a 45-75 minute drive, but it beautiful country side. What we thought could be improved: I like RIU's (and Iberostars) because of the nightly entertainment. The Palace I must say had the worst entertainment of any hotel, of any brand, I've stayed at. (just being honest). The "Crazy Show" was awful--- like bad, bad, bad. They need to dump that show IMMEDIATELY. I saw the Crazy Show on the first night I was there and I seriously was reluctant to go back to any of the shows the rest of my trip. It was that pathetic. The Michael Jackson Show had the worst MJ impersonator I've ever seen. How do you not know the lyrics to MJ songs when you're a MJ impersonator!!?? The Rock Show was equally bad- the staff can't lipsync, can't play an air-guitar, can't dance, its complete and total amateur hour. Very disappointing. The outside dance company they brought in for the Vegas Show and Latin Show were very good, but that didn't make up for the 3 others that were the worst, second worst, and third worst resort shows I've watched. Second disappointment were the availability of the restaurants, which is crazy because they did away with their reservation policy which one would think would be better. The food itself, was superb. The availability of the restaurants was not. SIX STRAIGHT NIGHTS we tried getting into the Asian restaurant and it was either closed (????) or at 6pm already had over 70 people on the list and they wouldn't take anyone else. Other nights the Steak House was closed. Other nights the Italian restaurant closed. Thus, each night you're funneled to eating at 2-3 specific restaurants, which then of course means they fill up quick, which then leaves you only the main buffet to eat at--- VERY disappointing. I've never stayed at an all-inclusive where the closed restaurants. Lastly - they need to enforce a dress code (something else they told us they did away with) At the specialty restaurants people are wearing baseball hats, bathing suits, tank tops, when 90% of the other folks are dressed nice and trying to have a nice dinner, nice experience. It just ruins it. All in all - a good place to go, unmatched beach for Costa Rica (I went to 7-8 beaches while there, NONE were as nice as the one at the hotel), and great service and friendly staff. A great value.


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From: Arizona
Age: 35-44
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

September 14, 2017
You Would Not Understan

This was my birthday gift to me. I could not have chosen a better place.. i have been home for a week now and i still feel like i am on the resort. Just down right fabulous, lots of entertainment and things to do, staff was involved and friendly. Sitting waiting for the sunrise at 5am, security was present, i felt secure and protected my entire trip.


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From: DC
Age: 45-54
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

September 7, 2017
Mixed Results.

PROS: I've stayed at several RIUs before. The location, grounds, and overall facility are gorgeous. I spent a whole day driving to 5-6 supposed "great beaches" along the pacific coast of CR and not a one came even close to the beach at the RIU. Great beach, great water, iguanas and monkeys everywhere. It's really perfect. Service great. Pools are awesome. The RIU friends are great as well. Bars are good. Shops are nice. I won $160 at the casino in my first pull of the slot machine. Overall this RIU is generally up there with the others I've stayed at. CONS: They don't take reservations at the restaurants and they dropped the dress code requirements. While this sounds more relaxed and convenient, it was awful. At least one or some nights two of the 5 restaurants are closed, but it's random, no schedule. We tried going to the Japanese restaurant every night we were there and it was either closed or had so long a list of those waiting for a seat they wouldn't seat us. I'm all for being a beach bum, but for dinner one shouldn't wear camo, baseball hats, your bathing suit you've been in all day and tank tops. Some dress code should've remained. Please RIU if your reading this, go back to reservations and inforcing a dress code. The BIGGEST con, by far, was the nightly entertainment. I've been to dozens of RIUs, Iberostars, you name it and this RIU had the WORST nightly shows of them all. The worst Michael Jackson impersonator (guy didn't even know lyrics to the songs he was lip syncing), the "Crazy Show" has got to go... It is horrible. Literally THE WORST show I've ever watched...slapstick/satire whatever it is God awful. This crew of RIU friendsis the least talented of any RIU I've been to. By far. They can't dance. Can't sing. Can't lip sync. The shows are one of my favorite parts of these vacations and every night was another major disappointment.


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From: Arizona
Age: 35-44
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

Room Information

The resort offers 538 air-conditioned guestrooms, each offering a beautiful terrace/balcony view. Rooms include free Wi-Fi, telephone, in-room safe, coffee maker, mini-bar, and satellite TV. Bathrooms feature double sinks, hydro-massage bathtub and shower cabin, special make-up mirror, and hairdryer. With 24 hour room service, this Riu Palace is fit for a king!

Room Details

Junior Suite Garden View (SJSB)
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Junior Suite Courtyard View (SJEB)
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Junior Suite Ocean View (SJMB) (Available Beginning Dec...
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What's to Love

All-inclusive everything: the cocktails, the grub, the utter awesomeness of it all.

Volcanic sands along the Matapalo Beach - mixture of black and tan that make the beach uniquely inviting.

Sparkling pools with lively fun and games for all, and of course, loungers and cocktails readily available.

Beginning your peace-loving days with yoga on the beach. Namaste.

The Riu service and staff takes care of everything, making you feel especially appreciated.

RiuFit is ready to buff you up. Weights. Cardio. Stretching. It's going on every morning and afternoon.

Mix up your own cocktails in your room - liquor dispenser loaded up and ready to go.

 

What We'd Change

The resort is huge, and getting your directions mixed up is easy to do. With so much space and so many activities, though, you'll never lack for entertainment or variety.

 

Why You Should Go

Costa Rica is wickedly exciting. Tours through the jungle, zip lining above the trees, volcanoes to explore.

Delicious food with lots of variety (great if you bring the kids) and at night, lobster for you. Spoil yourself.

Let your inner creative side shine at RiuArt - combine colors, shapes and materials and create masterpieces.

Before you hit the big seas, learn to scuba in the pool. One introductory lesson and it's free.

BBQ by the pool on Friday - fresh, flavorful and a fun way to meet other beach-loving folks.

Available Amenities

  • Tour Assistance
  • Beach
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • Casino ($)
  • Babysitting/Child Care ($)
  • Children's Activities
  • Children's Pool
  • Conference Facilities ($)
  • Currency Exchange
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Fitness/Exercise Room
  • Golf Course ($)
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kids Club
  • Lounge Chairs/Umbrellas
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Playground
  • Roll-Away Bed (on request)
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming Pool(s)
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Windsurfing
  • 24 Hour All-Inclusive
  • Steam Room
  • Billiards
  • Horseback Riding ($)
  • 5 Restaurants
  • 5 Bars/Lounges
  • Shopping
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Snack Bar
  • Spa ($)
  • Wedding Services ($)
  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • Bell Staff Service
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Wireless Internet
  • Pool Towels (complimentary)
  • Tour and Island Information
  • Swim-Up Bar
  • Dive Shop ($)
  • Gift Shop ($)
  • ATM/Banking ($)
  • Banquet Facilities ($)


Nearby Excursions & Attractions

  • Beach
  • Casino(s)
  • Deep-Sea Fishing
  • Dive Shop(s)
  • Eco-Adventure Tour(s)
  • Fishing
  • Fitness Center
  • Golf Course(s)
  • Hiking/Biking Trails
  • Horseback Riding
  • Kayaking
  • Medical Facilities
  • Nature Park(s)
  • Nature Park(s)
  • Nightlife
  • Scuba Diving
  • Volleyball Court(s)
  • Windsurfing

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 Palace Costa Rica

Playa Matapalo, Sardinal, Carrillo - Guanacaste

011-506-2681-2300

Hotel Description

Riu Palace Costa Rica: An All-Inclusive Vacation in a Tropical Green Paradise

As a true beach lover, we know you're savvy and looking for that next ultimate vacation spot, one with everything you want. A place with oceans of activities for you, the fam and the kids, that includes perks like all-inclusive eats and drinks and sparkling pools where you can lounge all day (if you want.) Costa Rica's lush landscapes, filled with unique wildlife, exciting excursions (ever hike a volcano?), and tantalizing seas fits this wildly adventurous destination dream. And, Riu's commitment to service is just the icing on the coconut cake.

It's Time to Get Your Riu On.

All guests are required to wear an "all-inclusive" wristband for identification purposes. Guests staying at Riu Palace Costa Rica enjoy complimentary daytime access to the facilities at neighboring sister property, Hotel Riu Guanacaste.



DINING

Riu can roll out the cuisine, giving you lots of local flavors, plus those tried and true cuisines from home (comfort food always hits the spot.) Dig in and enjoy Asian, Italian and lots of grilled up seafood specialties. A customer fav here is BBQ by the pool (on Friday - check with the front desk.)

Arenal
Type: Buffet
Hours:
Description: Main restaurant with terrace offering continental breakfast/snack, full American breakfast buffet, on-the-spot cooking stations, fruit, juices and cava.
Dress code: Elegant casual. T-shirts with sleeves are required for men.

Krystal
Type: Fusion
Hours:
Description: A la carte restaurant serving fusion cuisine.
Dress code: Elegant casual. Long trousers and T-shirts with sleeves are required for men.

Tokio
Type: Japanese
Hours:
Description: A la carte restaurant serving Japanese favorites.

L'Anfora
Type: Italian
Hours:
Description: A la carte restaurant serving Italian dishes with buffet starters.
Dress code:
Elegant casual. Long trousers and T-shirts with sleeves are required for men.

Papagayo
Type: Grill
Hours:
Description: Poolside restaurant/grill and steakhouse
Dress code: Elegant casual. Long trousers and T-shirts with sleeves are required for men.

Capuchino
Type: Patisserie
Hours:
Description: Pastry shop and ice cream parlor.

All hours are subject to change.

BARS/NIGHTLIFE

Oh, you won't go thirsty here. You'll find bars throughout the resort and bartenders willing to mix up your cocktail of choice. This all-inclusive serves you 24-hours a day. Everyday. Cheers.

Daiquiri
Lobby bar.

Tico Tico
Lounge bar with terrace

Flora
Plaza Bar

Lounge 24
24-hour bar.

Coconut
Poolside bar with swim-up bar.



BEACHES AND POOLS

The four pools sizzle with sun-shiny happiness and loungers for everyone and of course, the popular swim-up bar and pool service will quench your thirst. Just steps away you'll find the tantalizing tan sands of Matapalo beach - a tropical oasis dotted with loungers, swaying palms and lush rolling greens as the backdrop.

SPORTS/ACTIVITIES

Water

  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Pedalos
  • Intro scuba demo in the pool

Land

  • Beach volleyball
  • Tennis

Available for an additional charge:

  • Horseback riding
  • Billiards

Golf
Riu Palace Costa Rica offers access to the following nearby golf courses:

  • Four Seasons Costa Rica Golf Club at Peninsula Papagayo
  • Hacienda Pinilla


INTERNET

The resort offers guests free Wi-Fi in the lobby and in guest rooms. Computers with Internet access are also available for use for an additional charge.

SPA SERVICES

The hotel's full-service Renova Spa offers a wide variety of massages and beauty treatments

WEDDING/HONEYMOON

Riu Palace Costa Rica offers a wide variety of wedding packages and services, including a wedding planner to take care of every detail.

CHILD CARE

The resort offers a kids' club for ages 4-12, including a daily daytime entertainment program. The resort also features a children's swimming pool and a children's playground.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Location
Riu Palace Costa Rica is located 20.5 miles from Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) in Liberia.

Check In/Check Out

Check-in: 3:00pm. Check-out: noon.
A valid credit card may be required upon check-in for possible incidentals not included in your resort reservation.

Minimum Stay
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.



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