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Riu Palace Costa Rica

Costa Rica-Guanacaste Beach Region

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5 Nights with Air from $1,019 All-Inclusive
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Customer Rating 108 Reviews
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4.3
Service
 
4.6
Beaches & Pools
 
4.2
Dining Options
 
4.1
Room Comfort
 
4.3
4.3 out of 5
"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
107 out of 123 (87%) customers would recommend this product to a friend. Read All Reviews
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4.3
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4.6
Beaches & Pools
 
4.2
Dining Options
 
4.1
Room Comfort
 
4.3
4.3 out of 5
"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
107 out of 123 (87%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
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May 24, 2017
Not paradise!

When I first arrived to the hotel, we were not greeted. Once we went to our room, unpacked, and settled in we noticed that the refrigerator was not working. We called the front desk several times about it and no one came to fix it. Let's not even talk about the night that a stranger walked in our room and I called the front desk to tell them what happened and they asked me what did I want them to do about it. The food at this Resort is not the best, I often found myself going from restaurant to restaurant looking for something decent to eat. The beds in the room we're not comfortable and they often slid from the walls. The front desk customer service is the worst I've ever seen. The gift shop was overpriced $5 sunscreen cost $30. The beaches grainy, nasty,and dirty. The view was beautiful. The bartenders and the housekeeping were amazing. If it was not for bartenders and the housekeepers, i would have to say this was the worst vacation ever.


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Overall Rating: 3
Value
 
4.0
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1.0
Beaches & Pools
 
2.0
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3.0
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From: Louisiana
Age: 35-44
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

May 19, 2017
Decent

This resort was decent. My only complaint is the dining options. Even 24 hour snack bar lacks the food when it's literally the only thing open. For the "special" restaurants, I suggest you ditch the first come first serve mentality and do RSVP. It's not fair to guests to be stuck at the gourmet dinners because the same people line up for these restaurants & eat there. I'm used to rsvp times & dates so we all get a chance to enjoy!


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Overall Rating: 4
Value
 
4.0
Service
 
3.0
Beaches & Pools
 
3.0
Dining Options
 
3.0
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4.0
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From: New york, NY
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

May 13, 2017
Loved it

I agree this the Palace is n0ot a 5 star resort, it is a 4 star resort on a 3 star price. Great value, beautiful layout great pools and pool bar. Alcohol flows freely enough that I never touched the booze in the room other than a couple of beers. Could use more bathrooms near the pools but the one in the restaurant is close enough. Beach is a bit dark and not like the Caribbean but it had it's own charm. The specialty restaurants were good, liked the Japanese best, then the steakhouse, buffet and fusion in that order. Food plenty and was fairly good. Spent some time at the Guanacaste next door and it was nice as well. The people are wonderful and very hard working. They really appreciate it when you tip then even if it is just a few dollars and you can tell the increase in the level of service. They really deserve it a few bucks mean a lot to then. If you want to see and feed the monkeys go se Hannia at Spa #1 and she will take good care of you. John Wayne is good for excursions. I loved the country the people and the resort, I hope to return again. Can't beat the value for the price. I miss Costa Rica already. Pura Vida!


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Overall Rating: 4
Value
 
5.0
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5.0
Beaches & Pools
 
4.0
Dining Options
 
4.0
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4.0
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From: New Yrk
Age: 45-54
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

May 10, 2017
Great vacation!

We stayed at the riu palace. It's deft worth spending the little extra and staying at the palace versus the other riu resort. The dinning options alone make it worth it plus you get more entree options at the palace. We came for our honeymoon looking for something different then the traditional Carribean trip. We stayed 10 days and it was fun we definitely took advantage of the excursions offered (full day trips 7:40am to 9:30pm). However a week here is more then enough to have relaxation and see what Costa Rica has to offer. The hotel staff was lovely and very accommodating and friendly. We never had a problem getting a drink or seating at the pool or beach. There is more then enough chairs for the family. The room was clean and comfortable but you could tell with our room that it was more worn then expected for a younger and new hotel but none the less it was great. The only down fall was all the excursions (not including water excursions) were at least an hour and half away with the most intreasting ones being at least 2 hours away and your gone for most of the day or all of the day. The price per excursion could run you from $100 to $176 a person ( full day excursions always included lunch and most included dinner which was nice) the tour guides are awesome very knowledgeable and friendly. It was definitely a great trip and honeymoon! Glad we got to see what Costa Rica has to offer and would recommend this resort to anyone wanting to come to Costa Rica! Worth the money compared to the higher end resorts!


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Overall Rating: 4
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5.0
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4.0
Beaches & Pools
 
4.0
Dining Options
 
4.0
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From: Philadelphia, PA
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 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)
Hotel/Studio Unit Details

Junior Suite Courtyard View (SJEB)
Hotel/Studio Unit Details

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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