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Riu Palace Costa Rica

Costa Rica-Guanacaste Beach Region

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5 Nights with Air from $949 All-Inclusive
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Customer Rating 114 Reviews
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4.5
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4.2
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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
112 out of 129 (87%) customers would recommend this product to a friend. Read All Reviews
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4.5
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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
112 out of 129 (87%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Fountains to Beach Riu Palace Beach Wondrous Waterfalls The beach Paddle Boarding Beautiful view from our room Gorgeous sunset
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July 23, 2017
Not what you'd expect

So I've been on a fair amount of all inclusive cruises and thought why not let me try an all inclusive resort. The place was pretty and the room was nice. The food options, not so much. The first night there we went to a specialty restaurant and tried to order lobster and steak (2 entrees) which would have never been a problem on the cruise. The waiter was like no we only serving one per person, I was like I thought this was all you can eat, which he said well not here we need for other people. The restaurant was not even half full and you close in 30. No tip for you. Also the drinks were all bottom shelf. Nothing good. I'd keep my money people and just go on a cruise. Or a better all inclusive than this one.


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Overall Rating: 3
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3.0
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From: New york
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

July 7, 2017
Perfect anniversary, felt like I was at Disney

The resort was so well run. Reminded me of Disney World in the sense that everyone was nice, each activity ran so smoothly from one to the next, photographers took your pictures in various activities then scanned your bracelet for you to review and purchase and there were plenty of activities for adults and kids. Between the two resorts, Palace was definitely better than Riu Guianacaste. Palace guests can go to Guanacaste resort but they cannot come to the Palace. Made us feel a little too important lol. There was a pool bar that me and my husband stayed in almost the whole time that did not allow kids in. It was great! However if you are traveling with kids, there was another pool with water volleyball, basketball and water aerobics to keep them occupied. The food was very good for mass produced all you can eat buffet and the Steak house was excellent with Lobster and Filets. Alcohol was everywhere including on tap in your room. We're not big drinkers but we definitely had our share! The shows at night were also very good for a hotel production and was the perfect low key spot to chill and have drinks at night.The 24hr room service was a bust though since they only had about 6 options to chose from and breakfast was limited to Boiled eggs and toast. This was one of my very few complaints about the place. Fortunately the breakfast buffet was so amazing I looked forward to that every day and didn't need the room service. Weather is unpredictable but it worked perfectly for us. When we left NY it said rain in the forecast every single day and I was so nervous. It ended up only raining one night and that was it. We stayed the last week of June. Everyone in the country was so nice and everyone spoke English. I never felt worried about safety.


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Overall Rating: 5
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From: Long Island, NY
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

July 5, 2017
Awesome Resort

This resort was beautiful inside and out! The rooms are comfortable, with lots of hot water and good water pressure in the showers. The beds were also very comfortable to sleep on and balconies were large with nice views. The service at all the bars and restaurants were great and the food was delicious! The only change I'd suggest is allowing reservations at the smaller, more popular restaurants. The pools were pristine and the swim up bar was tons of fun! Also the excursions we went on, the mega tour, the Arenal volcano and hot springs and the sunset cruise were all well worth the money and very nicely executed from pick up to drop off. We had a great time, would definitely go back and recommend the resort to friends!!!!


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Overall Rating: 5
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From: Cleveland, Oh
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

June 30, 2017
Excellent honeymoon

We had a wonderful experience. Even had top shelf liquor. It would be nice to be able to make actual reservations for the different restaurants as opposed to the first come, first served policy. Friendly staff, good food, although a tad Americanized.


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Overall Rating: 4
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From: Michigan
Age: 35-44

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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