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Riu Guanacaste

Costa Rica-Guanacaste Beach Region

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4 Nights with Air from $959 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

Customer Rating 245 Reviews
Value
 
4.3
Service
 
4.3
Beaches & Pools
 
4.2
Dining Options
 
3.7
Room Comfort
 
4.0
4.2 out of 5
"Went in March. Weather was hot. Resort is beautiful. Food is very good. Service is great." – HoweLo
237 out of 278 (85%) customers would recommend this product to a friend. Read All Reviews
Customer Rating
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4.3
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4.3
Beaches & Pools
 
4.2
Dining Options
 
3.7
Room Comfort
 
4.0
4.2 out of 5
"Went in March. Weather was hot. Resort is beautiful. Food is very good. Service is great." – HoweLo
237 out of 278 (85%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
the lobby zip line canopy tour 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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January 16, 2017
Riu

we typically go on a cruise each winter as a family. As our children are now over 21 years old, thought we'd try an all inclusive resort. We were not disappointed with Riu Guanacaste. The rooms were amazing- did request separate beds for the kids and rooms together, but due to full resort, this was not accommodated. Other than that, everything was beautiful at the resort. The beach is nice, but not the white sand you would find in the Caribbean. I would not take my snorkel gear as the water was rough and dark in color. But, to sit on the beach and listen to the waters, it was great. The road to Riu Guanacaste is narrow with lots of curves. We learned to take Dramamine before leaving. It is the only road to both Riu resorts. As for Costa Rica, I would highly recommend this-lots of activities available on the beach and in the hotel. I spent many hours researching what to book ahead of time-I wouldn't do this as the vendors had lots of information to share. Food was great- we ate at the buffet for many of the meals, but did manage to have dinner 3 of the specialty restaurants. If you don't though-food at buffet was very good too. Rooms were always cleaned and never saw our room steward. We did book oceanview rooms-beautiful views, but with nightly entertainment, it is loud until about 11 pm. We did need to ask to have our refrigerator to be restocked, but once we did that, never a problem again. I would definitely recommend this resort as well as cheap Caribbean. It was a wonderful vacation and will use cheap Caribbean for future travel needs!


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Overall Rating: 5
Value
 
4.0
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4.0
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From: Wisconsin
Age: 45-54
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

January 14, 2017
Fun in the sun

Every employee at the resort was very nice and accomadations were great, will make plans to return.


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Overall Rating: 5
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5.0
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5.0
Beaches & Pools
 
4.0
Dining Options
 
5.0
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From: Nassau County
Age: 55-64
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

January 12, 2017
Family Vacation

We loved the hotel and the rooms where good. The maid that my mom had was fantastic. She even bought my mom a gift to say good bye. The service for food or activities SUCKED they just did not like you!!!! You have to walk down the beach to get to any of the activities, and the drive shop was horrible. Some of my dive gear went missing...RRRR don't leave it with them. The beach was nice and their is a lot of people trying to sell you stuff that sucked. Recommendation do not pay to go to town to shop it is cheaper on the beach. The food was okay. Overall I would never go back due to the service and the attitude and lack of want to help. The hotel itself was great! Bring lots of sunblock and bug spray! I did find a cat LOVED her she met me every night for the show and cuddled. I miss her and wish I could have taken her with me :(


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Overall Rating: 4
Value
 
5.0
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2.0
Beaches & Pools
 
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Dining Options
 
3.0
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From: Colorado
Age: 35-44
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

January 12, 2017
My gunacaste trip

The hotel was nice but a bit outdated, service was good but the restaurant options were really bad, you couldn'tmake a reaservatiuons at any of the 3 restaurants instead you had to wait in line at 6 o'clock for about an hour to get a spot in the restaurant, very unorganized on that, i shouldn't be waiting in liner for an hour st a restaurant especially when iu'm on vacation. Besides that the value was good


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Overall Rating: 4
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4.0
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4.0
Beaches & Pools
 
3.0
Dining Options
 
2.0
Room Comfort
 
3.0
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From: Michigan, us
Age: 35-44

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)
Hotel/Studio Unit Details

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 3-night minimum stay is required with following exception.

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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