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Riu Guanacaste

Costa Rica-Guanacaste Beach Region

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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 514 Reviews
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4.2
Service
 
4.2
Beaches & Pools
 
4.0
Dining Options
 
3.7
Room Comfort
 
3.9
4.1 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
472 out of 588 (80%) customers would recommend this product to a friend. Read All Reviews
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4.2
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4.2
Beaches & Pools
 
4.0
Dining Options
 
3.7
Room Comfort
 
3.9
4.1 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
472 out of 588 (80%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Heading to the beach Beautiful beach! Rooster Fish Masaya Volcano Nacho bar is amazing Our last selfie before headed to the airport. One of our excursions.. Arenal Volcano View from our room. Wish we were closer to the ocean zip line canopy tour Quick Recap of vacate Nacho statioin at Ocotal. mold in bathroom. Beach at Riu Guanacaste Hotel view from our balcony Pool Area Beach View from our Room View from our room on night 1! Resort Beach view from our balcony Love the almond tree umbrellas! Cortez Waterfall 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! Pool The beach at the resort View from our fifth floor room. sun set on the black sand beach Spider monkeys Looking back at the resort Coco Beach On the mega combo tour Street party Sunset @ Coco Beach Fun excursions Bathroom basics Guanacaste Tree Arenal Endless palapas/chairs at the pool View of the beach Dinner Night view from the Hallway Balcony out at night Swim-up bar. Playa Del huevo Bed Breathe taking first day The Beach! white water rafting tour with Tenorio River the lobby View of the ocean from our 4th floor room.
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February 17, 2019
Beautiful resort

This resort was a true paradise. From lounging in the pools to watching the sun set on the beach, every detail was so tropical and tranquil! You could even watch zip liners embark on their adventure from the pool bar! The employees were very friendly and happy. The people of Costa Rica relished in the fact they got to teach us their Pura Vida lifestyle during our visit. My only regret is that we should have stayed longer, we fell in love with Costa Rica! I would definitely recommend this resort for people looking mainly to spend time at the hotel OR to be comfortable spending more money to complete your trip. For example, at the resort, there isn’t any nightlife for people in their twenties, only a show and a dinky casino. However the hotel is a short, beautiful 20 min drive from the safe town “coco beach” where there are cute surf bars and clubs for night life, and beach excursions during the day. The country is SO beautiful that you must do a few excursions to see the rainforest, surf beaches in Tamarindo, and explore the country a little. The food was great, and the drinks were not watered down. Definitely would recommend and will return back.


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Overall Rating: 5
Value
 
5.0
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5.0
Beaches & Pools
 
5.0
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5.0
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From: NYC
Age: 19-24
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

February 17, 2019

This is the 3rd RIU we have stayed at.. This by far was the worst run, understaffed, restaurants closed, we were refused seating at 8.15pm, they said restaurant was "closed".. even though the had empty tables.. We had to call at 8pm to have our room cleaned.. Not enough staff around pool or restaurant areas.


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Overall Rating: 1
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2.0
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1.0
Beaches & Pools
 
3.0
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1.0
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From: Ny
Age: 55-64
Travel: 7+ trips/year

February 17, 2019
Good destination

Options for Costa Rica are limited compared to Mexico, for example. Especially for all inclusive. We are happy with the choice and glad we experienced Costa Rica. This location has a large pool area with ample seating. Overall it was clean although may need some updating soon. Staff is friendly and generally prompt. We felt safe here. Lots of options nearby for water activities, hiking, unique animals, zip lining. If you are into adventure this is a great spot. Fruits and vegetables were ample and fresh. Most food was at least decent. Downsides: low grade alcohol most places (although there are plenty of bars to go to); late night food is available but not anything you'd want to eat; I would prefer reservations for dinner versus waiting early in line like cattle and if you wait you may miss a restaurant that night (not a big deal since the buffet is big). Our toilet broke on the last day and it took a while to fix. Good value!!


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Overall Rating: 4
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4.0
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4.0
Beaches & Pools
 
5.0
Dining Options
 
3.0
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From: New Hampshire
Age: 35-44
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

January 26, 2019
Average Accommodations

If you don't expect much (or normally stay at all-inclusives) I am sure this resort would be fine. The rooms are clean, the staff is friendly. The grounds and beach are nice. The drinks are awful, the food is ok. It is not worth the wait for the sit down restaurants. The beds and pillows are like rocks. I have traveled to multiple places and this RIU is average. Depending on what part of the hotel you stay it can be very noisy. I requested a quiet area but they put us directly over where the shows are preformed. The music goes on well into the evening and it is loud until around 1 am. We had very good massages at the spa. A short walk down the beach and there are souvenir stands and a great area to see and feed the monkeys.


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From: MI
Age: 25-34
Travel: 3-6 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)
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Family Room (DGSB)
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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.

Tucan
Type: Gourmet
Hours: Daily, 3 seatings at 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm
Description: Serving gourmet cuisines.
Dress code: Long trousers and 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

Internet is available throughout the resort, with the following condiditons:
Limited to two devices per room.
Available the basic services that anyone uses in their day to day, and blocked those that are of more specific use and that can be acquired with a ticket of payment.



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.

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.

MIN CHECK-IN AGE/SPRING BREAK POLICY: Student/Spring Break groups or individuals, regardless of age are not allowed at this hotel at any time. The hotel reserves the right to use reasonable means to identify suspected student/spring break groups. At least one person of 21 years or older is required in every room during March and April. The Hotel may request guests to show passport or official ID to proof 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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