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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 542 Reviews
Value
 
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
494 out of 619 (80%) customers would recommend this product to a friend. Read All Reviews
Customer Rating
Value
 
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
494 out of 619 (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 Sunset!! Swim-up bar. Playa Del huevo Bed Breathe taking first day Lida's Special Services!! Amazing! The Beach! white water rafting tour with Tenorio River the lobby View of the ocean from our 4th floor room.
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April 17, 2019
Not bad but not great

The service is great and everyone is very friendly. The beaches were not as pretty as I was expecting, the sand is a dark color from the valcanic ash. The food isn’t the best but I might be a tough critic on that subject. The liquor is cheap off brands I never heard of and the mattress is pretty uncomfortable. I can say everything is a good value for the price and overall is good deal but if your a picky person such as myself then this might not be the best choice. The riu palace next door is a step up.


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Overall Rating: 3
Value
 
4.0
Service
 
5.0
Beaches & Pools
 
3.0
Dining Options
 
3.0
Room Comfort
 
3.0
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From: New Orleans
Age: 35-44
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

April 17, 2019
It’s okay don’t expect a 5 star resort.

It’s a beautiful clean resort. The pools were gorgeous the beach was very clean. The staff was very nice. The rooms were average. Having a 24 hour bar to go to Is a plus. The club had good music. The entertainment team works very hard on putting on great shows. We’ve met a lot of great people from all over the world so it really made the experience better. Now I will get to my disappointments- there is no room service they expect you to be satisfied with a refrigerator full of foods to microwave and stale nachos and cheese that’s sits out for hours. Don’t get hungry after 10pm. Breakfast foods were good, lunch was decent, eating at the snack bar was a disappointment. The food didn’t have much flavor nor salt. We had to fend off a lot of flies. The drinks were non label and water down. It took a lotttt to get a buzz. The only label alcohol were sold at the club which of course was extra money. The club was fun but most nights by 1 am every one left. We spent time at the sports bar afterwards where we were tended to a bartender with a bad attitude and more interested in sitting watching the game and eating his dinner. We asked if we can play our own music which of course he was against. The reference sheet that the front desk gives with the schedule of the bars or club was inaccurate. We were ready to go dancing on a Sunday night was very disappointed. The rooms were clean but the ac is limited on how low you can drop the temperature so we struggled. A huge water bug came out from the bathroom sink which was not a visit we wanted. We really did expect better but I guess for the price it was okay.


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

April 14, 2019
Thoughts

First off we had issues with our toilet flushing. Had to call service desk several times to come and fix it. Also felt the pillows were harder than a rock but otherwise room overall was okay. Second, could have used more entertainment at pool.


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Overall Rating: 5
Value
 
5.0
Service
 
3.0
Beaches & Pools
 
5.0
Dining Options
 
3.0
Room Comfort
 
3.0
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From: Wisconsin
Age: 45-54
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

April 13, 2019
would return

I enjoyed the resort,. it was clean and everyone was friendly. The food was good. If you are a smoker, it has only 3 smoking sections. They do enforce it. The rooms should be colder.


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Overall Rating: 4
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4.0
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5.0
Beaches & Pools
 
5.0
Dining Options
 
4.0
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From: Bronx, NY
Age: 45-54
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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