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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 388 Reviews
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4.2
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4.2
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4.0
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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
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4.2
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4.2
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4.0
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3.7
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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
357 out of 439 (81%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
the lobby zip line canopy tour Nacho bar is amazing Spider monkeys Heading to the beach white water rafting tour with Tenorio River Masaya Volcano Breathe taking first day Sunset @ Coco Beach Night view from the Hallway Balcony The Beach! Guanacaste Tree The beach at the resort Arenal 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! Beach Quick Recap of vacate View from our room on night 1! Street party Nacho statioin at Ocotal. Looking back at the resort Coco Beach Pool Area View from our fifth floor room. View from our room. Wish we were closer to the ocean 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 One of our excursions.. Arenal Volcano Rooster Fish On the mega combo tour mold in bathroom. Swim-up bar. Resort Beach Bathroom basics Fun excursions
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April 21, 2018
Great vacation! (have realistic expectations)

We read some negative reviews, but decided to give it a try anyway because of the reasonable price. For us, it was about $600 less than other all-inclusive options. We are so glad that we did. We went with realistic expectations, and some coping strategies, and had a great time. Our room was clean and comfortable. The staff was pleasant, hard-working, and polite. They made a real effort to make sure that we had a good experience. It was our anniversary and when we arrived they had left a fruit basket, balloons, flower petals, and sheets made into doves in our room.They called on the morning after we arrived to make sure that everything was okay. We had a problem with the toilet one evening. They came right up and fixed it, then called the next morning to make sure that it was still working properly. We had read that they had a tendency to run out of beach towels, we didn't find that to be the case, but we had brought our own towels just in case. We were always able to find beach chairs in the shade both around the pool and on the beach. The beach in front of Riu Guanacaste is rocky and the sand is coarse. It was difficult to get in and out of the water. (Be sure to bring good beach shoes!) But the beach in front of Riu Palace, which is 5 minutes down the beach, is smooth with softer sand. We just walked down there when we wanted to go in the ocean. Another complaint we read is that they don't bring you drinks on the beach. We brought reusable water bottles, and took water to the beach with us. If we had wanted alcoholic beverages on the beach, we could have easily have taken them down with us. There was plenty of soda and alcohol in our room, and there were bars around the pool. One of the highlights of our trip was the monkeys! There is a spot about a 15 minute walk down the beach, on the way to the Monkey Bar, where you can feed the monkeys. They come down from the trees and take food right out of your hand. The food was great. There were so many choices. We really enjoyed the fresh fruits and vegetables and the many seafood choices. They don't take reservations at the specialty restaurants. We went about 15 minutes early and stood in line. No big deal. We were very pleased with the organization, speed, and ease of using the group transportation to and from the airport. The Amstar staff was pleasant and helpful. We would definitely recommend this resort.


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Overall Rating: 5
Value
 
5.0
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5.0
Beaches & Pools
 
3.0
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5.0
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From: Maine, USA
Age: 55-64
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

April 21, 2018
Great time

Amazing pool and service. Super friendly, helpful staff!! More food options would be good. Would definitely go back!!

Great time
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Overall Rating: 4
Value
 
4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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2.0
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4.0
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From: Chicago, IL
Age: 35-44
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

April 20, 2018
Not as advertized place. Pictures misleading.

Resort was clean and people friendly. We had no alarm/radio clock. TV was in their language only (Spanish) except for CNN and FOX News. There was no coffee maker in room, no room service. Staff had a hard time bringing right number of towels to room while cleaning every day. Did not understand English sometimes for these items---hand towels and wash cloths. Did not see anything while on the Arenal Tour of the Rain forest---monkeys and birds--0. Food was good. The Italian Restaurant had us wait an hour to get served our meal. It was almost 8:00 pm before getting dinner. Buffet was great. Wife and daughter did not like the Asian Restaurant. Beach was cluttered with small sharp stones and black sand. We used the swimming pool which was good instead. Did not know that April is our August and the hottest month of the year there. We tried to make the best of everything regardless oft he 95 degree heat. Most oft he events were outside without AC including the nightly shows so it was very hot. Very little AC if any in the indoor Buffet and other Restaurants. I doubt if there was. As a rule the trip wasn't as advertised so we will not be returning to Costa Rica and would not recommend going there to others. Sorry. Bed was hard as a Rock.


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Overall Rating: 3
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3.0
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From: Chicopee, Ma.
Age: Over 65
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

April 19, 2018
Wonderful First International Vacation

My college roommates and I recently returned from our Costa Rican vacation, a wonderful experience made possible by the Riu Guanacaste. Upon arrival, we were upgraded to a larger room. The staff claimed two double beds were not large enough for three people, and after seeing them...I'd have to agree. We were very appreciative of the upgrade! The food was better than I had anticipated after some of the reviews I had read. Lots of options and very accommodating to different appetites. My only suggestion would be to not frequent the steakhouse as a vegetarian (though some may say that seems rather obvious). The seating times for dinner can be frustrating, because we often felt we were making the choice of watching the sunset or shuffling off to make the list for one of the dinner restaurants. The staff and everyone we came in contact with were super friendly and eager to assist in making your stay wonderful in any way they could! There were several times I heard staff say "This is your vacation, you don't do any worrying. You leave the worry up to us." Scuba Caribe, the water sports company paired with the resort, has wonderful staff as well! Happy to answer any questions, time and time again! And wonderful assistance and tour guides when we went out snorkeling. Some things I will reiterate from other reviews which I found beneficial: -the sand during the day is hot, hot, HOT! Wear shoes!!! -the beach is somewhat rocky, but is easy to adjust to (or if you walk down just a little bit, it's no longer rocky) -the photographers do not leave you alone...be prepared to say no thankyou multiple times and in multiple ways -use the shuttle to visit nearby Playas del Coco...it's worth it! -don't request a jungle facing room unless you are prepared to hear howler monkeys at 5 in the morning (I personally thought it was awesome and could not get enough of it! ...but definitely prepare yourself to hear them!!) -bring an insulated bottle to keep drinks cold -don't convert all of your trip money to colones, USD is widely accepted (even in Coco)


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Overall Rating: 5
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From: Philadelphia, PA
Age: 19-24

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.

Minimum Stay Requirements
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.

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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