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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 356 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
328 out of 404 (81%) 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
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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
328 out of 404 (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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February 17, 2018
Loved this trip!

All of the restaurants had excellent food, a good variety. We stayed for a week and never got tired of the food available. Pools and beach were excellent and clean. Rooms were clean and large. The transportation was great, quick and organized. They had your names and were you were going, didnt have to wait. The excursions were excellent, especially the Megacombo and Sunset Cattermerann Tour. The tour guides and people were very nice and informative. I would recommend going to Costa Rica and this resort!! If you want to swim in the ocean, there are some rocks,bring water shoes and you will have no problem.


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Overall Rating: 5
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5.0
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5.0
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From: Maryland
Age: 25-34
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

February 6, 2018
Beautiful but remote

A beautiful property that is pretty remote. The area was arid but the grounds were lush. The pool was fantastic but the beach is pretty bad. It was rocky and a mix of sand and dirt. The service was excellent and the food was pretty good. Most of the tours or excursions were at least 8 hours long and the volcano trip was 14 hours so we passed. One thing that did bother us was the fact that each evening the staff allowed little kids on the stage adjacent to a musical group that was providing pre-show entertainment. Eight or ten five-year olds running around while you were trying to enjoy the music was a big turn-off for us. We kept expecting one of them to fall off the stage, which fortunately didn't happen. All in all, we wouldn't go back but would opt for a setting with more things to do nearby and better wildlife opportunities that wouldn't kill a whole day.


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Overall Rating: 3
Value
 
3.0
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5.0
Beaches & Pools
 
2.0
Dining Options
 
4.0
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From: Birmingham, Alabama
Age: Over 65
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

February 4, 2018
Best vacation ever!

Everything was better than we had anticipated! Rooms, grounds, service were spectacular! It is definitely a five star resort. Definitely take anything that you would need- sunscreen, insect repellent (not really needed on resort but if you travel to other adventures) as prices at the store are extremely high. Food was exceptional as was the service in all the restaurants. As my husband would say, “Our biggest decision was what specialty restaurant we would eat at each evening!” Superb!


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Overall Rating: 5
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From: Pennsylvania
Age: Over 65

January 29, 2018
Pacific Ocean not Caribbean

The property and resort was well manicured and well kept. Not very large so walks around the property offered a great perspective. The pool prior to 10am, opening of swim up bar, was peaceful. Lounging poolside was a daily event for my wife and I. Meeting other couples added to our adventure. The two things that didn't live up to our expectations were the darker sand on the beach and the lack of variety in the buffet and lunch area. We are use to white sands of the Caribbean and the clear blue waters. Overall, it was still an enjoyable vacation, including the summer, dry weather the entire week.

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From: Harrisburg, PA
Age: 55-64
Travel: 1-2 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.

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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