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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

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"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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"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
386 out of 478 (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 Pool 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 Cortez Waterfall 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 Beach at Riu Guanacaste Hotel Bathroom basics Fun excursions
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June 12, 2018
Riu Guanacaste was a huge Disapointment

Arrived May 25, 2018 for an 8 day family vacation. First issue was waiting in line at checkin. This location has the capability to handle far more checkins yet they chose to only have two positions opened. Keep in mind we arrived at noon and checkin wasn’t until 3:00. We also were inline with a large group of Jr. High School students and their parents who were waiting in the same line we were. I have nothing against groups but would think a company like Riu would have provisions for large groups. Rooms were ok but smelled of mold and were very damp even though the AC was on and working. Pool area was dirty, smelled of septic or sewage and was packed with locals who come to this resort for an All Inclusive Get a Way each weekend yet they treat the facility as if it were their back yard. The revealing part of this pool area issue was when the locals start check in starting Friday Night the resort suspends bar and food service for the pool area and beach so there is ZERO wait staff working those areas. I have never seen this type of behavior at any other Riu location and more importantly any other resort. After talking to some of the staff I learned that the resort cuts back on services because the locals take advantage of them too much and the locals do not tip which is an insult to the waiters and staff. Bottom-line here is the Riu Guanacaste is far more interested in revenue generation than it is in making sure good paying travelers have a memorable time. The extra traffic the resort gets from the locals each weekend has to put an enormous stress on their infustructure and systems and it’s no wonder the place stinks of sewer doing the weekends. Food was remarkably good and plenty of choices. The staff and chefs were great and always willing to go out of their way. Front desk folks were of little to no help! In particular the Front Desk Manager ingnored us 4 days in a row which amounted to 2 hours of waiting even though he was the one who asked us to come back to share our experience with him. At one point they wanted to upgrade our rooms (we had 3) but that didn’t address the smell or over population. We suggested having them move us to the Riu Palace next door which was in walking distance and we would pay the difference but they dragged their feet on that decision until it just wasn’t feasible. The whole thing was a total let down and big disapointment. If you plan on traveling to Costa Rica and Quanacaste I would highly recommend it. I would not recommend the Riu even for a couple days and if it’s the list expensive option (our trip was not the cheapest by far but we felt as though the Riu has a great reputation) boy were we fooled. I also want to add that we booked through Cheap Caribbean who have been amazing and when I first got back I wrote a letter to Riu who pushed me back to Cheap Caribbean without even an apology. Use Cheap Caribbean but stir clear of the Riu!


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From: Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Age: 55-64
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

June 10, 2018
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Needs improvement in all areas. People are very nice. Over crowded in the pool


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From: New York
Age: 45-54
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

June 7, 2018
Really Good Time!

Do: Stay at the Riu Hotel take advantage of all they have to offer, great pools and plenty of room, the room was spacious and comfortably, especially the mini bar, wifi surprisingly worked very well, was able to FaceTime and use my apps to talk to family back home, food was good and had many options, spa was beautiful and prices were decent, tours were fun and decently priced as well, staff were friendly and the shows at night were very well done. Don't : resturants were good but you had to get there early and stand in line to make sure you get a seat, I was traveling alone and the first night I couldn't even get in because there were 40 people ahead of me to be seated first, this was kind of a bummer and there was only 1 buffet where you could just go in and sit right away, they did run out of hotel pool towels often, I forgot to bring my sunscreen and ended up paying $35 for 1 bottle and that was the cheapest! Same goes for the bug spray! Lastly the beach was ok but pretty rocky and was expecting the water to be that pretty blue that you can see the bottom but it wasn't. Overall the trip was great and I loved Costa Rica!


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From: Maine
Age: 25-34
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

June 5, 2018
No mimosas

this was our first time visiting Costa Rica but not our first time at a Riu...this riu Guanacoste is the worst. It’s does not compare at all with other riu’s we’ve stayed at before. No coffee pots in rooms, no room service and no mimosa’s. Mimosa’s I look forward to having at breakfast when on vaca. No champagne in the entire resort. Service was horrible not friendly at all I would not recommend this resort.


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From: New Jersey
Age: 45-54
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.

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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