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Riu Palace Costa Rica

Costa Rica-Guanacaste Beach Region

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1-844-756-7491
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"The staff at the hotel were top notch and some of the most friendly people of anywhere I have ever stayed. My daughter and I became well acquainted with the staff on a first name basis. Jo Han works at..." – 1Ironhorse
162 out of 188 (86%) customers would recommend this product to a friend. Read All Reviews
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4.3 out of 5
"The staff at the hotel were top notch and some of the most friendly people of anywhere I have ever stayed. My daughter and I became well acquainted with the staff on a first name basis. Jo Han works at..." – 1Ironhorse
162 out of 188 (86%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
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October 13, 2018
Fantastic resort

This resort is a absolute must. The Palace takes advantage of Costa Rica’s beauty. The beach is a short walk down from the pools and the views are amazing. A+ service and dining. A few tips check your closet for umbrellas I didn’t find this out till the latter part of my stay. I went towards the end of the rainy season it rained every night which was fine the daytime was perfect. It only rained a couple hours every night. Check out there shows they have a different performance and band every night in the salon area. Don’t buy souvenirs from the shops located by the casino in front of the resort. 10 miles down the road at a place called La Gran Nicoya. So much cheaper maybe buy as much as 70% cheaper. Takw a walk about mile down the beach to a restaurant called the MonkeyBar on the walk there I was able to actually see howler monkeys. Worth the short walk.


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From: Yukon, Oklahoma
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

October 1, 2018
wonderful girls weekend

We had a wonderful girls' vacation. The stay was amazing. From the staff at the front desk to the waiters and bartenders - everyone was very nice and friendly. Rooms were clean. The pools were very enjoyable also. Plenty of options for eating and drinking. I've been to one other all-inclusive resort (at a different island) and had been disappointed with their food - the food was really good here, with lots of options. My only small complaint is that not every restaurant was open every night - but that may have been stated somewhere that we had not looked. The entertainment at night was something we looked forward to every night. I would definitely go back and recommend this resort to anyone.


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From: Colorado
Age: 35-44
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

September 30, 2018
Beautiful resort, amazing time!

My husband and I stayed at the Riu Palace resort for our 10 year wedding anniversary and we had an amazing time! Our favorite restaurant was the Krystal Fusion gourmet restaurant. I had the lobster risotto and he had the beef tenderloins which were both delicious! The swim up bar service was ok, the bartenders were not having much fun but that didn’t bother us much as we kept getting Pina coladas which, by the way, were the best Pina coladas I’ve ever had! The only other complaint about the swim up bar was that the pool area specifically the tables were really dirty and had not been cleaned for a long time. There is thick black slimy mildew or something under all the tables and seats in the pool. The shows at night were top notch! Very entertaining and organized; the talent was so good with the dancers! Our waiter I. The buffet was very friendly and joked around with us each day, his name was Branley and he smiles a lot. The room was beautiful, I only wish there was at least 1 or 2 channels in English. After a long day in the sun, it would have been nice to watch a TV show I could understand. We booked the catamaran sunset cruise and we did the Diamanté zip lining excursion with the zoo. Be sure to bring a water bottle full of bread crumbs you can get from the buffet for snorkeling off the catamaran and the Superman zip-lining was so much fun!! The beach was ok, not what we expected plus they have a lot of locals there that kind of hound you to buy stuff. Overall, this is a beautiful resort, the best food I’ve ever eaten at an all-inclusive, fantastic entertainment and a location that I would love to explore again!

Beautiful resort, amazing time! Beautiful resort, amazing time!
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From: Sioux City, IA
Age: 35-44
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

September 17, 2018
Riu not a Palace

Food was so cheep, drinks was so chip, shows where not professional old fashion. Ocean was wavy, water was dirty. Pool area has not a bathrooms. This is not a Palace...


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From: Los Angeles, CA
Age: 45-54
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

Room Information

The resort offers 538 air-conditioned guestrooms, each offering a beautiful terrace/balcony view. Rooms include free Wi-Fi, telephone, in-room safe, coffee maker, mini-bar, and satellite TV. Bathrooms feature double sinks, hydro-massage bathtub and shower cabin, special make-up mirror, and hairdryer. With 24 hour room service, this Riu Palace is fit for a king!

Room Details

Junior Suite Garden View (SJSB)
Hotel/Studio Unit Details

Junior Suite Courtyard View (SJEB)
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Junior Suite Ocean View (SJMB)
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What's to Love

All-inclusive everything: the cocktails, the grub, the utter awesomeness of it all.

Volcanic sands along the Matapalo Beach - mixture of black and tan that make the beach uniquely inviting.

Sparkling pools with lively fun and games for all, and of course, loungers and cocktails readily available.

Beginning your peace-loving days with yoga on the beach. Namaste.

The Riu service and staff takes care of everything, making you feel especially appreciated.

RiuFit is ready to buff you up. Weights. Cardio. Stretching. It's going on every morning and afternoon.

Mix up your own cocktails in your room - liquor dispenser loaded up and ready to go.

 

What We'd Change

The resort is huge, and getting your directions mixed up is easy to do. With so much space and so many activities, though, you'll never lack for entertainment or variety.

 

Why You Should Go

Costa Rica is wickedly exciting. Tours through the jungle, zip lining above the trees, volcanoes to explore.

Delicious food with lots of variety (great if you bring the kids) and at night, lobster for you. Spoil yourself.

Let your inner creative side shine at RiuArt - combine colors, shapes and materials and create masterpieces.

Before you hit the big seas, learn to scuba in the pool. One introductory lesson and it's free.

BBQ by the pool on Friday - fresh, flavorful and a fun way to meet other beach-loving folks.

Available Amenities

  • Tour Assistance
  • Beach
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • Casino ($)
  • Babysitting/Child Care ($)
  • Children's Activities
  • Children's Pool
  • Conference Facilities ($)
  • Currency Exchange
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Fitness/Exercise Room
  • Golf Course ($)
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kids Club
  • Lounge Chairs/Umbrellas
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Playground
  • Roll-Away Bed (on request)
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming Pool(s)
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Windsurfing
  • 24 Hour All-Inclusive
  • Steam Room
  • Billiards
  • Horseback Riding ($)
  • 5 Restaurants
  • 5 Bars/Lounges
  • Shopping
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Snack Bar
  • Spa ($)
  • Wedding Services ($)
  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • Bell Staff Service
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Wireless Internet
  • Pool Towels (complimentary)
  • Tour and Island Information
  • Swim-Up Bar
  • Dive Shop ($)
  • Gift Shop ($)
  • ATM/Banking ($)
  • Banquet Facilities ($)


Nearby Excursions & Attractions

  • Beach
  • Casino(s)
  • Deep-Sea Fishing
  • Dive Shop(s)
  • Eco-Adventure Tour(s)
  • Fishing
  • Fitness Center
  • Golf Course(s)
  • Hiking/Biking Trails
  • Horseback Riding
  • Kayaking
  • Medical Facilities
  • Nature Park(s)
  • Nature Park(s)
  • Nightlife
  • Scuba Diving
  • Volleyball Court(s)
  • Windsurfing

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 Palace Costa Rica

Playa Matapalo, Sardinal, Carrillo - Guanacaste

011-506-2681-2300

Hotel Description

Riu Palace Costa Rica: An All-Inclusive Vacation in a Tropical Green Paradise

As a true beach lover, we know you're savvy and looking for that next ultimate vacation spot, one with everything you want. A place with oceans of activities for you, the fam and the kids, that includes perks like all-inclusive eats and drinks and sparkling pools where you can lounge all day (if you want.) Costa Rica's lush landscapes, filled with unique wildlife, exciting excursions (ever hike a volcano?), and tantalizing seas fits this wildly adventurous destination dream. And, Riu's commitment to service is just the icing on the coconut cake.

It's Time to Get Your Riu On.

All guests are required to wear an "all-inclusive" wristband for identification purposes. Guests staying at Riu Palace Costa Rica enjoy complimentary daytime access to the facilities at neighboring sister property, Hotel Riu Guanacaste.



DINING

Riu can roll out the cuisine, giving you lots of local flavors, plus those tried and true cuisines from home (comfort food always hits the spot.) Dig in and enjoy Asian, Italian and lots of grilled up seafood specialties. A customer fav here is BBQ by the pool (on Friday - check with the front desk.)

Arenal
Type: Buffet
Hours:
Description: Main restaurant with terrace offering continental breakfast/snack, full American breakfast buffet, on-the-spot cooking stations, fruit, juices and cava.
Dress code: Elegant casual. T-shirts with sleeves are required for men.

Krystal
Type: Fusion
Hours:
Description: A la carte restaurant serving fusion cuisine.
Dress code: Elegant casual. Long trousers and T-shirts with sleeves are required for men.

Tokio
Type: Japanese
Hours:
Description: A la carte restaurant serving Japanese favorites.

L'Anfora
Type: Italian
Hours:
Description: A la carte restaurant serving Italian dishes with buffet starters.
Dress code:
Elegant casual. Long trousers and T-shirts with sleeves are required for men.

Papagayo
Type: Grill
Hours:
Description: Poolside restaurant/grill and steakhouse
Dress code: Elegant casual. Long trousers and T-shirts with sleeves are required for men.

Capuchino
Type: Patisserie
Hours:
Description: Pastry shop and ice cream parlor.

All hours are subject to change.

BARS/NIGHTLIFE

Oh, you won't go thirsty here. You'll find bars throughout the resort and bartenders willing to mix up your cocktail of choice. This all-inclusive serves you 24-hours a day. Everyday. Cheers.

Daiquiri
Lobby bar.

Tico Tico
Lounge bar with terrace

Flora
Plaza Bar

Lounge 24
24-hour bar.

Coconut
Poolside bar with swim-up bar.



BEACHES AND POOLS

The four pools sizzle with sun-shiny happiness and loungers for everyone and of course, the popular swim-up bar and pool service will quench your thirst. Just steps away you'll find the tantalizing tan sands of Matapalo beach - a tropical oasis dotted with loungers, swaying palms and lush rolling greens as the backdrop.

SPORTS/ACTIVITIES

Water

  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Pedalos
  • Intro scuba demo in the pool

Land

  • Beach volleyball
  • Tennis

Available for an additional charge:

  • Horseback riding
  • Billiards

Golf
Riu Palace Costa Rica offers access to the following nearby golf courses:

  • Four Seasons Costa Rica Golf Club at Peninsula Papagayo
  • Hacienda Pinilla


INTERNET

The resort offers guests free Wi-Fi in the lobby and in guest rooms. Computers with Internet access are also available for use for an additional charge.

SPA SERVICES

The hotel's full-service Renova Spa offers a wide variety of massages and beauty treatments

WEDDING/HONEYMOON

Riu Palace Costa Rica offers a wide variety of wedding packages and services, including a wedding planner to take care of every detail.

CHILD CARE

The resort offers a kids' club for ages 4-12, including a daily daytime entertainment program. The resort also features a children's swimming pool and a children's playground.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Location
Riu Palace Costa Rica is located 20.5 miles from Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) in Liberia.

Check In/Check Out

Check-in: 3:00pm. Check-out: noon.
A valid credit card may be required upon check-in for possible incidentals not included in your resort reservation.

Minimum Stay
A 3-night minimum stay is required at this resort.

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.

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.



All hours, fees, amenities, information and services are subject to change without notice.
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