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Riu Palace Costa Rica

Costa Rica-Guanacaste Beach Region

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5 Nights with Air from $1,059 All-Inclusive
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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
185 out of 216 (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
185 out of 216 (86%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
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June 19, 2019
Couples Trip

This was by far my favorite vacation I have taken and I have been to several all inclusive resorts. We booked our transportation separately but others in our group used the hotel transportation which they liked. We took the hotel shuttle into coco beach which was great for souvenir shopping and to see another beach. The pools were amazing. The bartenders at the pool bar were great. The bar tenders at the main bar were great. The Costa Rican drink/shot is a must try. We spent the majority of our pool time in the pool with the basketball goals. It was definitely a good time. Sports bring everyone together. We walked along the beach which was beautiful. You can see the mountains. There were people swimming in the ocean but it’s not a beach you would see visiting the Caribbean side so many people are not laying out at the beach. The food was really good. We ate at the Italian place, steakhouse & buffet. We ended up eating at the steakhouse twice. I did not care for the Italian place but our group members loved the lamb chops there. Our room was beautiful. There was a weird, closed up smell when we walked in but that went away within a few minutes of opening the sliding door. We did two excursions while there, one of which was the ATV tour with Marco Polo on the beach. Our tour guide Kevin was great. I would recommend this resort to anyone. You will definitely have a great time!


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Overall Rating: 5
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0
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From: South Carolina
Age: 25-34

June 18, 2019
Humid, buggy and slow service

Overall, the Riu Palace was okay, but will not be going back. The bed was comfortable but the pillows were made for children and they were hard and flat. There was no entertainment on the beach or anything going on. To get a lounge chair you had to ask the security or the person guarding them, which they were no help because I would have carry them and walk at least 30 feet one way to be close to the beach. Oh yeah I really didnt get to relax on the beach because every 2 mintues someone was asking me if I wanted to buy a souvenir or a tour. The water was black and cloudy so you I couldn't see anything that was around me while in the ocean. I did not like how small the resturants were and they would fill up so fast. The best restaurant was the steakhouse and the rest were horrible. I think I lost 10 pounds because of the food. Our room was next to the entertainment stage so we could never really watch tv or take naps throughout the day. I think the only cool thing about the hotel was that you could see monkeys, which were located a mile away by the monkey lounge. I would not recommend if you have small children or want quiet time.


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Overall Rating: 3
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3.0
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From: Charleston, SC
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

June 17, 2019
Outstanding Service

Shout out to whoever does the hiring for the fit group and entertainment group- outstanding job! The staff at the Riu made our vacation wonderful. What a fun, outgoing, talented group of people. I hope they are appreciated for their hard work and long days. Special shout outs to Luis, Leyda, Reuben, Freddy, Johann, Adrianna, Grabin and Barino- I’m sure I spelled the last two wrong. They kept the kids involved in the activities and made us laugh. Great representation of the people of Costa Rica! The shows were good- our favorites were the Crazy show and the White show. The pools are pretty but showing some wear. Great layout. Fun bartenders- they created new drinks for us to try daily- Ferman was Fun! German was a great server. The food was average. I wish there was more options in speciality restaurants. Service in the restaurants was very good. The workout facility was clean and well equipped. The only thing missing was a bosu ball. The rooms were spacious. The climate is very humid and our first room smelled like mildew. We went to the front desk and they changed our room, without a problem. Love the location- beautiful. We saw monkeys daily. Amtrust did a great job with transportation. We also did an excursion with them. Outstanding and a great value. We had an excellent time. Hope to go back.


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Overall Rating: 4
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From: Hinckley, Ohio USA
Age: 45-54
Travel: 7+ trips/year

June 14, 2019
Great Vacation

I do not have anything bad to say. Price was good and resort and food and drink were very good. I would go back again. Everything that was promised was delivered. The spa and resort credits were not what I thought they were going to be but other than that it was very enjoyable from start to finish.


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Overall Rating: 5
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From: NY
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)
Hotel/Studio Unit Details

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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