What We Love

  • Begin your peace-loving days with yoga on the beach. Namaste.
  • The service and staff take care of everything, making you feel especially appreciated.
  • Keep the party alive and mix up cocktails in the comfort of your own room.

Things to Know

  • The resort is only 40 minutes away from the airport. 
  • Before you hit the big seas, learn to scuba in the pool. Enjoy a complimentary introductory lesson on us. 
  • There’s BBQ by the pool on Fridays - fresh, flavorful and a fun way to meet other beach-loving folks.
If you’re savvy and looking for the next ultimate vacation spot, look no further than Riu Palace Costa Rica. This all-inclusive resort has everything you want: a place with oceans and activities for you and the family along with perks like the sparkling pools where you can lounge all day!

All-inclusive means a stress-free getaway: drinks, food and activities are all included in the price of your vacay! Costa Rica’s lush landscapes, unique wildlife, unique excursions and beautiful seas fits this wildly adventurous destination dream. Riu is commitment to service is just the icing on the cake! The service and staff takes care of everything, making you feel especially appreciated. Guests can mix their own cocktails in their room with the provided liquor spa dispensers, so they won’t have to leave their comfortable spots. They can also stop by the spa for a relaxing massage or facial. Riu Palace Costa Rica has something for everyone to create a memorable vacay!

Note: All guests are required to wear an "all-inclusive" wristband for identification purposes. Guests staying at the resort enjoy complimentary daytime access to the facilities at neighboring sister property.


Liberia, Costa Rica - Liberia (LIR) : 33 miles
San Jose, Costa Rica-Juan Santamaria Int'l(SJO) : 146 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 2012
All rooms non-smoking: 538
Floors: 6
Total rooms: 538


Resort Details


Various restaurants and bars serve a variety of delicious cuisines.
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The resort offers 24-hour room service, a luxurious spa, Jacuzzis and more.
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Children's activities, water sports, nearby golf and other activities provide fun for everyone.
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Hotel Advisories

Advisory *Important Information for Our Guest* As of April 2012, the destination of Costa Rica has gone non-smoking in all public buildings and areas. All hotel rooms are also non-smoking.
Advisory *Important Note* Costa Rica will impose some restrictions for Holy Week. Alcohol is not permitted to be sold or consumed. This ban on alcohol starts the Thursday prior to Easter and runs through Easter Sunday. A few hotels purchase special permits to serve alcohol, but generally it is not available. In addition, most restaurants, shops, and bars will be closed for the same time period. Restaurants in the hotels will be operating. The City Tour will not be operating.
Advisory All Student/Spring Breaker Group reservations are strictly on Request and will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the corresponding Destination Sales Department. RIU Hotels & Resorts reserves the right of admission and may reject any request at its sole discretion.
Advisory At all other RIU properties Student Groups/Spring Breakers (either groups or individuals, regardless of age) are not allowed at any time during the year. Guests disturbing or generating complaints from other guests or hotel may be removed from the property, at their own expense. Parties in rooms are not permitted

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
General Policies:

Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy - Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policies - Minimum Age Condition: At least one person 21 years or older is required in every room during February thru May. The Hotel reserves the right of admission and may request guests show passport or official ID to prove age. During the remainder of the year, at least one person 18 or older is required in every room. Guests can and will be removed from the property at their own expense in case of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff.

Transfer Policy - A price may display when children stay free, if your vacation includes transfer to your hotel.

General Information - Room taxes and service fees are included in vacation price.
Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.
Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0 8602 reviews
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Nice property, good stay

    We spend a few nights at the Hotel Rui Guanacaste in March. Overall the stay was comfortable and relaxing. We had a two room suite, which was quite comfortable for our family of four. The rooms are fairly well equipped, with comfortable beds and clean bathrooms. The food options were ok. I expected better from the a la carte restaurants. There was no method for reservations, which resulted in long waits if you want to eat early. Some of the restaurants were closed on the days we wanted to attend them, so we only got to go to the Italian option. The food there was ok, and the service was adequate. The lunch buffet left a lot to be desired - not many options, items that should be hot were barely warm, and there were flies EVERYWHERE! The pool is nice. The lower level is great for families with younger kids. The area around the bar had a bit of a party atmosphere - not for everyone, but we didn't mind it. We actually got to meet some interesting people and enjoyed hanging around the area with the music. We had a fantastic snorkeling experience with the on-site provider (Scuba Caribe). If you're looking to go snorkeling or try scuba, talk to the Rastaman - he's super friendly and did a great job with us and our kids. Overall, the resort was nice. Not the best we've been in, but certainly not a bad experience.

    Mar 26, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Riu Gunacaste

    Great resort for families and really enjoyed the beach and water slides. Shows were entertaining and a la carte were good. Beautiful view from our room and really enjoyed our family time at this resort. Only down side was elevators weren’t working and we were on 4th floor so lots of stairs to climb on the last few days.

    Mar 26, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Wonderful time!

    I would recommend staying at the Riu Guancaste. The pools are wonderful and room was excellent. They have many food choices. Not great beach but the pools are great. Many excursions if you so desire to do so!

    Mar 23, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great holiday

    Such a great place to visit , we visited for a friends wedding and the location made it absolutely fantastic, would not hesitate to visit again, very clean and very friendly hotel with great facilities and friendly staff

    Mar 23, 2020
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    I will not go back as long as Sunwing people are selling rip off tours

    We 4 older people,spent 7 days, booked 2 tours on the plane, they sell you on them. We were not able make the 2nd tour that had a 4 am. in the morning wake up call to leave at 5 am. and we would not get back to the hotel until 9 pm. that night, the first tour was to long and tiring we stood in the sun for hours, we asked but got no refund,charley the Sunwing rep told me to get a Doctors line.We tried to reschedule but the sunwing rep wanted another $40.Amer per person, all in we were out $800. Canadian the sunwing rep charley avoided us like the plague the tours are a RIP OF you spend to much time on a passenger van with terrible suspension to see guys taking sand from a river to make concrete and listen to someone talk about coffee beans for 2 hours, and the tours lasts anywhere from 9 hours to 16 hours.If you want a tour speak with someone on the beach or hire a shuttle if you go to this place do not buy the tour on the sunwing plane check the place out first speak with someone who used the guys on the beach, we did speak with tourists who went that route and they were delighted and the price is more in line with what you get, the Sun wing reps say don`t trust them, we say don`t trust the Sun wing rep they just want your money, find out for yourself, also this hotel is spread out over a large area, it had 1 public washroom on either side of the complex the Ladies washroom closest to the foyer had lineups out the door especially at the weekend, its shame full and cheap, also the elevator closest to our room was broken every other day, the day we left we had to carry our luggage down 4 flights of stairs, we will not return to this place or use sunwing ever again.Sincerely tecoyle@shaw.ca

    Mar 21, 2020