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Riu Guanacaste

Costa Rica-Guanacaste Beach Region

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5 Nights with Air from $1,239 All-Inclusive
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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 650 Reviews
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3.6
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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
583 out of 743 (78%) customers would recommend this product to a friend. Read All Reviews
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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
583 out of 743 (78%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Cortez Waterfall what we got View from our room. Wish we were closer to the ocean Dirty sheets View from our Room Sunset @ Coco Beach Zip lining through the jungle On the mega combo tour zip line canopy tour Day Torn towels Rooster Fish Pool View of the beach Night view from the Hallway Balcony Breathe taking first day Resort Beach Guanacaste Tree Bed Arenal 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! Nacho statioin at Ocotal. Red Eyed Tree Frog Heading to the beach Masaya Volcano The beach at the resort white water rafting tour with Tenorio River Lida's Special Services!! Amazing! Beautiful beach! Bathroom basics Beach at Riu Guanacaste Hotel Dinner Fun excursions Nacho bar is amazing The Beach! Our last selfie before headed to the airport. Coco Beach View from our room on night 1! Beach Endless palapas/chairs at the pool Pool Area Sunset!! Night Guanacaste Sunset View of the ocean from our 4th floor room. Quick Recap of vacate Looking back at the resort Hotel view Swim-up bar. Spider monkeys Baby Sloth sun set on the black sand beach view from our balcony view from our balcony out at night the lobby mold in bathroom. Playa Del huevo Love the almond tree umbrellas! View from our fifth floor room. One of our excursions.. Arenal Volcano Garden view Street party Lobby
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February 21, 2020
Riu guanacaste

I’m not sure where to start but here goes.... The first round we got assigned to us (after we paid for a king bed) that’s two completely separate beds pushed together! The beds were on wheels so when you woke up in the morning you’re basically on opposite sides of the room! The AC did not work, the refrigerator did not work and less he did not work! We switched rooms but they made us check out of our first room at noon and wait until 3 PM to check in to our new room which was ridiculous! And I have never been to a resort where the staff was so rude! The buffets had the exact same thing every single day for breakfast and lunch and the only thing that changed at night was basically the carving station! I can say that the buffets had a large variety but if you’re there for seven days that gets really old! Most of the elevators were broken and half of the hand dryer’s in the bathrooms were broken and there iare no paper towels For an alternative! This place is in desperate need of a complete remodel! If you are looking for white sand beaches this is definitely not the place for you! We have stayed in 1 other Riu about a 18 months ago and had NO WATER in our room for and entire day (no shower, no flushing the toilet, no washing your hands etc.) therefore, we will NEVER stay at one again!!!


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From: McKinneyTX
Age: 35-44
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

February 15, 2020
Great value and amazing pool

The pool at this resort is amazing! Never feels crowded and always refreshing. I read a lot of reviews and was lost concerned about the food... we loved it! You are not going to get chicken nuggets and McDonalds fries . But a huge variety of different foods, rice beans, omelets, whole roast pig to name a few. The beds.werent the most comfortable but we slept just fine. I suggest walking down the beach toward the monkey bar to book excursions you will be in a smaller group with great guides. Bonus for this resort, they have a nursery for sea turtle... we were able to watch them head out to sea. Overall, this resort was amazing, to many other great things to list.. enjoy your trip!


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Overall Rating: 5
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From: Ohio
Age: 35-44
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

February 14, 2020
Best vacation ever

The managers of this hotel do it right! I would return her in a heart beat and it was the most BEAUTIFUL and exciting vacation I’ve ever had!


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From: Philadelphia, PA
Age: 25-34
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

February 14, 2020
Nice resort

We were very happy with this resort. The food was good. The drinks were also good. We had several light bulbs out in our room so I told the front desk and they were there in 30 minutes and replaced all the bad bulbs! They also had someone get our beach chairs everyday and put them where we wanted them on the beach. They always had plenty of beach chairs also. There were several excursions that left right from our beach. Check in was quick and the front desk people were very friendly. There were vendors on the beach but they were not pushy. They always had plenty of beach/pool towels. You could exchange them through out the day if you needed to. They had 24 hour bar that was nice! The only negatives were there was no bar service on the beach and there were bird droppings on some of the outdoor dining chairs and on our balcony that never got cleaned up.


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From: USA
Age: 55-64

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.

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.



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