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Located on beautiful Matapalo Beach in Guanacaste, the Riu Guanacaste's guests will bask in both luxury and comfort while taking in the beautiful natural landscapes and romantic beaches.

Riu Guanacaste features four restaurants, including an International buffet and a Grill Steakhouse. Five bars serve an unlimited selection of domestic drinks and select international drinks. Each room also features its very own liquor dispenser and mini-bar. Complimentary 24-hour WiFi is also available in the common areas of the resort (available in rooms for an additional charge).

This resort is perfect for families! Two-Bedroom Family Suites accommodate up to five people and boast two bathrooms. Kids will have a blast at the playground and RiuLand Mini-Club for ages 4-12. Adults can partake in the daytime entertainment program and try their luck at the casino - entrance is included! At night, wind down with a show put on by RIU's exceptional staff.

Greening Your Life: Part of the Apple Vacations Greening Your Life initiative, this property is recognized and certified as a sustainable company by the National Tourism Institute of Costa Rica and is Blue Flag Certified for having Costa Ricas 3rd cleanest beach.

The Riu brand also has protection programs for endangered species, allowing for the recovery of flora and fauna, and is also an active participant in the Coral Reef Resotration Program at Playa Matapalo. Customers and employees also receive continual environmental training and awareness programs.

Additional green initiatives include new uses of purified water, which has boosted efficiency in water consumption on a per guest basis. Ozone laundry is also utilized in an order to reduce energy, water, and chemical consumption.

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HOTEL LOCATION
The hotel is 20 miles to the local airport in Liberia. The closest Village is Nuevo Colon
Address: PLAYA MATAPALO, SARDINAL
CARILLO, GUANACASTE


CR
Local Phone: 011-506-2681-231
Fax: 610-359-6625
Website Address: www.riu.com
HOTEL FACILITIES
Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Parking(Complimentary)
Physician on Call
Shopping Mall Nearby
Pools
Number of Pools: 1

Swim-up Bar
Pool with adjoining jacuzzi.
Golf: NEARBY
Holes: 18
Tennis
Number of Courts: 1
Outdoor Courts: 1
Lighted Courts: 1
Court Fee: Complimentary
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Complimentary
Paddle Boats: Complimentary
Motorboats: Additional Charge
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Massage: Additional Charge
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Spa: Additional Charge
Steam Room: Additional Charge
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge
HOTEL DETAILS
This resort is located on the seafront in the beautiful region of Guanacaste onn the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. This Resort is located on Playa de Matapalo beach. Buildings are 6 stories. As well as a superb range of leisure possibilities, they offer five modern, fully-equipped Conference rooms, and a special gastronomy detail. Beach: Located on Playa de Matapalo Beach Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 noon
Total Rooms: 701
Year Opened: 2009 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card
HOTEL RESTRICTIONS
Drinks are not included in the disco and casino. Complimentary WiFi is available in all public areas of the hotel.
ROOM TYPES
SUPERIOR ROOM
Superior guestroom includes one king bed or two double beds, and a private balcony or terrace. Room also includes an elegant bathroom, a minibar, a liquor dispenser, and other upgraded amenities.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
FAMILY ROOM
Family room includes one king bed and one double bed, and a private balcony or terrace. Room also features a minibar, a liquor dispenser, a bathroom with double sinks, and more. Minimum Occupancy: two adults and one child.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
SUITE
Suite includes one king bed, a separate living area with a sofa, and a private balcony or terrace. Room also features a bathroom with a hydro-massage tub, a minibar, a liquor dispenser, and more.
1 King Bed Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
OCEANVIEW SUITE WITH JACUZZI
Suite includes one king bed, a separate living room with a sofa, and a balcony with a a Jacuzzi and beautiful ocean views. Room also features a bathroom with a hydro-massage tub, a minibar, a liquor dispenser, and more.
1 King Bed Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Jacuzzi
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
STANDARD OCEANVIEW ROOM
Standard guestroom includes one king bed or two double beds, and a private balcony or terrace with beautiful ocean views. Room also features a minibar, a liquor dispenser, a bathroom with double sinks, and more.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
STANDARD
Guestroom includes one king bed or two double beds, and a private balcony or terrace. Room also features a minibar, a liquor dispenser, a bathroom with a double sink, and more.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
2 BEDROOM FAMILY SUITE
Family suite includes one bedroom with a king bed, a second bedroom with two double beds, a living room with a sofa, and a private balcony or terrace. Minimum Occupancy: three adults or two adults and two children.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Sofa
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
DINING
Riu Guanacaste features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips-Four Restaurants/Five Bars
There are 5 Restaurants at Riu Guanacaste:
Liberia - Main buffet-style restaurant with a terrace. Non-smoking.
Tucan - Gourmet style restaurant.
Ocotal - Poolside restaurant and steakhouse for dinner. Reservations required for dinner.
La Toscana - Italian restaurant. Reservations required.
Furama - Asian style restaurant. Reservations required.
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Table Tennis, Beach-Volleyball, Windsurfing, Snorkeling Equipment, Kayaking. Scuba Diving (lesson in pool).
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Evening Shows, Live Music, Disco and Casino (disco and casino-complimentary entrance, drinks not included).
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS

Applicable Ages: 4-12 years

Children's Facilities
PlayGround
Teen Disco
Children's Pool

Apple Vacations Customer Satisfaction Score
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2233 Recommend
2233 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Guanacaste to their friends and family



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RIU Guanacaste All-Inclusive
rayfam, Colorado
Wed May 18 19:42:58 EDT 2016
We recently stayed for 7 nights at the Riu with friends. The property was very well kept, we were there in the dry season (actually one week before the rains came in), but the property was very green and lush. Our room was very nice, spacious and had everything that we needed. Everyone was very friendly and happy to help if you needed anything. We loved the buffet restaurant for breakfast and dinners. We did eat at the Italian restaurant twice and it was very delicious. Remember that you must make reservations. They only have 2 dinner time options in the restaurants and they book up quickly. When they front desk advises you to do so on your first day, take their advice and make reservations for the week. If you are unable to dine in one of those restaurants, you will have plenty of delicious options in the buffet style one. The pools were nice. We never had a problem getting chairs. Remember to bring your sandals or flip flops and wear them at all times when not in the water. The cement and sand are very hot during the day. You'll see those that forgot their sandals at their chairs hopping very quickly back to get them. The ocean was always very warm. We walked every morning along the beach, twice to the monkey trails. If you want to see the monkeys up close and active, head down to the trails early in the morning. You can take fruit with you and they will take it out of your hands. It's also worth the trek down the beach and over the rocks to shell beach where you'll find many shells, crabs crawling around and some solitude. We walked to the Monkey Bar twice. The drinks are delicious (a little pricey, but a fun, unique place to sit for a bit) Just head down the beach and follow the signs. If you want to have an amazing massage for a very reasonable price, head down to the beach and take a left. I've never had a better massage! Wish I would not have waited until our last day to do it...I would've enjoyed more than 1 massage that week. We took a catamaran snorkel tour and had a great time. We did also do a zipline, waterslide, mudbath tour and learned so much about the culture along the way! Highly recommend doing at least one excursion while you are there. We do wish there had been some water activities right there at the resort, but were happy with our adventures away too. Costa Rica is a great country for a vacation! More>

Amazing resort...not so amazing drinks!
ggil616, Woodhaven, New York
Wed May 18 13:56:38 EDT 2016
This resort is absolutely GORGEOUS! PROS -There are no windows throughout the main areas of the hotel i.e. lobby& hallways. Because of this, these areas feel great especially at night when a cool breeze comes through. Could also get a little hot in the day time but overall pleasant. -The rooms are big and clean. All rooms have balconies. Mini bar had bottom shelf liquor, nothing that we enjoyed. Luckily, we brought our own cognac which helped when in the room hanging out or getting dressed. Mini fridge was stocked every other day which was nice too. -Pool was beautiful and big. Seats were sometimes a problem near the bar but further away you would be able to find a couple of seats near each other. -Grounds were kept clean daily. Staff is also very friendly and accommodating. -FOOD WAS DELICIOUS throughout the day! Never a worry of whether or not we were going to enjoy it. Asian restaurant was delicious. Youll need a reservation for this one. -Check in was smooth and they let us up early since our room was ready. My friends room right next door wasn't so they just hung out with us for an hour. -When looking to book excursions, youll have several options in the main lobby. We highly recommend Nexus tours. Orange shirt guys. Will review them as well. CONS -With Zika going around, our group was somewhat paranoid. However, we came prepared with bug spray and mosquito candles to help when hanging out in the balcony or by the pool. However, there is a mosquito problem and mostly at night. Not sure if theres something that can be done about it but this could be a problem in most hot islands and countries. -DRINKS WERE AWFUL! We totally understood that we weren't going to be getting top shelf liquor but even with bottom shelf liquor, but we hoped a bartender could try and make it good. We left over 30 drinks behind in 5 days of our stay. We tried almost everything. I recommend a mango mojito or a Miami vice. Those are a 2-3 out of 5...the rest are 0's. -Making reservations for restaurants was kind of annoying. We got to the resort on Thursday, after restaurant reservation hours so we had to have the buffet food..which wasn't bad. Then the next morning (Friday) we rushed down to catch reservation hours and by 1030am, everything was booked. So we made our reservations for Sat and Sun. So we only enjoyed their nicer restaurants those two days since our last day was Monday morning. Also the steakhouse is outdoors, not the best idea since all kinds of bugs come out at night in that area behind the pool. -The beach wasn't good to see. Dark sand beach was cool but that's about it. Water wasn't clear so it wasn't too appealing to go in. We went to take pictures of the view and once at night. Dead trees on the beach also. -Wifi only works in the lobby. Was nice to disconnect from our devices for a couple of days so do not expect to be by the pool surfing the internet. The second you move from the lobby itll disconnect. -Be prepared to wait a while for transportation at check out. Hundreds of people line up at the lobby to wait for their rides. If you could get your own transportation from a local cab driver, I recommend that more so than waiting for the hotels transportation. We waited the least time and left before everyone. -Hotel cab company will charge you and arm and a leg to go to places. Again, get a cab drivers card and become their best friend! Youll appreciate not paying triple for a regular ride into town or the airport. More>

Good hotel but didn't make our honeymoon special. THOMSON GRAND TOUR
EmmaQUava, Bristol, United Kingdom
Wed May 18 12:47:22 EDT 2016
We were booked here through Thomson as the second part of our Grand Tour of Costa Rica. Firstly, I must point out that upon booking we tried to book the Riu Palace (next door) and were told that it wasn't available for the tour we were on, to find when we arrived that other people on the tour were allowed at the Riu Palace. We booked it for our honeymoon and were informed when we arrived that Thomson had not told the hotel that it was our honeymoon. The hotel 'upgraded' us to an ocean view room, but the sea could only be seen if you squinted and tilted your head to see through the palm trees. Whilst this was disappointing, we cannot blame this on the hotel who obviously tried to make the best of a bad situation. Aside from the 'sea view' the room was good. We had plenty of storage, air conditioning, an en suite bathroom and optics in the bedroom area. The room was good for what we needed and was cleaned regularly and the fridge was re filled every so often. If you needed extra bottled water, you could ask at reception and they would give you some anyway, so that wasn't a problem. The pool area was nice, there was some entertainment and you can hire clean towels daily. The beach was at the end of the pathway from the hotel main pool area. There were a selection of restaurants, a buffet and some themed. We ate at the Asian, the Italian and then the buffet. We preferred the Italian, although the Asian was nice as well. We booked two day trips through 'Hotel Beds / Destination Services' in the hotel lobby. Both were great, one was the Bueno Casto combo (ziplling and horse riding and hot springs) and another was to the hummingbird and butterfly gardens. Both were great but personally, I recommend the hummingbird garden, as it was absolutely amazing! There is food available 24 hours at the hotel, lots of bars and entertainment in the evenings in the theatre area. We were given some vouchers for the casino when we arrived and used them but there were so many weird rules on the roulette that we don't have in the UK, so wouldn't recommend that at all. We had to match our vouchers value and then the table had a minimum spend for one person so we lost about $40 in ten minutes haha. Also the rocking chairs in the shops near by - so beautiful. I am sitting on one now, whilst I write this (got it sent over), they're much cheaper in the airport! We also did a jet ski tour with the company associated with the hotel -- highly recommend that! We saw lots of wildlife and our tour guide was lovely. They have a shop in the shops outside the hotel and offer jet skiing, fishing scuba diving etc and you will also find a company rep around the pool area. Heads up for anyone doing the tour - we would recommend it thoroughly. Bring a camera and some extra cash as not all meals on the tour are included (we found this out on arrival as to be honest, hadn't read the information properly as we were planning a wedding) Pack water / beach shoes or shoes you don't mind getting wet for river tubing and hot springs. Also the obvious bug deterrent and sun screen. We used two bottles on sun screen in two weeks, between two of us, as a guide. Would also recommend some diarrhea relief tablets and re hydration sachets. More>

Excellent all inclusive resort
soliatire, Ripley, United Kingdom
Wed May 18 12:36:03 EDT 2016
Travelled with Thomson, there are two Riu hotels on the Guanacaste beach, both 5 stars, the Guanacaste and the Palace; we stayed in the Guanacaste which is the older, larger and more established resort and we were very satisfied. It's worth walking up the beach for the wildlife, the sea in front of the hotel is a little stoney. There are monkeys and raccoons all around the hotel. This a bit of a late review, we travelled in February and the weather was fabulous, would definitely recommend a trip in the mountains! More>

No cancellation!
AL0U, Cartago, Costa Rica
Tue May 17 22:10:21 EDT 2016
This hotel has a 60 day cancellation policy. And if you are within those 60 days you need to present either a death certificate or a doctors letter stating you are too sick to be there. Initially we needed a room for two adults and three kids, so they offered two rooms, but not necessarily connected. They have absolutely no sense of what customer service is! More>



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