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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
Hotel Average
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Food Quality
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Cleanliness
Service
2233 Recommend
2233 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Guanacaste to their friends and family



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Great hotel, except!?!
hi-desertraveler, Lancaster, California
Thu Sep 22 11:12:17 EDT 2016
We are on our last few days of a 2 week stay at the RIU Guancaste. I plan a longer and more positive review later, but just wanted to give notice to a serious problem that surprised us. First, this resort is very isolated, with no reasonable access to taxis. The RIU has some services available, but expensive and limited to certain locations an times. Secondly, ATT is not available at the RIU, an I am sure there are plenty of other USA carriers would also be missing. So, no texting or phone calls for us for two weeks! Some service is here, as all of the "locals" spend all day on their I phones!! More>

Great resort!
Matt L,
Thu Sep 22 05:59:02 EDT 2016
so i was a little skeptical after reading some of the reviews but I must say we had a great time. There was a large selection of foods at the buffet, some things did tend to get a little repetitive but i'm not that fussy of an eater so there was always something to eat.weather was beautiful even tho it is rainy season there, we did have rain several days but it only lasted an hour or so. The drinks were good and plentiful, and the staff all really friendly. We stayed in an ocean view room on the top floor with views of the jungle on the right hand side. if you sat on the balcony in the morning you could hear the howler monkeys in the trees. The resort tends to get busier on the weekends as they allow to locals to come to the resort so I would recommend doing your excursions on the weekend if you prefer quiet. check in was a breeze with no issues and no language barrier they all speak pretty good English. We brought with us some 1L bubba mugs and i'm glad we did like every resort the glasses are small and during the after noon the bar can get quite busy so it saves a couple trips to the bar. excursions we did the full day trip to Nicaragua. Highly recommend this trip, it is a long day but well worth it. they take you up to masaya volcano and you are actually sitting on top looking down into the crater of the volcano. It started showing lava about 8 months ago the guide said which was super cool to see the lava splashing around at the bottom. you take a boat ride into a fresh water lake to see some beautiful house and monkey island where I got to feed a spider monkey from my hand. We also took a shuttle into Tamarindo-its a surf town about an hour and a half away was good to see we ate some local food and walked around the beach and into some of the stores. Vandara mega combo-this is the excursion where you horseback ride/zip line/hot springs/mud/slide. so the horses aren't the brightest by any means they don't listen at all and just do whatever they want mine tripped on rocks and its front feet folded over I thought for sure i was going to get thrown and the horses behind trample me. the zip line was awesome i very much enjoyed that. The mud at the hot springs smells terrible we washed out clothes in the sing back at the hotel and still couldn't get the smell out and the hot springs was very relaxing. the slide was terrible, they pumped it up like its way faster then the zip lining but i came to a complete stop twice going down as my tube wouldn't fit through it did however speed up near the bottom but definitely a lowsy slide.The ride to the place is hell for lack of better words very bumpy and unpaved roads. I wouldn't do this excursion again if I went back I would just do the zip lining as there are plenty of places in the area. One place is right next door. I would definitely stay here again for the price I payed. More>

Pura Vida
Denise H, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Wed Sep 21 11:21:50 EDT 2016
Stayed here for 2 weeks, check-in was quick as you fill in your registration form on the coach on the way, if you've stayed at a Riu before you'll be aware of the layout, there hotels have the same set up and standards regarding decor food and drinks. PLEASE NOTE THAT COSTA RICA IS A NON SMOKING COUNTRY AND THE HOTEL HAS STRICT RULES ON WHERE YOU CAN SMOKE. YOU WILL BE FINED $350 IF CAUGHT SMOKING ON YOUR BALCONY AND THEN MADE TO MOVE ROOMS. THEY HAVE DESIGNATED SMOKING AREAS. There is a huge pool with plenty of sun loungers and a restaurant that is open for lunch. (the main buffet restaurant was not open at lunchtime due to low occupancy) The food was pretty much the same as most all inclusive hotels. The beach is black sand, I thought I'd be OK with that but I couldn't sunbathe on it. There are several a la carte restaurants we ate in all of them and enjoyed them all, no need to pre book which was great. The nightly shows were ok well worth a watch, well done to the animation team cause they work day and night to keep you entertained ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘. The rooms are comfortable but there is no kettle or coffee making facilities but they do have a fridge stocked with beer and soft drinks also a cabinet with optics Vodka, Gin, Rum and Whisky. We booked our trips on the beach, Palo Verde and Nicaragua both better value than doing it with Thomson. The rep Becky was fantastic always ready for a chat and very informative and professional๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ More>

Awesomeness Overload!!!
Vickilynn111, Union City, Georgia
Wed Sep 21 07:03:13 EDT 2016
It's a large resort with beautiful rooms, all inclusive food and beverages and amenities galore. The night life was good too with shows, disco and a 24 hour sports bar. Again it's a large resort. I got in more than 10,000 steps (for us fitbit wearers) walking along beach, to restaurants and pool. I just wish that that every channel on the tv wasn't in Spanish; except CNN. I left a pair of CZ and sterling silver stud earrings on the nightstand, they went missing. Not sure if they were taken, but will always use the safe in the future. Other than that, the wedding on the beach was beautiful and we had a great time. More>

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Ali A, Acton, Massachusetts, United States
Wed Sep 21 02:45:56 EDT 2016
Found a deal on this hotel on United Airlines travel website. This all inclusive hotel is located on the pacific coast in the area of Liberia. It encompasses vast amount of area and has souvenir shops and casino in its vicinity. We stayed on this resort for 5 days. Food was amazing. The only drawback is that there is no free internet available in hotel rooms. However, it can bought at a price. There is a timed free wifi available at the reception one time per day. Overall, if looking for enjoyable all inclusive vacation, I would highly recommend this hotel. More>



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