Guanacaste

Riu Guanacaste


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Crystal Award Winner: Best Staff and Service in Central America, 2012

Exceptional Value!
Honeymoon:
Late check-out (based on availability), Free upgrade to next room category (based on availability), and $40 spa credit per adult (restrictions apply).
Family: Two kids 12 & under Stay Free with two paying adults from 5/1/17-12/23/17.

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-...
Fax: 610-359-6625
Website Address: www.riu.com
HOTEL FACILITIES
Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
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
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
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
DINING
Riu Guanacaste features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips-Four Restaurants/Five Bars
There are 5 Restaurants at Riu Guanacaste:
Ocotal - Poolside restaurant and steakhouse for dinner. Reservations required for dinner.
La Toscana - Italian restaurant. Reservations required.
Furama - Asian style restaurant. Reservations required.
Liberia - Main buffet-style restaurant with a terrace. Non-smoking.
Tucan - Gourmet style restaurant.
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, Casino (casino-complimentary entrance, drinks not included).
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS

Applicable Ages: 4-12 years

Children's Facilities
PlayGround
Children's Pool

Apple Vacations Customer Satisfaction Score
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2801 Recommend
2801 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Guanacaste to their friends and family
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Very good hotel
Krystal S, Albany, New York
Mon Mar 20 19:09:37 EDT 2017
The hotel was nice. For an all inclusive, there was a lot to offer. Buffet was very basic. Not up to expectations, but still had a lot of variety. Pool wss great. Bars were great. Atmosphere was definitely for the younger crowd

costa rica RIU Guanacastle (not palace)
Mert T,
Mon Mar 20 15:34:23 EDT 2017
I will be very honest and say it in exact order. We got to the hotel checked in and went to our room. I notixed there was a double bed which i was not goinf to share with my friend. We went back to reception and explained the situation to them and they immediately changed our room to 2 beds with no questions asked which i was pleased . Went into the room offloaded our luggage. Had a look around the room and it was pretty clean. I would give it a 9/10 . There is a mini bar with alcahol and bottles of fizzy drinks and water in the fridge but do not expect quality alcahol lol. We went down to the pool and it was big with allot of beds available so no need to go the crack of down to grab a chair. The hotel offers free wifi and a paid wifi. Free wifi will get you to the smokers bit and to almost the bar at the pool. The other wifi is through ot but it is expensive. If your service provider can offer you a data bundle so not take it because you will have no service at the hotel and will get it when you are on the beach. I think they block it so you can oay for there wifi. The pool wasnt the cleanest because many people drinking in the water and pee allot. There are allot of americans and they are always loud . The drinks at the bar were ok. Allot of variety but i was unhappy woth the speite. Throughout the holiday it was never actually really fizzy. The alcahol is local cbeal Stuff so becareful i got wasted really quick ended up pukeing for a few hours . The beach is ok but the sun is always behind you so when sun bathing you wont be faceing the seat you will be facing the hotel lol . Few rocks and pebbles and it could be cleaner . Once you step onto the beach you will be swared woth people offering there services. They are very friendly and once you say no they will not pester you. What annoyed me the most is i would ask for a price and they would tell me in dollars and when i ask how much in colones (local currency) he would convert. I would asume that he/she would mention the price in local then convert in dollars. We done the ATV tour which was good . Paid 75,000 for both which we had hustled down a little. You get a few people approach you on the beach trying to sell you souveniers . Ok now the food.... the food was ok i would goce overal a 7/10. There are hand full of restaraunts and a buffet . 5 bars which one is a sports bars which is 24hours. I can go into much more detail but i am tired of writing . Any spacifics please ask and i will help. They play music everynight so if your a hard to sleep person do not go . Hope this helps anyone out there considering this trip

Rough Start - Fabulous Finish
Recall-Walker, Madison, Wisconsin
Mon Mar 20 08:52:47 EDT 2017
Visited the Riu with family - mother-in-law, sister-in-laws, stepson. We all booked ocean view rooms, 4th floor. When we arrived, we were each given ocean-view on 4th floor, but not two beds per room, as requested. Very awkward if you expected my stepson to sleep with his aunt! Next hiccup - room key given to my stepson was for a room that was already occupied - and PEOPLE WERE IN THE ROOM when he opened it. Oh, boy. Not a good start. It was eventually straightened out, but the two double beds were actually "super" single beds pushed together, so not ideal. Bad: 1. Confusing start to check in. 2. They issue physical keys - so bring some way to attach to your body so you do not loose it during the week ($20 fine) 3. Uh, they use "gray water" in the toilets - yes that is very "green" but sometimes smelly. They hide it by dying the water blue. 4. No toiletries - they give you bar soap, and some liquid in the shower, but no shampoo, conditioner, lotion, cotton balls, mouthwash, etc. You can get a sewing kit at the front desk upon request. Meh: 1. Buffet lunch was the same almost every day. While i can live on guac and chips - maybe add some taco shells (soft or hard) so we can make tacos? 2. If you are having problems with your air conditioning - check and make sure our balcony door is latched tight! Aircon turns off when the door is open. 3. Shows - there are some VERY talented dancers - but I am pretty sure they can sing, also! Lip-sincing got old. Good: 1. Food was surprisingly good. No one got ill due to poor food handling practices (are my standards too low?). Went to all of the restaurants - Asian was still a buffet, but just Asian food, the Gourmet was my favorite (Tucan?) - try the seafood chowder - to die for, Italian was good - try the salmon, and the steakhouse was good (try the ribeye). 2. Beach was VERY hot - and if it is windy, you get great exfoliation with blowing stand. Did not lay out by beach. Go in the morning to the monkey bar - you will see yellow belly sea snakes sunning themselves on the sand, and monkeys - howlers and white faced - you don't have to get there very early - they stay out until at least 9 am. 3. Bars - if you ask for top shelf liquor, they will give it to you - but you have to ask. 4. Staff - I saw two persons faint due to the heat - it is SO hot! - and there was staff there immediately to assist with first aid, getting other help, notifying persons, etc. Very good staff! 5. George! It was so very hot, so we bought floats at the gift shop, and he went and got them inflated, always the first cheerful hello in the morning - always happy! Excellent: 1. Grounds were very well maintained and beautiful. 2. Housekeeping - if you use your green sign, your room is made up promptly! If we needed anything (say water, beer, etc.), we left a note - and of course a tip - and everything was done to our satisfaction. It is a "green" resort, so they do not change the sheets everyday, but they make up the bed nicely anyway. Tips: 1. Get up early to reserve your lounge chair next to the pool (6am) 2. No reservations needed for a la carte restaurants - but if you stand in line at 5:30 - 6pm, you can get a buzzer for "second seating" - short wait for buzzer, and then you can go back to pool bar, shower up, get ready, have cocktail, and eat diner about 7:30-8pm. Otherwise, hit or miss if you just stop in the a la carts later. 3. If you are flying out of Liberia - lines to check in are short, security lines are short, and it is a VERY small airport. If you have the option of waiting, do so. You do not need to be at the airport 3 hours early. 4. Oceanview - ones that face the pool are quieter than those that are in the courtyard - bring earplugs. 5. You DO NOT need 6 cans of bugspray. Did not see a mosquito at the resort the entire time - but that may be due to how windy it was. 6. Go to Coco Beach - by water or by land - went twice and both times were fun! PS - Happy hour is DURING THE DAY ($2.50 beers), and at night it is LADIES NIGHT - women drink for free! 7. Sports bar serves alcohol 24hrs/day - get your bloody mary there in the morning! 8. If you win $400 at the casino (sister) - DO NOT put it all back into the machine! Also, they do not make you pay for drinks, if you are gambling (even if you are paying the penny slots!). 9. Shops at the resort are super expensive - go to Playa de Coco 10. Shops in Coco - visit each store - while they have touristy stuff, each store usually carries about 3 artists - so you can find original art work next to your Costa Rico magnet!

Fantastic, Relaxing Holiday
CMorris89, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
Mon Mar 20 07:32:31 EDT 2017
Myself and my friend stayed here for a week at the beginning of March and had a fab time. The flight from London is fairly long (10+ hours) and we did wonder whether it might be a little far to go for a week but it was totally worth it. Our flight was delayed so we didn't arrive until 9pm, but check-in was quick and easy, although it may be worth taking your own bags up to the room as they took about an hour to arrive! The rooms were huge, the beds comfortable enough and cleaned well. Just make sure to put the sign on the door every day if you need it to be made up. We spent most of the week by the pool; we found the best spot was next to the water loungers, as these were great for a dip when it got too hot (It was around 36 degrees when we visited!) and you had sun and just the right amount of shade for most of the day. It was also a bit quieter at this side of the pool, as the entertainment and games took place up by the swim-up bar. It's also close to the styeakhouse, where lunch is served in the day. We didn't watch much of the evening entertainment, but from what we saw there was some dancing and acrobatics which looked quite good. The beach is nice but nothing special - not white sand or anything and quite rocky. Plenty of sunbeds available and the few touts that were on the beach weren't pushy. The food was lovely, we couldn't fault it. The buffet breakfast was good (particularly the chocolate and blueberry muffins were amazing!), although if you are expecting a full English fried breakfast you will be disappointed - the sausages and bacon are not as we know it and there were no baked beans! Plenty of pastries, yoghurts and fruit to make up for it though. The main buffet restaurant had good variety, and we had no problems getting into the Asian buffet which had very nice Chinese food. The only down-side was the reservation system for the a la carte restaurants, which wasn't very effective. We only just managed to get in to the two we tried, the Italian and the gourmet. It is worth queuing at 6pm for the gourmet restaurant Tucan, as the food here was outstanding. We tried it on our last night and were very impressed. The Italian was also nice, huge portions, although the starter and dessert is still a buffet. We did 2 day trips to Buenavista and Monte Verde, both were brilliant and we would recommend. Overall, we had a brilliant relaxing holiday and I would love to return in the future. Costa Rica is beautiful.

Good but isolated hotel
Rob R, Tredegar, United Kingdom
Mon Mar 20 05:34:02 EDT 2017
Just recently come back from this hotel on a two week stay in Costa Rica, nice hotel with beautiful kept grounds, were all inclusive and booked with Thompson the hotel is in an isolated spot with only its sister hotel next to it and is quiet a trek to get to other resorts ok if you want to stay at hotel but can take some time and organisation if you want to get away to coco beach or tamirindo as transport companies want minimum numbers before running trip and was up to us rather than company to find the minimum numbers but we did get to go. The facilities at the hotel are excellent we had a nice sized room with partial sea view which was kept spotlessly clean and had everything you needed except tea and coffee makers you could have an alcoholic drink in the room but had to go down to the lobby or sports bar. I had no problem with the food both choice and quality used some of the speciality restaurants these were good but the Italian which we eaten in was particularly poor. You can't pre book the speciality restaurants but as long as you are prepared to wait a little You will get a table sometimes we waited 30 minutes but on other occasions got a table straight away think there is more demand on weekends so that is when the wait times were. Bar service was generally ok did have to wait on times and seem keen to serve North Americans due to thier tipping culture. But was generally efficient and did not have to wait to long especially liked waitress service for drinks during show times. Most nights they had a show which my wife enjoyed and plenty of places to sit in the hotel, wi fi was excellent and had no trouble connecting. The pool areas was good didn't have any issues with pool cleanliness and all ways plenty of loungers available did find it a bit rowdy on times and some guests could do with a mute button but wife tells me to stop being miserable, beach area was very poor so did not go on there except for morning run. Good fun and if you are use to the Rhi hotel set up you won't be disappointed.



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