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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-...
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, American Express
HOTEL RESTRICTIONS
Drinks are not included in the disco and casino. Fee required for WiFi.
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 4 Restaurants at Riu Guanacaste:
Poolside Grill/Steakhouse - Reservations required for dinner.
Italian Restaurant - Reservations required.
Asian Restaurant - Reservations required.
Main Restaurant - Buffet Restaurant
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Table Tennis, Beach-Volleyball, Windsurfing, Snorkeling Equipment, Kayaking. Scuba Diving (lesson in p
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
What to expect
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Service
2233 Recommend
2233 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Guanacaste to their friends and family



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Nice place if you DO NOT care to see Costa Rica
kateplusthree, New York City, New York
Wed May 04 15:14:46 EDT 2016
If you go on vacation to hang out at the pool bar all day this is the place for you. The Hotel is very secluded the grounds are very nice and clean but because you are so far from everything excursions are at minimum half day trips. Everyone is very friendly and the service is great. The food is ok and the air conditioner in our room was not working properly. We were with 4 other people and the air conditioner in their rooms were not functioning properly either. We did a catamaran cruise on our last day and it was very nice it left from Coco beach which seems to be the place to visit at night (if you like to party). The sunset cruise took you out and they provided lunch, snorkel gear and an open bar. Before arriving we booked an excursion to the Arenal volcano and tabacon springs which was very far but well worth it. Pick up was a 6am and drop off 9pm. Be prepared for the narrow roads and bumpy ride. The excursion was great however our guide was a bit strange so i suggest waiting until you get to the resort to book any excursions as the prices do not differ by much. The specialty restaurants are not so great you wouldn't be missing much if you cannot get a reservation we were able to get reservations for all of them and arrived on a Tuesday. The best of all four was the asian one (buffet style). My favorite part of this hotel was the monkey bar if you go out onto the beach go to the left walk all the way down you will see a sign for the restaurant the drinks are great the food smells delicious (we did not eat anything other than their chips and guacamole) and on your way back to the hotel you can go through the monkey trail were you will see different types. PS go during the day very dark at night and they close early. Joselyn out on the beach on the right side she is the last table offers a wonderful massage for a really great price. Overall we made the best of our vacation and had a nice time we would love to go back to Costa Rica however we would not go back to this resort. More>

No surprises just good clean accommodation.
Rhonda H, Jersey, United Kingdom
Wed May 04 11:54:46 EDT 2016
Costa Rica is a stunning beautiful place and really needs to be explored. We went on several days out which you really need to do to get a feel for this place. The weather was hot and humid but don't be fooled by the cloud coverage. If you go then make sure you use insect repellent and reapply lots of time. I speak from experience of 60 bites in one day!! The hotel is huge with over 700 rooms i believe but it doesn't really feel like it. The rooms need updating and the air conditioning is a little hit an miss. The room cleaning was efficient withe the free mini bar being stocked up every other day. There are 4 optics in the room which again are replaced every other day if necessary. In regard to the rest of the hotel, the pool area has plenty of beds but can become quite noisy in the afternoon when the entertainment team arrive. There is plenty of bar staff at the pool area but the drinks are not the strongest very icy! Main Buffert restaurant has plenty of choice and you really don't need to book into the speciality restaurants. The bar areas again are well staff and attentive with the sports bar being the best place as full air conditioned, offers snacks and drinks 24hrs a day and serves the best coffee. This hotel has no surprises and offers good clean accommodation with good staff. More>

Great stay with amazing beasties thrown in
Nigel O, Caerphilly, Wales, United Kingdom
Wed May 04 11:35:15 EDT 2016
Stayed 18th April to the 1st May. Reviews by their very nature are hugely subjectve. The whole 5 star 4 Star debate reinforces this and negative experiances can very much colour peoples thoughts. My wife and I's experience of the resort was wholly positive. We found the food to be varied and of good standard, we only eat at breakfat and evening meal, this may provent exposure to the view of meals being repetative The staff was attentive and friendly Observation on tipping falls into 2 catogaries the generous acknowledgment of good service, the Yanks were generous , fair play. Secondly tipping to carry favour and priority, again a trait of the Yanks, but appeared to have nil effect, tapping of a one dollar bill at the pool bar was most amusing to watch Lots of beasties, Igwana's, Monkeys, Copi Mondi's all very cool. Not cool mozzies, go prepared Facilities and room well appointed with gardening and cleaning a constant feature All and all great value for money. but I am suffering from the 7 hour time difference More>

Great hotel but
jannorton28, Redcar, United Kingdom
Wed May 04 11:14:04 EDT 2016
We had a good stay at this hotel we were given a room on the second floor but we asked for a move as this room was right on top of the entertainment we had no trouble from the front desk we were given a room 5015 really good room we could see all the monkeys swinging in the trees we tried some of the restaurants don't bother nothing to write home about but the buffet was really good and the food was amazing especially breakfast we booked all our trips on the beach Alan life time tours orange shirts thanks guys we had amazing trips and saw so much on your tours made our holiday really special and really can't thank you enough and we got really good prices now the bad this did not happen to us we were lucky but we did meet guests that had had money I pads phones and personall belongings stolen from there safe how they got the codes no one knows we were told of this from guests it has happened to and there were many one lady was so upset rightly so I would of been if my things were taken.The manager had also refused to speak to the guests that had things taken .Really disgusting I thought if it was me I would of involved the police the only reason the lady didn't involve the police was this had happened the day she was leaving and didn't want to miss her flight so would I go back yes to Costa Rica but this hotel needs to look into its security and staff need to be trustworthy some are not our maid was good we had nothing moved but we checked and checked our things constantly as it was a big worrie for us so come on riu guanacaster get this sorted and stop letting your guests down for this reason and this reason only I will not use this hotel until things change stayed 18 April till may 1 More>

Ok place with some good and some bad. Definitely not 5 Star hotel
Rich M,
Wed May 04 07:57:22 EDT 2016
Came here with the family and the pool was nice. Food was good and plentiful. Family suite was big, nice and clean. The cons: a lot of the staff (with the exception of the dancers and photogs) were all pretty grumpy (including most of the bartenders in the pool) Not sure how you can be so grumpy at a pool bar. As others have noted, this is not even close to a 5 star resort. They do not help you get the bags from your car, are aloof when checking you in, etc.... (no "Hi, Welcome" "Where are you from?") The worst part is the photography company that they allow on site called Photoventura. The photographers are very nice but when you go to the shop, the prices are very high. No problem as I am on vacation and the shots were nice. So I was then told I could only get my pictures on a CD. I said to them, like most people, my computers don't have a CD player, can I get them on a thumb drive. Reasonable request but it was denied due to their "policy". After repeatedly asking what I was supposed to do with the CD they were trying to sell me for $150 (12 pictures) they were rude and said that they could do nothing. I came back later with my wife and the people were much nicer and said that I could email the parent company and download the photos. Well, here I am a month after the vacation and nothing back from them except stock emails about applying a discount to FUTURE purchases. I was out $150 AND had no pics to show for it. Luckily the grandparents visited and one of them had an old laptop that I could get the pictures off of. It reflects badly on the RIU that they would allow this bait-n-switch sprung on families at their resort. Also WIFI is crappy and paid and limited to a few devices (which doesnt work for a modern family) More>



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