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.

Find more information about Riu Hotels & Resorts. Learn more about Guanacaste.
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:
La Toscana - Italian restaurant.
Furama - Asian style restaurant.
Liberia - Main buffet-style restaurant with a terrace. Non-smoking.
Tucan - Gourmet style restaurant.
Ocotal - Poolside restaurant and steakhouse for dinner.
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

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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
3.5 out of 5
j L, Woodbury, Minnesota
Sun Apr 23 15:16:40 EDT 2017
We arrived about 4pm on a Tuesday. Checkin was quick and uneventful. We were on the 4th floor and close to the theater. The beds and pillows were very firm. The entertainment was easily heard from our room, however, we were so exhausted each day that we mostly slept through it. I LOVED the entertainment at Filadelphias each night before the main show. We are early risers and never found it difficult to find good lounge chairs around the pool. The employees were hard at work before we made it to breakfast each day. We usually settled in near the swim up bar. Music and activities were plentiful here. I'm not sure that all the daily activities scheduled were always done though. I know that's the case for water polo. The grounds were clean. There always seemed to be a lot of hair floating in the pool. I saw the pool crew skimming everyday, but I've never encountered hair constantly wrapping around me before....kinda gross. The food was good, not amazing, but we never had a problem finding something we liked. The steakhouse was really good. I was really impressed with the mixed drinks. They had perfect amount of alcohol. Husband wasn't overly impressed with house wines. The beach in front of the resort was rocky. Softer sands were found if you walked left, towards Monkeys Bar. Go there! It was a nice experience. Great daiquiris! About 7am, the monkeys come down from the trees and welcome you, hoping for fruit. One downside is all the people trying to sell stuff on the beach. I did get several bug bites while down by the pool. Nothing serious though. Made some good memories and enjoyed some relaxation!

Great value...for the price paid
Charlie C, Hull, East Yorkshire
Sun Apr 23 11:45:22 EDT 2017
I'll be honest: I have mixed feelings about our stay at the Riu Gaunacaste. The hotel is in a great location, the grounds and public areas (lobby, bars, restaurants etc) are very clean and well kept, and the beach is truly wild and wonderful. The staff in the restaurants are absolutely amazing; genuinely friendly and they work so, so hard. I noticed most staff in the restaurants were there first thing and still there at 10pm+, seven days a week and always with a smile on their face. The food is a bit hit and miss, unfortunately - Breakfast is the same every day (but tons of choice), lunch is pretty much the same too (really not great) but evening meals are quite varied and there's plenty of choice. I did find a lot of the food to be too salty for my palate, and my husband agreed. Still, we both ate well and most certainly didn't go hungry during our two week stay. There's a fair amount of drinks available, at all hours, all very good. There's not a huge number of cocktails on the menu, but others are available if you ask. (The mudslides are out of this world!) Decor in the public areas is lovely, but the rooms are tired and in need of improvement. As we spent very little time in our room, it didn't matter to us. I know a lot of people complained about there only being two or three English speaking channels on the TV...not quite sure what people expect when they come to a Spanish speaking country? Yes, I did get sick of watching ice hockey every night when we got in, but big deal. (Go Oilers?!) That being said, there were a few days I was unwell and having to stay in the room (out of the very hot sun) was sooo boring! I'd maybe suggest that the hotel invest in a DVD player in each room, with a DVD lending library? It wouldn't be too much of an outlay and offers that little extra touch that people expect in five star accommodation. (I digress.) The pool was the biggest let down for us and was the least enjoyable part of our stay. There's just so much noise and chaos! It looks big and it has all these different sections, but don't be fooled - there is no escape from the madness. There's no quiet area, at all - the adult only section is a nightmare (as I'm sure you can imagine) and it's just so hard to relax. The music is loud and fuzzy, it's on almost all of the time too. (Note; there are plenty of loungers but if you want one on the front row, be prepared to get up early. I'd often go down as early as 6:30am and people would have already tried to reserve loungers with whatever they could find - shoes, books, a bottle of sun lotion. It does get a bit frustrating.) Costa Rica is a wonderful country and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone. Go and see as much of it as you possibly can, meet the people and eat the food - you'll have an amazing time. I'm absolutely sure we'll return to this wonderful country very soon, but I'm not so sure we'd return to this hotel :( A lot of guests from the sister hotel next door came to the Guanacaste pool for "a bit of atmosphere", so I'd maybe try the Riu Palace next time. All in all though, I feel we definitely got our money's worth and were taken very well care of. The problem is, people see five star and assume they'll get a luxury £5000+ holiday for £1500. It's not going to happen. For the price paid, this is a fantastic hotel. If you want to see the country, spend your money on trips and just explore it. This hotel makes a very pleasant and reasonably priced pit stop.

Great relax after busy tour
Philippa63, Exminster, United Kingdom
Sun Apr 23 08:28:24 EDT 2017
We stayed a week here after a brilliant 7 night tour of Costa Rica. We travelled through Thomson holidays. Our tour was amazing and our guide Eduardo, really fantastic. When we got to the hotel, we were lucky to have a room on the 5th floor with a sea view. We thought the room was lovely, 2 sinks in the bathroom and well stocked fridge. Lovely big bed and a balcony with air conditioning and a fan. There was also an ice machine in the corridor. We were so pleased to find the beach unspoilt, just sun beds put out as necessary; no ugly umbrellas in rows etc. We enjoyed having iguanas stop to say hello ! Some people have mentioned the sellers; well compared to other countries I have been, they were unobtrusive and if you said no thank you , they walked straight off. The hotel was kept extremely clean on all areas and the staff were very polite and friendly. The grounds were beautiful. We did not tip excessively like those from the USA but found that we were served just as quickly. Unfortunately some of the people from the USA didn't seem to be very polite and thought tipping was enough! The system for meals did take a bit of getting used to; it might be worth the hotel explaining it when you check in. We found that The Toucan a la carte was amazing food, delicious fillet steak etc. If you queued at about 5:45 , you could either go straight in at 6 or go into another queue for the second sitting and get a buzzer. The same system also worked at The Italian ( which had the biggest queues for some reason!) At the Asian, at 6 it wasn't full at all and the lady said we can't get a buzzer for next sitting until it was full! After some negotiation , we did! It seemed different rules there! The Ocatal, nearest the ocean was never so full, maybe because further to walk! We always got a table by just turning up, wonderful food, the tuna and prawn kebabs were wonderful. Someone said they didn't get much chicken in the Cesar salad but we had loads. We ate there twice, so only did the ordinary buffet once. It was good though, so much choice. Breakfasts were great too. We always sat outside by the garden. The drinks were always lovely and generous. If we sat in the lobby in the evening to use wifi, we would always be offered a drink too. Some people have complained about wifi only in the lobby but to be honest it was fine, particularly as we could check it in the morning ( being from England, that worked well as we were 7 hours behind) before breakfast. So all in all a wonderful time 🇨🇷❤️🌞

Comfort off the beaten track
Mus S, Yeovil, England, United Kingdom
Sun Apr 23 06:34:58 EDT 2017
Our party of six booked two weeks here with Thomson taking the 11 hour outward flight from Gatwick. After a smooth exit from Liberia airport we met our transfer and were at the Riu in 45 minutes. No problem checking in and we found our rooms clean and functional. The beds weren't the best but we slept ok. The many restaurants all served great food with variety. The only problem within the main complex is the strange lack of toilets - only one at the far end near the sport bar. This is a nuisance in the heat as it is a fair walk. In the pool bar area there is a notorious rotten stench nobody can work out. Furthermore the pool gets dirty late afternoon as the hordes of drunken Americans fail to stay the pace of the alcohol which is served by the hard working staff. As a Brit I'm annoyed that the American culture seems to wave dollar bills at the bar tenders expecting priority when it comes to service. Quite rightly the barmen serve everyone equally and not pander to those brash, in your face Americans ahead of everyone else. Not all behaved this way however. We tipped at the end if the fortnight. Naotger problem we're the very uncomfortable sun beds - old and inflexible and most uncomfortable. I'd have expected better from a prestigious resort where everything else is of quality. The beach I found enjoyable with no one hard selling you trips or massages etc. The lack of lifeguard presence was a tad concerning, as it was poolside. Just watch the undercurrent and waves. Around the pool the entertainment was daft but people liked it - loud aerobics with the same music on a loop! Then came the drinking games which were tawdry and tacky in such a resort. All a bit cheap and undermining the quality aspect. In the evening the entertainment was patchy - on one occasion the dancers were superb and on another we were watching bizarre clowns and a very poor Latin music show without any direction, still in that heat it wa all academic anyway, what mattered was time chatting and nice drinks which were flowing until closedown at 1am. All in all a memorable holiday, especially the trips courtesy of the great Harold on the beach with whom we booked two trips of a lifetime. I would return for sure,

Luxury
Aly C,
Sun Apr 23 06:22:48 EDT 2017
Fantastic hotel, friendly staff, great food. Local trips through Thompson bit of rip-off be careful. Local market along beach, worth a visit. Monkeys come down from trees to shouts of local 'monkey lady' at 0615 every morning. You can hand feed them.



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