Guanacaste

Riu Guanacaste


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2018 Exceptional Value!
Honeymoon:
Late check-out (based on availability), Free upgrade to next room category (based on availability), and $35 USD spa credit per adult.
Family: Two kids 12 and under Stay Free with two paying adults from 5/1/18-12/23/18.

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 20.5 miles to the local airport in Liberia. The closest Village is Nuevo Colon. Located on Matapalo Beach in theGuanacaste province of northern Costa Rica.
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
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Parking(Complimentary)
Physician on Call
Shopping Mall Nearby
Pools
Number of Pools: 3

Swim-up Bar
3 swimming pools with sun terraces, one with a swim-up bar. Separate whirlpool.
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: 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: Complimentary
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
Room includes 1 king size bed, direct dial phone. Bathroom equiped with bathtub, double sink and amenities kit. Balcony or terrace.
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
Room includes 1 king size bed, separate living room area with sofa, direct dial phoneand walk-in closet. Bathroom equipped with hydromassage bathtub, extra shower cabin, bidet, double-sink, vanity mirror, balcony or terrace.
1 King Bed Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Sofa
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
OCEANVIEW SUITE WITH JACUZZI
Room includes 1 king size bed, separate living room area with sofa, direct dial phoneand walk-in closet. Bathroom equipped with hydromassage bathtub, extra shower cabin, bidet, double-sink, vanity mirror, balcony or terrace with ocean view and private
1 King Bed Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Jacuzzi
Minibar
Sofa
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
STANDARD OCEANVIEW ROOM
Room includes 2 double beds or 1 king size bed, direct dial phone. Bathroom equipped with bathtub, double-sink, vanity mirror, balcony or terrace with ocean view.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
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
Room includes 1 bedroom with 1 king size bed, 2nd bedroom with 2 double beds and living room area with sofa, direct dial phone. Two bathrooms equiped with bathtub, double sink and amenities kit, second bathroom also with bidet. Balcony or terrace.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Sofa
Hair Dryer
Iron
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
STANDARD ROOM CONNECTING
Connecting rooms are two rooms, being sold as one unit. For the room descriptions, please review the description listed above.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Kitchen
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
STANDARD OCEANVW CONNECTING
Connecting rooms are two rooms, being sold as one unit. For the room descriptions, please review the description listed above.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Kitchen
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
SUPERIOR ROOM CONNECTING
Connecting rooms are two rooms, being sold as one unit. For the room descriptions, please review the description listed above.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Kitchen
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.
La Toscana - Italian restaurant.
Furama - Asian style restaurant.
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), tennis court, body surfing.
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Live music, shows or RIU evening program daily. Complimentary access to "Pacha" disco (drinks not included). Access to casino(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
Lovely area but hotel is not quiet and relaxing
skyspets, hampshire
Thu Jan 18 07:49:34 EST 2018
Stayed at the hotel from 3rd-17th January 2018. On arrival the sheer size of the hotel became apparent. Check in was quick and efficient and fortunately we had requested a quiet room and glad we did as this looked out over the conservation area. The room were clean but dated and the bath is dangerous having to climb into the bath to shower, we had to request a slip mat as we slipped and bruised our legs twice. There is no tea and coffee facilities in the room but the fridge is well stocked however optics were not used. There are doors slamming at all times of the day and night with no soft close doors so you will get woke by the inconsiderate people attending and trust me there are plenty of them. The food was very good with a great choice and the speciality restaurants were ok. The staff are very good and the grounds immaculate Our main disappointment was the swimming pool which is big but no where near large enough for potentially 1400 residents. The sun beds are 3 deep however we did manage to get beds in the shade. The music gets louder and louder as the day goes on and if want peace and quiet do not go to this hotel as the pool entertainment staff think they are dealing with 18-30 holiday people and act like kidstalking into microphones constantly. There is nowhere to sit and read quietly and even on the beach there are no unbrellas however loads of sun beds but there are some trees for shade. There needs to be at least another two pools at this hotel and they seriously need to tone it down as most people go for a relaxing holiday. The swim up bar stinks of wee as the drunks stay in there from morning until closure drinking and clearly wee in there and the music also gets very loud here just for a few drunks. The average age at this resort is probably 40-50 years old and everyone that we met Whether English, Canadian or American all made the same criticisms but nothing seems to change. Official complaints have been made at the hotel and with Rui but they just ignore things.

THE FACTS
julie364, Brentwood, United Kingdom
Thu Jan 18 06:05:25 EST 2018
Not the best all-inclusive hotel I have stayed in. Check-in slow. Room OK. Iv'e not had a plastic shower curtain over a bath for many many years. Shower fine though. Maid service a bit erratic, sometimes flannels - sometimes not, sometimes 4 towels sometimes 2. Fridge not replenished twice during stay. No balcony light - gets dark a 6pm. The T.V. only has two English speaking channels, Fox News & CNN. The bed was 10 foot square but the pillows were only 12 inches long. Buffet restaurant - food got better during the stay. I would advise you to sit in the same section each sitting if you can, then you can build up a relationship with your server. Small point - no welcome at point of entry to restaurant. The staff seam to spend a lot of time speaking to each other rather than the visitors. The other 4 restaurants.....Well.....what can I say... You can't book them in advance. If you want to eat in one of the four restaurants you have to queue from 6:15pm. They are on a first-come first-served basis. The queues start forming at 5:30pm. When the tables are full you are issued with a bleeper to call you to your table. Not everybody wants to eat at 6:30 especially in an all-inclusive hotel. The Italian is a help yourself starter, same as you get in the buffet. Served main course, and help yourself desert, same as you get in the buffet. The service was poor and the atmosphere poor. The Asian is the same as above. The Tucan is an La a Carte restaurant. All food being served at table. The food was good but the place lacks any atmosphere. Like eating in the airport. The Octavol was the best place we ate for evening meal during stay. Served at table by friendly staff. The pool area is crowded. If you want a place in the sun you need to get up at 6am to reserve a spot.

Great place to relax
IndyKat15, Fortville, Indiana
Thu Jan 18 03:59:35 EST 2018
We just returned from a week at the RIU Guanacaste and were very pleased with our stay. This is a rather remote location on the Pacific Coast which we found relaxing. The resort is about a 45 minute ride from the airport. Check-in was quick and efficient. We had an ocean view room which was quiet and spacious for two people. The room was well furnished and maintained. Especially appreciated was the more than adequate space to store clothing. There was not only a large closet area with plenty of hangers, but also a nice sized bureau with drawers for folded clothes.The double sinks in the bathroom and large counter space were great.The room was kept tidy and clean by housekeeping and the minibar was restocked every other day. We enjoyed the food, which we found to be well prepared with a good variety in the buffet restaurants. Buffets have one downside - it is hard to keep hot food hot. The restaurant staff was friendly and, for the most part, handled the busy times quite well. We ate at two of the four alacarte restaurants: The Tuscan and The Toucan. Both were good with the meals well prepared. Because the restaurants don't accept advance reservations it is a good idea to get in line around 6 P.M. to get a reservation for one of the two nightly seatings available, The pool area is very nice and kept clean. We had no problem finding lounge chairs each morning after breakfast. It can get a bit noisy around the pool bar but the pool area is big enough that quiet spots can be easy to find. The beach is smallish - typical of Pacific side beaches. It was calm while we were there and there was always a group enjoying the sand and surf. It is difficult to find downsides to this resort. RIU's are well run and provide an enjoyable experience for the money. After a week we could only find 3 things to suggest that would make the experience a bit better: 1. The bathroom had a full sized tub with a tall ledge that needed to be stepped over to get in to use the shower. Shower was good, plenty of hot water and water pressure. However, the tall step-in was awkward to maneuver over and you had to be very careful not to slip on the tile when getting out. I suggest that if the tub can't be replaced with a walk-in shower, management consider a tub cut to lower the step into the shower. 2. This is the first resort we have stayed at that didn't have a computer with a printer available to guests. Checking in for flights home and printing boarding passes couldn't be done. The last RIU we stayed at had computers/printers in the Sports Bar that cost a few dollars to use and were much appreciated. Most other resorts have at least one computer/printer in an area that can be used by the guests. 3. The door to our room was accessed via a small recessed hallway. It was very dark and finding where to insert the key was difficult. A light came on at night, but it was very dark during the day. A small motion activated light would be great and would eliminate feeling around for the lock. Overall we had a great time at this RIU. We are definitely planning to return on a future vacation. .

Beautiful beach
mnlakecouple,
Wed Jan 17 16:20:18 EST 2018
Great beach, mountains surround resort on 3 sides, amazing food, good gym (which is uncommon), 24hr Sports Bar with snacks and coffee (for early gym goers), close to Liberia airport, great avtivities at resort all day, hard working staff, only negative is nightly show can be loud. Rooms nice and everything spread out so you dont feel crowded

2nd stay-no high expectations
ladyaruba, RI
Wed Jan 17 15:20:13 EST 2018
This was our 2nd stay at the RIU Guanacaste with a large group of people so we knew what to expect. We had a great time and really didn't let the little things bother us. CONS- the black sand at the beach did get hot so we left our sandels near the water while we went in. (No one bothered anything we had on the beach) The mattress was very hard so we asked for a "topper" which we recently bed the same day. Much more comfortable! Getting in and out of the door plus the deadbolt was really a pain. We got it after about 4 days! The tub was very slippery on both ends. I tried to adjust the spray and slipped, fell onto the ledge and slammed my arm on the wall edge. Had a nice big purple bruise for the rest of the trip. Not sure Why they have such a big step up. Should do away with the tub all together! No beach bar which would have been nice. You have to go to the lunch buffet to get drinks. The sliding doors around the food here was terrible. Can't count the number of times we got smashed fingers from people sliding them without looking. Food was okay, we never went hungry. By midweek, the buffet at night got old. Specialty restaurants were good but no reservations were taken.First come first serve, so you had to get in line by 6 to get in. No top shelf alcohol anywhere unless you wanted to buy some at the mini-market PROS Everyone was very friendly all around the resort. Even the vendors on the beach were nice. A quick no thanks was all you needed to say if you didn't want to buy anything. We booked an ATV ride with Eric on the beach and it was the highlight of the trip. Our housekeeper did a good job with our room even though the rooms are getting older looking. She left us with plenty of towels, soap and glasses. Frig was kept stocked and we asked for more tonic and Gin and it was 't a problem. Our location was convenient and it had a great view.,.We were on the 4th floor facing the ocean. Could see the grounds, the ocean and the mountains. Specialty restaurants were great. We ate at the Steak, Italian and gourmet. Nice contrast to the buffet. Coffee set up in the lobby early morning was a plus for those that got up very early. Pools were nice with some areas for those that like the bar and games while there were other spots that were for those that like it more quiet. Never had a problem finding a spot on the beach or at the pool. Because the resort is bounded by a National Park it won't get over run!



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