Guanacaste

Riu Guanacaste


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Exceptional Value!
Honeymoon:
Late check-out (based on availability), Free upgrade to next room category (based on availability), and $35 USD spa credit in Ocean Harmony massage for two (50 min), once per stay.
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 20.5 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
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
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:
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), 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
Hotel Average
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Food Quality
Comfort
Cleanliness
Service
2801 Recommend
2801 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Guanacaste to their friends and family
TripAdvisor Web Reviews
Based on 6546reviews
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Lovely hotel for non smokers
Ali_Stv, Oxford
Sat Nov 11 14:11:08 EST 2017
Staff on the whole were very polite and helpful except reception although polite most requests took forever! Rooms were really big and beds were really comfortable. Although they were Two twins put together so lots of room but split during the night! Food really good lots of choice and plenty of different salads and veggie options all day long. Breakfast amazing!! Freshly made everything from waffle pancakes to personalised omelettes on top of usual English breakfast, American, European and local.. So 8/10 for food BUT 4/10 for drinks..!! Wine was unsinkable! I dont drink beer but told very poor.. local drinks tasted watered down and except tequila shots! Mixers were cheap syrupy fake juices.. you can get original club soda, tomato juice and tonic . I love fresh juice but no where to be found!! Coffe alao below average unless you go to sports bar for fresh bean to cup coffee maker.. Breakfast one was broken moat of the time. POOL lovely and clean :) beach o few metres away lovely views especially of the sunset ! There are alot of locals pushing tours though .. ok for a day or 2 but then annoying!! Definately go to coco beach by water taxi there are lots of traditional bars and shops for reasonably priced souvenirs :) avoid shops on resort paid 52USD for flip flops!! ONLY 3 smoking areas in the whole resort! Can not even smoke on own balcony .. apparently costa rica rules .. ao bare thia in mind.. Costa rica itself is juat amazing place to visit ao much to see barely had time to sunbathe!! WEATHER although forecast was thunderstorms and rain we has lovely sunny days with odd thunderstorms due to being end if rainy season .. definately recommend Costa rica however this resort is a little of the beaten track and have to take tours to see other areas.. as no bus routes ECT.. all in all a great holiday !

Great Weather, 7 day adventure and a great deal price with Thompson booked month before
Giovanna17, Beaufort, United Kingdom
Sat Nov 11 13:24:00 EST 2017
Weather We arrived 4 days after the storm nate. We were very lucky with the weather, It only rained at night mostly and one or 2 times 5 min afternoon, liquid sunshine. and it was unbelievably hot! I mean hot uv 11 extreme, we used 50 sunblock up until last two days, 30 all day sun lotion last 2 days. We were expecting oct rain season more. weather hot hot. so don't worry about weather it will be fine. the people who experienced nate, said the hotel did the very best in such awful situation, they lost power and had flooding. for 24 hours. everyone worked well pulled together in this scary event. Hotel First time at a riu hotel, we normally stay much smaller hotels. a very big hotel, spotless clean and always somebody cleaning. reception and staff excellent, customer service really good , we had no problems on our break. I did read a lot of reviews before we left and was expecting the worst on some things. we had great time. Food was really good and we didn't have any problem getting into al lacarte restaurants, great variety and delicious foods. I think we hit the right times for eating early evening and we were up early for breakfast, we missed all the crowds, we were early to bed and early to rise, down to the time difference. Our room was very spacious and very clean , spotless, bed kingsize very comfortable no problems at all, we were in 5008 quiet and had view of monkeys some afternoons from sanctuary which was opposite our balcony. Entertainment only seen one night, we were in bed early nearly every night, glad to have a good rest great holiday. It looked good, dancers. Daytime entertainment team were ok and had some activities to enjoy around the pool. I did water aerobics one day at main pool, the next day they had a guest zumba instructor ,in afternoon really enjoyed, we did it by the side of the pool. I also did stretching at the beach a few mornings and head of entertainment was really good, he did more yoga, although there were only a few of us, they take turns in instructing. They were all friendly and great personalities which you need for animation team. The only negative about this hotel is the adult swim up pool, never went in there, everyone goes in there and drinks all day and no one comes out to use toilet. everyone is having a great time I imagine, some people were being sick, unfortunately . it was very busy there.Plenty of sunbeds etc. cocktails are good loved the dirty monkeys my favorite. they are strong so only had one or two, really good though. Beach beach, not your typical Caribbean beach , had a beautiful sunset and vocanic sand, water was very warm , cloudy , wear water shoes. I loved walking up and down the beach. quite a nice long picturesque walk. still beautiful though. Had a great massage of estephany, 39 dollars and all over body massage and facial, it was superb for the money, not at hotel she was a beach vendor at our beach and highly recommend. We also bought our souvenirs here very good price, so expensive at hotel. Trips I researched before we left and it was so difficult trying to decide which trips to do, so many to chose and only here for 7 days. we couldn't do some because of the storm nate, so that narrowed it down, only a little lol, the boat trip was cancelled palo verde. and cloud forest. We did Arenal hanging bridges trip with swiss tours at the front desk at the right by reception, we would have gone with thompson, they were only doing vocano and had cancelled eeco trip for some reason. anyway so glad we went, we seen the volcano, 3 hour trip to and from. it didn't seem that long going, we had plenty of stops and our guide carlos and driver carlos were really good. we did hanging bridges, a hike, amazing! loved loved , we had very good lunch and we also went to tikii hotsprings for hour half , which was plenty of time, I think thomson go to tabacon , which is supposed to be a lot bigger and your there 3 hours, we finished with al la carte at fantastic restaurant in Arenal, view of the volcano, food was excellent. trip was 120 dollars, got back to hotel at 9pm. met some lovely people from all over america and around 13 of us, highly recommend. Lots of people book with beach vendors erick and alex on beach. same price for this tour as with these guys, this one had such good reviews and safer option if any thing went wrong. Thomspon were more expensive and we would'nt have minded paying, they stopped one of the itinerary. lots of fellow guest who we befriended , did the nicaragua trip, they all said it was long , it was worth it. Would have loved to have done this trip, we chose arenal instead. Magnificent! We also did the diamante park adventure trip, next door to us. Wowee! we did the zip lining on friday the 13. I was petrified, wanted to try it out and thought I would leave the superman line out, the longest over looking the sea in the world apparently. I surprised my self and absolutely loved it, my fear of heights have gone. all of us were so scared, once we did the first zip, it was fine and there were all ages doing this. what an amazing experience! i am in my forties. Very safe and health safety at this park is first class, staff were fantastic and put you at ease.. we then went around the animal sanctuary which was good. various animals, sloths , butterfly's beautiful. jaguars, insects frogs. we had full day pass. We met lots of lovely americans and lovely people from nottingham ,ireland and wales. Costa ricans descend on the weekend, we found them really courteous and pleasant. no trouble at all. We had very good adventurous holiday and very relaxing. PURA VIDA Enjoy

Tropical Getaway
W660CNsandrao, Columbus, Ohio
Fri Nov 10 07:50:52 EST 2017
Hotel was big and kept clean. Our room was spacious and provided us with all we needed. We are a family of 4 with 2 kids under 4. The food was great! The entertainment just ok the beach was steps away and staff were very friendly. Downsides were only limited food was available during certain times, we couldn’t bring food to the rooms and with two young kids adjusting to a different time zone it was tough to stay awake to eat. Also for a few hours one day our hot water wasn’t working. They have a kids area but was not always opened and the kiddie pool was so cold. The daily outside resort tours are great! Next to the resort was forested area and we saw monkeys there. Many iguanas, lizards & tropical birds everywhere, my kids loved it! We also saw a coati on the resort property one day. Overall great experience for the cost and would definitely go back! Pura Vida!

Three Strikes You’re Out Riu
900lauriem, Burlington
Fri Nov 10 03:23:12 EST 2017
The grounds of this hotel were beautifully kept - however they chose to run the very loud lawn mowers at 6 am!! The pool was chaotic and filthy. The rooms are average and were not cleaned daily - the beds were made and our room at a king and a queen and both very old, tired bed spreads were draped on the beds and sat on the floors (ugh). A la carte restaurants were confusing as some were open some nights and other nights they weren’t, this was not posted anywhere. Nightly shows were poorly done. Check in was chaotic and mixed up. Porters were nowhere in sight to help with bags or directions. Food was good and you could find something good to eat in the buffet or one of the a la cartes. Stayed in a Riu in Panama, one last year in Punta Cana and now this one - all three were nightmarish and definitely rated at about a 3*** at most.

Update on my previous review
Mags E,
Thu Nov 09 10:53:08 EST 2017
The restaurants are very good and so is the food with plenty of variety. The restaurant staff are wonderful and very helpful, my friend and I went for coffee every morning at around 5am to the sports bar, again staff are great as are the bar staff the rest of the day.



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