Guanacaste

Riu Guanacaste


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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
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
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
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
DINING
Riu Guanacaste features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips-Four Restaurants/Five Bars
There are 5 Restaurants at Riu Guanacaste:
Furama - Asian style restaurant. Reservations required.
Liberia - Main buffet-style restaurant with a terrace. Non-smoking.
Tucan - Gourmet style restaurant.
Ocotal - Poolside restaurant and steakhouse for dinner. Reservations required for dinner.
La Toscana - Italian restaurant. Reservations required.
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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2233 Recommend
2233 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Guanacaste to their friends and family



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Lovely Property
GingerDarkness, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Thu Dec 01 14:06:35 EST 2016
We spent a week at this lovely place in September 2016. Very clean and staff was very friendly. We had no concerns about the food or quality of beverages available. We had an ocean view room and were very pleased. The pool was well maintained and the afternoon poolside games/entertainment was unexpectedly enjoyable. The beach was quaint and perfect for relaxing. Never had a problem getting beach chairs or space. Would certainly consider returning.

Nice stay for the price
Mark W, Cincinnati, Ohio
Thu Dec 01 06:17:54 EST 2016
I agree this is not a 5 star hotel. It is in the middle of no where and to get anywhere takes 90 minutes. If you like to drink and eat and lay by the pool its a good place but we like to see things and this hotel was a bit out of the way. The food is not so good but I will say its not full of sodium like a cruise ship or American food place so I didn't have the normal vacation puffy hands which was nice. The booze is just ok. The bar in the pool has some horrible smell to it... and lots of drunk people in the pool. Some woman even puked in the pool and they had to close it down. The bed was like a rock but we asked for a mattress pad and that helped a lot. There was a hurricane while we were there and there was no communication with us which I didn't like. All in all it was worth what we paid but don't expect a 5 star hotel. You're not paying 5 star prices after all.

It's not 4/5 star
Allyson M, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Wed Nov 30 16:08:51 EST 2016
1. Expedia offered a $35 discount to the spa... thought it was a great idea until I got there...beware! It's a scam you have to pay $115 more for probably the worst massage ever. 2. The shower has..no water pressure 3. The free wifi is a challenge and has weak signal strength-:makes you think they are trying to get you to buy the premium?! 4. The food is good (thank god) 5. The dinner reservation situation is odd but if you're easy going it's ok . It's fast. 6 Room has no coffeemaker so that's 'an event' in the morning (brutal for someone who likes coffee first thing) and there is NO room service 7. Grounds are beautifully landscaped

We had a great time
David T, Georgetown, Texas
Wed Nov 30 11:54:19 EST 2016
The trip to Costa Rica was my first time to stay at an all inclusive hotel. There are good points and bad points to staying there. First of all, the hotel is beautiful. It fairly new and kept in great condition. Our room was nice with a view of the ocean. The grounds are kept well all the time. The pool area is lovely and huge. The beach is beautiful, but is a salt and pepper sand beach. The hotel is located in the middle of nowhere. You are not near a city or town. However, the location is beautiful. But if you are like me and you like to walk and explore, then this is not a location for you. The staff is this hotel's best asset. Everyone was professional, polite and helpful. It's obvious that the staff takes pride in the hotel and their contributions to it. The food is just OK. We liked the buffet better than the specialty restaurants. At the Specialty restaurants is quite obvious from taste and texture that the food was sitting under heat lamps for a while. (When the top layer of lasagna is hard, then it's a sure thing that the food has been under heat lamps). At the buffet, you can watch the chefs make the food so you know how old it is. The breakfast buffet is really very good. It was our favorite meal. The drinks are pretty bad and weak. The red wine was undrinkable. The mixed drinks use cheap alcohol and I did not see any way to order top shelf. This does make sense since it is an all inclusive hotel. Overall we enjoyed our stay. I do recommend this hotel if you like the all inclusive vacation where you hang out on the beach or in the pool.

Costa rica.....pura vida
welltravelled012, lincolnshire
Wed Nov 30 08:52:47 EST 2016
Having read previous reviews i was wondering what to expect, i was pleasantly surprised. Loved it! I wonder sometimes with reviews on trip advisors...is this the same place!!! The hotel is typically RIU! Food is good. Rooms good size with bath/ shower. Balcony with patio table & chairs. Beautifully cleaned every day. Only minus for the rooms- no tea / coffee making facilities ( i always take travel kettle etc. Regardless of all inclusive i like a coffee 1st thing without leaving my room) kettles can be rented i believe. Other minus no outside light on balcony. Nice to sit outside in the evening. Pool area huge, plenty of beds to go round, but still towels left on beds in the morning!!! Gym very well equipped. Short walk to beach which is a public beach not exclusive to the hotel. Damn those costa ricans wanting to go to the beach!! All in all enjoyed our stay here, would definitely stay here again. Staff are brilliant will make a point of praising them for their hard work during & following the hurricane (tail end admittedly) constantly mopping the rain water & there was a lot of it! Next day tidying the damaged trees in public areas. What a fantastic job they did tidying the beach after the tide brought in so much debris one morning,it was heartbreaking to see belongings on the beach but all tidied up with the minimum of fuss, business as usual. Well done Guanacaste!!!!



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