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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: 011-506-2681-231
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
HOTEL RESTRICTIONS
Drinks are not included in the disco and casino. Complimentary WiFi is available in all public areas of the hotel.
ROOM TYPES
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
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
DINING
Riu Guanacaste features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips-Four Restaurants/Five Bars
There are 5 Restaurants at Riu Guanacaste:
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.
Furama - Asian style 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, 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
Food Quality
Comfort
Cleanliness
Service
2233 Recommend
2233 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Guanacaste to their friends and family



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Family Vacation
Darrick H,
Thu Jul 14 02:11:39 EDT 2016
My family and I was there in June 2016 and our experience was excellent from the time of arrival in the country. The resort staff was very cordial and informative as it relates to exploring the local towns and restaurants. Our stay at the resort was wonderful with all the different types of food and drinks that were made available to you. The different restaurants were awesome as well but our favorite was Liberia, every night was a different type of food and the greeting as you walked in was cool when they started to serve the food. Our room was wonderful as well, it was a family suite, the rooms was divided and had it's own restroom. CATours was awesome as well. More>

great holiday
sylvial0ng, Ipstones, United Kingdom
Wed Jul 13 15:51:20 EDT 2016
Had a wonderful time in Costa Rica. Loads of wildlife to see. We went on several organised excursions as we are not the type to sit by the pool all day. (though if you are then the pool and beach are superb). Food was excellent. Not much to do or see in the immediate area around the hotel but that was as we expected. Good gym. Rooms were large, clean and comfortable. Hotel staff were very friendly. I had read of difficulties booking the restaurants but did not have any problems with this. In theory you can book up to 3 days in advance if you go to the bar area in the morning (10am I think). As we were often out on an excursion at that time we asked to book 4 days ahead and were able to do so. 2 sittings at 6pm and 8.30pm for all restaurants though the general buffet was available any time in the evening up to 9.30pm (ish) More>

Outstanding Family Hotel!
KiesMichael,
Wed Jul 13 13:24:17 EDT 2016
We just returned from a week stay at the Riu Guanacaste. What a terrific time! Check in was a breeze and everyone at the front counter was very friendly, answered all of my questions and got us off to our room in a very timely manner. My family (Wife, 2 boys ages 11 and 12 and I ) opted for the 2 bedroom Family Suite (be sure to specify the TWO BEDROOM when booking because there is also a regular sized family suite). PERFECT size for us. My wife and I had our own room with a king size bed and our own bathroom. The boys had an even larger room with 2 double beds, a couch and their own bathroom. Each room had its own TV (although there were only 3 channels in English). The rooms were extremely clean, the beds were comfortable enough (a little firm). Outstanding air conditioning. My only complaint would be the tubs are extremely narrow which could lead to slipping (I was lucky to have grabbed a handle before I ate it!). We had a great view of the ocean and the pool. The grounds are impeccable! Beautiful lush landscapes. Tall trees (some of which were home to monkeys or iguanas). The pools were very clean, although they did tend to warm up in the sun as the day went on. There are plenty sun beds to choose from. Yes, we did see the bees, but no one was stung. The bees were more attracted to the sweet drinks that were being served by the pool. The hotel is located right on the beach. We found the beach to be beautiful in its own unique way. No, its not the white sand post card...its dark volcanic. Yes the sand got hot during the day, but nothing flip flops couldnt handle. The immediate shore line does have some small rocks to maneuver but once you wade out about 20 feet its incredibly soft soft sand. (If the rocks are too much to handle just take a pair of water shoes out with you). The ocean water was very refreshing (more so than the pools). There are sunbeds also located on the beach. There was sporadic drink service on the beach, so take a drink from the bar (or bring water bottles). While on the beach take a walk to the left down to the Monkey Bar. We went early morning, actually walked past the Monkey Bar up and around on a road. We were greeted by about 20 monkeys playing in the trees. We brought some fruit for them which they loved! Awesome! We found the food at the Riu buffets to be very good. They changed the specialty menu every night with all the basics (hamburgers, pizza, spaghetti, desserts, etc) being constant. My wife and I really enjoyed the local recipes that were prepared (the salsas were incredible). There was definitely something for everyone and none of us really felt bored with the buffet food. The "sit down" restaurants were another story. We tried the Asian, the "Gourmet" and the Steak House. I didnt care for any of them. The Asian is still a modified buffet. The others were just mediocre. The Steak house is located at the outdoor restaurant which is used for lunch during the day, and it was frankly just too hot and humid in the evening to enjoy. Plus the bugs were too annoying to enjoy our meal. There is a large outdoor theater area where the nightly shows are performed. We enjoyed them. A little corny on occasion but entertaining never the less. There is also a Sports Bar with about 8 TV's showing games from around the world. We got to watch a Copa America soccer match which was a treat being in Costa Rica (the Ticos LOVE their soccer). There's also a ping pong table, 2 foosball tables and a pool table. A great place to just sit back in the AC, and have a drink while the boys entertained themselves for a bit. You can also access the hotels free wifi from the sports bar (also in the lobby and from the part of the buffet that is closest to the lobby). We took 3 day excursions all booked with the Pleasant Holiday affiliate Central American Tours located in the lobby. We DID read online about the guys on the beach being cheaper, but after playing them all against eachother we found the deciding factor to be that with C.A.T. the shuttle vans picked us up in the lobby of the hotel. With the guys on the beach you have to walk about 1/4 mile down the beach to a public parking lot for pick up. The pricing was no different after bartering. We did the Super Combo which included horseback riding, zip lining, a GREAT lunch, a small water slide, a small opportunity for a volcanic mud bath and a stop in the town of Liberia. Highly recommend this excursion simply for the zip lining and the horseback riding. The other stuff is more fluff. We also did the jungle river cruise. Again HIGHLY recommend. A great way to see wildlife (Crocs, monkeys, iguanas, birds, bats, and more). Finally we did a catamaran snorkel, sunset booze cruise boat. Again, well worth it to get to see the coast line from the ocean. The snorkeling was nothing to write home about, but the area is beautiful to see. The food and the drinks on board were quite good. I was also very impressed with the locals. Everyone was very friendly. Most anyone you may come in contact with spoke English in the event you dont speak Spanish. We felt very safe at all times in Costa Rica. We didnt have any issues with theft as some have said they experienced. All in all we had a FANTASTIC family vacation in Costa Rica and we really enjoyed the Riu Guanacaste. Is it the 4 Seasons? No. But it is still lovely in its own right. Location, the size of the family suite, the food, and the ability to see and do many things make this place an ideal destination for families! More>

Great hotel and make sure you visit Hank's Beach!
Evan C,
Wed Jul 13 11:33:47 EDT 2016
I visited the Hotel Riu Guanacaste for the first 9 days in July and I had a great time. The sand may be a different color but the scenery is lovely and the water is the perfect temperature. The pool is lovely and clean all the time. The hotel staff is consistently willing to help. The only complain I can make is that the air conditioning isn't great so it can be a little bit difficult to fall asleep sometimes and also, the food can be a little underwhelming, but that is to be expected when they are cooking en masse for so many people! But BY FAR, my favorite part of the journey was visiting Hank's Beach! If you go out in the morning at low tide and head down the beach and to the left (West), you'll come to a bunch of rocks at the end of the beach. If you climb carefully across those rocks which shouldn't be hard if you have shoes and it isn't wet from the rain you'll come to Hank's Beach. The sand is white and beautiful, there is bleach coral out on the beach, and if you head up to the treeline, you will see thousands upon thousands of little hermit crabs! I got in the water and swam around here and it was amazing - the water seems so much more clear! I even saw a puffer fish in the water here! More>

Going soon to Guancaste
Neferatari1, North Ayrshire, United Kingdom
Wed Jul 13 10:32:21 EDT 2016
My husband and I are going soon to Riu Guancaste. I am a bit worried after reading about the hotel thefts. It definitely sounds in house and possibly a manager with a safe key. May be best to place a secret video camera to catch the culprit. I am looking forward to this holiday and hoping to go to Nicaragua, either for the day or overnight. If anyone has done this please let me know if it is worth the trip. More>



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