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
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
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
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
Hotel Average
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2233 Recommend
2233 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Guanacaste to their friends and family



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Great Hotel
4putter, Bowmanville, Canada
Thu Jan 19 15:39:57 EST 2017
Check in was fast. The elevators were down ; but fixed in a hurry. They were fixed the next morning ; Rooms are clean ;but they have very small pillows. W found the food to be o.k. They seem to have the idea that some meats have to be very rare. If you want it cooked more ; just ask. This is a no smoking hotel except in designated areas. The one area that we saw was very nice. The hotel is surrounded by jungle ; so we understand the policy. Guys will love this. No dress code for any place to eat. Wifi is in the lobby ; 24 hours a day; 2 devices. No limits. You will get a code for it The bus ride from the airport to the hotel is about 45 minutes. Zip lining and The animal sanctuary was just down the road. So some tours are 2 hours there and two hours back. There are monkeys to see down the beach. There is also a small flea market there l. Further down there is the Monkeys Bar. Wasn't too impressed Event staff was very good and in general all staff were friendly and helpful. Howler monkeys are very noisy and hard to see. Going Home ; the airport was very disorganized. Hope you have a great time

Just what we were looking for
cherrycherry, London, United Kingdom
Thu Jan 19 14:09:21 EST 2017
We travelled from Calgary, AB with Sunwing. Our package included a transfer from Liberia Airport direct to the hotel. Journey time was around 35 minutes and after a short wait on the bus we were glad to get going after a 3 hour flight delay. We had a rep/guide on the bus with us and he gave some good info as well as interesting bits about the country and area. Due to the delay and later arrival, he decided to cancel the morning welcome meeting and instead gave all the info during the bus ride, which we appreciated. Room We were on the 3rd floor in an ocean view room. Great scenery and the room suited our needs. There's an in-room mini bar which contains Coke, Sprite, Fanta, Soda Water, Tonic Water, Regular Water and beer. There is also a liquor dispenser in the room offering rum, brandy, gin and vodka. The bathroom had 2 sinks and a bath with an in-bath shower. No toiletries are provided aside from a shower gel dispenser on the wall - no big deal but sometimes I pack light and rely on just using whatever shampoo/lotion etc the hotel provides, so worth knowing that you should bring your own! Balcony had a plastic table and 2 chairs - nice to sit out on in early evening although was usually pretty noisy. The room was cleaned daily - you put the red "do not disturb" hanger on if you don't want to be disturbed, but then switch to the green "please clean my room" when you go out and want the room cleaned. Without the green hanger, they may not clean the room. Room was always cleaned to a high standard, no complaints. Mini Bar is restocked every other day. Air conditioning in the room was great, always nice and cool and refreshing after being in the hot sun. Rooms were pretty noise proof too - it could be noisy outside but as soon as you came in and closed the balcony door you could barely hear anything. Elevators were usually pretty busy so we usually took the stairs - may be something to note if you have any mobility issues. Food Food was awesome. We couldn't fault the choice, quantity and variety of food options and everything was of high quality. Buffet Breakfast in the Liberia buffet restaurant from 7am-10am and then they do a continental from 10am-12 noon. We usually sleep late on vacation so the continental was much appreciated! We actually preferred to go for the later breakfast even if we were up earlier, as it was quieter but still had pretty much the same amount and variety of food options, just no fresh cooked eggs or omelettes. The main lunch was in the Ocotal restaurant near the pool, and they also usually had a smaller option at Liberia or the Furama Asian restaurant - buffet style lunch with plenty of options. Dinner - options were the Liberia buffet, Furama Asian, Toscana Italian, Tucan Gourmet and Ocotal Steak. For the non-buffet options you had to line up anytime from 5.30pm (open at 6-615pm) in order to secure a table. We took a chance and were able to get later seating at Furama and Tucan. Furama we got straight in at around 7.15pm, but Tucan we got a buzzer at 7 and waited until around 7.30pm. Ocotal we lined up at 5.30 to get in, and saw anyone that came at 6 getting turned away as they were full. Toscana we lined up around 5.45pm. Not the greatest way of doing things, especially if you had a late lunch and were not feeling particularly hungry at 6pm! Buffet was awesome with a different theme each night such as Carribean, International, Mexican etc. Huge amount of options and variety. Salad bar was excellent and lots of healthy eating options. Furama - buffet Asian with sushi and a variety of hot dishes. Toscana - seemed to be the most popular based on the lines each evening. A la carte with a choice of 3 entrees. Lasagne was delicious. Tucan - A la carte, great quality food and nicer wine. Ocotal - definitely choose the rib eye entree, delicious. Amenities There was plenty going on at the hotel. There's a 24 hour sports bar which has pool, table football and ping pong as well as popcorn, nachos and fridges of snacks such as hotdogs / burgers etc that can be microwaved. The watersports centre on the beach rents out equipment such as boogie boards, paddleboards, kayaks, windsurfers all included at no extra charge. The animation team offers various activities throughout the day if you want to join in, but are not pushy or try and force you to get up when you'd rather chill by the pool which we have experienced elsewhere. There's a different show each evening as well as live music in the bar, and a band after the show. Some nights they set up a drink station in the lobby before dinner and made margaritas / martinis etc. The show was always worth a watch - it's mostly dancing to soundtracks but done very professionally. The shows have a different theme each night - Michael Jackson / International / Las Vegas etc. Our favourite was actually the live bands after the show - they were awesome. There is also a Disco and a Casino in separate buildings between the Riu Guanacaste and the Riu Palace. You have to pay for drinks in both. Pool and Beach The beach was easily accessible from the hotel with plenty of sun loungers available as well as a good mix of open space and shade. The sand is black volcanic sand and the sea is cloudy but clean. We experienced high winds during our stay so the red flag for dangerous waters was often out. We got stung a few times by jellyfish but wasn't super painful. Did put us off going into the ocean too much though as we were always wary of getting stung! We also saw blowfish / porcupine fish washed up in the tide on the beach at the end of the day. Iguanas / lizards wandered around the beach which was always fun to sit and watch. The pool was great, very big with an upper and lower level as well as a swim up bar. The bar area was always busy but not a long wait for a drink. There is a hot tub overlooking the pools as well. We had no trouble getting sun loungers, we usually went to the pool around 11am - 12.30pm and always found somewhere. It can get noisy with the entertainment around the pool especially after about 3pm. Things to Do The hotel itself is located in a very secluded area. The beach is a kind of cove area, you can walk from one end to the other pretty easily, it's a nice walk and once you pass the Palace you get to the bit where the locals come to enjoy the beach. You can take a path off the beach and go and visit the Monkey Bar and see monkeys in the trees and surrounding area. There were plenty of organised trips and also a water taxi to Coco Beach. We came for full relaxation and made the most of the all-inclusive so didn't experience any trips - would do a self catering trip to do these. The trips seemed pretty expensive (usually around $100pp) but heard lots of good things. Trips included zip lining, canopy tours, volcano tours/hikes, day trip to Nicaragua and more. We did overhear a few times people unhappy because their trips had been cancelled - some were due to the high winds making the roads dangerous. There is a spa on-site between the 2 hotels offering massage and beauty treatments as well as a fitness gym. The massage prices were pretty $$ and comparable to what we pay at home. We did have a couples massage at a cost of around $150 each. The spa was very nice, clean and professional. The massage was good, although my therapist was yawning throughout the treatment which was a little offputting. Service and Staff Service was of a high standard and staff were friendly. They seemed to be constantly cleaning all over the hotel, restaurants, bathrooms everywhere. Cleanliness was of a very high standard. Staff were friendly and service was efficient. No complaints at all. Overall a great, relaxing vacation and just what we were looking for.

No so great Riu
Alvaro F, Miami, Florida
Thu Jan 19 06:01:18 EST 2017
The good things, restaurants in general are very good, but the gourmet only offers two meals choices and the Italian over cook the pasta, the staff is great The bad, no coffee maker in the room, internet free only in the lobby, the towels smell bad, the elevators most of the time out of service

Beach is nice, food good. Best thing is lots of exciting things to do in Guanacaste Region.
Kevin H,
Thu Jan 19 05:08:01 EST 2017
Look for Roberto on the beach. He did us up right with activities outside the resort. INCREDIBLE white water rafting with Tenorio Adventures on the Corobici Reiver (?). Horseback riding/hiking/mud bath/zip line day was really nice. Sunset sailboat cruise after snorkeling and lunch on the catamaran was really pleasant. I was surprised I enjoyed it so much. Down the beach is the locals access. They have tents for souvenirs, massages, etc. Look for Rebecca (related to Roberto, I believe). She gave me a very strong massage. It was really good. Her mother gave my wife a great massage. You won't go wrong with Roberto helping you schedule and he provides really nice, comfortable, modern transportation. His brother Randall and friend Marion were very pleasant and great drivers. They did extra stops for interesting things, shopping, or just needing to use the restroom. At breakfast and dinner ask for Jaffet. Great kid and he will take care of you. Be sure to take care of him.

Wedding and Honeymoon
Ramblintravel13, Antioch
Wed Jan 18 14:10:47 EST 2017
Our wedding was gorgeous. It was a perfect resort for us and 18 guests. Had a lot of food options. Spa was great but being your own makeup and nail polish if you have specific colors. Swim up bar was a blast!



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