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



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Aaron B, Houston, Texas
Thu Jun 23 15:52:13 EDT 2016
Really enjoyed my stay at the Riu . Pretty good value hotel with a lot of amenities. Room was comfortable and clean. Really quiet at night , the only downside I had to staying here was the limited night life . As the better restaurants closed at night the food choices became very limited. Overall a good hotel. More>

Stay away
Erica A,
Thu Jun 23 14:58:21 EDT 2016
Before I start this review I would like to preface the fact that I am not some stuck up vacationer with incredibly high expectations for an all inclusive resort. I am an average hard working American who is just trying to take a deserved vacation to a new place. I'm going to bullet this review because nobody likes to read long jumbled reviews! -Food:The food here is absolutely terrible. It is about less than hospital quality. This goes for the restaraunt(reservations must be made days in advance which involves lining up in line at the crack of dawn) and buffet. Nothing has flavor and there are hoards of fruit flies hovering over everything. Even the rice and beans are awful, something I would expect to be at least decent. The best meal is probably breakfast if you stick with cereal and a fried egg. One last thing that stinks is that there is nowhere to get snacks or food after hours or between meals. The only option is this snack bar which consists of leftover hotdogs and hamburgers you can take out of a fridge and reheat! You can couple that with the some grade d tortilla chips with heated ez cheese. I recommend buying snacks at some point or your s.o.l. Room: The room was clean, however our fan was broken. It took a few calls to get that fixed. The water pressure was next to nothing for about 75% of your shower. The fridge was stocked with soda and water. There was also a mini bar with several dispensers of beyond cheap liquor (Basically the Costa Rican version of travelers club) which didn't bother me because I'm not a huge drinker, but many people I had met on the trip ran out to the liquor store to buy their own stuff. Lastly, linens we had the first night stunk of sweaty feet! The front desk promptly brought us fresh linen. Other amenities: There is not much to do at the actual resort so the best thing to do is various tours and excursions, which will cost you but so worth it. I recommend either swiss travel or Alex on the beach. The resort had a tennis court and some free non motorized water sports, but that's about it. Not too much for the little ones either. The resort is about a 30 min drive from any town like areas with multiple restaraunt a like cocoa beach. You can also take a water taxi. There is nothing within walking distance of the resort of than the casino and a couple overpriced shops where you can buy sunscreen for 15 dollars. Pool: The pool was decent and had a swim up bar, however the stench of sour milk/vomit was pretty brutal so you'd have to hold your breath as you walk by. Beach: The waves at the beach were nice and calm and the flooring of the ocean part was nice and sandy. It's not the prettiest looking beach but it served it's purpose. Facilities: The grounds and common areas of the hotel were immaculate. There is a huge bee and mosquito population around. You will inevitably get bit. I used a bug spray recommended by the cdc and I got a few dozen at least. In conclusion, I will not be returning to the RIU Guanacaste, nor will I recommend it to anyone. Despite the decent overall review, you can see many recent ones have rated this place poorly. Yes the price is enticing but you are better off splurging a little more and stay at a better resort. This place needs to do a quality review and make changes or it's going to continue to decline and continue to have a terrible reputation. More>

Outdated resort with Horrible food
Mareena M, Riverside, California
Thu Jun 23 07:53:03 EDT 2016
The resort itself is very dated and the rooms were mediocre with pain peeling off of the walls. The overall resort was clean and well kept. Everyone was nice an friendly, except for the resort stores that sell the souvenirs. The resort stores are extremely overpriced. The shacks on the beach are very affordable. A bag I bought at the shack for $15.00 was priced at $65.00 at the resort store and $30.00 at tamarindo beach stores. The worst part of the resort was the "all inclusive food and drinks". At all their restaurnats they only serve imperial beer, cheap gross white wine, or cheap gross red wine. So, you have three drinks to close from. The Italian restaurant is the only one that lets you order food and have a cheap champagne. It is also difficult to make dinner reservations, the spots are limited and you have to make reservation days in advance and stand in a long line early in the morning to do so. Even then they might all be booked up. You can't order more than one dish. Avoid the Chinese food if you can't, not worth a dinner reservation. It is the cheapest and greasiest Chinese food and its a Buffett with the same sushi from the regular buffet. The pools ad bars serve mixed drinks but they only know how to make a few drinks and it was watered down. The beaches are nice. Be careful of the monkey bar, the old man that works there keeps bringing you drinks and food with giving you time to say yes and then he charges you for every little thing at the end. More>

As per most other good titles - so read my tips
Jibblerg, king's lynn
Thu Jun 23 03:21:03 EDT 2016
This is my 3rd stay at a Riu hotel, in the main it’s on par with the others however there are some plus and minus’s….. As I frequent more and more other chains I’m beginning to feel the Riu brand is becoming a little old fashioned and the Guanacaste is an example of this. I think quite a lot of other subscribers have addressed most of the issues however I’ll keep my observations brief and try to focus more on helping people should they be visiting or contemplating visiting with the below tips. Reception check in and staff – Excellent, always helpful Rooms – looking dated now Cleanliness – The hotel itself is always being cleaned at every part of the day and night, I’ve never seen so many people with brushes and cloths in every dept. Although I think the rooms could do with more attention (lots of debris under the bed) Tidyness – Supreme, the attention to detail when re setting the chairs after the evening entertainment would make a sergeant major smile. The pool areas in the morning are pretty much the same high standard. Food – Always contentious but in my opinion totally adequate, I put on about half a stone so it can’t be bad. Waiter service is top notch, and always an abundance of set tables regardless of what time you go. Restaurants – Well presented, apart from the steak house which feels a bit part of the pool dining area with the meals served a little like a hospital service. The Italian is a buffet starter followed by a served main and buffet style desert. The Asian is all buffet. The Gourmet looks the highest class but I found the menu to be too restricted to mainly fish dishes but as I don’t eat seafood I might be the minority here and some will love the menu. Entertainment – This is just my opinion but I found it to be very ‘same old same old’ most nights. Too much dancing, although the theme changes every 7 days there was just too much ballet. I would have preferred a little more excitement. There’s been much talk about the Michael Jackson show, it was OK but I’ve seen the same before done better elsewhere. Daytime pool activities – I have to admit I rarely take part and purely spectate but this sector was dire. The animation staff would do better finding something a little funnier than musical chairs, 4 men attempting sexy dances, fastest beer drinker, there were others but so boring they slip my mind. Where was the pool volleyball with a huge beach ball, the water ballooning etc. which get 50 plus people involved that I’ve seen at the Riu Cancun (I would have jumped from my sunbed for those). Noise – see below tips OK now the tips: Depending on what view you want – If you want to see the Monkeys ask for a room to the far right (looking out on the pending nature reserve, not the Riu Palace which is what you will have if you ask for a room on the far left). Left and right sides have 2 rows of rooms the inward sides look onto the garden area but if you want to see them you need a high room (4th or 5th floor) as the dining area and evening entertainment area roofs protrude blocking this view if you are on the 2nd or 3rd as we were. Email the hotel in advance and they should accommodate. I didn’t but I know others did. The middle block faces the gardens, pool and beach which would be the best view. Noise, unfortunately as the evening entertainment is located directly under the left block you cannot escape it. Best you can do is go for the right block and accept its going to be a little noisy until 11pm Smoking – Our rep made a massive deal about this en route from the airport. But basically you can only smoke in small designated areas, there are about 4 of these. Smoking on the balcony’s is a TOTAL NO GO. The rep even said people will report you and you get a fine. If you vape this is permitted anywhere (pool, bars, rooms, lobby etc. )except the food areas. Drinks – You get the local stuff in the rooms and at the pool bar but if you ask for Smirnoff, Gordons etc. you get it, especially at the La Plaza bar in the center. If you want your pool bar cocktails to hit the spot ask for double alcohol the guys behind the bar there are absolutely fantastic, big shout out to Allan TOP GUY !! Sunbeds – Plenty, you don’t really need to towel hog any although if you like a preferred spot you might have to breakfast early and head down for 8am to get the same place each day Restaurant booking – this is done in the Filadelphia bar at 8am each morning, we got there about 7.50am and was 2nd or 3rd in line most times. You can book all 4 restaurants in 1 go so you need to plan ahead. Most will be booked quickly so if you arrive on a Sunday you won’t start the restaurant experiences until Monday or Tuesday. Toiletries – Very limited in the room, just a bar of soap and a shower gel dispenser. So if you are a princess you need to bring your own shampoo, body butter, conditioner, face scrub and so on. Bees and bugs – If you don’t like bees this is going to cause you problems, they are everywhere most seem to like the pool bar area, I didn’t see anyone get stung but they can be a little annoying. And take as much Jungle spray as you can carry as the mosquitoes will eat you alive, I can’t stress this enough. As people have already mentioned take a lidded cup or a cooler, the bar staff will fill those for you. The beach – Isn’t as rocky as people have said, The rocky area is far right or far left with a good half a mile of the mid-section reasonably soft sand, yes its dark grey so not good if you lotioned up and roll around on it but you would have to be a plank to not think about that beforehand. I’m not sure if there’s jelly fish lurking off shore but something stung my partner, she had a small swelling on the leg for the rest of the day and evening but it wore off after 24hrs. If you are unsure of the best place to be for the kids etc. wait for low tide and check out the exposed rocks which have been eroded to semi smooth. Free WiFi – Worked fine for me in the public areas, which is basically anywhere on the floor level in the main complex (not the pool areas or beach) My phone only received texts on the beach not in the hotel, I believe this is the same for some other guests but not all. Evening dress code – Sadly you don’t have to make too much effort here, I say sadly as I prefer tom make an effort in this dept however very few others do. So shorts an T’s are accepted anywhere even the restaurants (Come on ladies I though you excelled in this) Security – The room safe is a doodle to use and quite large, you can easily get a laptop inside plus numerous other gadgets and cherished items. The room door locks on exit so don’t forget the key, you get 2 of these and they are keys not cards, take the big tag of the ring for the duration if you don’t want a bulky fob and a nappy pin to keep it secure on your person. Take water shoes, the paths get insanely hot as does the sand. Get up early if you want to feed the monkeys near the Monkey bar (take the beach turn left at the sign go past the bar up to the T junction anywhere between 6 /7 am) after that time they tend to be full and retire to rub their tummies from afar. Apparently bananas are not good for them so take melon instead. Don’t be sick in the pool bar…. We saw this on one occasion which results in the entire top pool being closed until its treated. And you will make about 200 enemies with immediate effect. Shade – There’s plenty here if you need it but limited on the beach so if the kids are sandcastle artists take a portable sun shade. And if only 1 or 2 minor issues occur during your stay accept that no one is perfect and don’t let it ruin your holiday, it’s unfair to totally rubbish a place on Trip Advisor just because your metabolism can’t handle different food (The “I got food poisoning” line – When no one else did) (The “Staff are rude” line – When you’re clearly being unreasonable)etc. Happy holidays :) More>

Had a great trip!
Kim H, Magnolia, Texas
Wed Jun 22 16:46:04 EDT 2016
This resort is just average which suited us just fine to celebrate our daughters graduation. Everyone was always able to find something to eat and we enjoyed eating at the restaurants on the property as well. The pool is huge and didn't have a problem finding an area for the kids to play. The beach was nice also, but the current is strong, so I suggest not letting children play in the surf alone or too far out of reach. There were people selling things on the beach, but they left you alone after telling them once if you weren't interested. I did have a massage on the beach for just $25 for an hour and it was very relaxing. However, I do highly recommend finding Roberto in the bright green shirt on the beach to schedule tours and activities with. They are much cheaper than the ones in the lobby and are private meaning you are not on time limits and can stop wherever you please. They were seriously amazing and I can not say enough about them! The rooms for the hotel were also fine and just what we needed. Our air did stop working overnight one time, but the staff was quick to send a technician and fix the problem. Drinks were a bit weak, but if you ordered a shot on the side it was a quick fix. I would rate this hotel a 3-4 star and it was perfect for our family. We did not have any problems with theft, but we did take extra precautions to protect our property and simple used common sense. In all, excellent trip and we enjoyed our stay. More>



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