Guanacaste

Riu Guanacaste


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Crystal Award Winner: Best Staff and Service in Central America, 2012

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 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
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
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:
Ocotal - Poolside restaurant and steakhouse for dinner.
La Toscana - Italian restaurant.
Furama - Asian style restaurant.
Liberia - Main buffet-style restaurant with a terrace. Non-smoking.
Tucan - Gourmet style restaurant.
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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2801 Recommend
2801 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Guanacaste to their friends and family
TripAdvisor Web Reviews
Based on 6254reviews
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Great hotel
Sarah H, Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
Sun Jul 23 11:01:52 EDT 2017
Great hotel in an amazing country. Our room (5155) was spacious, very clean and had a lovely sea and beach view, mini bar with 4 optics white rum, dark rum, vodka and gin was replenished every 2 days. Food was delicious, loads of choice, something for everyone in the main buffet. We also ate in the 4 a la carte restaurants, they are all very good. We never had a problem getting in any of them but there was only 2 of us so maybe that helped. The el toucan was my favourite, I had the vegetarian quinoa it was delicious. The hotel and grounds are immaculate all the staff work very hard and are very friendly and helpful, the swimming pools are great and very clean and the bar staff work really hard and always smiling especially Gallo. We loved the beach it is very natural and so beautiful, we walked left along the beach till we got to the rocks and clambered over them to the next beach which is very picturesque with much lighter sand and turquoise water and almost desserted, highly recommended it. We also walked along the beach to feed the wild monkeys, omg such an amazing experience the monkeys are so cute and friendly. Paddle boards and kayaks are free from the beach, good fun. We hired a car so didn't book any excursions, we just drove ourself s to where we wanted to go. Don't listen to the negative reviews, some people are never happy.

Brilliant family holiday at lovely hotel in Costa Rica
David M, Belfast
Sat Jul 22 14:55:32 EDT 2017
Very nice hotel, in an amazing country: didn't meet anyone there who was disappointed. Well-appointed clean rooms; good air-con; well-stocked & replenished mini-bar. Food generally very tasty, fresh & varied (although not UK 5-star standard), & some food available nearly 24/7 for late arrivals/early starts; even ice-cream included. Staff all very friendly & helpful. Nice pool (if a bit noisy) & lovely beach, both with plenty of sun-beds; well-appointed gym for a beach hotel. Good wheelchair-accessibility: don't think there was anywhere that couldn't be reached, even if it meant an alternative route; plenty of wheelchair toilets around the hotel. Beautiful location, so you could happily never leave the hotel; nice & close to Liberia airport (only 45 mins by coach). Only a few issues to be aware of: although it's apparently the driest part of Costa Rica, July is in their rainy season: for our 14 days, we had lovely sunshine every day till mid-afternoon, then about half of the days had afternoon thunderstorms for several hours; hard to predict weather (nearest online forecast location is Liberia, & our weather was usually better that what they seemed to be expecting). its remote location means a 1-hour drive to Liberia town, which you have to pass through on virtually all sight-seeing trips, meaning most destinations are 2-4 hours' drive away, although there are so many fascinating tours available that are well worth the long journeys. there is nowhere else to go within walking distance, so you are confined to the hotel grounds & the beach (about 1 mile long), unless you take a trip out by boat or road (but this seclusion can be part of the attraction). despite us giving them plenty of notice, hotel couldn't/wouldn't guarantee in advance that we would get a wheelchair-accessible room: when we arrived we did get it, but they don't seem to undestand that it's very stressful not knowing in advance whether the holiday is going to be a nightmare! maids for rooms 0011 & 0012 were poor at stocking up towels, soap, shampoo, tissues, sanitary-bags, etc, so we had to ring for reinforcements of something every day (although they did clean beautifully). some receptionists' understanding of our English not brilliant. Advice: US dollars are the only currency you'll need for trips, shops, restaurants, & souvenirs (UK pounds useless, & no need to convert to Costa Rican colones). However, only ATM at hotel is in casino, which is only open in evenings. Plenty of ATMs in Liberia, but hard to ask tour-coach to stop at these! Plenty of enticing tours on sale from reps in hotel; plenty of others on offer from several people on beach, at slightly (but not massively) cheaper rates (cash only), although they can at least offer 'private' tours in a smaller vehicle, which means you can customise the trip to your group's needs (eg, stay longer/shorter if you want; stop for food & toiets & shops when you want). But all these trips are expensive (average $130 per person), & no group-discount, so very costly if family of 5: we learnt after paying a fortune on 2 excellent such trips that if you know where you want to go, & are happy to travel on your own with a guide-book or hire a guide at your destination (a local guide is much better if you're wanting to spot wildlife), it's very much cheaper just to hire an appropriate-sized taxi & driver for the day (LAR Transport in the hotel lobby were excellent, & even rang ahead at our request to book a guide: we paid a set fee for the expected length of trip, with the option to pay extra & extend the trip, & had helpful English-speaking drivers). You can also hire a car, but we were glad we hadn't when we came to some flooded roads that were almost impassable, but which our local driver & large van were able to tackle.

All inclusive resort
Nancy P,
Fri Jul 21 20:30:27 EDT 2017
We had an awesome time and made new friends at the Riu We stayed at the Riu Jalisco in Puerto Vallerta and we were not disappointed at this hotel! The hotel staff, baristas and wait staff are excellent!

Great country and Hotel
swanny27, Scotland, United Kingdom
Thu Jul 20 04:09:42 EDT 2017
Just returned from 2 great weeks staying in the Riu Guanacaste, Food good all round in the self service and theme restaurants,with plenty of choices, also snacks available 24 hrs in the sports bar. all staff very hard working and polite, Sports bar is very cool inside but needs another pool table especially for adults, also could do with a dart board, also there needs to be somewhere or something put in place for teenagers at night time so the can have there own space with there own age. Entertainment on the main stage at nights was the best quality i have seen for a long time on AI holidays. We went on a few trips while staying there, booked mainly from Eric on the beach with the yellow top, and got value for money each time, you can structure your trips to suit you, and he will always ask for feed back, i have to mention the Combo trip, horse riding, hot spa, jungle water slide, lunch and zip lining in the tree tops,$100. all Guides are very knowledgable and helpful. Rooms cleaned daily with fresh towels if required and fridge re-stocked every 2 days, beer, water fanta coke, and bottles of spirits when empty. Plenty of bar staff at the pool bars, so very rarely had to wait for a drink, but i think this hotel could do with another pool for adults only, and maybe another toilet block near the beach. Also booked the Diamante zip line through Thomsons $68 PP, this is a must and you can see them Zip lining from the hotel pool area. I would defiantly return to Costa rica and this hotel

Great value on beautiful, quiet beach
mamamia555,
Wed Jul 19 18:54:37 EDT 2017
Overall, I was pleased with this resort. We compared it with Palace next to it and chose the better value. Was a good choice. Of course, there was good and not good features of this resort. 1-Cleanliness: Excellent! Rooms, restaurants, lobby clean. Always someone cleaning floors, pool area, kept clean for such big resort. 2-Staff: overall good, some seemed bothered at times, others happy to help. 3- Resort: vast, lush, beautiful flowers and landscaping, manicured every morning. Pools nice, plenty of chairs. Beach remote, quiet, soft sand, clear water, able to snorkel off beach and see plenty of fish. 4- Photographers: at pool were awesome. Gerardo took our px at the pool and captured some great memories. He even came to the beach before sunset and took some amazing family photos! Highly recommend! 5- Food: Good, nice variety. Nothing amazing, but hot, fresh, many options. Drinks good, from cappuccino to frozen drinks to fruit juices, good stuff. Toucan restaurant was awesome! Japanese restaurant was not good, some food dried and old. Plenty of open tables, yet had us and others wait for a table although it was buffett style. 3 speciality restaurants, hard to get table unless u get in line at 6:00, disappointed they could not accommodate more people. 6- Amenities: My biggest complaint: NO SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER!! In an effort to pack light, I did not bring shampoo, since it is always provided at prior resorts. Body wash was in a soap dispenser in the shower. When front desk was asked for Shampoo and conditioner, no luck. Suggested to go to local store. Mini mart on resort had Shampoo and conditioner for $10 each for Loreal products... $20???!!! 7- Gym- Clean, cute, machines effective but not new. All I needed for basic work out. 8- Activities- Had activity staff that did some activities, but not too much to engage by 11 and 13 year old. The kids had water volleyball and polo games with other kids. Kids created their own fun. 9- Entertainment at night- we were not entertained. Overall, really good, kids really liked and they give it 5 stars, had no complaints. I LOVE Costa Rica and this resort for our family. Would recommend as a great value for all inclusive. Would agree with apple rating of 5 of 6 apples, as I have stayed in a 6 apple resort and can clearly see a difference.



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