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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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Riu Guanacaste- Meh..
MrsSharer, Austin, Texas
Thu Aug 25 15:12:57 EDT 2016
We are frequent travelers of Central American resort style vacations. We had a suite and the room was a substantial size and reasonably appointed, but the bed was as hard as the floor. I actually slept on the couch every night because the bed was so uncomfortable. The food was not very good. A couple restaurants were ok, but nothing to brag about and sometimes bad. There were so many kids that the pool was intolerable unless you are there with kids of your own. There is no adult only area, not even at the swim up bar. (Breastfeeding at swim-up bar) It was also crowded and kind of nasty in parts during peak times. The booze was not very good, though the rum and beer was tolerable. The wine was not drinkable. The grounds were very well kept and staff very friendly. There were reasonable escursions and massages available in the beach. Do not buy at the hotel, buy on the beach. The entertainment was terrible, just skip it. If you are looking for somewhere ok to stay and do adventurous excursions, this is the place for you. If you want to enjoy resort amenities, go somewhere else. More>

Will return to Costa Rica, but definitely not RIU Guanacaste
Mariam W, Bronx, New York
Wed Aug 24 21:15:19 EDT 2016
I just arrived home from my destination wedding /vacation (August 17 to 24)at the RIU Guanacaste and was underwhelmed to say the least! I have no idea how and why this resort can be considered 4/5 star. Let me start with the pros: 1. The grounds are immaculate and well kept, and all though you spend alot of time walking from one location to the next, the beauty of the facility makes you forget it takes a year to get to your room. 2.Excursions- super easy and convenient to schedule trips and find great deals for sightseeing and adventure tours 3. The beach- Not a white sand beach but a beautiful grayish/black sand beach with lots to do as far as water Sports. There are also huts on the beach where you can shop for souvenirs or get a massage for a great price. Cons: 1. The food was disgusting, the worst of any resort or cruise I've ever been to, and the majority of my 30+ guest would agree. It gave my family all types of gastrointestinal issues and I literally couldn't wait to get back home to have some Chinese take out . There is no room service and there 24 hour sports bar food is depressing. 2. The Wi-Fi succcks ! I mean it's 2016 there is Wi-Fi access in the subway,, there should be adequate access in a purported 5 star resort. It was extremely difficult communicating with my guest during our time here . 3. Some of the staff is miserable and could use some work on their customer service skills! I had wonderful interaction with the house keeping staff and maintenance. Some of the front desk staff were less than helpful, and one so intoxicated he had to call some one else to assist me, absolutely horrible! 4.the sewage system for such a large facility is terrible, and would get clogged often. So there was alwAys a sewage odor in the room. 5. I hosted my vow renewal for 30+ guest and was very disappointed that my guests didn't receive any perks or discounts . There was no welcome for my guests and myself , and I I was even given a hard time at the Ocotal Steakhouse when a few of my 30+ guest were running late to my welcome dinner, mind you the place was empty! 6. The wedding- I went to CR to have my dream beach wedding. although I wasn't able to have that due to the weather, we had a gorgeous ceremony, the reception however didn't go exactly as planned due to miscommunication between the wedding coordinator and myself. For example, I opted for a DJ for an extra fee instead of using my own music/iPhone connected to a stereo. I provided a detailed list of music that I wanted played, which was ignored; additionally for the 4 hours that we had the DJ she said not one word and had ZERO interaction with myself and my guest..... so I basically could have saved money using my iPhone. I also had to ask my brother last minute to MC the wedding which was super annoying.....I'll have a full review for anyone planning a wedding here at another time All in all I fell in love with CR, and most of the best moments aside from our ceremony was outside of the resort, I will definitely be returning to CR but never to the RIU. More>

First for Everything
Paul S,
Wed Aug 24 10:25:38 EDT 2016
It was me and my girlfriend's first time in Costa Rica and at a Riu Resort. We arrived at the airport in Liberia at around 12:30pm and to our surprise the travel agency, Swiss Travel, who we booked our pick up with was standing right outside the airport doors with a sign with my name on it. We arrived at the hotel at our scheduled time and our check in was very quick and easy. Since we did arrive before 3pm, we were told to check in our bags and the staff would bring them up when our rooms were ready. They took our lugagge and we explored. The hotel was huge and was wonderful to look at. High ceilings with beautiful decorations and a nice fountain in the middle. We grabbed some drinks at the Philadelphia bar and got fruit at the buffet for a snack . At 3 our rooms were ready, they handed us 2 regular key that you stick in a lock and headed up. (Tip 1, Don't lose your key, otherwise its a 20 dollar charge. Learned that the hard way.) Our room was on the 4th floor , so we took a small, hot elevator to our floor. As promised our bags were there when we entered our room. The room contained the following , a mini fridge right by the door with a small liquor cabinet on top , a king sized bed, a dresser with a small tv on top. ( tip 2, tv was useless). A bathroom with his and her sink , bath with showerhead , shampoo and conditioner dispenser, (tip 3, bring your own)old sand paperish towels and a view that made me forget all my troubles. Now the hotel. Staff was excellent always friendly and definitely overworked. The pool was huge, so big in fact that no matter the time , we always found seats and an area that was not so busy. ( Tip 4, don't lose your towels $20) Drinks were OK. Beer tasted like bud light and according to my girlfriend the drinks were ok. Wine was watery, but drink enough and you won't care. Food for me was OK at best , use your imagination and you can find something descent. The 3 restaurants were pitiful and reservations are suicide worthy. (Tip 5, be patient) Beach was really nice, always quiet and the coconut drinks are delicious. ($2) (Tip 6, for the love of God, bring your own bug repellent, sun screen and medication. Diarrhea and constipation. EXPENSIVE!) (Tip 7, buy as many gifts as possible at the beach, stores are a rip off. Example. $65 for a new era baseball hat) I can honestly I had a good time , but wished some things were better. I would definitely go again, but not for 6 days. More>

Nice hotel
Daikolle,
Tue Aug 23 13:03:06 EDT 2016
The hotel is really nice. The rooms are nice. Staffs are nice. Food was not as good but it's plenty to choose from. The Tucan & Furama restaurants are good. The only thing I wasn't happy is the communication with my kids & friends in the hotel. I couldn't get hold of my kids nor my friends that are staying in the hotel, it seems like they blocked the carriers so U can purchase the wifi with them . Couldn't get hold of my kids in the hotel if their away from me & I'm not fond of it. They offer Free wifi which is nice but works in the lobby only. More>

Hotel
Randal M,
Tue Aug 23 12:07:03 EDT 2016
This review is kinda late, but the wife and I loved it. Most of the people working here were fantastic and so much fun. The sun-wing/ Nexus representatives Matt and Hugo were the best great people and very helpful. The pool was awesome a little over crowed with kids but that's too be expected. The room was nothing fancy or anything. The food was great but it did get a little boring after a week. The people selling stuff at the beach can get annoying real quick unfortunately but over all is go back again More>



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