Guanacaste

Riu Guanacaste


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2018 Exceptional Value!
Honeymoon:
Late check-out (based on availability), Free upgrade to next room category (based on availability), and $35 USD spa credit per adult.
Family: Two kids 12 and under Stay Free with two paying adults from 5/1/18-12/23/18.

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 20.5 miles to the local airport in Liberia. The closest Village is Nuevo Colon. Located on Matapalo Beach in theGuanacaste province of northern Costa Rica.
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: 3

Swim-up Bar
3 swimming pools with sun terraces, one with a swim-up bar. Separate whirlpool.
Golf: NEARBY
Vista Ridge Golf & Country Club
Guests receive a discount on green fees with transportation between the hotel & golf course. Includes: 18 holes, golf cart, bottled water, cooler, golf club rentals, fresh towel, opportunity to use resort style pool before or after round of golf.
Holes: 18
Green Fees: $
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: 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: Complimentary
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge
HOTEL DETAILS
This resort is located on the seafront in the beautiful region of Guanacaste on 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 pm
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
Room includes 1 king size bed, separate living room area with sofa, direct dial phoneand walk-in closet. Bathroom equipped with hydromassage bathtub, extra shower cabin, bidet, double-sink, vanity mirror, balcony or terrace.
1 King Bed Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Sofa
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
OCEANVIEW SUITE WITH JACUZZI
Room includes 1 king size bed, separate living room area with sofa, direct dial phoneand walk-in closet. Bathroom equipped with hydromassage bathtub, extra shower cabin, bidet, double-sink, vanity mirror, balcony or terrace with ocean view and private
1 King Bed Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Jacuzzi
Minibar
Sofa
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
STANDARD OCEANVIEW ROOM
Room includes 2 double beds or 1 king size bed, direct dial phone. Bathroom equipped with bathtub, double-sink, vanity mirror, balcony or terrace with ocean view.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
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
Room includes 1 bedroom with 1 king size bed, 2nd bedroom with 2 double beds and living room area with sofa, direct dial phone. Two bathrooms equiped with bathtub, double sink and amenities kit, second bathroom also with bidet. Balcony or terrace.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Sofa
Hair Dryer
Iron
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.
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.
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.
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
FAMILY ROOM
Room includes 1 king size bed, direct dial phone. Bathroom equiped with bathtub, double sink and amenities kit. Balcony or terrace.
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:
La Toscana - Italian restaurant.
Furama - Asian style restaurant.
Liberia - Main buffet-style restaurant with a terrace. Non-smoking.
Tucan - Gourmet style restaurant.
Ocotal - Poolside restaurant and steakhouse for dinner.
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Table Tennis, Beach-Volleyball, Windsurfing, Snorkeling Equipment, Kayaking. Scuba Diving (lesson in pool), tennis court, body surfing.
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Live music, shows or RIU evening program daily. Complimentary access to "Pacha" disco (drinks not included). Access to casino(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
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Overall, a nice visit
apeakhiker, nevada
Thu Jul 19 12:40:33 EDT 2018
We spent a week at this resort. Our room was very nice, we paid a small upgrade for an ocean view room. It was surprisingly quiet, too. The food was fine. There is a substantial breakfast buffet. The Steakhouse was our favorite restaurant for dinner. The Italian restaurant took a very long time to serve us, the Asian restaurant was a noisy buffet. We went to see two shows, Michael Jackson and Disco. They were both entertaining. The pool area was quite busy, but we were always able to get chairs. The pool was looking fairly cloudy and I stopped wanting to go in at some point... it just didn’t appear very clean. I thought the beach area was adequate. We made use of some free activities like aqua aerobics, bingo, and kayaking. We also did the 1 hour snorkel tour for $25 from the onsite vendor. Overall it was a very pleasant resort and a nice area with lots of opportunities to explore Costa Rica.

A great beach resort destination
dr917, Escazu, Costa Rica
Thu Jul 19 11:30:35 EDT 2018
Best buffet food 🥘 I have had in a long time. Good variety and quality. 4 specialty restaurants were good as well (i tried 2... get there early tho (6pm) since they do not take reservations and keep a short waitlist. Great beach 🏝 front property- mostly natural (undeveloped) except for the resort and her more upscale sister next door. Nice water to swim in. Great long beach walks. Plenty of activities. Good service. Top floor (5) units provide a great view but only when you stand (see pics). I paid extra for a ocean view - not worth it - set too far back from the beach 🏖

Not my favorite
brandi8232, Lawton, Oklahoma
Thu Jul 19 09:05:52 EDT 2018
Hotel itself is very beautiful. Rooms are dated but nice. We had an amazing view. Property is well maintained with gorgeous landscaping. There are no coffee makers in rooms which I thought was strange. Even the basic days inn has coffee pots in rooms. We arrived after lunch was served but was able to eat at the “snack” buffet, which was decent. We ended up falling asleep after a long day of travel and missed dinner (which is over 830pm). I’m not sure why it’s called a 24hr all inclusive when we weren’t able to eat after a certain time. For some reason I thought this resort had room service, but it does not. Next day we had lunch buffet which was good. After a long day at beach we got dressed up for dinner. Decided to try one of the specialty restaurants (Asian cuisine) . Waited 30 min for table and turns out it is a buffet as well! I was def not happy. We have traveled to many resorts in the Caribbean and never had a speciality restaurant be a buffet. Also this hotel has tons of kids running around! Running down hall in evening etc. Needles to say after this day we switched to Riu palace next door, which is way better in my opinion. The palace had many amenities that this property does not!

Good stay but needs improvements
halnamber, wantage, nj
Thu Jul 19 07:21:20 EDT 2018
The hotel is nice and clean, both the grounds and rooms. The food is okay except for the Italian place. It is pathetic. Small portions and pasta with butter lol. Check in process is so unorganized. 3 step process. We checked in at 2:50 and were told to come back at 3:00. REALLY? In 10 Minutes????? The room wasn't ready? They need to be more selective of the agents they allow to peddle trips in the lobby , because many of the trips they offer are exaggerated and the price varies from person to person. I get the beach guys doing this, but companies affiliated with RIU should not be so shady. Book your trips with Alex on the Beach. They are literally on the beach, but are reliable and will not disappoint. All the guides spoke English too. They could use another pool. They could use a bar and snack area closer to the beach. They need more bathrooms on the property. Always a hike to the bathroom. The restaurant process is absurd. You should be able to make reservations. The Italian restaurant food was pathetic in portion size and taste. The key for the room is an actual key that got stuck every time. The mattresses are like rocks and the pillows are half the size of a normal pillow. The drinks ARE watered down. We even suspected the wine was too lol. The WIFI RESTRICTION TO ONLY 2 DEVICES PER ROOM WHEN YOU PAY PER PERSON IS COMPLETELY OUT OF CONTROL!!!!!! AND THE WIFI SUCKS AS FAR AS CONNECTION! PUT AN ATM ON THE PROPERTY WHICH CAN BE ACCESSED ALL HOURS OF THE DAY! The entertainment was lacking. No one wants to watch the same stupid kid show for an hour or so every single night. (I have kids but no interest in the kid show) . The adult entertainment could be greatly improved. But we were up so early that we couldn't last late anyway. Maybe we would have if we had more incentive! SO, it seems I have many negatives to list here, BUT they didn't ruin our time. We had a nice , clean place to stay, with decent food, and didn't have to worry about cooking or cleaning. We don't spend all of our time at any hotel when we vacation. We did many, many excursions , and spent most of the time on the beach and in the water. Costa Rica is a safe and beautiful country with so much to offer. So, having crappy internet, and walking a little further for the bathroom wasn't the end all for us. The issues we had were more inconveniences. Plus, the trips we took fishing, ziplining, horseback riding, wave running, sightseeing, and rafting made up for any lack of convenience in the hotel. I found the people in the hotel to be generally friendly....Not over the top friendly, but never unfriendly or rude. The hotel is not extremely expensive so I am a firm believer of "you get what you pay for". Had we paid twice the price to stay at the RIU Palace next door with these inconveniences, I would have been way more upset. We chose to stay longer (almost 2 weeks) and get a family suite with a separate bedroom and bathroom for our kids, than to stay a week in one small room at the RIU Palace. Riu Guanacaste was good for us. I would return to Costa Rica, but to a different are, like Manuel Antonio, just to see a different part of the country.

A very relaxing time
Annabel68, Oxford, United Kingdom
Wed Jul 18 13:14:36 EDT 2018
Hotel is about 45 minutes from the airport so after a long flight it wasn't too bad. On arrival at the hotel the check in system wasn't great - there were very long queues that seemed take ages to work through after a long time travelling (we went with Tui). It is a very big hotel, and we got lost a couple of times - but we soon got the hang of where we should be going ! We got to our room and despite asking for a twin room (I was travelling with a friend) we were told that we had been upgrade to a sea view room but that the bed was a double and could not be made into twins. They did offer an extra bed - but there was no room to put it !! We had a lovely room with a balcony and sea view which was great for sunsets and away from the noise of the evening entertainment. The rooms were ok - the beds were comfortable (I prefer a harder bed to a softer bed) so was quite happy. The air conditioning worked well and kept the room cold - but we turned it off at night as it was a little noisy. The bathroom we had was big (2 basins) so plenty of room for everything. We had no problems with towels (plenty of them). There was shower gel/shampoo provided (attached to the wall) and small containers of conditioner (if needed). There was a fridge with drinks - still water, coke, orange, lemonade - all included and replenished every 2 days. There were also optics if you wanted to use them. The pool was very large and plenty of sunbeds - so we never had a problem getting one. The one thing that really annoyed me was that you couldn't make reservations at the restaurants, it was a first come first serve basis. We saw queues forming at 5.30 just to get a table for when they opened about 6-6.15. We tried to get into each of the restaurants but were told there were about 120 people in front of us and that they were not accepting any more. I did go along about 6pm one evening just after they had opened and managed to get a pager for an hours time so it was a bit of a rush but we did manage to eat in one of them. Otherwise we found it virtually impossible to eat at any of the restaurants other than Liberia (buffet). This is one thing that Riu need to change as it will stop me from returning to any of their hotels. The Liberia is the restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is buffet - there was a selection of foods but I wouldn't say this was the best buffet restaurant I have been to. If you each lunch here you need to wear shorts and a top. There is also a restaurant by the pool which serves a buffet lunch, and swimwear is acceptable here. The beach was excellent, black sand (so wear flip flops/shoes) as it gets very hot, but we walked along it every morning for a few hours. If you go to the beach and turn left and keep walking there is a trail through the forest (a road/track but trainers would be better footwear the flip flops) and you can see monkeys, humming birds, crabs and other wildlife. It is about 3 miles and took us about 2 hours each morning - so we got back in time for breakfast. The weather was very good, and sometimes the cloud that appeared was a lovely break in the hot sunshine. Remember to take plenty of sun cream as it is very expensive. There are some shops, if you go out of the hotel and turn right The hotel is about 5 minutes from the Diamante Eco Adventure Park which we spent a day in - zip wires, animals and botanical garden. You can see this from the front of the hotel on the hillside behind. We also went on a trip booked with Erick on the beach and had the most amazing day - rafting down the river, walking around a botanical garden in the volcanoes for 2 hours (and saw a sloth) and then went swimming in a natural waterfall. I have marked it as a mid range hotel as this is what I think it should be - although the prices may be 'luxury' but we did get a very good deal All in all it was a lovely, relaxing time



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