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
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
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
DINING
Riu Guanacaste features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips-Four Restaurants/Five Bars
There are 5 Restaurants at Riu Guanacaste:
Tucan - Gourmet style restaurant.
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.
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
Hotel Average
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Food Quality
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Cleanliness
Service
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
Vacation with friends
Susan A, Fenwick
Tue Apr 17 15:41:27 EDT 2018
Just got back April 11, down for a week. Weather fantastic 90’s every day. Hotel is a 30 min drive from the air port. Food was fabulous, we have traveled all thru the Caribbean and have to say this resort had the best food. Not allowed to make reservation at the restaurants, not impressed by that. Steak house is outside and very hot, not comfortable to eat at. Drinks, were ok but that’s what you sign up for at these resorts. Beer great. We traveled with friends and requested our rooms be close, they were not, we were both on either side of the resort. We booked early Oct so there should have been no problem. Very difficult to put makeup on as the vanity was quite deep and no makeup mirror on the wall. Stocked mini frig was refilled every other day with water, pop and beer. Loved loved loved the permanent lounge chairs in the pool! Never difficult to get lounge chairs by the pool. Seems like it is a very popular place to get married, we saw 6 brides during our week. If you want a nice beach to walk on this is not the resort for you, sand is dark and the water is not appealing. Overall we had a great time. Shows every evening at 9 for almost an hr. We never visited the casino or disco, exhausted by the heat by 10 pm then went back to our room to get in air conditioning, the shows were outside. Zip lining was unbelievable just a very short drive from the resort. You can see it from the pool area. We traveled with Sunwing and bought our excursion passes on the plane so it was in Canadian $ which was so much cheaper. Look at the brochure on the plane, lots offered.

Great place to stay
510David510, Banff National Park, Canada
Tue Apr 17 09:42:27 EDT 2018
We were at the RIU from April 1-15 and thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Room was comfortable, clean, well stocked mini bar, over looking the front grounds with an ocean view, nice sized deck to enjoy it all. Pool was amazing, plenty of places to sit even during the busy times, everyone in the water was having fun, always tons of pool towels...great place to be. Staff everywhere were all friendly, helpful and worked hard. Food in all restaurants was good. Buffet had something different every night, a la carte were all delicious. If you like to walk on the beach this is the place, beautiful long stretch of grey sand beach. A little rocky in places but that is a very minor issue. Be sure to walk around the far rocky point to the beautiful quiet coral sand beach, you'll have it to yourself and it is wonderful. At low tide enjoy the unique patterns from the Bubble crabs, look up in the trees to see parrots, orioles, and of course vultures. Then our favourite tree creatures which we saw everyday on our walks are the monkeys...look up they are everywhere! If you like iguanas there are plenty of them, even saw a green beauty swim across the pool...awesome! Excursions...Pallo Verde cool river cruise with lots of crocs, Vandara...a must tons of fun, Nicaragua...very interesting, majorly long bus ride, shuttle to Playa Coco makes for a good afternoon. Negatives...pretty minor, coffee maker in the room would have been nice, maybe a clock in the room, beach in front of hotel could have been raked clean now and then, but they are public beaches after all. We would definitely recommend this hotel for anyone, we are retired, but young to old it is fun. We were informed that bananas are bad for monkeys, too much potassium makes them sick. They like other fruits and boiled eggs...but really one shouldn't feed them at all.

UK based review - great stay.
Leapingferret, Colchester, United Kingdom
Tue Apr 17 04:10:31 EDT 2018
I had previously emailed the resort and requested a quiet room overlooking the jungle and had a reply back saying that my request had been noted but could not be guaranteed. Well what a nice surprise when on arrival we were allocated exactly the room requested, overlooking the jungle and zip wires and they had even left balloons on the door and petals on the bed for a birthday in our party. What a great start. The room itself was a little dated and a bit thread bare in places but most importantly it was really clean and kept so throughout our two weeks. We noted complaints that the towels were hard and scratchy (not at all in our opinion) and also that the pillows were and odd size and uncomfortable (would definitely agree with this). Also we were told by our Rep. that you should not flush toilet tissue down the pan and leave the paper in the waste bin provided as they do in Greece. We did check this with reception and they confirmed this. This would explain the number of posts here with blocked toilet issues. The resort is big and can be noisy but we could always find a quiet spot here and there. The public areas and gardens are all kept beautifully and a whole army of workers keep the resort looking tip top. The resort wakes up early, loads of people around at 6.00am and goes to bed early too after the shows. . We mostly ate in the main buffet and always found something tasty. Jonathan our waiter was fantastic and made sure we were well looked after and dressed a table for a birthday and even supplied a cake along with a rendition of happy birthday. The restaurant staff work extremely hard and long hours but were always so happy and polite. We made sure we tipped throughout the stay to show our appreciation. We also tried the Toucan, not to our taste and lacked atmosphere, Furama Asian and the Italian both of which were great. The pool scene was not really our thing as it tended to get busy and a bit boisterous with drinking games in the latter part of the afternoon. Good natured fun but not really for us. We tended to stick with the beach and could always find a shady spot under a tree. The beach gets very hot and is also quite rocky depending on the state of the tide. I would say beach shoes are essential to avoid burnt feet. The visibility in the water, once again, depended on the state of the tide and the on shore breeze. Loads of wildlife to be seen from the beach including Frigate birds,Pelicans,Osprey,Vultures, Flycatchers,white faced monkeys, Iguanas, woodpeckers and howler monkeys. Overall a really nice resort and a great base to explore the Monteverde region from.

Excellent vacation
himarkus, Toronto, Canada
Mon Apr 16 19:40:37 EDT 2018
My wife and our two youngest children aged 9+13 spent a fantastic week at The Riu. First off don't worry about the few, very negative reviews. We have traveled all over the Caribbean and this resort is one of the best. Great staff, beautiful hotel, clean pool and beach, excellent food. When we arrived we were told we we're upgraded to a Family room. What a nice thing to do for us. We stayed on the jungle side, much quieter there. Very nice room, fully stocked fridge and mini bar. Never had a problem with pool or beach chairs. Lots of them. Beach is darker sand but we loved it. We snorkeled off the beach about 50 yards from the shore. Saw tons of fish. Must see are the monkeys in the nearby forest. Bring bananas before noon. There are lots of them and they will feed right out of your hand. Really fun. We booked a full day excursion from Roberto on the beach to a mountain spa with zip lining, horse back riding and more. Was incredible. Well worth the cost. We booked our own van, driver and guide. Weather was very hot, definitely bring water shoes for the beach and flip flops for the pool areas. We loved the wild life all around the hotel and generally in Costa Rica. It makes it different than some of our other favourites like Jamaica. All in all I highly recommend The Riu Guanacaste. We flew Sunwing from Toronto

A relaxing week in semi-paradise
randmlapierre, Toronto, Canada
Mon Apr 16 12:54:25 EDT 2018
Room was very nice and not at all rundown. Only complaint was the toilet. Inadequate flushing power. Resolved the problem by designating one of the plastic waste paper baskets as a water bucket. Fill to about half and pour contents quickly into the toilet and it does the trick. The food at every meal was delicious plus plus. A lot of choices for every taste. Salads, vegetables, fruit, cold cuts, hot food like chicken, pork, beef, and fish, breads, beans, potatoes, cooked veggies, and the list goes on and on. Excellent (ordinary) wine from Spain and Chile with lunch and dinner. Staff everywhere worked hard and were ready to accommodate any requests. Lots of bars but all drinks were low alcohol content (possibly zero) including the beer. The only exceptions were the wine at mealtime and the canned beer in the bedroom bar fridge. Swimming pools were clean and not overly crowded. Evening entertainment about par with free cruise ship entertainment, not memorable but OK. Would return again in the future. Recommended if you just want a relaxing no fuss holiday. Wife went to the spa and said it was OK. Didn't use the casino or the disco. Left the resort for an excursion to the thermal spa and view of the volcano. My wife and I are a well traveled retired (early seventies) couple but there were people of all ages at the resort.



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