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-...
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
They get a discount on green fees with Transportation Htl - Golf - Htl, 18 holes Golf cart, Bottled water, cooler, Rental Golf Clubs, 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 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 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
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
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
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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
Worst hotel I’ve ever been
Isabel D,
Wed Feb 21 16:18:51 EST 2018
I got my flight cancelled 2 nights ago out of Liberia and American Airlines paid for the passengers room at riu Guanacaste. My boyfriend and I arrived at 11 pm exhausted and were scheduled for the airport shuttle at 4 am (5 hours later). They told us to wait an hour to get the Internet code while I begged them I needed it for work. After over an hour my boyfriend went to the reception to get the boarding passes which they took by mistake and he was told to wait another hour for the internet code and not to bother calling reception cause they won’t answer. So when he returned to the room I called anyway and indeed they didn’t answer. After several times they picked up and they told me in a rude voice that I had to wait, obviously they had no intention to give me any internet code. To top it all off they hang up on me. So I called back and they hang up again. They never bothered answering after that and I went to sleep. Got up at 4 am to catch the shuttle and there was only one employee at front desk (his name Alonso) who was also very rude. All passengers went on the bus and he came on to threaten us the bus wouldn’t leave because the head count was 10 and he thought there were an extra 4 people on the bus. At this point one person told him to back off and let us go to the airport not to miss the flight. I never experienced such a bad hotel in all my years of travelling, neither happened to me to be denied internet and be hung up twice. I would never stay in this hotel not even for FREE. Sónia

Vacation Estupendo
Rob T, Bracebridge, Canada
Wed Feb 21 11:10:00 EST 2018
I recently vacationed at the beautiful RIU Guanacaste Costa Rica Resort from January 29 up to and including February 12, 2018. This is my second trip to Costa Rica in the last 2 years. I love the country, the people, the magnificent countryside and ocean beaches. The RIU Guanacaste Resort offered everything I wanted and more! The Hotel has a very pleasing, spacious and happy atmosphere in its lobby, restaurants and entertainment places located throughout the Resort complex. The pools and ocean beach area provided great relaxation for me from sunset to dusk! I would especially like to thank and highly praise the hotel staff to the highest degree of professionalism, courtesy and always pleasant, helpful service to its clientele. I want to share my personal thanks to all staff at the Resort all inclusive of the pool staff, bartenders and waiters, to the restaurant cooks, waiters and waitresses and all the Hotel service representatives. YOUR THE BEST! I met many wonderful guests from around the world and they too praised the Resort in the same way as me. I will be back to the Guanacaste Resort and I hope it’s in the very near future. Thanks for the Memories.

Great Vacation !!
Vickki S,
Wed Feb 21 05:18:45 EST 2018
Had a great first visit to Costa Rica. There was 18 wonderful women on this trip. Helpful, friendly staff always saying Hola. Donnie Reid was always happy and friendly. Sergio in the sports bar, always smiling and happy to serve me. Room was always clean and air conditioning worked great, fridge stocked with more diet coke after I asked for more. Pool was good, never over crowded. Always got loungers, and there was 18 of us! Waiters around the pool were always around to take your orders or bring your drinks. Food was ok, no problem finding the food I liked. Nightly entertainment was hmmm ok, Michael Jackson show was great. I would go back to this resort for sure.

Great hotel, one major flaw
,
Tue Feb 20 18:28:45 EST 2018
The hotel is an amazing. The view are oh wow. We had a suite with the jacuzzi on the balcony. The hotel didn’t have bubble bath so we used shampoo instead lol. Room service and the cleaning staff were awesome. We enjoyed the pool area. If you’re going to do any off site explorations use Caesar’s adventures. They offer many packages. You can find them on the beach behind rui palace. The major flaw: the food. The hotel offers many different themed style restaurants-all horrible food. The hotel five star restaurant in particular gave majority of my group a 24 hour stomach virus. One morning at the breakfast buffet I had to request to speak with a manager bc you could smell that the seafood from the salad bar section had gone bad. I wouldn’t be returning.

Family vacation
dragonfly88700, Richmond, Illinois
Tue Feb 20 15:20:06 EST 2018
Nice resort. Beach was nice and the pool was fun. The restaurants were tasty. The buffet was decent. The Asian restaurant was really good. The food at the sports bar is salads, hot dogs, sandwiches and cookies. Okay for grabbing and going. The drinks were great and the bartenders are good at remembering you! The entertainment was fun. Though if you are in your room during the entertainment, it's quite loud. The beds were pretty comfortable. I will be honest, the tub in the bathroom was a bit weird. You have to climb into it since it is kind of in a hole in the wall and rather deep. The sides are kind of steep, so be careful taking a shower. And there was no light in there, so it was dark. It was fun walking around the grounds since there are monkeys in the trees in the preserve next door. There was a little family of raccoons that would come out at night to see what they could get. Caught them having a "party" drinking up some spilled drinks by the pool. They were pretty tame, but I wouldn't try to pet them! The smoking area was nice, if you smoke. Away from everything, so it didn't bother anyone. There is no coffee shop, which surprised me. You can get a specialty coffee in the sports bar, but it wasn't great. There is a place that on the way to the casino where you can buy a coffee. The casino is small, but okay. What I expected for a casino on resort grounds. We didn't have a problem with check in or check out.



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