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
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
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
Hotel Average
What to expect
Food Quality
Comfort
Cleanliness
Service
2801 Recommend
2801 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Guanacaste to their friends and family
TripAdvisor Web Reviews
Based on 7239reviews
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Good hotel
bumpy74, Oxford, United Kingdom
Tue Aug 14 11:26:49 EDT 2018
We travelled with TUI as a family of four with 2 teenagers. I was worried about the hotel due to some of the reviews but apart from a few very minor niggles it was great . Check in was painless and quick , there was a special desk for TUI also when we left it was straightforward and Sam made it easy when we got to the airport for our return journey . Rooms - I emailed the hotel and asked for adjoining rooms which happily we got provided with , the rooms were a reasonable size , good ac , we faced the diamanté eco centre so we got to see the howler monkeys in the trees from our balcony , they weren’t the newest of rooms but clean and functional .you have a mini bar which is restocked every couple of days we ran out of soft drinks a couple of times and after ringing down to reception a couple of bottles were sent up . Food- buffet restaurant always had a good choice , always quick to clear the tables and provide drinks , we liked to eat in Delma section as she was so nice . One of the niggles is the restaurant booking system , we turned up a bit later to the Asian and steak and either got in straight away or they would give us a pager for about 20 mins , the Italian for some reason was a hassle do get into and people queued for ages we did get in once but we weren’t that impressed so didn’t bother again . Bars - quick service at all the bars ,yes the drinks did vary but it never worried us , if your booking any trips go at the weekend as the pool bar had a different vibe, the last weekend just gone there was a big group , one woman passed out , in the toilet and there was a fight in the pool . Beach - beach vendors are friendly and don’t hassle you , we walked along to the monkey bar a couple of days , they could do with a beach bar as it’s a bit of a trek to the pool bar . Trips - we did the zip lining , which was excellent and only round the corner , sunset cruise and the river safari which were all reasonably priced and well organised . Grounds - the grounds are well maintained and we regularly saw iguanas , humming birds and the bearcat wombling around . Overall we had a great time 🙂🙂.

Lovely hotel food grounds swimming pools and beach but entertainment awfull
Grahamqpr98,
Tue Aug 14 09:35:17 EDT 2018
The hotel is lovely and the grounds and wildlife are amazing. You can regually see Iguanas Birds and monkeys. We ate at all the restuarants and the food was really good quality. There is a turn up and be seated system which worked for us but did not suit everyone. Both swimming pools are fine and the swim up bar area is adults only. My one bone of contention was the entertainment. Firstly there is no musical entertainment on a Sunday. The shows are ok if you like dancing but the worst one of all was the Michael Jackson show he can dance but he can't mime as he doesn't even know the words. Every night except Sunday a single performer would appear in the Filadelpia bar and sing songs in English they would then appear beside the main stage either side of the nights show and sing in Spanish. What was particually annoying was the night the lead singer said in English we have lots of latino music for you tonight and then sang every song in Spanish what was the point.

Great Family Vacation
Momontherun04,
Mon Aug 13 18:03:57 EDT 2018
Wonderful vacation! Hotel had excellent beds, food and entertainment!! Staff is wonderful a and friendly! Booked zip line through sunwing travel best experience ever the tour guides are patient and very helpful. Sun wing reps are very helpful and nice.

Nice Hotel...
sanaefarmer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mon Aug 13 10:30:19 EDT 2018
I was extremely nervous before my trip because the recent reviews were mixed... needless to say my overall stay was enjoyable... However there were a lot of children at this resort... so if you don’t want to be around a lot children you may want to stay somewhere else... Check-in I read the reviews about long lines at check in and waiting over an hour... we arrived after 3pm and was the first in line to check in... there was already a family at the front desk..there was one person checking people in and about 3 workers behind the desk doing nothing...after 10 mins the line behind us grew... in total we waited about 15 mins and about five minutes to get checked in... so not bad. Later in the day we received a phone call from the front desk ensuring that we were OK The Room Room was a nice size... towels are brown but not bad... mini bar was stocked .. bed is very firm and pillows are small...our housekeeper decorated our room with fresh flowers and converted the blanket into an animal. The Restaurants The buffet at Liberia was pretty good...I’m not a buffet person but this place did not disappoint... there was a theme ever night from outdoor barbecuing to Casino night... the food was hot and fresh... the only downside is the children running around and sticking their hands in the chocolate fondue and other desserts... there was little to no parent supervision...We ate twice at Italian restaurant and it was worth the wait in line... restaurant opens at 6pm but people started lining up at 5:00... The steakhouse was also OK... the line wasn’t too long. The GYM The gym is one of the best I’ve seen... very spacious...there’s 3-4 treadmills and ellipticals and free weights. The Beach Was OK... if you want white sand and clear turquoise water...this is not the place. There were a few people on the beach... mainly everyone was at the pools...I read reviews about the locals being aggressive with their soliciting but that was not case...The locals were friendly... once we said NO they moved on...The resort also have shops but the souvenirs were pricey.

Tired 3 stars. Providing my perspective so you know what to expect
acbor,
Sun Aug 12 09:56:57 EDT 2018
I will say what other are saying. This hotel is a 3 star at best that is tired of being itself. I usually don't post bad reviews but because I went to this hotel after weighting all the reviews here I wanted to give you a good perspective of what to expect. So let me give you my perspective. The hotel is tired and look so. It is like getting to one of those places from the 60s. The grounds are beautiful but you can see both in the common areas and the rooms that is in need for some love. Obviously if you are on a budget you don't care but just weight the comments below based on a perspective of someone that had been all over the world. The check-in took us more than 1 hour. The reason for that is also my tip. Don't go to this place over the weekend. If you can just go from Mon-Thu. The reason is that they sell weekend packages to the locals at 50% of the price we foreigners pay and they come in groups or hundreds. This is one of those strange situations. I stayed there from Thu to Thu and the hotel is one from Thu to Sun and another during the week. After the check-in we get to our room. Basic room but with a lot of space. Bath towels in the room were all shredded like they are a cleaning rag. I am not picky but when you are paying top dollars for your vacations you expect more, Going down to the pool. Drinks are hit or miss. Some were good some didn't have alcohol at all and tasted really bad.By now if you read other review you know that the beach is dark sand and rocky. Nice beach but you have to understand that this is what you are getting so you are not disapointed. The sunsets are beautiful though. Food: As everybody is saying on the reviews by now you know that this hotel has chosen the worst system possible to allow people to go to a la carte restaurants. You have to queue at 5:45pm every day and then have dinner at 6PM. Who wants to stay in line or eat at 6PM every day during their vacations? I don't. So let me give the management a suggestion: what about a centralized booking where for every 3 days at the hotel you can go to one a la carte restaurant? Much better and more efficient. The buffet is just ok but if you need to eat there every night you will get tired very quickly. The Italian restaurant is just bad although it is the biggest line. People don't know what they are getting into. In general service is super slow. One day I ordered a drink at the beach and 30 mins later it arrived. I didn't even remember that I had ordered something. Nightly entertainment. Average to other resorts. Nothing great about it. However, as the theater is open, even if you don't want to watch it, you listen from your room, specially if your balcony faces the theater. The problem is after the show, listening to the same songs every night and the entertainment lady on the microphone talking non stop. The shows are from 9-10pm but the after show song and lady goes up to 11pm. Note that this resort is in the middle of nowhere so you will need transportation or a car to go everywhere. One last thing. No, it is not ok to mow grass at 6:30AM. You have the whole day to do it so please don't wake me up. Would I go back or book again? No way. Maybe the Riu Palace but you have to pay $200/night more there so probably not worth it.



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