Guanacaste

Riu Guanacaste


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Exceptional Value!
Honeymoon:
Late check-out (based on availability), Free upgrade to next room category (based on availability), and $35 USD spa credit in Ocean Harmony massage for two (50 min), once per stay.
Family: Two kids 12 & under Stay Free with two paying adults from 5/1/17-12/23/17.

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
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: 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
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
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
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
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
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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Food Quality
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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
NOT a 5 star establishment.
michael s,
Thu Oct 19 16:32:18 EDT 2017
We are currently staying at this hotel, but as the title says, this place does not deserve the 5 star credentials it's been given. The hotel itself is lovely to look at, the rooms are clean and spacious, with aircon, iron, hairdryer, minibar etc and a tv, but no English speaking channels!!!! - this is a minor issue as we're hardly in the room anyway, but with most visitors being English, American or Canadian, you'd expect more. The staff are brilliant, very friendly, very helpful and very polite. The food is extremely tasty albeit some of it very spicey (careful of the breakfast beans-laced with chilli), there is a large selection of foods to chose from and no-one should go hungry, with a large variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and piping hot meat/vegetarian options, couldn't fault the food. Now we come to the reason I've only given 3 stars...some areas are DISGUSTING...lifts with dried vomit in them, the pool bar STINKS (we've now called it the vomit bar due to the smell surrounding it) with some people never leaving it so you can imagine where they 'spend a penny' the swimming pool itself is ABSOLUTELY DISGRACEFUL...i have seen swamps cleaner and more hygienic than this pool. IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN I SERIOUSLY RECOMMEND YOU DO NOT LET THEM USE IT...it is so dis-coloured and brown you can't see in it, even if you're wearing goggles, which are a MUST as they pour so many chemicals into the water it is practically toxic, they obviously have NO filtration. This is only our second day here and our son has chemical burns to various parts of his body and all of us are suffering with red and stinging eyes. We have witnessed staff pouring unfinished drinks into the Jacuzzi and visitors removing sandals etc to wash IN THE POOL!!!!....but the icing on the cake was today, we actually saw human faeces floating in the pool...not once...BUT TWICE, we notified staff who came with a net, BUT he did not remove it immediately, instead he chose to keep it in the net and drag it round the edge of the pool collecting other debris...THIS IS ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING AND WE WILL BE MAKING OUR COMPLAINTS TO THE HOTEL MANAGER AND THOMSON IN THE MORNING AS THIS IS THE MOST SICKENING, UN-HYGIENIC, FILTHY POOL EVER SEEN. HOW THEY ALLOW CHILDREN TO SWIM IN IT IS TANTAMOUNT TO CHILD ABUSE. UTTERLY UTTERLY DISGRACEFUL.

Nate
royalna p, Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
Wed Oct 18 23:30:03 EDT 2017
the hotel is very open planed having no doors in corridors or reception areas ,so would emagine it gets very humid in the hotter months .very well kept though & to a high standard when it comes to hygiene .food is very good ,with something for everyone we enjoyed the the Chinese,Italian,a la carte, & if you like raccoons then go to the steak restaurant on the beach .we went of to stay in a lodge for 2days so we could go to hot springs a rainforest walk & walked through a cloud forest on skywalk bridges .we ending our trip going to a coffee plantation.brilliant time .Thank you Harry & Walter the rep & driver .you were ace . We also managed to get to Nicaragua on o ur last day to see an active volcano ,but sadly our hols were dampened by tropical storm Nate leaving us with no power for 2days on & off .both countries were hit very badly leaving us stuck in hotel with nothing much to do apart from eat ,drink sleep (or dear ) & listen to some guests getting drunk being very loud with no respect for what had just happened outside .shame on you . Thanks Stuart & Lowry for doing their best to keep us to date with most things it wasn't easy seeing as we were cut off from the outside .I hope you got some clean under wear Stuart .lol.Sadly never got to do any snorkelling or zip wiring .or whale watching but safety had to come first . Would go back go just to do them .but probably to the sister one next door as more modern.

Beach Massage with Karina V.
Marie S,
Wed Oct 18 20:29:31 EDT 2017
**The 3 stars is for the hotel and not the massage I received**. I decided to try the massage as a farewell Costa Rica gift to myself before leaving Costa Rica and I am very glad that I did. I went to the beach and met Karina V. around 9:30 am and she informed me that she is usually there as early as 730a. This is massage is not affiliated with the hotel. We walked about 5 minutes to a covered, cool area near a stream that sounds soooo peaceful during the massage. She is professional, polite and just great. For $39 it is well worth it. I get massages every month and her massage is the same quality, technique and pressure level. My only regret is that I didn't get a massage from her the 5 days that I was there.

Group to Cost Rico
Theresa A, Rhode Island
Tue Oct 17 19:17:20 EDT 2017
Everything was great, clean, services was especially wonderful. The van service was professional. We used a service taxi at the hotel, his name was Luis. He was professional, pleasant, and so knowledgeable, we had a great tour for 2 full days. Our trip was for one week, we enjoyed everything about Costa Rica, the people, the beautiful beaches, the food was fabulous too. We had fresh fish fried on the beach by the locals, it was superb! We went to the water fall and we went to the local zoo. The churches were just breath taking. I could write a book, The people were so beautiful, great hospitality, warm and friendly. We will be back for sure.

Wonderful Vacation
capg0156, Corpus Christi, Texas
Tue Oct 17 11:57:39 EDT 2017
We arrived a couple of days after Tropical Depression Gabe and the hotel was up and running except for a couple of restaurants. With all that went on during the storm, I'm surprised things were a good as they were. It is a beautiful location with some monkeys in the trees and one on the beach which we were able to feed bananas. We were there for 7 days and booked a massage down at the beach with Yorley and Ivania. They were so great that we came back 3 more times! These massage therapists were the best and so professional. We also booked the Mega Combo and ATVs through Mauricio down at the beach. They say the high season is from December to May since it is the dry season but I liked it in October. Even though it is the rainy season, we only saw rain a couple of times in the afternoon and everything was so green. It was a great trip!



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