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.

2019 Exceptional Value!
Honeymoon:
Late check-out (based on availability), Free upgrade to next room category (based on availability), and $35 spa credit per adult.
Family: Two kids 12 and under Stay Free with two paying adults

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 the 3rd cleanest beach in Costa Rica.

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.

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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
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
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
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

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2801 Recommend
2801 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Guanacaste to their friends and family
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Shame
bubbascrew, london ont
Mon Dec 03 17:28:31 EST 2018
Currently waiting for room move as out toilet does not work. Requested ground floor got 4th! Show is so loud sleep is not going to happen. Check in was great now i know why. Sunwing rep "Smiley" great on way. Now still not getting requested floor! TRAVEL ALL DAY and now waiting for a working room. Horrible! Hoping rest of week is better. This us RIU where is the standard!!!!!

Third Time at The RIU
camper81, Chesapeake, Virginia
Sun Dec 02 12:48:24 EST 2018
We had been to the RIU the 1st year it opened and RIU Palace 2 years ago, so there were already some expectations in place. We booked our room thru Expedia and paid over $100US extra for an oceanfront room. Upon arrival we were told we had booked a garden room and only requested an oceanfront room. After some back and forth we paid an additional $30US for the oceanfront room and off we went. The room was very nice, we were on the 4th floor and really all rooms below us had no ocean view because the palm trees are so tall. The mini bar was empty and when they filled it within the hour there was NO Imperial Beer. Imperial is the National Beer of Costa Rica and is served at every place in Costa Rica that serves beer except the RIU. They even have it at the RIU Palace next door. When we stayed at the Palace we were allowed to go on the RIU property. But staying at the RIU you are not allowed on the Palace property. Imperial is served on draft but the cans and bottles are much better. We met Erika on the beach and booked an ATV tour thru him. I recommend him for ALL your tour needs. We got a massage down on the beach past the RIU Palace for $30US that was to die for. They are not affiliated with either Hotel, but there massage is great. The food quality seemed to increase dramatically, there is no dress code for the restaurants and no reservations were required, all great improvements. We left our maid about $5US each day as she did a terrific job taking care of the room. Twice she saw us in the hallway, hugged us and thanked us for visiting her country. Since we had a car there and knew our way around we went Beach hopping one day. Costa Rica has many nice beaches. We also booked a fishing trip with Robert at crfishon.com, we booked that about a month prior to the vacation. I highly recommend him. The grounds were kept very nice but I think the Ticos have just discovered power lawn tools and they are struggling a bit with how to operate them. There was some Top Shelf liquor at some of the bars but it was very limited. I drank dark rum and coke and always asked for a double and then when they delivered it I asked for a floater on top. $5US tip also goes a long way at the bar but not requited. The kitchen staff cooked our Mahi that we caught fishing and it was to die for. It was so good I tipped the cook $10US. Overall I still highly recommend the Hotel. If they had the Imperial Beer in the can or bottle it would have been a perfect vacation. Additional note there were alot of young children at the resort. Also Bedding at the resort was exceptional.

Was pretty good until the 1000 loud locals arrived.
Me O,
Sat Dec 01 13:07:48 EST 2018
The grounds are amazing, the people are friendly and amazing but this resort belongs to the locals. It is 4:45 in the afternoon and you could not imagine the noise. My wife and I enjoy the Spanish music at a normal level but wow. The Spanish head banging music and the hooting and the hollering is beyond comprehension. Most resorts will play a little English music, not one English song today. They should simply shut this resort down for visitors from other countries and simply allow the drinking locals to take over as they have. My wife and I left the resort for the day and plan on doing so tomorrow because you just dont belong here if you are NOT Costa Rican and you are not up for the PARTY. We met people this after noon from the Riu Palace next door and this is not going on over there. I feel that it is some sort of fraud to allow you to book into this nice clean quiet resort and then Friday afternoon, the Resort becomes a free for all party for the locals. I would not want to bring children here to this resort.. If you want to Party, this is the place. If you want a relaxing get away, don't come here. The grounds are very nice, food is good but this is simply criminal to do this to unexpected visitors. The beach has a few chairs, dirty brown water. There are no wash rooms at the beach and no drinks at the beach. Sand is brown and not really pleasent.

GREAT FOOD BUT
pochopo, San Jose, Costa Rica
Sat Dec 01 06:51:57 EST 2018
Great rooms, very good food, cocktails alright,, tv is very small, no pen no pads in the room, during the day no light at the room entrance makes very difficult to open door, the chairs at the beach are not clean.

Wow out of control Costa ricans
Q1363XRcraigs, Parry Sound, Canada
Fri Nov 30 13:58:19 EST 2018
Don’t bring your children here If you are looking for a quiet resort keep looking Every room has filled with partying locals and it’s not nice Keep looking don’t come here Beach is not nice you can’t swim here We will not come back



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