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
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
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
DINING
Riu Guanacaste features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips-Four Restaurants/Five Bars
There are 5 Restaurants at Riu Guanacaste:
Liberia - Main buffet-style restaurant with a terrace. Non-smoking.
Tucan - Gourmet style restaurant.
Ocotal - Poolside restaurant and steakhouse for dinner.
La Toscana - Italian restaurant.
Furama - Asian style restaurant.
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
Comfort
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
Pura Vida!!
cinders77, Dorset, England
Wed May 16 07:25:58 EDT 2018
I visited this hotel with my husband and two friends from 25th April to 7th May and had a truly amazing time. Every Costa Rican we met both at the hotel and in the country side was truly friendly and grateful that you as a tourist was helping their beautiful country. The hotel was stunning and staff would hard to keep it looking it's best - cleaners were seen working everywhere. Our room was kept clean by the maid everyday who also gave fresh sheets and towels - a luxury when on holiday. We spent every day at the beach as husband's loved to fish so cannot comment on the pool other than to say it was very loud and much alcohol appeared to be drunk by the younger holiday makers. Pool had to be closed and cleaned a few times. I am sure you can understand why. We went to the pool bar during day for drinks as unfortunately there is no beach bar (which is the only thing missing at this hotel). The vendors on the beach will try to sell you items but they only ask once and leave you alone. Our husbands both booked boat trips with the locals to fish. We also took the water taxi to Coco Beach for the day which made a change. There is a lovely beach there and you can hire sunbeds too. The A la Carte restaurants were all lovely and we ate in them every night except once. The main restaurant is fine and has plenty of choice too. I can't believe that anybody complains about the food. Gordon's gin and Smirnoff vodka is available if you ask. And although not on the bar menu the staff will whip up most requests my favourite being a chocolate martini. Also make sure you try a Dirty Monkey. Talking of monkeys make sure you find the cappuchins to feed in the mornings. Top tip - I took a small Tupperware box from home to carry melon and grapes in! It was great fun and they are so cute and gentle. Can't really comment on the night entertainment as was so tired from getting up early to feed the monkeys that I didn't stay up late. Another top tip is if you want a quiet room then ask for a jungle view and you won't hear the entertainment just the howler monkeys in the morning. I want to thank all the Hotel Guanacaste staff for a fantastic holiday! We will be back! Pura Vida!

Beautiful and secluded.
Jenacy100, Toronto, Canada
Mon May 14 13:19:28 EDT 2018
We are not ones for All Inclusive, but I needed a real vacation - one with no cooking and meal planning/shopping, and a chance to just relax and unwind. This was a perfect place to do that. I know there are a lot of mixed reviews about RIU as a chain, and I was a bit concerned, however I researched a lot and am glad we made the decision to book. Here are my thoughts: Property - beautifully maintained, huge, airy buildings and the gardens are lovely. The place really is huge, so be ready to walk a lot to get to elevators and down to the beach. Flowers, nice furnishings in the public areas, a number of bars open in the evening, a 24 hour sports bar (only air conditioned bar), a little "street" with shops and a disco and the spa facilities. Note: The shops are INCREDIBLY expensive for toiletries so don't forget anything. One piece of our luggage was delayed by 3 days and it had our sunscreen in it and my boyfriends swim trunks...the sunscreen was $47US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! even the swim trunks were cheaper (not by much). The disco is not part of the All-Inclusive so you need cash to pay for the drinks. The only ATM onsite is in the disco, so if you need cash for travel or tips you have limited times to access that (as we found out) NEGATIVE - there was an incredibly foul smell by the "daycare" and pool bar (next to the nature reserve side) that was most strong in the late afternoon. At first we thought it was a load of diapers, and then maybe sulfur, or a combo of both - but it is probably part of the septic system. Truly horrid and kept us away from that area for the most part. Seemed like people got used somehow. Rooms - beautiful! Truly. We switched after the first night to a room on the nature reserve side (quieter - well, the monkeys are loud but that was part of the appeal!). Bed is comfortable, bathroom is large, lighting is good. We were on Floor 2 and the terrace was huge. Bar is stocked regularly and the housekeeping was fantastic. Towels are soft and fluffy and huge, and you get beach towels each day by the pool that you turn in at night so you don't end up dragging a lot of sand in with you! No issues. NOTE: you will see mention of the pillows. Can't disagree with the comments, they really are tiny, but there were four, so we just doubled up. We also used the spare blanket to cover the mattress, under the bottom sheet - and that added extra comfort. Restaurants - the food overall was good. Wine in the restaurants (all of them) was good. Lunch items are a bit repetitive, but it is lunch...so really...not a big deal. Had no issues with getting into restaurants once we figured out the system. The Italian resto was the best of the a la carte. The buffet was fine in the main dining area and plenty of space. Would have liked a bit more signage on what was traditional or not as far as menu items are concerned, but it is catering to a travellers palate, so overall - good options. Breakfast was always good and the fresh fruit was incredible (like...table slapping good - they must soak it in sugar!) Pool - Huge. The pool bar was like a massive hot tub. Service was quick. Seemed like a number of guests preferred the pool to the beach which suited us well! We aren't pool people (except for a romantic dip or two in the wee hours). Lots of people do the "towel on chair" reservation system, so if you are a pool person I suggest you get up early and get down there before breakfast to stake your claim. Beach - ahhhhhhhh.....amazing! Truly beautiful. There is only one other hotel on this crescent beach which means lots of space to wander and no massive buildings. Also, the area is very removed and not easy to get to, so there are very few beach sellers and they are all very nice. The beach is a black sand (not pure black) and has a nice drop off when the tide is high. Beach shoes are a must for getting in and out (and the sand is really hot). There are staff on the beach to help with loungers. There are trees for shade, and there are iguanas and monkeys! Lovely. We spent most of our time there. And in the water. Fabulous. Surrounding areas - there are a number of excursions available. We didn't do any of them but we did take out a jet ski for 2 hours and had a tour of the surrounding beaches, did some snorkeling, and just had fun out there. We also hired a driver for the day to take us to Tamarindo. For those of you from the Ontario area - think Wasaga Beach. Very wide and very shallow. The waves are continuous which made for a great afternoon of surfing. There are plenty of restaurants and bars beach side and it was a nice day. We also stopped in Filidelphia (not a spelling error) and visited the town square where there are MASSIVE iguanas. It was definitely a fun experience. And a lovely town. From the hotel beach you can walk about 20 mins and reach a bar called "the Monkey Bar". Its worth the visit. Cold beer and a trail through the woods with monkeys!!!! Everywhere. Its not a zoo - its just nature. Lovely. There is a small camp of vendors just to the right of RUI PALACE (if you are facing it its to the right) and there are plenty of nice trinkets for your souvenirs) Overall, the hotel and beach were wonderful. There is no where within walking distance (except the Monkey Bar). Seriously. If you wanted to walk out to the main road I think it is just over 5KM and its pretty hilly. Once there its at least another 3 or 4 KM to get to anything. So i suggest renting a car if you want to wander, or joining up with some other traveler and booking a van and driver. It was a great and relaxing week

Could not fault it
Necw2014, London, United Kingdom
Sun May 13 20:14:01 EDT 2018
The staff are so friendly and helpful could not do enough to please you . We stayed in room 4041 fourth floor with a beautiful sea view , the room was always Immaculately cleaned and the maid very helpful and happy ๐Ÿ˜ƒ The hotel itโ€™s 50 meter to the beach which is lovely . Lots of sunbeds around the pool and on the beach enough for everyone !!! We have seen Such a variety of animals on the beach ( monkeys, iguanas, turtles and lots of fish) and in the hotel grounds and array of exotic birds and a raccoon ๐Ÿ˜‚

Nice resort, terrible management
dbess66, Fremont, Ohio
Sun May 13 19:44:32 EDT 2018
The resort is very nicely kept, the food is pretty good and the staff is very nice overall. However, we had a single female traveling with us and the bellboy let himself into her room at 8:30pm when he knew she would be alone. When speaking to the management staff they said they had fired him. we asked that he write a note stating that our friend had vacated her room to stay with our other friends in their room. He refused to do so and then when we requested a police report be filled out he said he would not allow the police on the resort. We left the resort on Saturday, our friends left on sunday and saw the same bellboy at work once again. Females beware!! The manager said exactly what he thought we wanted to hear just to get us to shut up!! I understand this is a very large corporation but they have no business going into ANYONES room when not requested!!

Heaven on Earth!
liketotravel700, Buffalo, New York
Sun May 13 17:22:48 EDT 2018
A beautiful, quiet, ocean view room. Warm, clean pool with a great swim-up bar. Right on the beach. Four great specialty restaurants and a breakfast/lunch/dinner buffet. Great location, beautiful weather and lots of excursions to choose from.



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