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.

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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
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
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
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
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

Apple Vacations Customer Satisfaction Score
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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
Riu Guanacaste
Chrismulberry, Cannock, United Kingdom
Sat Dec 09 18:39:41 EST 2017
Just had the worst service in any hotel. Rooms lovely but when you go to one of restaurants they literally ignored us and eventually asked if we wanted desert and then did the hand across the throat sign to tell the rest of staff that they could pack up!!

Perfect wedding day at the Riu Guanacaste!
jillharris25, Sarnia, Canada
Sat Dec 09 15:52:21 EST 2017
34 of us travelled here for our wedding! The grounds are truly gorgeous!! We all had the most amazing time! Everyone was so friendly and helpful. There were a few issue with the toilets being clogged and keys not working but the front desk was happy to move us rooms to wherever we wanted! Everyone really goes out of there way to make you feel comfortable. We stayed in room 3038 which had the most amazing view of the ocean , gorgeous suite for a couple! The rooms were cleaned daily and fridges restocked. We couldn’t have been more pleased with the food selection. We had some picky eaters with us and they all found food they liked! So many options to chose from We went on lots of tours and did some scuba diving, rented jet skis. The staff on the resort are very knowledgeable. A great place for first time scuba divers to take the course! Our fav excursions were booked through the guys on the beach! They were alot cheaper and you tell them exactly what you want and they personalize it accordingly. We did an ATV tour, snorkelling and shopping to coco beach, and a full day tour were we went down a river where we saw crocodiles, lots of iguanas, white faces monkeys and different types of birds. Then to a cute little restaurant for lunch. Next to a sloths sanctuary where we saw 3 sloths and lots of tree frogs and lastly to a beautiful water fall that we swam under. So much fun!! Last but not least our wedding. They really made our day perfect! From the wedding coordinator, to the salon, dinner and the photographer... all exceptional. We will be returning to this hotel for many anniversaries!

Excellent Staff
paul w, burntwood
Sat Dec 09 11:53:19 EST 2017
I enjoyed my stay at the Rio Guanacaste , I couldn’t fault TUI , the staff in the hotel were absolutely first class . The rooms are nice and spacious , good air conditioning that is quiet enough to leave on all night a mini bar in the room that is replenished every two days , and also optics in the room I thought the pool area too noisy , but there loads of sun bedsthere allways loads spare . The beach is nice and natural , you can watch baby turtles making there way int the sea ,once a week . I wasn’t keen on the evening entertainment , I liked the Michael Jackson show , and a Latin show the rest of the evening entertainment I had seen many many times before . The restaurant were okay , the main restaurant got rather noisy , the other restraint coundnt be poked you had to queue when they opened , a few times we arrived at 18.20 and we couldn’t get in . My favourite restaurant was the Asian . We ate at the steak house twice , we ordered steak , and a sauce , the first night the sauce never turned up , the second ntime we asked 3 times for the sauce and the sauce turned up when we had nearly finished our meal , we found the steak meal too dry without sauce , also my steak was superb , but my wife’s teak was like shoe leather , so I gave my wife half of my steak A short walk from the hotel , my wife was feeding Capuchin monkeys , and a spider monkey from her hand , they were beautiful creatures much nicer than the howler monkeys Personally I would not return , it must be one of the most expensive countries in the world , the cost of the trips are expensive , ive been to the Caribbean many times and paid a third of the price of what they charge in Costa Rica . A bottle of Listerine I got from Poundland in the UK for £1 , cost 11 dollars in Costa Rica , I did see the same bottle in a supermarket for just a touch under 8 dollars , everything was expensive , then there is the departure tax they call 29 dollars to leave the country , and they don’t even say thank you when you give it to them it is a rip off overall TUI and RIU were very good , but I wouldn’t go back and I wouldn’t recommend this country until the cut there costs

Beach walk is excellent
Bobgod2,
Sat Dec 09 08:31:17 EST 2017
Booked here with TUI and have found it to be a great hotel set in a stunning location. Wildlife all around and waking to the dawn chorus of birds and howler monkeys is fantastic. Would highly recommend the Saturday morning beach walk with Julie, the TUI rep, who is a mine of information and knows where to spot all the best wildlife - howler monkeys, flying fish, birds of prey and iguanas galore!

Another Great Visit
Travellers5848, Cambridge, Canada
Sat Dec 09 07:16:25 EST 2017
We stayed at the Riu Guanacaste two years ago and loved it. This year we returned with three other couples. We found nothing to complain about and all agreed that they could go back again. It's hard to please everyone in our group and yet this resort managed to do that. We took three tours while we were there. Two of them were with Tico Tours. It's an independent tour company and we booked on-line before we left Canada. They are very easy to book with, worth every penny you pay and their guides speak excellent English. Please see the separate review on them. The other trip was with Nexus - the sunset catamaran. The ocean that day wasn't rough. It was a great trip too. We ate at the Steakhouse a la carte one night but the rest of the time we ate at the buffet. One of our group was a very picky eaters and they managed to always find more than enough to fill their plate. The food at breakfast, lunch and dinner was always good with many choices. The front desk staff, maids, bartenders, and wait staff were always friendly and did their jobs very well. We had some exceptional waiters - Carlos Lira and Roger Robinson were absolutely amazing! Our room was always clean. The grounds and the pools were constantly being maintained. We never had a problem finding lounge chairs at the beach or the pool. On the resort we saw raccoons, coati mundi, iguanas, monkeys, and many birds. There are beach vendors but if you politely say "No gracias" they don't keep bothering you. They are very friendly. Don't be afraid to talk to them as they are eager to share their knowledge of their country. This is still a place that we would go back to.



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