Guanacaste

Riu Palace Costa Rica


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All Inclusive    

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.

Riu brings its luxurious, Palace Level brand to beautiful Costa Rica! This hotel, fully prepared to provide the best service to its customers, has four swimming pools (one with a wet bar), a Jacuzzi, gym, steam bath, and a wellness center, Renova Spa, with different treatments and massages.

The quality of the cuisine offered at the restaurants is exceptional thanks to the chefs, who prepare dishes from classic to the most exotic. You'll want to try each of the menus and thanks to the all-inclusive service; you will be able to enjoy the buffet restaurant or the four different theme restaurants. Tempt your palate with Italian, Fusion, Japanese, and Grill Steakhouse choices.

Enjoy a variety of activities on the beautiful beaches, such as diving or fishing in the Pacific waters. During the day, there are many entertainment choices. The hotel has volleyball, windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling equipment, and more.

Greening Your Life: Part of the Apple Vacations Greening Your Life initiative, this property holds a Travelife Gold Award and Sustainability Certification. The resort also utilizes biodegradable cleaning products, strives for an active reduction in water, electricity, and chemical products, and educates employees and guests with informative, eco-friendly materials.

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HOTEL LOCATION
Located on Matapalo beach in the Guanacaste province of northern Costa Rica. 20.5 miles from Liberia International Airport.
Address: PLAYA MATAPALO, SARDINAL
CARILLO, GUANACASTE


CR
Local Phone: 011-506-2681-231
Fax: 610-359-6625
HOTEL FACILITIES
Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Car Rental
Concierge
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Parking(Complimentary)
Physician on Call
Pools
Number of Pools: 4
Outdoor Pools: 4     
Swim-up Bar
Splash in one of the four pools, float-up to the swim-up bar, or take a nap under an umbrella of one of the poolside loungers. The fun isn't reserved just for the beach-bound!
Tennis
Number of Courts: 1
Outdoor Courts: 1
Lighted Courts: 1
Court Fee: Available at no cost
Raquet Rental Fees: N/A
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Complimentary
Hobie Cats: Additional Charge
Paddle Boats: Complimentary
Motorboats: Additional Charge
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Massage: Additional Charge
Nautilus Equipment: Additional Charge
Spa: Additional Charge
Steam Room: Complimentary
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge
HOTEL DETAILS
The hotel has the light feel of a beach resort, but with an urban style. The absolute protagonists are light and water. Even the sculptures in various parts of the hotel are reminiscent of ocean waves. Beach: The hotel offers a variety of activities on the beautiful beaches such as diving or fishing in the Pacific waters, ecotourism in the volcanic areas, and during the day several programs of entertainment for all ages, whether in family or friends. Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 noon
Total Rooms: 538
Year Opened: 2012 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card
HOTEL RESTRICTIONS
At least one guest in each room must be 18 years or older (21 and older in March and April). No "spring breakers", or student groups under 21.
ROOM TYPES
JUNIOR SUITE OCEAN VIEW
Room includes one king bed or two double beds, a living room area with a sofa, and a balcony with stunning ocean views. Room also features a bathroom with a hydro-massage tub, a minibar, a liquor dispenser, and more.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Bathtub
Shower
Room Service
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
JUNIOR SUITE GARDEN VIEW
Room includes one king bed or two double beds, a living room area with a sofa, and a balcony with garden views. Room also features a bathroom with a hydro-massage tub, a minibar, a liquor dispenser, and more.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Bathtub
Shower
Room Service
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
2 BEDROOM FAMILY SUITE
Suite includes one bedroom with a king bed, a second bedroom with two double beds, two bathrooms (one with a hydro-massage tub), and a private balcony. Minimum Occupancy: three adults or two adults and two children.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Bathtub
Shower
Room Service
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
JR SUITE OCEAN VIEW CONNECTING
Connecting rooms are two rooms, being sold as one unit. For the room descriptions, plase review the description listed above.
Other Amenities -
JR SUITE GARDEN VW CONNECTING
Connecting rooms are two rooms, being sold as one unit. For the room descriptions, please review the description listed above.
Other Amenities -
JUNIOR SUITE GARDEN VIEW CHART
Other Amenities -
Kitchen
JUNIOR SUITE COURTYARD VIEW
Room includes one king bed or two double beds, a living room area with a sofa, and a balcony with views of the courtyard. Room also features a bathroom with a hydro-massage tub and double sinks, a minibar, a liquor dispenser, and more.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Bathtub
Shower
Room Service
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
JR SUITE COURTYARD VW CONNECT
Connecting rooms are two rooms, being sold as one unit. For the room descriptions, please review the description listed above.
Other Amenities -
SUITE JACUZZI
Suite includes one king bed, a living room area with a sofa bed, a bathroom with a hydro-massage bathtub, and a balcony with a private jacuzzi and ocean views. Room also eatures a minibar, a liquor dispenser, and more. Maximum Occupancy: two adults.
1 King Bed Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Bathtub
Shower
Room Service
Balcony or Terrace
Jacuzzi
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite

OTHER INFO
All bathrooms offer a hydromassage bathtub and separate shower cabin, complimentary WiFi and in-room liquor dispenser.
DINING
Riu Palace Costa Rica features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 6 Restaurants at Riu Palace Costa Rica:
Tokio - Japanese restaurant
Krystal - Fusion Restaurant
Arenal - Main restaurant with terrace
Capuchino - Coffe Shop, patisserie and ice cream parlor.
Papagayo - Poolside restaurant/grill and steakhouse
L'Anfora - Italian restaurant
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Whether it's sweating at the gym, diving for the ball at beach volleyball, serving on the floodlit tennis court, or quietly relaxing in the steam bath or Jacuzzi, guests of the Riu Palace Costa Rica can do it all, or do nothing at all. Activities ex
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Enjoy nightly entertainment, live music or dance the night away at Pacha night club. Guests willint to test their luck can head to the Casino.
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
The Mini Club offers daily scheduled events and activities for children.
Applicable Ages: 2 - 12 years old
Program Fees: Complimentary

Children's Facilities
PlayGround
Children's Pool

Apple Vacations Customer Satisfaction Score
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996 Recommend
996 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Palace Costa Rica to their friends and family
TripAdvisor Web Reviews
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
What a Delight
taffy066, south wales
Thu Oct 19 04:40:07 EDT 2017
What a wonderful country , even storm nate could not dampen our opinion on this country and hotel . Having stayed at RIU hotels before this hotel did nit disappoint , great food ,rooms and facilities . The staff were even better , go there , so much to do and see ., we are going to have to go bck.

Employees stole our money! Don't go!
Alisha316, Houston, Texas
Tue Oct 17 18:50:56 EDT 2017
We had a great 10 year Anniversary trip until we returned back to our room after an all day white water rafting excursion to find all our cash in my wallet (which was in my purse) and money in my husband's dirty short pocket were stolen from our room. We immediately notified the front desk who asked us to write our incident down for the manager since he was on a break. After dinner we met with the manager, Benny, who stated they pulled records of who was in our room, but he could not accuse any employee of the theft. We didn't want him to accuse, but simply have a conversation with them. We could tell that wasn't even going to happen based on lack of interest shown by the manager. I find it odd this occurred on the day we were offsite for an excursion we booked through the hotel! They knew we would be gone. We never even received any apology. He stated they employ too many people to know if that would happen or not and it's possible it could. He also stated it's only happened 1x previously, but he thought the guests were trying to get a free trip out of the deal and it never actually happened. I am not sure if he was insinuating we were lying as well, but it was clear nothing was going to be addressed. Funny how when we returned I searched for reviews just like this one and found where this has happened in the past, but apparently the manager doesn't think it's happening! He gave us a corporate email to send our complaint to, which was another waste of time! We received a generic reply that they will review and respond within 15-20 days. This was on 9/16 and I'm writing this 10/17 with no reply as of yet. They clearly are not concerned with theft by their employees if they aren't even willing to respond to the complaint. Beware if you stay at this resort! Not even your dirty laundry is safe as they will rummage through EVERYTHING! We feel so violated at this point and the mishandling of the complaint makes it so much worse.

Great excursions close by.
Weekster, Kansas City, Missouri
Mon Oct 16 22:48:01 EDT 2017
Just made it back to the United States. Had a wonderful trip to Riu Place. Highly recommend Luis for excursions. He speaks great English. He is very funny and extremely helpful. You will find him by the Monkey Bar, which is on the beach left of the resort. Hanniah gives a great massage. $35 for an hour. She is just to the left on the beach.

Fantastic Birthday holiday celebrations
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Mon Oct 16 12:37:19 EDT 2017
Stayed here the end of August beginning of sept with my husband and another couple The setting is amazing the hotel fantastic The staff are second to none From the cleaners who do not not seem to ever stop to the entertainments crew you could not meet lovelier people The food was brilliant and although we tried all the restaurants our favourite was the buffet where the choice was fantastic also loved the bbq by the pool each day Went on a few trips with guys from the beach all pretty much the same price although I think some deals better then others so check out different prices and what's involved We went white water rafting ,zipwiring ,into the cloud forests horse riding the best trip though for us was to the little animal sanctuary you could get a bus from our hotel We also went on a trip to coco beach which was ok on the way we saw a turtle and on the way back a mother and baby whale impersonating free willy The cleaners did out my husbands room on his birthday and I think most of the staff wished him a happy birthday I would say all in all the most fabulous holiday and well worth a visit I know it says on a few other reviews about loud Americans but to be fair they are on holiday and we chatted to quite a few nice crowds There is so much more I could write but go there discover it for yourself you won't regret :))))))

PEACE AND TRANQUILITY
Dilaus13, Edwardsburg, Michigan
Mon Oct 16 06:31:31 EDT 2017
We had a great time and would highly recommend this hotel. Our rooms were clean, the food was amazing. The service was great. This hotel does have top shelf liquor but you need to ask for it. If you are looking for quiet place with minimal kids, this is the place to stay. The nightly shows are entertaining but it's the only nightlife. If you are looking for night life and loud rambunctious partying I would not recommend this hotel, but would suggest the Riu Guanacaste Resort as they do have a sports bar that stays open late. The only negative I have is no close bathroom by the pool area. You have to go into the restaurant, the main lobby, or to your hotel room to use the facilities. We typically do not stay at the same place as we like to explore other resorts, but if I was asked if we would stay again I would say "Absolutely, just not in September or October as it rained plentiful."



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