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Riu Guanacaste

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Hidden away in lush Costa Rica right on the beachfront, Riu Guanacaste has a real back-to-the-nature feel, but it isn't just for the quiet types. There are plenty of activities to do in and outside the resort. As well as a superb range of leisure possibilities, the hotel features its own casino, an exciting disco, a beautiful spa and fitness facility, and with the more active traveler in mind, plenty of watersports and a fantastic kid's area.

Location: Directly on Matapalo beach in Guanacaste. 30 minutes from Playa del Coco and 45 minutes from the airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Emma L :
RIU Guanacaste hotel, Just BEAUTIFUL!

Arrived home from our beautiful holiday at Cosa Rica 🌺 .We stayed at the RIU Guanacaste Hotel for a week, what a beautiful place. Gorgeous spacious hotel with gorgeous grounds, pools, bars and 5 resturants to choose from. The Toucan resturnat was our faveourite, 4 course with seafood, and the beef steak was one of the best I had, top tip is so go down early to secure your place .Our room was beautiful everyday kept clean and tidy with a mini bar and drinks topped up every two days :). The pools are beautiful plenty of sunbeds and the pool bar was perfect to swim to.AMAZING.the food was outstanding and the ice coffee is gorgeous, a big thank you to the waiter Herley who brought my ice coffee over every morning. Amazing staff who look after you, thank you! Just perfect ! The beach is a 2min walk fromthe hotel nice and quiet beach. We visited the Diamante Adventure park with the ziplines and the animals right next door to the hotel. The superman zipline is a must, outstanding experiance and to top it off seeing the beautiful anaimals, the Tucans were stunning a fun day out! We will be back to visit again in the future , wish our stay was longer. Just beautiful!!!

  • dariandoreen : Margate, United Kingdom

This hotel is great if you are willing to embrace costa rica there is so much to do and see if you just want a beach holiday dont come here but if you want adventure wonderful scenery good wildlife and lovely people you cant beat this place. do not compare this lovely country to any where else you have been it a stand alone wonderful place thats deserves to be Judged for its self. There is so much to do here i booked our trips on the beach with Jener got a good price better than thompsons also they will add things with your trips we did river raft and sloth adventure one day cloud forest another nicaragua another than quad biking horse riding and whale watching with him all outstanding. The hotel is good food above average drinks excellent staff outstanding rooms clear and comfortable you will never please everyone we found it very good. Please go to Costa rica if you love wildlife you will be spoilt for things to see from whales monkeys birds turtles lizzards allsorts of wildlife pura vida as the locals say l meaning pure life. There is a tax of 29 dollars on leaving the country.

  • Lauren K :
Overall a good stay in Costa Rica!

Draped in Spanish colonial style architecture and furnishings, the Riu Guanacaste offers a warm and opening feel on arrival.Check-in, in my case was straight forward and quick. The complex itself is big so a good note of direction to your room is needed to avoid lugging your suitcase around in 80% humidity.Rooms are offered spacious, with a large Super King bed. Mattresses are on the firmer side than our British counterparts but comfy enough to rest your head.Bathroom is a reasonable size with two basins and a regular sized bath/shower. The only thing to note is that the step into the shower could be problematic for those with reduced or limited mobility. Mini-bar as standard which is restocked every other day. TV channels are lacking in English (only two news channels). My advice - Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares has loads of episode on YouTube, just boot up your iPhone/iPad etc and watch away! Restaurants & Food are what I would consider standard in an A/I resort. Varied selection of 'typical' food with American & Mexican classics. Think Nachos, Chips & Burgers. All other restaurants are ok - nothing to scream about, El Tucan was good and had a restaurant 'feel' to it (service with ordering) which gave a change to the rat race that can be the buffet.The pool is ok - small for the amount of accommodating guests but is sufficient.Only thing I would say is that from Friday - Monday the place becomes packed with visiting locals. If your gonna hit the beach or do trips do them over those days. The beach is good - clean and relatively untouched. Black Volcanic sand which lays around volcanic rocks and a (mostly) calm ocean. Free water sports are available just to the left of the white lifeguards stand. We didn't book any trips through Thomson instead choosing to go through Daniel who's one of the first people you meet on the beach. Pretty good trips, informative and good value for money. All staff are quite attentive and approachable, didn't have any dealings with reception in all honesty. Overall a good staff at Riu Guanacaste - would come back to Costa Rica, would potentially stay elsewhere due to proximity of hotel to anything and busy periods at the weekend.

  • Rose T :
First time in Costa Rica

Our group of 8, 4 couples all related stay here September 11th to September 18th, 2017. We had a fabulous time! Rooms were spotless and cleaned daily. The grounds were always kept clean. The staff were courteous and helpful and very pleasant at all times. Food was plentiful and well prepared. When we were there we found out that men do not need to wear long pants for the a la carte restaurants, which was a bonus for the men in our group. We enjoyed the the grounds with the beautiful gardens. Since I am more a beach person than a pool person, I did not spend time at the pool but half of our group had and enjoyed their time there. We loved feeding the fish in the morning after our breakfast and sometimes after lunch too. We would put on our water masks and see all the fish swimming around us. It was a wonderful site. We were treated to fireworks due to it being Costa Rica's Independence Weekend. The hotel was filled with lots of locals for that weekend and some even managed to camp on the other end of the beach. They were friendly and polite. No problems or concerns while we were there. The vendors were also polite and courteous. I would definitely visit again some day in the near future. But I may choose a not so wet season...... lolBut all in all it was a fun trip, hopefully we will do it again soon!

  • nostromo52 : United Kingdom
Riu Guanacaste 2017

Check in was fast and very efficient. First impression of the Hotel was very good. Everywhere is clean, reception room, and the grounds and surrounding areas lush and very green. It was raining on arrival but we have had this in many places we have visited, we are there for 14 days not one night lol. The pool is of a good size and water clean and warm. Staff already were quick to show how friendly they were and helpful. Food, main dinning area gave a vast selection and should cater for most people. Some will never be satisfied. The remaining. Dining areas, maybe not so good. What was offered ok, but a larger selection may have offered something to satisfy the moaners may include me that one. Drinks were plenty and decent choice to be had. It did appear that the beer was of better taste on days of big intake of fresh guests, only to be a little more gassy on rest of days, so much so that i have never been a shorts person, but on this occasion i found myself resorting to Gin and Tonic. Overall i will recommend this hotel, as we had an enjoyable holiday. Trip nip to the beach and ask for Erick. would deffo do the quad bikes to the water fall. The zip lining is a must also. Pool towels do have a tendency to disappear around the pool. Seems there appear to be thieves around you. We were told it's most likely to be the locals as it happened twice to us when locals were in residence. Given the fact the you are meant to pay for this, just raise your voice at reception at your disgust that this is happening when security are clearly walking around the resort. The resident creatures are a plenty just don't frighten them.

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  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
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  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
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  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Domestic drinks
  • Non-motorized watersports
  • Tennis
  • Entrance to disco & casino (drinks extra at both)
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • 701 Rooms
  • 3 A la carte restaurants
  • 5 Bars including Swim-up bar and 24 hr Sports bar
  • Zero entry pool with adjoining Jacuzzi
  • Watersports
  • Scuba diving centre (fee)
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa (fee)
  • Steam bath & Jacuzzi
  • Beauty salon (fee)
  • Lit tennis courts
  • Casino
  • Gift shop
  • WiFi internet in lobby
  • Conference facilities (fee)
  • Golf nearby (fee)
  • Horseback riding nearby (fee)

Hotel Room includes:

  • 1 king or 2 double beds
  • A/C
  • Ceiling fan
  • Satellite
  • TV
  • Phone
  • Radio/alarm clock
  • Mini-bar with soft drinks, water, beer & liquor dispenser (replenished regularly)
  • In-room safe
  • WiFi (fee)
  • Iron & board
  • Full bathroom with double sink, hair dryer
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Max occupancy 3 adults & 1 child, in existing bedding

Family Room includes same as above, with: 1 king and 1 double bed. Max occupancy 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 kids.

Kids Deal - Kids stay and eat free. Up to two children 12 and under in Hotel & Superior room only, limited availability.

For the Kids - Kids' pool, Supervised kids' club & playground (4-12 years) and Babysitting available for a fee.

Honeymoon Bonus - Surprise welcome gift in your room, King-size bed, Late check-out, and Complimentary upgrade to next available room class. Request at time of booking. Proof of marriage required. Subject to availability and subject to change.

Free Weddings & Renewal of Vows - Please inquire for more details.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • Riu Guanacaste
    Liberia,Costa Rica

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Hotel Riu Guanacaste
Playa Matapalo, Sardinal Costa Rica

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.