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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
  • suessfun : Harshaw, Wisconsin
Hotel Riu Guanacaste excellence!!!

We traveled to Costa Rica with a party of five and enjoyed 10 days of sunshine and excellent service at the Riu in Guanacaste. The hotel was everything you expect from Riu Hotels-great service, buffet dining, several themed resturants, pool activities, nightly shows and very knowledgeable Swiss Travel guides to put our excursions together exactly how we wanted them. Exceptionally great vacation!!

  • snseeker : midland
Nice - over rated

travelled to Costa Rica in April 2016 - Nice hotel but again I feel the Riu hotels are over rated. For a hotel that is a 5 star they should supply a small coffee machine in each room - I take mine with me when I travel. The rooms were clean and the staff was helpful and very pleasant. Their entertainment was pretty much the same same every night - you can only watch so many shows with people jumping around on the stage. The pool was nice but way too hot - I understand in a tropical environment it is tough to keep the water some what cool but it was like a sauna bath. only the last day did they add cold water to the pools. the bacteria that must have been in the water would have been nasty. In all the Rui hotels it seems there are no washrooms down by the beach/pool area. Tell me what do you think some are doing when they sit at the swim up bar all day.The buffet is huge and a wide variety to pick from. Never an issue replenishing when dishes get low. If you are a smoker this is a smoke free country - you must go to designated areas and they watch closely - at the airport as well. There is a little town close by - Cocoa Beach - best place for any shopping you want to do. the local grocery store is the best place to by booze and anything local - honey for example. there is a shuttle that is offered by the hotel - no cost. You can go by mini van or by water. In speaking with those who went by boat - by the time they got there they were soaked -be sure to take your own sunscreen as it is very expensive at the gift shop at the hotel. way over priced.there is a liquor dispenser in every room and a mini fridge - be sure to leave a note if there is something you need - they supply a variety of things.Most of the excursions are a few hours away - be prepared for this - we took fruit from the buffet to have with us - most will supply water.there is a small casino on site - only opens in the evening. close by on the beach is a small bar - The Monkey Bar - if you take fruit with you and go early you can feed the wild monkeys - their favorite is grapes. the bar is open air and beer is expensive - about $7.00 each (U.S.) but worth going for one just to see the monkeys. over all it is a nice location - a little out of the way but worth the experience.

  • adventuresa2017 : Toronto, Canada
Not a 5 star!

We just returned from a great vacation in Costa Rica, We had the opportunity to travel around the country and stay at some amazing properties. Unfortunately the Riu was NOT one of them.While the grounds and beach are great there are many con's:Hotel Rooms: We changed rooms three times and even the third room was no where near a 5 star room. At best I'd rate this property as a 2 star. The rooms were terrible, dirty and poor housekeeping and the overall service was not up to par. No soap, shampoo, shower gel or even a garbage can - most disappointing. Beds were beyond terrible - hard as rocks.Service: Having stayed at many Riu properties in the past we expected great service - there was hardly a staff member to be seen at the pool all day. The front desk staff were rude, including the management.Food: Overall I'd say the food was a 3 star - decent variety but not great quality. Specialty restaurants were not great.Pro's:Pool/Beach: Grounds themselves were great, beautiful beach and lovely pools. Chairs were being replaced as we were leaving.Excursions: Access to lots of excursions on the beach - way cheaper than booking through the hotel.

  • Nalle316 : Heredia, Costa Rica

The beach is beautiful, the sea almost blue! the attention is very good. Our card keys for the room decoded five times the same morning, that means we had to walk from the room to the lobby and back! and we took care about putting them alone,away from cell phones and cards, maybe you can prevent that telling them in the lobby at the check in.Workers are very gentle and the food is delicious. Just be careful with what you eat so you donĀ“t get sick because of excessive eating or allergic reactions. Enjoy your trip! It is a nice hotel I would love to visit again.

  • driftwood_2008 : Halvergate, United Kingdom
Well worth a visit

Found the Guanacaste a clean, friendly hotel. The staff were helpful and attentive . The pool areas were clean and the pool itself, a good temperature. Our room had an looked out onto a canopy of trees. It was a pleasure to sit out at dusk and see Fireflies appear before our eyes. If you love nature, this is the hotel for you, nature is plentiful .All in all a good value holiday

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

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Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • 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.