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
  • Cindy H :

A large group of us (58) went to the Riu Guanacaste for our wedding. The resort was beautiful and very clean. Food was great. Enjoyed all the a la carte restaurants. Really enjoyed the raccoons in the steak house. so cute. We had an amazing wedding no issues all of us had a great time. Would recommend this resort and would definitely go back. Sharlie the sunwing rep went out of her way to help us as did the wedding planner Juan Jose. He did his best to accommodate any special requests. Only issue is that locals come in on weekends so crazy busy in the pools,bars and buffet. For that reason would stay at the Palace next time as we could use both facilities. The palace didn't seem to get busy like the Guanacaste.Never disappointed at the Riu's . So glad we picked this as our destination for our wedding.

  • kevingail : South Wales, United Kingdom
Riu Guanacaste you could be great

just a 45 minuet drive to hotel, arrived all looked impressive, booking in went smooth our room was on the 5 floor lifts up were ok room overlooked eco park next door ,showered un packed went down for the start of holiday food was poor in all restaurants except one day a week when they pulled the stops out, surprisingly on this night they presented you with a questioner on the hotel overall, when i say poor i mean meat not cooked food not kept warm raw food put with cooked food ,BAD tried speaking to management not interested tui reps not interested and not there very offten,except to sell tours and trips,but in saying this you could find some food that was reasonable ,,and then the final straw the weekend arrived the local holiday makers arrived got very drunk acted like animals and that is insult to the beautiful animals in cost rica ,during the weekend people were vomiting while in the pools which caused them to be cleaned and closed for a few hours riu guanacaste this is not acceptable i hope you take note sorry if this spoils any ones holiday i also speak as health and safety practitioner

  • gmonyphx : Phoenix, Arizona
Hotel Riu

Stayed at RIU for 7 days, hotel very clean.. staff was very friendly.. rooms were clean and spacious..Buffet and themed restaurants excellent... highly recommend staying here.. activities everyday and entertainment at night was great...one of my best vacations ever!

  • HemiAl : Uxbridge, Massachusetts
People, Place, Service

The Hotel Riu Guanacaste is only surpassed by its people ! They are all very friendly from the gardeners, housekeepers, waiters, and chefs to the hotel management. This our second time at the Riu Guanacaste in less than 10 months and each time for 1 week. Our second stay was booked incorrectly but Alejandra at the front desk corrected the error and made our stay unbelievable. My wife and I can not say enough good things about the Riu Guanacaste. It is a fabulous place worth visiting and it won't cost you a fortune !

  • doylead1229 : Chicago, Illinois
Great location, amazing pool, friendly staff

The location was perfect and easy to get to from the airport. The pool was the highlight of the resort. Rooms: air-conditioned, bed was hard, and pillows very small. The locks on the doors were actual keys, which at times were difficult to lock and unlock. The bathroom was a nice size. Our room faced the center, which was very loud at night during the entertainment, and not ideal for sleepingPool: Large, clean, plenty of water seats available. No children allowed in the pool bar, which was nice, since this was not an adults only resort, and there were children every place else. The pool bar was staffed with friendly bartendersBeach: Well kept, paddleboard and kayak available. Scuba Caribe on sight, with daily dives and certifications. Well worth it!Food: there are 4 restaurants, besides the buffet, but they are on a first come, first serve basis (no reservations). We tried to eat at Ocotal, but were turned away because they had no plates left for the evening. The Asian restaurant was another buffet, which served similar items as the other buffet. The main buffet was large, and had many options, but the options didn't change from day to day, so we found ourselves eating the same thing. Overall, the food quality was ok. For an all-inclusive, there is no way we ate or drank what we paid for.Spa: Friendly staff, packages available. It was connected to the gym, which was well equipped.Staff: Friendly, accommodating, another highlight of the resortEntertainment: Live music nightly, as well as themed shows. Since there are not many activities at night, it was something to do.

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).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

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
  • Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
  • Hotel transfers for packages to USA
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature
  • 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. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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