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Hotel Riu Guanacaste

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My husband and I visited RIU Guanacaste over Thanksgiving in November 2016. This was our second all-inclusive experience, our first being our honeymoon at Secrets Maroma Beach in Playa del Carmen ( a REAL 5 star experience). However, we had a good experience overall. Here is what you need to know about RIU Guanacaste: Rooms: The rooms are very average....

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Perfect place to stay in Guanacaste, the resort are amazing, good food with different restaurants, very friendly staff, pools are clean and warm, the beach was amazing, I want to recommend this resort because have everything you need, I love the place and the people, very good experience in Costa Rica, Pura Vida!

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Brantford, Canada
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This resort is a great Riu property, we have stayed at a few and prefer the ones like this that are less modern and have a warmer appearance. The gardens were nicely kept, the room always clean as well as the other common areas of the resort. The hotel bathrooms were always clean including the one near the pool/lunch buffet...

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North Andover, Massachusetts
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and I stayed at Riu Guanacaste as a first stop during our honeymoon. We wished we stayed here the entire time! The second hotel we stayed at couldn't even compete with Riu! The staff was absolutely AMAZING. They did things for you before you asked or before you even noticed you needed them done! The kitchen staff was...

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4Thank peacedog7
Roseville, Michigan
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Everyone at the hotel was very nice and helpful. Bartenders were very attentive, nice and friendly! Food: The food was pretty good! The main buffet had mostly the same type of food every night, but they did change the main things and sides up a couple of times. Wide variety of meats and sides and types of food. Breakfast had...

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2Thank Mallory A
Clovis, California
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My family of 3 (myself, husband and adult daughter), recently returned from a last minute decision to visit Costa Rica, and stayed at this hotel, which we booked through Expedia. We were on vacation, spending time together, so there was nothing to be unhappy about! Our room, on the 3rd floor overlooking the courtyard, was just fine. It was spacious...

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2Thank jperkin1
New York City, New York
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I travel a lot to all inclusive resorts and in my review I will try to cover everything you need to know about this hotel.. .First how to get there-I read few reviews and got some info from them on who to use to get to the resort from the airport Best price I got was $65 one way for...

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Chester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

I don't usually post comments whilst I'm away but I thought I would break with tradition and write a bit of information for people who are maybe thinking or have booked to stay here 1 - 1 hour coach journey from Liberia airport pretty smooth and nice scenery 2- checkin quick easy they sort your bags for you to allocated...

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6Thank mccarianp
Gloucester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

This is our 3rd visit and the hotel is starting to look past it's prime. It's looking very tired, could do with a good makeover. The food as been better, this visit I was a little disappointed with the choice. The a la Carte aren't much better. You don't have to pre book these neither, which means you have to...

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2Thank DONNYDAVE
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We upgraded to an ocean view Jacuzzi suite - #4038. Well worth the extra money. Unfortunately, the elevator was not working most of our week making our trips up and down a bit difficult. The property is meticulously maintained. There is a strange smell near the pool bar as others have noted, not overwhelming, but definitely noticeable. The nightly shows...

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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Casino and Gambling
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Tennis Court
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  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Opening winter 2009/10. Situated in northern Costa Rica, in Guanacaste. Located on Playa de Matapalo beach. Complimentary sun loungers on the beach. 6-storey main building. Surrounded by 35,000 m2 / 41,86 sq. yards of lush gardens. Closest village: Nuevo Colon. 13 km / 8.1 miles from various shops. 33 km / 20.5 miles from Liberia airport. Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Amex, Visa ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hotel Riu Guanacaste

Address: | Playa Matapalo, Sardinal, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Gulf of Papagayo > Sardinal
Price Range: €192 - €364 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Guanacaste 4*
Number of rooms: 701
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“Stayed in 5040 it was a good view BUT closest elevator was broken for a few days or us no problem for those ltd mobility might be”
 of 5 bubbles mikenkirst, 6 Dec 2016 | Read review
“I hear higher room has a better view but elevators did not work when we were there!”
 of 5 bubbles mallorya174, 6 Dec 2016 | Read review
“ocean view Jacuzzi suite”
 of 5 bubbles T8170KBbrianw, 4 Dec 2016 | Read review
“room 5032 the jungle side . The pool closes at around 8 and the activities move to the the other side of the facility so quiet in evening”
 of 5 bubbles campbeka, 3 Dec 2016 | Read review
“View the rooms through pictures if you are BIG on how you sleep, if you are here with friends to party then you are ok lol”
 of 5 bubbles avajoonie, 3 Dec 2016 | Read review
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