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Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica Questions & Answers

I am visiting this resort from 8/16 - 8/23. I have heard people complain about getting reservations at the specialty restaurants at other resorts in the past. How hard is it to secure reservations for at-least 3-4 evenings out of my 7 night trip?

Thank you!

5 months ago Answer

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Houston, Texas
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Do it right away when you get there before you do anything. Some one told us that and it worked out quite well...they were all very good...just plan it. If you are booking excursions look at the times...some are long...so plan so you make it back...we did and it worked. We booked excursions and dinners- our liason Erika (Cat Tours) was great and helped us arrange...No worries after that...I usually like unplanned but this was definitely the way to go.

5 months ago
South Berwick, Maine
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That was a challenge for us as well. During our stay, the Crystal was closed for two nights in a row to accommodate for a wedding. When we tried for the Japanese restaurant as a backup the night of my birthday, they were not taking any additional reservations. What was frustrating is that when we walked past the restaurant that night, on our way to the buffet, it was partially full. Also, there are strict dining time reservations, only two options per night. If dining is important, make early reservations! You may be able to make them before your arrival, I'm not sure. I will say that the buffet food was exceptional! So if you end up with that as your main option, you will not be disappointed. They even change the buffet menu daily. Have fun!

5 months ago
San Francisco, California
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The reservation is simply not worth it. The food, especially at the Japanese restaurant, is not even close to Costco sushi quality.

5 months ago
Hampton, Virginia
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Personally, I think it is ridiculous to make people stand in line in the morning to get reservations but that is what you have to do. After standing in line, you can only make reservations for that night, and the next (two nights at a time). In any case, if you don't have reservations you can eat in the buffet or the Italian place has a la carte and you don't need reservations for that, either.

5 months ago
Waterloo, Canada
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I had no problem getting reservation. Make sure go first thing in the morning. You can book for two days and go back the next day and book for the next two days. Vanessa she is the best. She will take care of you. We love all the Restaurant we enjoy most of the food. Have fun we love Riu Palace.

5 months ago
Bronx, New York
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It's not hard at all. All you have to do is make the reservations as soon as possible because there can be a lot of people reserving to that one restaurant. Once you do that then your good to go. :)

5 months ago
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Not really a problem when we were there. All you had to do was wait on a line the morning before. 9AM-1PM. I believe you can only reserve one at a time. Go early if the resort is crowded. the steakhouse was the best.

5 months ago
Summerville, South Carolina, United States
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When we went they were seated in the entertainment area outside taking reservation. We were there a week and were I able to get a reservation. From what I have been reading, it sounds like they have changed the way they do the reservations. Good luck

5 months ago
North America
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Go to the desk in the lobby as soon as you can between 10am-2pm, and reserve your dinner times. They usually let you book dinner for up to two nights in advance, then go back to get the next two. We were able to eat at all the restaurants we wanted and we were there for 8 days. Krystal is the most popular to book-ask the server what s/he recommends-we were never steered wrong!

Enjoy your time! The food at the Riu Palace is AMAZING!

5 months ago
Elk Grove Village, Illinois
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Check in lobby go there soon and book it. It's so crazy busy right now but I got in twice at the KRYSTAL which I enjoyed.

The other places were just as good too. Enjoy!

5 months ago
Morrison, Colorado
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There is a desk in the loby where you book your reservations. You need to book them early I would suggest at least 2 days before you want to go to the restaurant. If they let you book them all in advance i would do so, just so you dont have to worry about it later. the steak house usually has more openings. Krystal is the most popular so book that one earlier. There are only 2 reservation times 615 and 815.

Hope this helps!

5 months ago
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