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Hotel Riu Guanacaste

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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

For those who complain about anything and everything about this hotel I suggest next time pay double or triple and go and experience other hotels. It is hard to find a nicer hotel with adequate food and liquor for what you pay. In addition the staff has always been courteous to me and my wife and we have visited three... More 

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Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The location from the airport is great. The beds at the hotel are EXTREMELY hard, myself and my two teenage boys did not sleep very well. The rooms are tired. The beach is different but I still enjoyed it. However, there are no bathrooms close to the beach and there is no drink service at the beach unless you want... More 

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Windsor, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We book our trips and horse rides and 4 wheeling with Tony Abando and Alan Hall they are located at the beach area.. They have welcomed us so much and gone out of the way to assist us in going anywhere we wanted to go and the reason we returned so many years in a row. (4 Years) The hotel... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Spent 11 days with a group of 28 friends and we had a good time. If you could not find a nice thing to say about this resort I think you can't be satisfied. The age group was 25-75 years old. Many had been here 3 years earlier and didn't hesitate returning. The activities were planned according to the physical... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Took my family of 11 to the RIU for 3 days in August after spending 3 days in Arenal. The Hotel is geared to families.All inclusive for both food and drink. The children had a great time in the pool and beach area.Plenty of fun with volleyball in the pool and jet ski's at the beach. The food was fair,... More 

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Long Island, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We stayed in Riu Guanacaste in April 2015. The overall impression of our vacation was very good. Lots of positives: very nice and well managed resort. service was very good. The food during our stay was great. Plenty of fish, freshest seafood, mangoes, papaya were out of this world. Variety was great as well. Pool was big and well shaded.... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My family and I used Scuba Caribe for a snorkling,snuba and scuba experience . They are conveniently located on the grounds of the Riu Guanacaste hotel and their prices were extremely reasonable. The captain, Lester, was extremely knowledgeable, and the crew, Jorge, Kevin, and especially Renee were truly the best. My two children, ages 9 and 12 were hesitant at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I read a lot of the reviews after I had booked this vacation with my boyfriend, and I was terrified of what I was going to see when I got there. We loved it! It's about a hour away from Liberia airport, and the reason it can take a long time is because this particular part of Costa Rica has... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Hotel is really nice, the room was perfect, but the black spot, was the service, to crowded, we had to wait in line for everything from the beginning, there was not enough parking, and not even one employee had a smile, they limit themselves to do the minimum, not replying to a thank you nor a good morning, in the... More 

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Long Island, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I read a ton of reviews of the Riu Guanacaste and could not believe the varying opinions and experiences. This place is great and has a ton to do for people looking to stay active. My family was a total group of six and had a great time both on the resort and during three days of excursions. The rooms... More 

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