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Hotel Riu Guanacaste

4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Playa Matapalo - Sardinal | Carrillo - Guanacaste, Sardinal, Costa Rica
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Sardinal
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went on our honeymoon here. We were really concerned about the weather since September is rainy season and the weather forecast tells you rain everyday all day. They were wrong; and even the people at the resort will tell you to ignore the forecast. We had sunny days everyday until 4pm. And these beautiful rain storms would come in.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My Friend and I spent one week in Costa Rica At the Riu Guanacaste. The hotel is very beautiful and is well maintained. Rooms: The room was very spacious and clean, but we had issues with the toilet being clogged and the fact that the balcony door wouldn't lock wasn't very good. I will add that when we called front... More

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Saratoga, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My family was looking for a nice and relaxing vacation. Instead, we got to a very loud hotel with loud music and dance at the pool. Not to mention the factory-style food. Don't even think about wine! I tried to find another hotel to avoid ruining our vacation, and had to get down to the lobby (no internet in your... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This hotel looked better and better as the days went on. The staff was on point and the entertainment was impressive. My partner and I made some new friends and are really missing the Pura Vida life of Costa Rica! The grounds of this hotel were nicely maintained and our room was really nice. We did many excursions which we... More

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Lake Village, Indiana, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and I went here for our honeymoon. The grounds were beautiful and the beach was gorgeous. The rooms were nice but there are only a few rooms that give you ocean views. The staff was great. They were vey courteous and worked with us to help our needs. The food was horrible. The buffet food was a usually... More

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Wading River, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were robbed the first day at the resort-our back pack was stolen from our lounge chair while we were swimming in the pool. The bag contained our iPhones, clothes and watch. We came to find out that the people siting next to us also had their personality stolen. The worse part of the experience was the lack of help... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Just returned three weeks ago from this beautiful place. First, the country is wonderful and there is alot to do. The resort is very nice and the food is plenty. The best waiters Yannley and Rafael. If you are interested a massage you must use booth #5 on the beach she is awesome. It was the first time I heard... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I really enjoyed my stay at Riu Guanacasta. The staff members were excellent and the entertainers work night and day to ensure you have a good time. I befriended nearly every staff member and they knew me by name. I was never hassled to give a tip, but I did because the staff members work relentlessly. Maria, front-end manager was... More

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

Although this is a lovely modern hotel with beautifully manicured grounds, the food and amenities were a bit less than expected. Our trip this summer with our 2 boys (ages 14,12) was a lot of fun but the Riu did not live up to our expectations. Our room, a 2 bedroom family suite, was lovely and we were quite happy... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The place is beautiful, for sure. Make sure you visit the Monkey Bar down the beach to see Howler Monkeys around 4:30pm and have a drink (not included)... My issues with the place were: Locals. On Friday - Sunday this becomes a place for all the locals to come to spend the weekend. That's fine, except that on the weekends... More

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Additional Information about Hotel Riu Guanacaste

Address: Playa Matapalo - Sardinal | Carrillo - Guanacaste, Sardinal, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Gulf of Papagayo > Sardinal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Guanacaste 4*
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