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Hotel Riu Guanacaste

4.0 of 5 | Playa Matapalo, Sardinal, Costa Rica
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Marietta, Georgia
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went to relax and not worry about where to eat. That goal was reached. The resort itself is beautiful. The landscaping gorgeous. Loved that the buffet restaurant had outdoor space. Also, enjoyed the outdoor atmosphere of the hotel. Very tropical feel. The beach had plenty of shade trees, chairs and nice breeze. Only wished there had been beach beverage... More 

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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The RIU in Costa Rica is everything you would expect. Clean rooms, beautiful grounds, typical food. Service was good. Many different cultures of guests stay at the RIU; for some service is better and speedier than for others. The Beach is black and white sand which is very hot on the feet and there are rocks, it is not your... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a fairly nice all-inclusive. The rooms were comfortable, quite, and kept very clean and the staff was very friendly. It seems to be a very well managed operation. The grounds were nice and a good get-away. The food was good at the buffet restaurant, but the specialty restaurants were not any better than the basic restaurant and so... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place definitely exceeded our expectations. The rooms were clean, staff was friendly, the location was quiet, and the beach was great. Internet: only available in the lobby, but why would you want to blow your time surfing on the internet while on holiday? Food: lots of variety and fresh, just don't try everything on the first days. That way,... More 

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Brockville, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Hotel is clean and beautiful. Food is very good ,great variety and the breakfast buffet is exceptional. The entertainment at night is a higher caliber than most resorts if you like great costumes and precision dance moves to music. ( lip synchronization) No problem booking the specialty restaurants. The beach is pretty good, not exceptional and I would suggest water... More 

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Collingwood, Canada
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Hotel staff was great upon arrival to resort! Nexus tour guide was great! Food was very good...too good sometimes...lol! Gounds were beautiful and well taken care of. Fun to see monkeys and birds from balcony in morning. Too bad construction started next door so early and the big loud machines would drive birds and monkeys away. Pools were beautiful, beach... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Riu Gunacaste- We stayed there for 7 days. The hotel is huge and done up very well. The customer service is good. People are friendly. There is a beach very close by with a good view. The food was good. The variety, the spread was great. They even had a separate vegetarian section which was very good. Not so great... More 

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Summit, New Jersey
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My boyfriend just came back from Costa Rica a little over a week ago and we had such an amazing time! Of course, what mattered most was where we stayed and we couldn't have been more happy with the RIU. We had an incredibly epic time there! The service and food were excellent. The staff was very nice whether we... More 

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Liberty Center, Ohio
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was our first all inclusive stay, and it did not disappoint. Our ONLY complaint is that this was advertised to us through TripAdvisor and our travel agent as Adults only, and is definitely not. This resort is clearly set up for kids with RiuLand, childrens pool and high chairs readily available in every restaurant. We met some people staying... More 

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Clinton, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Hotel is clean, beautiful and well kept landscape, Rooms are clean quite and comfortable. Staff is friendly and helpful. Food is very good but not great, can always find something to your liking. If you go deep sea fishing and catch a fish the chief will cook it for you, which is great. Book excursions off the beach cheaper and... More 

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  • Costa rica(193)
  • Coco Beach(58)
  • Very good(51)
  • Palo Verde(41)
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  • Pool bar(33)
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Additional Information about Hotel Riu Guanacaste

Address: | Playa Matapalo, 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*
Number of rooms: 701
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