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Hotel Riu Guanacaste

4.0 of 5 Playa Matapalo - Sardinal | Carrillo - Guanacaste, Sardinal, Costa Rica
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    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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Pine Meadow CT
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went to Costa Rica after Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile in September. We had one month to make the change. We stayed with the Riu property and were pleased with the Riu Guanacaste. We booked through Apple Vacations so we were met outside the terminal by the Apple Representative. The transfers were through Swiss Travel. We... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was one of mine and my husband's favorite trips we have ever been on. Of the Riu properties we have stayed at, this was by far our favorite. Beautiful property with the friendliest staff. Rooms were clean and comfortable and the beach and pool were perfect to relax at. We also really enjoyed the food, and we tend to... More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you are looking to spend a lot of money and time traveling from the United States to Costa Rica, only to find that you have just entered Costa Rican Spring Break hell, then this is your place. The hotel was terrible. Period. On our arrival to the hotel we found out that they open the remaining rooms, which appears... More

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Alajuela, Costa Rica
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We traveled to this hotel on September. It has beautiful buildings and the pool area is very nice. This hotel has several restaurants and one night we had dinner at the steak house, wonderful dinner. We went on a weekend followed by a holiday so the hotel was full 1500 people so there were lots of people and there were... More

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2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This past August we went to Costa Rica on a guided tour and ended our vacation on our own at the Riu. This was a wonderful end to our vacation. Once we arrived we were greeted with a delicious fruit juice. Our room was ready right away, but my in laws was not. They decided to walk around the hotel... More

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West Warwick, Rhode Island, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Based on the reviews, my fiance and I had very low expectations of this all-inclusive hotel. We were more than pleased to find that the worst issues for which we were prepared turned out to be very mild. The "sewage" smell seemed to be the result of the blue dye used in the toilet and faded quickly after flushing. (We... More

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Manitouwadge, Canada
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I went to Costa Rica in May 2014 with a small group of friends (4 girls and 1 guy. Instead of spiltting up the girls and having the guy on his own, they paired the guy with one of the girls which was odd considering we all paid for our own vacations). With this being my first ever All inclusive... More

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Albany, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

So....some friends and I (there was a total of 8) went on our trip to Costa Rica! We received a great price through Delta Vacations and were there for 6 days, 5 nights. End of the rainy season so the hotel was not too busy. There were some children there, but not enough for us to be bothered by them.... More

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Bettendorf, Iowa
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here over New Years 2013-2014 and found the following: PROS Beautiful grounds Fun interactive activities FANTASTIC New Years Eve party on the beach with fireworks, deejay, party favors Bars were large and had very good service Fantastic sports bar with snacks, pool, ping pong, foosball Rooms were nice and clean Discoteca nearby Fantastic service at swim-up bar Wonderful... More

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San Jose, Costa Rica
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were on a trip with my laws and it was awesome. Everything was amazing, the food, the place, the beach and weather. It is winter in September but it rained only 1 day of 3 days we were there. It could be better to visit the place on weekdays because on weekends it is too crowded and sometimes that... More

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  • Costa rica(193)
  • Coco Beach(58)
  • Very good(51)
  • Palo Verde(41)
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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*
Number of rooms: 701
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