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Hotel Riu Guanacaste

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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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Toronto
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stayed here in November 2014. We paid a reasonable amount and got what we paid for. The resort is quite big. Rooms are clean and exactly like the other Rius I have stayed in. Pools were clean and very nice. Swim up bartenders were awesome!! Food was average - not the variety that I would like to see... But overall... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My family and I had a really great time in Costa Rica. We stayed at the RIU Guanacaste and the staff was nice. the best part of our trip was the Excursions. we booked before we got there with CostaRicaForEveryone. our tour guide Carlos Mendez was AMAZING!!!! he made us all feel safe and like family! We did the Rincon... More 

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

A terrible experience at these outdated, tasteless hotels. The food, the service and rooms are average at both the Riu Guanacaste and the Palace. Both places have really bad smelling areas, probably related to a bad construction planning. The waiters seem tired and unhappy, therefore, good service is not provided. The food was somehow decent. The service at the Italian... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Food was pretty good for an all-inclusive as many options are provided. Each night there will be live performances and I enjoyed the Las Vegas with the showgirls the most. For excursions like zip lining, horseback riding, authentic Costa Rican eating, and many great experiences. Go down to the beach and look for the Brothers. They will give a great... More 

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Bound Brook, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I stayed here for our 1 year anniversary / delayed honeymoon. The grounds are gorgeous and the upkeep is constant (They start with the lawns around 5am). The pool and restaurants are extremely clean and the service is top notch. Rooms are elegant, clean and stocked with alcohol. We upgraded half way thru to a suite with... More 

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Ponoka, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As a first time traveler to Costa Rica, I was expecting sooo much more. The beach is black lava type sand that is so hot, you cannot go barefoot. The ocean was filled with rocks, there were no palapas to find shade under, just a few large trees. This is the first time we haven't spent our vacation in the... More 

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Lake Wales
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The resort building and grounds are absolutely beautiful. We had an ocean view room that had a great view. Unfortunately our room was over the entertainment area so the music went until after 11:00 each night. We discovered that if you order a drink, it came "virgin" unless you asked for the alcohol that would normally be included. The entertainment... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was my second time in Costa Rica but first a Riu Guanacaste, and it won't be my last. The buffet was the best breakfast, lunch and dinner. They even had small lobster tails on the buffet one night. Don't even try to make reservations for the gourmet restaurant. It would be a WASTE... portions were very very small, didn't... More 

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Wyckoff, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time the staff was amazing - they were very helpful. The zip lining was fantastic - if you want to do a tour I suggest going the funjet tours we went on a private tour and it was great. The servers were always around willing to get drinks, the only issue I had was you were... More 

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ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Travelled to Costa Rica at the end of April and spent an amazing week at the Rui Guanacaste! Our room faced the Palace and we had a beautiful view of the ocean and enjoyed watching the sunsets. The rooms were clean and well maintained. Enjoyed spending time on the beach but sandals are a must and the water is very... More 

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