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Hotel Riu Guanacaste

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  • Location
    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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Burlington, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Anyone who can not enjoy this resort is a fool! I enjoyed every minute of it. The staff were awesome! The buffet alone was SO good and SO vast that there was almost no point in booking the A la carte restaurants (which were also awesome). We spent most of our time at the swim up bar which attracted great... More 

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toronto
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We recently returned from a 10 day stay with a group of 15 people. This is not a luxury resort but it's also not priced as one either so we thought the value was reasonable. My biggest concern, based on reviews, was the food but we found the food to be quite good for an all inclusive. I would say... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We chose this resort for our honeymoon and it was a great decision. The hotel and grounds where gorgeous and where exactly what you would think of for a tropical vacation. The service was fantastic and always kept our room clean the whole seven days. The resort had unbelievably great food at all of their restaurants. The best part of... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We travelled here for March break as a family. We were greeted upon arrival and our room was ready. Staff was very helpful in getting us set up with a map and our luggage was at our room. We have been to other Riu hotels and this one was a bit different in the way of the food. We felt... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was the first time my husband & I have ever been to an all-inclusive and we enjoyed ourselves very much. I think it's a beautiful hotel and I wish I could have seen what the Palace looked like inside next door! We were fortunate that our room was ready when we arrived early and we jumped right into our... More 

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Sharon, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The hotel was older but one of the well maintained and cleanest I have stayed at that was that old. The grounds were beautiful and the room was large and very clean and lovely. We have stayed at many all inclusive resorts and this ranks right up there with some of the best. That having been said there were some... More 

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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 hotel reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are looking at the Riu you are expecting a huge, all-inclusive and that is what you get, the good and the bad. The rooms could definitely use updating and a really good cleaning. The buffet was good and the other non-reservation restaurants that were also pretty much buffets were also good. The main buffet was just really big... More 

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Markham, Canada
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96 reviews 96 reviews
24 hotel reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Firstly, I have to say that I am extremely happy with my stay at Riu Guanacaste. This is the third all-inclusive I’ve been to, and Riu is the best chain I’ve experienced by far. The staff is phenomenal and the rooms were nice. One thing you have to know is that in the Caribbean 5-star is not 5-star by North... More 

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LaSalle, Ontario, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 hotel reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

1st the FOOD, it was really great! We did the buffet 6 out of 7 nights because it was so good, always fresh, hot, and very tasty. If Cuba is a 2 /10, Dominican and Jamaica a 4/10 and Mexico Mayan a 9/10 this would be an 8/10. The staff are great (everybody we met spoke a good deal of... More 

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Fargo, North Dakota
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great experience. The beach is rocky in front, but a short walk right or left and it's sandy and absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend booking tours etc. with Frank from Costa Rica Unique. He works from under the big tree on the beach right in front of the resort. Look for the guy in the red shirt holding a walking... More 

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