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Hotel Riu Guanacaste

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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife and I enjoyed having the Riu be our home base for our honeymoon! It is about a 30 minute drive from the airport and worked out great for us! The front desk staff was incredibly nice and the room was nice too. The food is average, it is easy to find something that is good on the buffet.... More 

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Panama City Beach, Florida
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My family and I just returned from a week at the RIU Guanacaste. I reserved an oceanfront suite 6 months prior to arrival and they put us in a double "ocean view" room. There was no ocean or even pool in my view! After going back to the front desk and demanding a different room, they put us in a... More 

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Niagara Falls, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband, daughter and I had a great trip. Costa Rica was an awesome place to visit. We really enjoyed all of our stay. The food and service were fantastic. The drinks were delicious and they offered a wide variety and had special theme nights like the martini bar. The pool was always cool and refreshing...a little crowded sometimes but... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We will start with the Pros: Close to the Airport (Approximately 30 min). Secluded resort, feels in the middle of the jungle. Kids show was very entertaining. Night show was a Highlight especially the Michael Jackson show. Hotel and rooms are very clean. Grounds and landscape are clean and well maintained. Pool activities, pool BBQ, and bars were great. Kids... More 

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Walton, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and I stayed at the Riu Guanacaste for our honeymoon, and it was great! I was a little worried at first because there were some negative reviews, but I soon realized those people were just grumps complaining about nothing. The staff was so nice, all worked hard to work with me in English since I don't speak any... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This hotel is one of the most unconscious structures built in Guanacaste. Right now it is being taken to court to face multi charges of blatant destruction of all the nature around it: It chopped down mangroves and filled the area to have more land. It dynamited the reef in front of their beach for tourists to have more sand,... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went for our honeymoon and were very disappointing. We were told the resort was new and shown pictures in our searches and by our agent of the white newer Riu Palace which is next door to the Riu Guanacaste. We felt like a number in a machine. The accommodating were the worst out of all our stays in Costa... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great service and really nice people. The restaurants were really good and enough choices for the family . Pool was awesome and always nice and cool. The bars are pretty quick with the drinks. Beach was a lil rough when in water

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I had read a number of reviews about this hotel/resort but they were so polar opposites that I decided I ultimately had to judge for myself (like everyone probably should). I traveled with my husband and 2 sons (23 & 25 years old). We had 2 standard rooms on separate floors. We aren't "foodies" or have really high standards for... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had an amazing time at this resort. Spent only 4 days unfortunately, the grounds are HUGE and the maintenance is incredible, this looks like a fairly new hotel. Pool is fantastic, the crew that work there are so friendly and fun. The entertainment at the theater is so fun! We went every night and it was great, my favorite was... More 

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