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Hotel Riu Guanacaste

4.0 of 5 Playa Matapalo - Sardinal | Carrillo - Guanacaste, Sardinal, Costa Rica
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New York City, New York
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133 reviews 133 reviews
28 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I gave this hotel an average rating because I have visited many RIU and this one was good but but not "very good". I have stayed at several Riu's ion the past and this one fell right in the middle for me. What I can say is the staff is AMAZINGLY NICE!!!! They are so much fun to talk to... More

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New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The resort was absolutely beautiful. The pictures on the website, do not do this resort justice. The open air foyer and scenery are quite picturesque. Upon coming into the hotel, we were greeted with complimentary drinks and our check-in was seamless, We checked in early, but were allowed to check our bag and go about the resort. To make a... More

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Fontana, California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I've stayed at the Riu in Jamaica and loved it,the food the stuff,everything about the a Riu hotels in Jamaica were great..But here in Costa Rica I hated it.Dont get me wrong it's a beautiful hotel,but the food is HORRIBLE..I took my son here for his graduation present,and he was so disappointed,he even made a comment that if you wanted... More

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san jose
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was expecting a lot from this hotel since I've heard food was better than other all inclusive hotels in the country. Front desk staff where just terrible. The worst experience I've ever had in a 4-5 star hotel on low season. Nobody knew where our room was. We had to go back four times to the front desk and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Ok vacation, traveled with group of friends, friendly staff, ok food and grounds, rooms my needs some upgrades, went for excursion to see hanging bridges in cloud rain forst and thermal spa a++, overall solid 3,5 to 4 stars

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Toronto, Canada
13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of reviews on this hotel so I will not add to what most discuss. The gym here is actually pretty good compared to most hotels. Spacious and lots of machines, some free weights but could do with a few more. There is one well maintained tennis court although it does gather some water puddles after rain. Book tennis at... More

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Delhi, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Me and my husband were there in March 2014 I read the reviews before leaveing bit worried but our we were blowen away it was the best vacation we have ever taken wish we could of stayed longer food was always amazing rooms were great staff always very help full we can't wait to get the chance to go again... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel was only 30 minutes away from the airport. I was greeted with a drink at the hotel. It is truly all inclusive. There is a daily 90 minute wifi limit for free or you can pay a daily or weekly fee to have wifi in your room and through out the resort. The pool is amazing, it makes... More

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Burlington, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed in Sept. The weather was great. Sunny morning and rainy nights with some thunder storms. The hotel was good. The only thing was the food was very Costa Rican and the locals Friday to Sunday noon. The cost was good and to get around the locals just go out those days. For fishing: Call "Issys Tours Costa Rica" and... More

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice place to relax, but the service isn't good and the food is mediocre. In my opinion isn't worth the price. The 'sports bar' has refrigerated food that is awful (even in one occasion a friend got sick from a bad hamburger from those snacks.) The liquor served is mostly of bad quality, you have to specify if you want... More

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  • Costa rica(193)
  • Coco Beach(58)
  • Very good(51)
  • Palo Verde(41)
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  • Great time(39)
  • Pool bar(33)
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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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