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Hotel Riu Guanacaste

4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Playa Matapalo | Canton de Carrillo, Sardinal, Costa Rica
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Ranked #2 of 3 hotels in Sardinal
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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4 of 5 stars reviewed today
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

We enjoyed our stay at the RIU in Guanacaste. Our room was really very nice. All of the hotel staff was friendly and attentive to us. The other reviews I've read about it being old and not kept up are not true it's a very beautiful resort. The food was decent and wait staff were helpful. Something for everyone in... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I agree with the guy that wrote A TRUE REVIEW. We just got back from Costa Rica April 14th 2014. We had great weather the whole time we were in Guanacaste. However we have stayed at many RIU hotels in the past and found the staff at this hotel were not very attentive to there guest. First off we arrived... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We recently returned from a great vacation at the Riu Guanacasta in Costa Rica. Upon our arrival at the Liberian airport,people were there with signs who directed us to a new air conditioned very comfortable coach. Enroute to our resort we could view the unique countryside of Costa Rica. The roads were very narrow, with no shoulders. Our arrival at... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not at all what I expected. Never been to Costa Rica and what I have heard through reviews I believed it was what I was looking for. Wrong.. I travel often and never complained about a resort till now. We arrived and were put in an upgrade looking out into the court yard. I had requested jungle side as we... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I would definately stay at the Rui Guanacaste again. It was clean and well kept, the food was great with maybe the exception of the chinese restauant and the staff coudln't be more helpful. The beach was gorgeous and so were the pools. We used the gym and spa and both were clean and efficient. We did a few expeditions... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just came back from vacation 4/5 to 4/12. First I have to say I normally stay only ay Iberostar hotels but really wanted to go to Costa Rica, so I had a few people that have been here so decided to give it a shot. There were 4 adults in our group. I'll start with the hotel itself. Overall very... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is an amazing country. We just had our third visit, of that the second time to the RIU. The resort is lovely - rooms, food, beach and staff are great. Bring your own wine if you like wine. Some travel highlights/tips: - The day long buena vista canopy tour including the ziplines, waterslide (not sure if this slide is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Rio Guanacaste has all the elements of a four star resort and is located on the Pacific in the north of Costa Rica: nice rooms with comfortable beds, good size bathrooms and often a balcony facing the ocean or the well maintained garden and pool area, The food with plenty of healthy fresh fruits, vegetables and fresh juices is... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

First, I had a great holiday, because me and my travel partner always travel with a positive attitude and let anything negative slide... This hotel may have at one time been a five star resort, but it is about a three star resort so prepare yourself for older outdated linens and towels, cheap soaps, no shampoo, a hair dryer that... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Costa Rica, thank you! What a beautiful country with wonderful people! We stayed at the RIU Guanacaste from April 4-11. We could not have asked for better service. The people were always willing to help and each time I said "Hola" I would receive a "Buenos Dias!" or when I said "Gracias" a reply of "Mucho gusto!" So wonderful! The... More

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Additional Information about Hotel Riu Guanacaste

Address: Playa Matapalo | Canton de Carrillo, Sardinal, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Sardinal
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 3 hotels in Sardinal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Guanacaste 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Opening winter 2009/10. Situated in northern Costa Rica, in Guanacaste. Located on Playa de Matapalo beach. Complimentary sun loungers on the beach. 6-storey main building. Surrounded by 35,000 m2 / 41,86 sq. yards of lush gardens. Closest village: Nuevo Colon. 13 km / 8.1 miles from various shops. 33 km / 20.5 miles from Liberia airport. Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Amex, Visa ... more   less 
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