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Hotel Riu Guanacaste

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  • Location
    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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Russellville, Arkansas
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying at the Riu Palace Guanacaste, which is right next door to Riu (they share disco, casino, shops). We went to the Riu for lunch one day. It is a very attractive resort, but there were many fewer choices on the lunch buffet than at the Riu Palace. I ate what seemed to be more local dishes for... More 

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Alhambra, California
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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is so big and beautiful. You must stay at least a week to truly enjoy it. Walk the beach and feel the different sands and water temperatures. You can easily snorkel off to a secluded side and enjoy an entire day of paradise. The food is great there are so many choices. .. make sure you make your... More 

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Kitchener, Ontario
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the end of May 2015 and to be honest, I got a terrific travel agent rate (full disclosure: I'm an agent) that I couldn't pass up and Costa Rica has long been on our bucket list or we wouldn't have stayed here. We prefer a more traditional travel experience and Riu properties are enormous monstrosities where the... More 

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Thornton, Colorado
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

beautiful very clean room. food was so so not as good as cruise ships!! stayed a week arrived sat. got sick tue. thought it was bad hamburger in lounge. feeling better got sick again. believe it was the milk shakes(bad ice)trying to sooth my stomach.. I do not drink alcohol/ I was sick the whole next week back home vomiting... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I cant say enough great things about this all inclusive resort! The staff was phenomenal, they even looked at all my bug bites and reassured me I was ok! The food was awesome, so many choices and never once did we leave hungry or dissatisfied! They cleaned our room daily and stocked our room fridge with what we were drinking... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

very nice resort , the beach was not that great, the food was ok but nothing 5 star, zip line was close that's fun and other activities close as well, most 5 star resorts supply the shampoo and stuff this one did not, the drinks you had to tell them ad more alcohol, beds very hard and bad pillows, they... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had read many reviews prior to staying at the Riu Gunacaste. I saw good reviews and bad ones but decided to try it. We had stayed at 3 other all-inclusive resorts with one of them being another Riu so had some idea of what to expect. We stayed from 6/13/2015-6/20/2015. Overall we were very happy with our stay at... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here last week, June 15th for my honeymoon. I was skeptical about booking this hotel due to the mixed reviews. However I chose to ignore them and go with it. I should have listened to my gut and not booked this hotel. Here's how day one went: Went to unlock our door, and ironically the door was open with... More 

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Ridgefield, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't want to bash the hotel buts it's okay for an all inclusive hotel resort . My biggest complaint would be the the food is mediocre and that the rooms are very small and the beds are so hard . Not what you expect when you come on vacation. Hopefully someone high in the rank reads this so that... More 

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Toms River, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So my now wife and I had planned to have our wedding at another resort in the area. After the resort screwed us really bad we had to cancel our wedding plans and find another resort to have our wedding at with less than 2 months to go before the big day and cancel our guests reservations at the other... More 

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