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Hotel Riu Guanacaste

4.0 of 5 Playa Matapalo, Sardinal, Costa Rica
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  • Cleanliness
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This past August we went to Costa Rica on a guided tour and ended our vacation on our own at the Riu. This was a wonderful end to our vacation. Once we arrived we were greeted with a delicious fruit juice. Our room was ready right away, but my in laws was not. They decided to walk around the hotel... More

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West Warwick, Rhode Island, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Based on the reviews, my fiance and I had very low expectations of this all-inclusive hotel. We were more than pleased to find that the worst issues for which we were prepared turned out to be very mild. The "sewage" smell seemed to be the result of the blue dye used in the toilet and faded quickly after flushing. (We... More

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Manitouwadge, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to Costa Rica in May 2014 with a small group of friends (4 girls and 1 guy. Instead of spiltting up the girls and having the guy on his own, they paired the guy with one of the girls which was odd considering we all paid for our own vacations). With this being my first ever All inclusive... More

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Albany, New York
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6 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So....some friends and I (there was a total of 8) went on our trip to Costa Rica! We received a great price through Delta Vacations and were there for 6 days, 5 nights. End of the rainy season so the hotel was not too busy. There were some children there, but not enough for us to be bothered by them.... More

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Bettendorf, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here over New Years 2013-2014 and found the following: PROS Beautiful grounds Fun interactive activities FANTASTIC New Years Eve party on the beach with fireworks, deejay, party favors Bars were large and had very good service Fantastic sports bar with snacks, pool, ping pong, foosball Rooms were nice and clean Discoteca nearby Fantastic service at swim-up bar Wonderful... More

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were on a trip with my laws and it was awesome. Everything was amazing, the food, the place, the beach and weather. It is winter in September but it rained only 1 day of 3 days we were there. It could be better to visit the place on weekdays because on weekends it is too crowded and sometimes that... More

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Peoria, IL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We traveled to Costa Rica in mid September for our honeymoon. We travel to a lot of all-inclusives and I will not return to this resort. When we checked in, we told them we were on our honeymoon and asked for an upgrade. They upgraded us to ocean view at no extra charge, which was nice. The rooms are your... More

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Laguna Niguel, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First of all the place looks like it should be in Vegas, not Costa Rica. Secondly we had to hang around for hours until our room was ready and then it turned out to be the wrong room layout re beds. Finally got into the room which had no character, although it was clean, and could hear all the noise... More

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Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The resort was nice. It was everything that is promised. The food was good - not exceptional, but good. The rooms were clean, as was the beach area. The Riu Guanacaste and the Riu Palace set right beside each other. They are about 25 minutes from the nearest town which is Coco Beach. Not alot to do here except for... More

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RDU North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This resort is absolutely gorgeous but the food, alcohol and internet access are sketchy at best...not to mention rock hard beds. The bright spots are the beautiful beach, pool area and the staff is very nice...the highlight was getting an amazing massage down the beach by either Carina, or her sister Estephanny...cannot recommend them enough! Their email is: vallejoskaril16@hotmail.com and... More

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  • Costa rica(193)
  • Coco Beach(58)
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  • Palo Verde(41)
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Address: Playa Matapalo, 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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