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Hotel Riu Guanacaste

4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Playa Matapalo - Sardinal | Carrillo - Guanacaste, Sardinal, Costa Rica
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Ranked #2 of 3 hotels in Sardinal
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 6 days ago
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Rockledge, Florida
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I recently took a trip to The RIU Guanacaste with a group of friends. The problems started as soon as we arrived. When we arrived they gave us a room that had one queen bed and a child sized movable cot in the corner. There were three grown women staying in one room. We went downstairs to ask why we... More

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Ok, we are British and spent a lot of money travelling 24h each way to get here and our last holiday was a 5* Hilton all inclusive so expectations were very high. Airport - transportation@liberiacostaricainfo.com were great. 49USD each way, great vehicles, great drivers and prompt. The company is run by an American called Terry. Initial impression - checked in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My husband and I took a 10 day trip to Costa Rica. We stayed at the Riu for 4 nights and it was a great stay. It's all inclusive (food and alcoholic beverages). The only negative I have to mention is there were so many people staying there, very crowded. This is a place for those who like a party... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The hotel itself is beautiful. It is relatively new and clean. However, there are many bees around the pool, which makes it uncomfortable to enjoy the pool. The rooms are nice; we tried both the jungle view and ocean view and found ocean view more spacious and comfortable. Breakfast is the best meal of the day; they have everything one... More

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Queens Village, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Let me start off with the good. This is a beautiful resort has a variety of restaurants and great weather! I read a reviews prior to planning this trip and saw there were complaints about hard beds and towels. Yes the bed was harder then what use to, but it was tolerable. As for the towels.... I do wish they'd... More

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paterson nj United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just returned from 7 days @ the Riu and had great time ; the resort was very clean and well maintained ; the food was pretty good and plentiful ; our room services were excellent as was the mountain view from our balcony ( it is also the quieter part of the resort ) . We were also able to... More

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

this was my first trip to Costa Rica. I was impressed mostly by the people and their involvement in their society. courteous, hard-working, and knowledgeable about their own country. wish we were more like that. my second all-inclusive experience. my first was a disaster, and kept me away from them for years. this one was much better. restaurants were large... More

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Dallas, Texas
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived for a 10-day trip and opted to only stayed here for 2 days before moving to the property next door (Rui Palace). Pros: The Front Desk Manager, Antonio is top-notch, and I would actually give him 5 stars for his empathetic, understanding and helpful customer service. He listened, understood and helped to provide viable solutions and recommendations. Bravo... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Airport: You will be going into Liberia & from there a cab to the Riu. This is where its competitve. These people will attempt to get you for $70 to the Riu. Common fare is $50 & maybe $40 if you play them off each other. 35-40 mins to hotel. There is a $29/person exit tax when you return to... More

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Mississauga, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my first time in Costa Rica and it was amazing. Our room was clean, beautiful and faced the jungle. We were able to see monkeys from our window most of the time first thing in the morning. The food was absolutely awesome whether at the main buffets or the a la carte. This hotel seems to cater to... More

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Address: Playa Matapalo - Sardinal | Carrillo - Guanacaste, Sardinal, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Gulf of Papagayo > Sardinal
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Guanacaste 4*
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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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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