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Hotel Riu Guanacaste

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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Alpena, MI
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2010

My husband and I traveled to Costa Rica to meet our daughter who was just finishing a 3 month semester in San Jose studying Latin American culture. We planned the trip to meet her in San Jose, rent a car, and mostly relax for the week as my husband and I work long hours and spring break is our time... More 

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Michigan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2010

We just returned from a one week trip to Riu Guanacaste and had a great time. It was a full family trip that included seven people. We were somewhat apprehensive as our tour was booked to land in San Jose, rather than Liberia, but with the input from others on Trip Advisor we contacted Roy at Costaricaforeveryone.com. His staff of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2010

As I sit in the lobby on our last day I am sad to leave. We had a wonderful time. The staff couldn't be more friendly and helpful, the food was fabulous and plentiful, the grounds were gorgeous, and the entertaiment was verrry entertaining. We have two thirteen year olds who had a ball. They went non-stop from early morning... More 

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new york
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2010

So we stood for five days in Riu Guanacaste and we had the best time of our lives. The hotel is very pretty the staff is very friendly. The food is very good have no complaints on anything. I think the only thing i could complain about is all the bees all over the bars. But they dont sting so... More 

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Missouri
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2010

This was a hotel for relaxation. Our room was big and comfortable. The pool had enough chairs for all and was generally quite. We enjoyed the meals and had a lovely dinner at the Italian restaurant for my birthday....birthday cake and song included! This is a large resort, so be prepared for a lot of walking and become familiar with... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2010

I recently returned from the Riu and had an excellent time. We spent most of our days down by the pool. It is hard to get a good seat, so it is important to go down early to get a location in the shade. The bartenders were so friendly and nice. German in the Filadelphia bar was such a nice... More 

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NY
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2010

Let's start with all of you that may have read other reviews- the unpaved bumpy road still exists. As far as this hotel being 15 minutes away from the airport- try again- more like 45 minutes with 20 minutes being on that unpaved bumpy road. This hotel is off by itself with no other properties close by. Check-in- what a... More 

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denver, colorado
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2010

We went with a group or 8 - 4 teens 3 adults. What I read prior is right on track. Beds are hard and if you face the pool, VERY noisy at night if you are not staying up for the entertainment. People aside from management are very nice and hard working. Management tries to over complicate everything. Internet only... More 

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Dallas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2010

My husband and I returned on Saturday for a week's stay at the Riu. Overall we give it about a "7" rating out of 10. It is a beautiful resort that is very isolated. Just about anywhere you want to go off the resort is on a bumpy road. First for the positives: Beautiful lobby; beautiful landscaping that is well... More 

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Peterborough, Ontario
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2010

We loved it - have stayed at 2 other RIU's and this was the best. Great food and the pool and entertainment were awesome. Went on 2 tours - zip lining and the National Park. Hotel room and staff were wonderful. I highly recommend this holiday!

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