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Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica

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Playa Matapalo, Sardinal, Costa Rica
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The Villages, Florida
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first visit to Costa Rica and the Resort was first class. The service in the restaurants and bars was excellent and most staff spoke English very well. We would like to commend Gina Mora and Maria Cristina Magpayo, waitresses in the Arenal Restaurant, for their outstanding service. Food was high quality and very fresh with plenty of... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I have never been to Costa Rica and after asking friends, it was the RIU or the Westin. The Westin was a bit pricey the time we wanted to go so we chose the RIU Palace and travelled April 25-May 2. We booked through Sunwing/Signature (highly recommend upgrading to Elite Plus for the Sunwing flights) and the... More 

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St. John's, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After a year researching (and reading Happier than a Billionaire by Nadine Hays Pisani) my boyfriend and I (as frequent travelers) decided to make our next trip one to Costa Rica. It was our first time in Costa Rica and we fell in love. We stayed at the Riu Palace from April 25-May 2nd 2015 (the end of their dry... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Hotel was excellent. Service was great. Staff very helpful. Majority of staff spoke good english and were very polite. The beach was a disappointment (dark volcanic sand). Food choices were great. It was a bit off the beaten track as far as location was concerned. If you enjoy staying poolside eith hot hot weather, this is a good choice

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Strongsville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the RIU Palace in Costa Rica April 20th thru 27th 2015. Over all, our experience was very good. Here are some random thoughts on our stay: Our room was clean. Water bottles, soft drinks, beer were always restocked. Scotch, Rum, and other liquors were available in the room via a special dispenser. All free. Ask a bartender... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed there in April for a nice little vacation.. 1st and best impression was the front desk (Daniel) who was very friendly and informative.. All of the food/choices were Fantastic as well as the staff.. they also have 3 specialty restaurants you can make reservations for. The room was perfect!! The staff is constantly cleaning so you know the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I went to the Riu Palace in Costa Rica for our 25th Wedding Anniversary and loved it. We were at the Rui Guanacaste beside this property 5 years ago for our 20th Anniversary and loved that too! We found the gardens and the pool areas nicer with more shade at the Riu Guanacaste but in every other... More 

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Brooklin, Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed with a group of seven in February. Our ocean view room was above average and extremely clean. Enjoyed the various facilities from the well maintained pool areas to the casino and the excellent nightly entertainment shows. The theme restaurants were disappointing but the daily breakfast and dinner buffet in the main dining room more than made up for that... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just got back from our trip to the Riu Palace. Went 5/2 thru 5/9. Beautiful resort! Very clean and modern. All employees very friendly!! Always smiling and saying hello. The rooms were nice but nothing to write home about. After 3 nights they actually switched us from a garden view room (which is basically just looking at a mountain) to... More 

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Rochester, NY
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful hotel but it is far away from everything. The service was excellent in every aspect especially in the dining rooms where we were served by Gina Mora and at the beach where Aaron was our drink waiter. There were some problems with Mosquitos especially in the open steak house on the beach. I had a big... More 

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