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Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica

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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Sardinal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015
Rob S Minneapolis, Minnesota
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Arrived at 3pm, fruit drink was brought to me as I was checking in at the desk. No line and check in was quick and easy, no surprises, I got the room I paid for. Room was very nice, fully stocked mini fridge, coke, beer, water, etc. Coffee maker with all the amenities, plus a rack and pour bottle dispenser... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Luv this place. Long way for us but my boyfriend and I enjoyed every minute of our mini vacations during the weekend. The food was awesome and perfect to relax. One thing that we didn't like was the windy and sunny days. I know that it might be the moon but still wanted to have more sun and less wind.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015 via mobile

We spent 5 nights all inclusive and really enjoyed our time at Riu Palace Costa Rica. The hotel and grounds are absolutely beautiful, clean, and well kept. The pools were fun but the beach was quite rocky. Definitely not the white sands we experienced further south in Manuel Antonio. We were disappointed there were no small catamarans to take out... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Short and to the point.... - Beautiful hotel - Access to the Riu beside the hotel at any time - Food was ok. It was edible so no big complaints here. - Rooms were the Palace traditional rooms (clean and 5 star worthy) - Huge New Year's Eve Party with fireworks, stage and music which was really exciting. - Offers... More 

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Bayville, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

This hotel reminded us of a hospital on the outside. The only option for breakfast is the a high school style cafeteria w no ambiance. It was ok. Loved the steAk house & Krystal's for dinner , make your reservation at 9 am daily.the only pool bar was small& overcrowded w drunks, 5 pools were nice as long as u... More 

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RiuHotelsandResorts, Online Reputation Manager at Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica, responded to this review

Dear guest, Thank you for your review and for highlighting the quality of the food we offer at our specialty restaurants. However, we regret to read that some of our facilities failed to live up to your expectations. It is our policy to ensure that we always exceed our customer expectations. We hope you will choose to visit us again,... More 

Montville, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

My husband and I flew non stop into Liberia, a 3 year old modern, but small, airport which is located 25 min from The Hotel Riu Palace. We arranged transport to hotel and were met after baggage claim as promised. Upon arriving to the Riu Palace, we were impressed by the large, modern lobby. People at the front desk were... More 

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Niagara Falls, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

husband and I recently stayed at the Riu Palace for 2 weeks. We booked through SunWing and signature vacations. I had e-mailed the hotel with a request, since we would be celebrating our 50th anniversary. They e-mailed be back to let me know they had taken note of my request and it would be upon availability and they could not... More 

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New England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Spent 10 days in Costa Rica - finished with 5 at the Riu Palace. Done a few Riu Palaces in different locations (other resorts too). You can count on Riu to provide services for sure. This one is 2 years old and done in the edgy silver/purple/grays/magenta contemporary style. The lights in the common areas are way too bright. I... More 

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Stayner, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We stayed at the RIU with about 30 other people for the wedding of my girlfriend. We were all worried about being in Costa Rica for the rainy season but we were pleasantly surprised when we were nearing the end of it and our trip turned out awesome. The only complaints about the room were we were not together with... More 

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Bensalem, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

so my boyfriend and I stayed here and ended up spending when it was all said and done around 8 grand. Which is a lot for this place. we were not impressed with the room on the jungle side, its all they had, the room was actually pretty inside, just a lot of bugs would come inn which was not... More 

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RiuHotelsandResorts, Online Reputation Manager at Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica, responded to this review

Dear guest, We thank you for choosing our hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica for your holidays and also for taking the time to post a review. We regret to read about the inconveniences with insects in your room. Due to the warm weather and the location of our resort which is surrounded by vegetation, it is possible that insects get... More 

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