We spent the last half of our Costa Rican vacation at the Riu Guanacaste and had a very nice time. This is the typical all-inclusive cookie cutter resort, but it is perfect if this is what you're looking for.
GOOD STUFF: the hotel itself is beautiful, grand lobby with paintings and traditional decorations. Pool area is full of trees and plants, grass roof shaded areas. There is a swim up bar tables in the pool itself. The pools are interesting with ramps and in-water chairs. The rooms are beautifully designed and spacious. It was very quiet at night - we slept very well. Also, the service was excellent. Every employee was always smiling and making conversation, also very helpful.
BAD STUFF: the food is buffet style, even at the restaurants except the steak house. There are a few very good dishes, but most of the food is just ok. The beach is black sand so gets very hot - need shoes to walk on. The visibility is very poor - we tried snorkeling but saw absolutely nothing. Also, I have never been to a place that has such aggressive tour advertisement. You would step foot on the beach and 3 separate tour company representatives would attack and try to convince you to go on their tour. They remember your name and do not leave you alone even the next day and 2 days later.
Would stay somewhere else next time...
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Riu Guanacaste Costa Rica
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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