We really read the reviews before we went and were pretty prepared for what to expect when we got there. We knew there would be lots of people there on the weekends since the place does open to the locals for a low price, so we actually planned our excursions then and avoided the crowds.
The food was actually pretty good. It's funny to see people who hated it on here, but my family tends to be pretty picky about food and we found most of the restaurants to be pretty good. Italian was our favorite, then the Toucan and then the Asian. The steakhouse was pretty good too but if you like your meat less than medium well, ask for medium rare.
We always went to the Santa Cruz bar and had a great time with Rohanas. Just ask for your drinks as doubles and they will be stronger than what they normally pour.
The sewage smell in the room was kind of annoying but we were never in there. We also brought a plug in air freshener which helped.
People complained about not having enough water bottles in the room. We went to the front desk every morning and they gave us water bottles before we headed to the pool. The staff are so friendly and honestly everyone in Costa Rica is.
For our excursions we went through Jose (pink shirt) on the beach and was guided by Luis who was awesome. Do the Buena Vista tour with the horseback riding, spa and zip lining through the jungle. Definitely the highlight.
Also, take advantage of the free watersports through the hotel, like paddle boarding kayaking and snorkeling. We also paid extra for jet skiing which was awesome.
All in all my family of 6 loved this place. If I had to pick one thing I really disliked was it being a kids resort too. But we knew that coming in.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Riu Guanacaste Costa Rica