Went here for 8 days with a group of 6 and we had such a wonderful time. The food was actually quite good - our favorites were the Italian, Toucan, and Asian restaurants. In my opinion, the Steakhouse restaurant wasn't worth going through the trouble of making a reservation for. The biggest downside of the resort was that they allow locals to come and use their facilities during the weekends. They actually ended up overbooking when we arrived due to the amount of locals coming that weekend and had to move 2 of the people in our party next door to the Riu Palace. It ended up not being too much of an inconvenience because they could still use all of the facilities at our hotel (however not vise versa). To avoid the crowds on the weekend, we planned our excursions during that time (Fri night - Sun morning).
Book your excursions with Jose on the beach from "Costa Rica Best Tours", he did a fantastic job for a great price, much cheaper then the resort prices. Our tour guide was Luis who was very friendly and made our trips even more fun! Also, make sure to use some of the free water activities that the hotel provides like snorkeling, kayaking, and paddleboarding!
Overall, this hotel was absolutely worth the money. The staff was very friendly and the facilities were kept clean - I would definitely return to a Riu resort in the future!
- 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