We have stayed in several of the Riu(Palace) Resorts and this was our first time staying in the Hotel Riu Guanacaste. Very nice and clean. Beautiful grounds, gorgeous pool. If you are looking for white sandy beaches you will not find it here. Beach sand is dark, bordering on black. You will need to wear water shoes or flip flops while walking on it along with poolside as surfaces get extremely hot! Fantastic weather!!! 10 straight days of high 90's-100's with a great ocean breeze.
Food: Breakfast was pretty standard. Specialty restaurants were difficult to get into. We managed to get into every one of them by getting to the door no later than 6. Only exception was the Steakhouse. Reservation only.Consistency in food was a problem. Sometimes great, other times just ok. Sushi at Furama was delicious!
Drinks: Loved the Mojitos. Two local beers and only two kinds of wine, Red or White, Mixed cocktails are not a favorite of mine as we find them too sweet and these were no exception to that rule. You want a Corona..walk to the Monkey Bar down off the beach.
Cleanliness: Rooms were spotless and maintained daily, Common areas were clean as well for the most part. First night at dinner in Libera, was extremely disturbed to find the tables covered with tablecloths that were obviously not changed prior to our sitting down. As the week went on we found that they were placing clean tablecloths onto tables after guests have left.
Empty drink glasses and beer cans, popcorn from the sports bar occasionally found in elevators and plant fixures..don't blame the staff as some people are just lazy and gross.
Entertainment team: Mario is fabulously sparkly! Make sure to introduce yourself.
Tours/excursions: We booked the Mega combo through Jose on the beach not through the hotel. (CostaRicaBestTours.com) Had a private van and personal tour guide Diego who was excellent! If safety is a concern for you then rest assured you are in very good hands if you should chose to book your tours/excursions with Jose.
Check out the monkeys in the trees behind Riuland and watch for the few cats who make the Riu grounds their home and you'll find an occasional horse or two on the beach and some pretty big iguanas!
Would we go back? Absolutely!
- 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