I am a travel agent and have stayed at many all-inclusives and can give an honest review of the resort. We booked a 2 bedroom suite and our room was clean and housekeeping did a great job. The 2 bedroom suite is nice because the kids had their own room. The room with the King bed opened to the balcony. I did not like that we had to cross the foyer to get to the bathroom(which took away from privacy from the kids) and we also noticed that the bathroom in the second bedroom had a much larger bathroom attached to it with the toilet area separate. We could have traded rooms for more privacy and the better bathroom, but did not want to give up our King bed and balcony. The staff was very accommodating and courteous. The lobby bar had the best drinks. Night entertainment was typical all-inclusive. If you wish to dine at one of the 2 a la carte restaurants, plan on sitting and waiting it out with the crowd in the morning to secure a table for the next day. I feel that this process could be avoided by allowing guests to make reservations at check-in. There were many options at breakfast. The resort feels very safe and there are a ton of kids and families. It would not be a great option for honeymooners or for spring breakers. The beach is not overly crowded, black sand is hot. We were able to spot fish when swimming in the ocean. We were hassled quite a bit by vendors selling jewelry, massages, excursions. Overall, the food was OK, staff was wonderful and the hotel grounds and rooms are very nice. My advice is to get off the resort and enjoy Costa Rica and the many excursions you will have to choose from.
- 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