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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed in the hotel in September. Many times we heard that it is not a good time to visit Costa-Rica in the wet season. But now we know that it is really a good time. Everything is blooming and green, the weather is not hot and also not very humid. In Boston every summer we have much more humid... More 

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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The hotel was beautiful, the pool amazing, the staff were very friendly. Whilst the food was hit and miss, but i expect that anyway. The entertainment was disappointing, the only good show I saw in two weeks for the Michael Jackson show, it was fab. The snack bar was not good...compared to my experience at the Pestana in Cuba...and the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We have just checked out from this resort. The quality for a Riu Chain Hotel is very good as all the others I have stayed before. First day we got a room facing the forest area and we asked to change it for a pool/sea view if possible as hotel was completely full. The friendly front desk staff changed the... More 

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lansing, ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

From the restaurants to the bars, from the entertainment to the pools, this resort is fabulous!! I honestly can't say or think of anything that we had a problem with!! The 24 hour sports bar was a very nice feature, as we came in from a couple excursions very late. The staff was honestly, so helpful and friendly! The rooms... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I am currently in the hotel we leave tomorrow 25th sept . Costa Rica is an amazing country we booked 4 trips 2 with Eric pink shirt and 2 with Alex on the beach , all the trips were excellent and cheaper than Thomson maybe only £30 dollars cheaper per person per trip ,but we had individual trips for just... More 

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Anytime-anywhere
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We stayed at the hotel as relatives were getting married while we were there. The hotel was great, huge complex with 5 bars & 5 restaurants so lots of choice. I saw mixed reviews online about the food and so I was not expecting much but I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. I'm a fussy eater but there... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I stayed here for two weeks from the end of August with Thomson. We got a great deal because it was not only the off season but also the wet season. It is remote and several hours drive for most of the excursions and having found this out before we traveled we researched and booked a 6... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very nice hotel that debuted in 2008. Most employees are bilingual (English/Spanish speaking). They are also very friendly, capable and accommodating. They work constantly and tirelessly to maintain the hotels appearance and quality. It's a nice all inclusive resort & it's great for families, couples and friends alike. The prices vary according to duration of stay and season/when you arrive... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very clean, very friendly, and food was average. Nice family resort- with loads of small children and babies. Restaurants were ok- inconsistent, especially the restaurant Ocatal, which had awful service on Thursday night. No bread was ever brought to table-appetizers, wings and mozzarella sticks served cold. No sauces served with dinner, had to beg for ketchup. Deuces were seated in... More 

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Lancaster, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We are on our last few days of a 2 week stay at the RIU Guancaste. I plan a longer and more positive review later, but just wanted to give notice to a serious problem that surprised us. First, this resort is very isolated, with no reasonable access to taxis. The RIU has some services available, but expensive and limited... More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Casino and Gambling
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Tennis Court
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  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
Internet
  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Free Breakfast
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Conference Facilities
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 

Additional Information about Hotel Riu Guanacaste

Address: | Playa Matapalo, Sardinal, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Gulf of Papagayo > Sardinal
Price Range: $200 - $477 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Guanacaste 4*
Number of rooms: 701
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