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Mountain Top, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My wife, 10 year old daughter and myself just returned from a week at the Riu Guanacaste. We had a great time at the hotel and exploring Costa Rica. We would like to send a shout out to Johnny in bell services, who really made us feel welcome and made our arrival go as smoothly as possible. He really got... More 

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1 Thank jmags
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On the 22nd of this month I return from this resort. RIU is a nice hotel and clean. As far as I know staffs are very friendly and twelve of us went never get in to an issue. Room services are superb. Pool area is very clean. Beach is also nice and clean. You cannot compare the beach to Cuba.... More 

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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69 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife and I needed a quick, inexpensive get-away for 5 days. Typically we have travelled to one of the Mexico resorts but wanted somewhere different this time. After reading multiple reviews we choose the Hotel Rui Guanacaste thru Apple Vacations. The air time getting to Liberia, Costa Rica was about an hour longer than flying to Cancun. The transfer... More 

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6 Thank Mricha1111
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow! I had such an awesome stay at Riu Guanacaste. Alot of the reviews had me scared, but let me just say disregard the negavtives! Airport Pickup: Sign up to become a Riu Class Member and once you do that book your reservation through Riu and roundtrip pickup will be complimentary! A major saving already. The pickup van was awaiting... More 

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4 Thank Justin M
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a very good stay: good weather, good location and good time with our friends. Enterteinament staff is very nice and take care always care of you are having fun. The only thing we did not like was the speciality restaurants: tucan, italian and asian where the food was not good at all. Only the meat restaurant and the... More 

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2 Thank Alberto L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

First time in Costa Rica- this pacific coast is unbelievably amazing. I love the way that they preserve the natural integrity of the land. One of the things that's stands out the most for me in comparison to the other tropical vacation spots I've been to was that the coast isn't littered with resorts. I spent a lot of time... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We have been at many RUIs so we expected more. Having said that our vacation was fun. The Reception ppl made a mistake with our rooms and diligently solved it a couple of days later though..... Then tried to compensate us for it. The information provided at different places is different. For instance: restaurants don't need a reservation. Just show... More 

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2 Thank Maria T
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If it weren't for the staff, i'd give the place a 1 star. Staff were friendly and accommodating when requested. Food - After 2 days I could no longer stomach the food served at the buffet or restaurants - seriously. The best meals i had were on excursions. Room - nice but outdated. We had a corner suite with a... More 

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RiuHotelsandResorts, Online Reputation Manager at Hotel Riu Guanacaste, responded to this review

Dear guest, Thank you for choosing our hotel and for taking the time to share your experience with us. We regret that your stay at our hotel did not fulfill your conception in general. Our policy is to make every attempt to please and keep our guests content. In order to fulfill every guest expectations regarding food, our main buffet... More 

Austin, Texas
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We are frequent travelers of Central American resort style vacations. We had a suite and the room was a substantial size and reasonably appointed, but the bed was as hard as the floor. I actually slept on the couch every night because the bed was so uncomfortable. The food was not very good. A couple restaurants were ok, but nothing... More 

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Bronx, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I just arrived home from my destination wedding /vacation (August 17 to 24)at the RIU Guanacaste and was underwhelmed to say the least! I have no idea how and why this resort can be considered 4/5 star. Let me start with the pros: 1. The grounds are immaculate and well kept, and all though you spend alot of time walking... 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
Room types
  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • 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: $204 - $504 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Guanacaste 4*
Number of rooms: 701
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