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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Reviewed May 2, 2013

This resort is a big beautiful, well maintained space. It has pretty much everything you could need behind the gaurd gate, but it isolates you from experiencing the real "Costa Rica". We took advantage of the excursions offered from the groups on the beach. Unique tours offered an incredible adventure package for a great price. Also not associated with the...

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Tampa, Florida
Reviewed May 2, 2013

It was a very nice hotel great room great food and great service but you have to pay 40 US dollars For Internet and then it does not even work well the pool was great and the beach was cool to there is lizards all over the place they are cool you get a free chance to go scuba diving...

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Springfield, Missouri
Reviewed May 1, 2013

Overall a good place to visit. The food is OK, but not what I would expect from this type of resort. Drinks are again OK, but not very strong. The staff is good, and we appreciated their effort. We expected a lot more from the reviews we read about other Riu properties. We had a fun trip. Get out from...

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Reviewed April 30, 2013

My husband and I and our friends stayed at this hotel from April 20th till the 27th. The view was amazing, the staff was always polite and helpful. There always was someone cleaning something all day the resort was so clean!!!!! Our room was fine we had a basic room but didn't spend much time in it. The bartenders were...

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Ottawa, Canada
Reviewed April 30, 2013

I stayed at the RIU March 11-18. We were two adults and a 6 mos baby. Rooms were comfortable and clean. They provided us with a pack n' play for the baby and it was in good shape. The staff LOVED the baby and he was known by all the staff. We normally ate in the main buffet for dinner,...

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Phoenix, Arizona
Reviewed April 29, 2013 via mobile

I just got back from staying here on a girls trip- we are in our 30's. I have stayed at a dozen all inclusive resorts, and this is the best service I have experienced. Everyone from the front desk (Jaison) entertainment (Lily) bartenders Rocky and Gerald to the maid service and photographers were friendly and helpful all the time. The...

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1Thank Jamiejamie77
West Islip, New York
Reviewed April 29, 2013

My Fiance and I along with 2 other couples just got back from a 1 week vacation and we could not have been happier. This was the first time we vacationed at an All Inclusive Resort and we highly recommend the Riu Guanacaste to everyone. The minute we arrived we were greeted with a cold drink (they should add a...

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3Thank Vincenza413
Reviewed April 29, 2013

Trip Advisor So I stayed at the riu guanacaste April 18 to the 23 2013 and I was dissatisfied with many things at this resort .. Don't know where to start but here I go... First I checked in which Rebecca who is a liar and told her at the front desk I'm here on my HONEYMOON so they promised...

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Costa Rica
Reviewed April 29, 2013

The experience we had was great. The hotel is well kept, as you would expect on this kind of places. We arrived 45 minutes before 3pm (check-in time), howerver our room as ready so we could get in earlier. The pool areas are very nice with plenty of chairs. The pool bars probably will need to improve their bees control,...

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windsor ont
Reviewed April 28, 2013

Just returned from our first time in Costa Rica. And we cannot wait to return!! Spent 10 days at the Riu Guanacaste (this was our fourth stay at a RIU resort) and it was worth every penny.....even the small issue we had didn't dampen our stay. The resort is beyond clean and all the staff helpful and pleasant. There is...

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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
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  • Pool
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Casino and Gambling
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Tennis Court
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  • Free Parking
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Free Breakfast
  • Dry Cleaning
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  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
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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: $209 - $390 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Guanacaste 4*
Number of rooms: 701
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“Stayed in 5040 it was a good view BUT closest elevator was broken for a few days or us no problem for those ltd mobility might be”
 of 5 bubbles mikenkirst, yesterday | Read review
“I hear higher room has a better view but elevators did not work when we were there!”
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“ocean view Jacuzzi suite”
 of 5 bubbles T8170KBbrianw, 3 days ago | Read review
“room 5032 the jungle side . The pool closes at around 8 and the activities move to the the other side of the facility so quiet in evening”
 of 5 bubbles campbeka, 4 days ago | Read review
“View the rooms through pictures if you are BIG on how you sleep, if you are here with friends to party then you are ok lol”
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