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    Hotel Riu Guanacaste

    Riu Guanacaste Boulevard | Carrillo - Guanacaste, Playa Matapalo 50503, Costa Rica
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    • Excellent38%
    • Very good36%
    • Average17%
    • Poor5%
    • Terrible4%
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    Wifi
    Free Parking
    Breakfast included
    Air Conditioning
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    1 - 5 of 5,636 reviews

    Reviewed 5 days ago

    We stayed in the suite and patio Jacuzzi which was a large beautiful room Nov 29 through Dec 5. Food was good at the buffet restaurant, the Italian restaurant and the steak restaurant. Depending what you chose some of the food was great! My husband...More

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    Hotel's Favorite
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    Having read some of the reviews on here, we were very pleasantly surprised by this hotel. We stayed in the Riu Palace next door to this hotel last year. That hotel is a bit smaller and maybe has a slightly older clientele, and is more...More

    17  Thank Mont1e
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Just had the worst service in any hotel. Rooms lovely but when you go to one of restaurants they literally ignored us and eventually asked if we wanted desert and then did the hand across the throat sign to tell the rest of staff that...More

    4  Thank Chrismulberry
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    34 of us travelled here for our wedding! The grounds are truly gorgeous!! We all had the most amazing time! Everyone was so friendly and helpful. There were a few issue with the toilets being clogged and keys not working but the front desk was...More

    1  Thank jillharris25
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    I enjoyed my stay at the Rio Guanacaste , I couldn’t fault TUI , the staff in the hotel were absolutely first class . The rooms are nice and spacious , good air conditioning that is quiet enough to leave on all night a mini...More

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    • Number of rooms
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    • Province of Guanacaste >
    • Playa Matapalo
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    December 17, 2017|
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    Response from Jo S | Reviewed this property |
    Yes it is fine to swim in, right on the beach front the water does look mucky but that's because it's dark sand. They have an area on the beach in the sea marked out for swimmers.
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    December 16, 2017|
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    Response from Sharvee M | Reviewed this property |
    You are correct. They have kayaks and snorkeling gear for your choosing. To get the gear, they have a waterport activity center near the beach. You simply sign in free of charge and they set you up. Those are the only two... More
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    "Views of ocean/pool or ocean/garden are great. If you want quiet then the rooms to the jungle work well."
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    "5th floor, Jungle side to see the monkeys, bring binoculars and zoom camera. 5001-5008 are quiet with great..."
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    "2nd floor rooms west side had a slight hum from something running. but overall quiet no view."
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    "I wouldn't get a top floor room"
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