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    Hotel Riu Guanacaste

    Riu Guanacaste Boulevard | Carrillo - Guanacaste, Playa Matapalo 50503, Costa Rica
    +1 855-383-8047
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    1 room, 2 adults, 0 children
    Traveler (6600)
    Pool & Beach (1377)
    Room & Suite (939)
    • Excellent38%
    • Very good36%
    • Average17%
    • Poor5%
    • Terrible4%
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    “coco beach” (585 reviews)
    Free Parking
    Breakfast included
    Air Conditioning
    Non-Smoking Rooms
    Poolside Bar
    Fitness center
    Wheelchair access
    Business Center
    Dry Cleaning
    Tennis Court
    Kids Club
    Private Balcony
    4.0 Star Hotel
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    1 - 5 of 5,548 reviews

    Reviewed yesterday

    We arrived a couple of days after Tropical Depression Gabe and the hotel was up and running except for a couple of restaurants. With all that went on during the storm, I'm surprised things were a good as they were. It is a beautiful location...More

    Thank capg0156
    Reviewed yesterday

    This hotel is brilliant- it's just 45 minutes from the airport and in a great location. When you arrive the wait can take a while because so many people are arriving at the same time but there are drinks available while you wait! The building...More

    Thank Hannah M
    Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

    1. No designated parking spots for customers checking in. Place was full, had to park by the casino and walk, under the brazing midday heat, all the way to the front desk. 2. Terrible food quality. Mashed potatoes from the box. Beef is so hard...More

    4  Thank MON K
    Reviewed 2 days ago

    The all-inclusive Riu Guanacaste Hotel is really nice. We booked a family suite with two independent rooms (1 king bed in one and two individual bed + a sofa bed in the other) and it was really great. We stayed just two nights. Food is...More

    1  Thank AleChac
    Reviewed 2 days ago

    I have read some of these reviews of this hotel and they disgust me!!! I was at the hotel when there was a tropical storm and yes we lost power, yes some of the speciality restaurants were not open, yes some of the lights were...More

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    • Playa Matapalo
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    Traveler (6600)
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    October 15, 2017|
    Response from Lee G |
    I totally agree with everything you've said.. I was there from 26th sept for 2 weeks.. staff were amazing helpful and ever friendly...
    Lee G
    October 15, 2017|
    Response from Katie S | Reviewed this property |
    No sorry! :)
    Hi, Has anyone been fortunate enough to be assigned Pablo as a guide and driver that they used through Alex on the beach? We know all the tour guides are awesome, but we met Pablo on our last trip in April '17 and promised him we would stop and say hello to him when we return this fall. Unfortunately we didn't get his contact info and prefer not to go through tour co. to get it. We had such a wonderful time with Pablo and he went above and beyond for us. He made our private tour the best day ever and threw in some extras. He made us loyal Alex on the beach customers! We wont be taking any excursions off property this time except maybe the local zipline, but we wanted to see him when he's on the Riu beach picking up tours/people so we can say hello as we told him we would. Love it if someone happens to get his card or something. Thanks!
    October 14, 2017|
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    Response from Amber E | Reviewed this property |
    Ah yes also had pablo as a tour guide when we visited in August and he was extremely nice, we didn’t ever see him in the beach but we often saw Sergio from Alex on the beach who could probably point you in the right... More
    Room Tips
    "High floors give great views"
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    "Floors 1 thru 4 have railings on decks. The fifth floor decks have a four foot wall that blocks the view when..."
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    "ask for a room on the forest side"
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    "weekends are manic as it gets invaded by locals who probably get a cheap rate"
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