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Hotel Riu Guanacaste

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Booked for a holiday for myself and my 2 children, 11 and 14 for a magical holiday at Easter. What an amazing place Costa Rica is.. a little expensive but more on that later! On arrival, we had a reasonable check in, and we paid up for WiFi rather than using the paltry hour a day in the lobby. Prices...

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

Was extremely happy with the hotel, selection of restaurants, the beach was amazing!! And so very thankful for the air conditioned Rooms!! The staff were wonderful and helpful. My only issue was when they say things are included, like non motorized water sports, they mean for one hour of your entire trip... Not exactly what I would call included but...

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1Thank Jennifer T
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

Beautiful property. 30 minutes from Liberia airport on a gorgeous mile long vice beach. Food was good and staff was great...except the front desk which was remarkably rude. Check in was a nightmare. They never answered the phone and required us to check-in twice before giving us the keys. Tours took 2 hours to reach the rainforest and 4 to...

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2Thank David B
Woodbury, Minnesota
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

We arrived about 4pm on a Tuesday. Checkin was quick and uneventful. We were on the 4th floor and close to the theater. The beds and pillows were very firm. The entertainment was easily heard from our room, however, we were so exhausted each day that we mostly slept through it. I LOVED the entertainment at Filadelphias each night before...

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Hull, East Yorkshire
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

I'll be honest: I have mixed feelings about our stay at the Riu Gaunacaste. The hotel is in a great location, the grounds and public areas (lobby, bars, restaurants etc) are very clean and well kept, and the beach is truly wild and wonderful. The staff in the restaurants are absolutely amazing; genuinely friendly and they work so, so hard....

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3Thank Charlie C
Exminster, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

We stayed a week here after a brilliant 7 night tour of Costa Rica. We travelled through Thomson holidays. Our tour was amazing and our guide Eduardo, really fantastic. When we got to the hotel, we were lucky to have a room on the 5th floor with a sea view. We thought the room was lovely, 2 sinks in the...

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5Thank Philippa63
Yeovil, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our party of six booked two weeks here with Thomson taking the 11 hour outward flight from Gatwick. After a smooth exit from Liberia airport we met our transfer and were at the Riu in 45 minutes. No problem checking in and we found our rooms clean and functional. The beds weren't the best but we slept ok. The many...

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2Thank Mus S
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fantastic hotel, friendly staff, great food. Local trips through Thompson bit of rip-off be careful. Local market along beach, worth a visit. Monkeys come down from trees to shouts of local 'monkey lady' at 0615 every morning. You can hand feed them.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The hotel was gigantic and had many dining options , either buffet style or themed restaurants. The grounds, the shops, the pool, and the casino were nice. There was entertainment available every night (shows) or the disco for dancing. They also had a 24 hour sports bar with food available after hours if you got hungry. The rooms were stocked...

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1Thank Pam B
Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

We returned to Costa Rica another time because we love it so much last time. It was our first time at the RIU. It was great and we loved it. The food was great and the staff very warm and friendly. The menu was well varied. We booked a few tours but not via the tours offered in the hotel...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
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
  • Minibar
Internet
  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Breakfast included
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Conference Facilities
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Liberia CR Airport Shuttle is locally owned and operated, representing over 10 years of transportation experience. We are the official transportation provider for the Liberia International Airport, providing door to door shared ride shuttle and private car service. We also provide point-to-point and chartered transportation services to/from any destination in Costa Rica & Nicaragua, including all other local seaports and airports. Whatever your ground transportation needs may be, we can handle them in a professional, friendly and cost effective manner. Our fleet of 50 late model sedans, SUV's and vans are well maintained, immaculately clean and properly licensed and insured to operate in the Costa Rica. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hotel Riu Guanacaste

Address: Riu Guanacaste Boulevard, Playa Matapalo 50503, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Matapalo
Price Range: $200 - $389 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Guanacaste 4*
Number of rooms: 701
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