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    Hotel Riu Guanacaste

    Riu Guanacaste Boulevard, Playa Matapalo 50503, Costa Rica
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    May 9
    May 10
    1 room, 2 adults, 0 children
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    Overview

    • Excellent36%
    • Very good36%
    • Average17%
    • Poor5%
    • Terrible3%
    2 days ago
    “big family trip”
    3 days ago
    “Very nice but not luxury...”
    Free Parking
    Breakfast included
    Pool
    Beachfront
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    Reviewed yesterday via mobile

    I have read numerous reviews since booking resort last May for this past April. I have also stayed at 20+ all inclusive resorts throughout Mexico and Dominican Republic, and 4 of them being RIU's. We had an excellent vacation and have no negatives. I will...More

    7  Thank meundrh2oo
    Reviewed 2 days ago

    Our extended family (60 something parents, my brother and his husband, my hubby and I, and our 15, almost 13, and 7 year old kids) spent a week at the Riu Guanacaste in April. We had a great time and would recommend the resort overall....More

    7  Thank mommyjennifer
    Reviewed 2 days ago

    Airport Arrival at the airport nice & simple - only two carosels so easy to see where your luggage was coming out. We booked a private taxi beforehand & this took us to the hotel in about 30 m inutes with our driver Ryan pointing...More

    7  Thank Kaz W
    Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

    Stayed at RIU Guanacaste for a week. It was my first time staying at a resort this size, while the resort was clean at all times I must say my preference is to enjoy a smaller resort. Needless to say it was a great time...More

    3  Thank ItzJess
    Reviewed 3 days ago

    The resort and grounds are truly beautiful and constantly maintained. The food is amazing. When I read the complaints about the food and the room towels I wonder if people think they eat gourmet at home and live in palaces because the food is awesome...More

    4  Thank lovethebeachsand
    Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica
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    About
    Amenities
    • Top amenities
    • Pool
    • Free Parking
    • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
    • Beachfront
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Breakfast included
    • Hotel Amenities
    • 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
    • Room amenities
    • Air Conditioning
    • Minibar
    • Things to do
    • Pool
    • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Casino and Gambling
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Hot Tub
    • Tennis Court
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    • $197 - $389 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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    • Suites ,
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    • Family Rooms
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    Graham O
    Hi I'm going in jan but worried about being in the sticks how much is taxi to nearest lively town and how long many thanks
    April 28, 2017|
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    Response from captinleo | Reviewed this property |
    We also took the water taxi to Coco Beach and had quite an experience. Had drinks and food at Coconuts Sports Bar and enjoyed it very much and took water taxi back to resort. Better than ground transportation in my... More
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    Mikedixon7
    Is there great snorkelling on the beach or nearby ?
    April 28, 2017|
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    Response from elaine n | Reviewed this property |
    Snorkeling is Right out front of the hotel. A lot of people grab bread off breakfast bar to feed the fish. All the snorkeling equipment is right at the cabana on your way to the beach I believe you get it for two hours... More
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    Mikedixon7
    Is there great snorkelling on the beach or nearby ?
    April 28, 2017|
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    Response from mommyjennifer | Reviewed this property |
    We did a snorkeling trip from Erick, one of the beach guys. We only went out 15 minutes or so and the snorkeling was fantastic. Calm and clear, tons of fish, a giant eel, a baby octopus, etc.
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    "Amazing view from room 4106 right by the lifts too. Sunny all afternoon"
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    "Ask for a higher floor facing the Diamante Park. It is quiet with beautiful views"
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    "We had a room with partial beach view."
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    "Apparently the rooms near the stage were loud. We had a room behind the front desk area and heard nothing."
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