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Hotel Riu Guanacaste

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Halifax, Canada
Reviewed July 25, 2013

We traveled to the RIU Guancaste last Janurary with 35 other people for our wedding. We could not have asked for a better time! Everything was amazing; including the people, food and atmosphere. Being a bit of a planner, I found it a little frustrating that the wedding had to be planned a month before the actual date - but...

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Toronto, Canada
Reviewed July 24, 2013

I stayed at the Riu Guanacaste in July and had a great time. It was the during the "wet season", but the weather was great (it only rained once at night). The service was great and all staff were very friendly. The front desk even booked a reservation for me at the steakhouse when we were on an excursion. Servers/bartenders...

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
Reviewed July 24, 2013

This was really an amazing vacation. The animation team was fantastic especially Niger, J.J. 69 and Jefry <33333333 They were so friendly, hilarious and sweet. The place itself was very clean and a great place to relax. I was crying so much when i had to leave. I would definatley go there again. I hope the animation team sees my...

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Forest Hills, New York
Reviewed July 24, 2013

I made my reservations on the RIU website for a water view room with a kingsized bed. I arrived at RIU after traveling with my husband to La Fortuna. We were looking forward to relaxing near the beach. We arrived in our room to find 2 full-sized beds pushed together, so we basically slept in 2 different beds the 5...

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2Thank KS1982
New York City, New York
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Recently came back from a week stay at the Riu Guanacaste in Costa Rica. Beautiful hotel and each and every one of the staff members there are amazing. The entertainment team was fantastic! It was such a great experience that my children were sobbing when we left. Highly recommend this fantastic establishment. Also, if you want to book an excursion,...

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2Thank lucia z
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Reviewed July 22, 2013

Stayed at the RIU for a week in mid June. We had about a total of 90 minutes of rain the whole week. It was actually refreshing to have it rain. We went as a group of 18. It was perfect. Kids and adults loved it. When booking off property tours, I suggest finding Luis of Luis Solutions. He is...

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dallas
Reviewed July 22, 2013

The hotel and grounds were beautiful. The staff that we interacted with were very helpful and pleasant. The beach and views were lovely. That's where the good stuff ends. The beds were brick hard. The entertainment seemed to be nonstop and very loud - all day and all evening. The food was the worst that we have ever had at...

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RiuHotelsandResorts, Social and Community Relations Manager at Hotel Riu Guanacaste, responded to this review

Dear guest, Many thanks for sharing your experience with us. We appreciate the opportunity to respond. As a service minded hotel chain, it is disappointing to hear that you encountered inconveniences in our property as mentioned in your review an that it caused your holiday to be less enjoyable. We are deeply disappointed to find that our team did not...

Silver Spring, Maryland
Reviewed July 22, 2013

There is a lot to be said for this all inclusive. It is definitely cost effective and you get a great deal for the money. I thought the 1X/day wi-fi connection in the lobby was too restrictive and inconvenient. The entertainment team was remarkable, making it fun and feeling personable. The acoustics in the theater are really bad and the...

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Dallas, Texas
Reviewed July 22, 2013

Best all-inclusive plan from a quality perspective I have experienced in the last 13 years. Staff are all "over the top" with friendliness and attend to your every need without any hesitation. RIU Company must have a great working culture as many other guests from all over the world said this is a typical RIU Resort. The rooms/suites on the...

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New York
Reviewed July 22, 2013

Went to Riu with a groupon. It was a very nice hotel. Each room has a balcony. We had a view facing the garden, but were were never in the room so the view did not matter to us. Rooms were clean and the food was very good. Stayed for 3 nights, which is a perfect amount of time for...

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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
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  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • 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: $203 - $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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