Traveled as a couple, to costa rica, and it was our second time to the Riu Guanacaste. We paid and asked for a ocean view room, and had to change our room twice, since the first was not in the front of the hotel as we had in our first visit, and the lock was broken on the door. The second room offered was on the first floor way in the corner and did not have a nice view. The third room was on the second floor and had a view of the pool, which was more to our liking. We have been to Riu's six times, in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Dominic Republic. Although I prefer a Riu Palace, we visited the palace next to the Riu Guanacaste, and were so glad we did not stay at the Palace,. It is very , very modern, bright lights, and cold feeling. and the price is quite a bit more. The apple reps were great at helping us find excursions, and we went on the white water rafting excursions, which was great. We rented a car for a day and explored ourselves, going to Coco Beach and up the coast to find the white sandy beaches, very beautiful. The cars come with GPS's so go explore. We also went on a sunset cruise, with snokeling included,. very nice. The hotel was very clean, food was as usual in a all inclusive, and the people friendly. We were there over the Spring Break season, so many Costa Rican families were traveling also. The entertainment seems to be the same, at all the Riu's, We've seen the Michael Jackson show all too many times. but it is always entertaining and being in a warm climate when it was still snowing at home in Wisconsin, was more than enought to make you want to return. All in all, I would go back in a second, and love Costa Rica,. As I said we were there twice, and still haven't explored all we would like to see!! Enjoy
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opening winter 2009/10. Situated in northern Costa Rica, in Guanacaste. Located on Playa de Matapalo beach. Complimentary sun loungers on the beach. 6-storey main building. Surrounded by 35,000 m2 / 41,86 sq. yards of lush gardens. Closest village: Nuevo Colon. 13 km / 8.1 miles from various shops. 33 km / 20.5 miles from Liberia airport. Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Amex, Visa ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Riu Guanacaste Costa Rica