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Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Sardinal
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Awesome Resort! Best Riu Ever!”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

This place looks awesome! We have stayed at a number of Riu's in the past, but a first in Costa Rica. I wanted to be the first to review and winner winner chicken dinner I did it! Please if you are staying at this property please post pictures and write comments about your stay.We have some pictures to upload. We saw spider monkeys, 3 toed Sloths and lots of bugs... The weather was awesome as you would expect. We took a day trip to Tabacon Springs.. this is a must. We lathered ourselves in a mudbath like pigs playing in the mud. The locals run this place on the weekends... they get in for 80 per night..gringolios pay more dinero... they drink whisky and tequilla and stay up late with their kids... it's only two days then the prices go up.. and there gone. Overall we loved this place and will post our pictures soon. We took before and after pictures... Americans at an all you can eat, let's just say we got the RIU and our moneys worth. We drank the night away, ordered room service and ate lots of french fries and Pizza. Bring sunscreen on the property it's $25.00. My wife used baby oil becuase we found it for 99 cents at a vendor on the beach. We will be back again!!!

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Reviewed November 9, 2012

We stayed at the RIU Palace Costa Rica from November 4-9th, which was essentially their grand opening, in room 2046. One would think that there would be growing pains in a hotel this brand new. Not the case, as the trip was a vacation of a lifetime.

The Resort- Absolutely beautiful. This property was styled in an ultra chic, sophisticated and cutting edge decor. We were stunned when we walked in the lobby.

The Staff- I have gone to many all inclusive a in my time, and the staff at this resort went out of their way to do anything and everything to make you feel in absolute, luxurious comfort. Case in point: My son was playing with the safe and accidentally changed the password. Upon letting the front desk know of this problem, they brought over not 1, not 2, but 4 people, including management, to quickly fix the problem. The matter was settled within 15 minutes. Other instances of impeccable service are too numerous to mention, but I would like to mention a few: Ricardo (Management), Diego (Front Desk), Ana (Italian Restaurant), Wilbur (?), all of these individuals worked so hard on behalf of our stay. Their sincerity and attentiveness went beyond expectations!

Food- Tried every restaurant and they all are excellent. Favorite was Krystal, in terms of ambiance, food quality and service, this is the place to try.

Entertainment- The shows were quite varied and creative , but I was sometimes more interested to see/hear the shows from my balcony, which overlooked the stage areas.

Excursions- We used Swiss Travel, a company allowed to sell their packages in the lobby of the resort. Booked the Mega Combo tour, which included zip lining, horse back riding, hot spring bathing, and water slides, topped off with a Costa Rican lunch. Fantastic experience.

If you are looking for an over the top, classy vacation at what will be known as Costa Rica's finest 5 star all inclusive, look no further. The RIU Palace Costa Rica is that destination!

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Property: Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica
Address: Playa Matapalo | Sardinal Carrillo - Guanacaste, Sardinal, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Gulf of Papagayo > Sardinal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Sardinal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica 4*
Number of rooms: 538
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel lies directly on the beautiful, fine-sandy Matapalo beach, next to the hotel Riu Guanacaste. * The guest of Riu Palace Costa Rica may use the facilities in sister hotel Riu Guanacaste, except dinner meal * Main Building 6 floors 538 rooms * Next City Liberia 42.0 km approx. * Airport Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) 33.0 km approx. * Next ATM / Bank: 200 m * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard ... more   less 
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