First off, in reading Truzella's review "Not for Me" submitted Dec. 3, 2012, I thought I had written it myself. We stayed there at about the same time. About the only thing Truzella mentioned that I cannot vouch for is the tour guide recommended because we didn't use him.
A few things Truzella did not mention was the distance from the Palace pool area to the restrooms. I would say it was at least 100 yards (American football field). And we found the walls were very thin...I kept thinking the couple in the room next to us was in our room, and they were just having casual conversation. One other thing is the room layout. We had an oceanview which was beautiful, but when you first enter the room, if you're not careful you could bang your shin on the rectangular Jacuzzi-style tub situated about 2 feet from the door...it's just there in the middle of the room...also not the best location if wife is in the tub and husband opens the hotel door for any reason!
While I am in agreement with Truzella that the Riu appears to be more elegant and the landscaping is fully matured, I think in time the Palace will have just as beautiful landscaping. And for our mimosa loving friends, we cannot leave out the fact that the Palace did offer champagne whereas the Riu did not.
This resort had been open less than a month when we visited. I think upon reading the reviews, the management at the Palace will probably be making changes to make the experience even that much nicer.
- 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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- Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica Guanacaste