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Bloomington, Minnesota
Reviewed yesterday NEW

My family, husband and two daughters age 14 and 11, traveled to Riu Guanacaste for 7 days in February. We were so very impressed with everything at this resort. Check in was fast and easy. They love to joke around in this country and I love that! You can tell that they are genuinely happy, friendly people. We had a...

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Tofield, Alberta, Canada
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our group of 10 visited here Jan 22 for 2 weeks. Check in was very smooth. Rooms were nice. The only issue we had with our room was the small bathtub/shower. Because the tub bottom was rounded you really had to hang on to the hand bars to get in and out but obviously they have done what they can...

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Stranraer, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The hotel was great we booked through Thomsons and flight was great on the Dreamliner service good and transportation to hotel very efficient. Hotel big but never felt overcrowded ,food excellent , cleaners always cleaning . Pools big but swim up pool crowded, rooms spacious maids do a good job of tidying. Booked all our trips through ERICK in pink...

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Edmonton, Canada
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Just returned and must say the resort was NOT a 5*. Grounds are and pools are great. Food was ok, but I expected it to be better. Ana, from housekeeping was fantastic. Towels VERY hard and still and sheets were old and had pills. Mini bar stocked every couple of days. Andres, his pool services was super had a great...

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Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My boyfriend and I traveled here on February 10th to February 17th. We arrived later in the evening with a full bus of people and check in was super fast. Our room was located on the third floor (3118) which we loved because it was close to the main entertainment and lobby area. The resort ground were well kept and...

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Canandaigua, New York
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My girl friend asked me to go away on a girls week. Now, I am not an all inclusive girl, but this one wasn't too big. The rooms were fine. KInd of strange b/c they had half lamps mounted on the walls, but fine. Beds were hard and Pillows were hard and Horrible. The food was pretty good. Nothing to...

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Harshaw, Wisconsin
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We traveled to Costa Rica with a party of five and enjoyed 10 days of sunshine and excellent service at the Riu in Guanacaste. The hotel was everything you expect from Riu Hotels-great service, buffet dining, several themed resturants, pool activities, nightly shows and very knowledgeable Swiss Travel guides to put our excursions together exactly how we wanted them. Exceptionally...

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midland
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

travelled to Costa Rica in April 2016 - Nice hotel but again I feel the Riu hotels are over rated. For a hotel that is a 5 star they should supply a small coffee machine in each room - I take mine with me when I travel. The rooms were clean and the staff was helpful and very pleasant. Their...

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Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We just returned from a great vacation in Costa Rica, We had the opportunity to travel around the country and stay at some amazing properties. Unfortunately the Riu was NOT one of them. While the grounds and beach are great there are many con's: Hotel Rooms: We changed rooms three times and even the third room was no where near...

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Heredia, Costa Rica
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The beach is beautiful, the sea almost blue! the attention is very good. Our card keys for the room decoded five times the same morning, that means we had to walk from the room to the lobby and back! and we took care about putting them alone,away from cell phones and cards, maybe you can prevent that telling them in...

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Highlights
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Casino and Gambling
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Tennis Court
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Paid Wifi
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  • Free Parking
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Breakfast included
  • Dry Cleaning
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  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
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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 

Additional Information about Hotel Riu Guanacaste

Address: | Playa Matapalo, Sardinal, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Gulf of Papagayo > Sardinal
Price Range: $277 - $509 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Guanacaste 4*
Number of rooms: 701
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“If you want a quieter area, ask to be on the back of the building or at least as far away from the entertainment area as possible.”
 of 5 bubbles deenamccauley, 25 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Jungle view to see monkey life and zip wire”
 of 5 bubbles LINDY57_13, 24 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Higher level to stay away from loud entertainment in the evenings.”
 of 5 bubbles shtefaaa, 24 Feb 2017 | Read review
“not sure there is a good or bad view. Rooms are fairly sound proof too .”
 of 5 bubbles davidsonknoll, 24 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Appeared all rooms were good-we had ground floor-behind sports bar-they were great-easy walking distance to the entire resort”
 of 5 bubbles suessfun, 23 Feb 2017 | Read review
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