My wife, Donna & I are planning a visit the Hotel RIU Palace Costa Rica (we had originally picked RIU Guanacaste but have now changed our minds) & Costa Rica for the very first time & as we usually visit the other Caribbean islands for our holidays, we have finally given in and decided to give Costa Rica a try!!!
So, if you don’t mind, here are a few questions that I/we have & hopefully someone will be able to answer for us -
HOTEL/ROOMS - we will be booking a ‘Junior Suite’ at the hotel, so we were wondering if anyone could, in their honest opinion, tell us what these rooms are like (if you know of course!) & similarly what would be the best section to request for a quiet area room (if these can be allocated with our booking choice) close to the quieter area of the pool but not too close to any noisy areas especially at night?
Does anyone have reliable contact details for the hotel to ask them questions directly etc?
Can this hotel order items to be placed in the room upon arrival ie champagne etc as I like to book this for my wife every year on holiday?
Does anyone have a ‘site map’ available, that has room numbers & where the hotel facilities are, that you could send me of the hotel?
Are US dollars widely/easily accepted for payment for trips, souvenirs etc and are there exchange facilities available at the hotel?
ENTERTAINMENT – in your honest opinion again, what is the ‘day time’ entertainment like & more importantly what is the ‘evening’ entertainment like?
Does anyone have a copy of the daily/nightly entertainment that is available at this hotel (I’m aware that this will change but it’s just to get an idea really)?
RESTAURANTS AT THE HOTEL – Can anyone tell us what the restaurants/eating places are within the hotel are called & what type of menus do they serve ie Mexican, Italian etc?
Also can you advise which one(s) are a la carte, buffet etc
Also does anyone have copies of the restaurant menus available to pass onto us (again these will change by the time we get there but just to get an idea)?
Are we able to use the a la carte restaurants at the RIU Guanacaste in the evenings or can we only have breakfast/lunch there? In the same vein, are the RIU Guanacaste guests allowed to use the services/restaurants at the RIU Palace?
BOOKING A LA CARTE RESTAURANT – how easy is this to do, where/when do you do it & how often can you use these restaurants ie every night, once a week etc? Also is there a ‘dress code’ for these restaurants, if so for which ones (I don’t have any problems sticking to this personally)?
TRANSFER TO/FROM AIRPORT – we will be booking our usual ‘private transfers’ to & from the hotel – as we won’t have any local currency when we arrive, is it ok to tip the transfer driver in US dollars?
SHOPPING – what is the ‘duty free’ shopping like at the Liberia Airport? Or would it better/cheaper to do this at the stores within the hotel?
In particular, are there any good jewellers for my wife?
HOTEL/COSTA RICA IN GENERAL – we don’t know how many times you guys have been to Costa Rica or the Hotel RIU Palace Costa Rica before, so we are going on the presumption that some/most you have been several times & have been to several hotels in Costa Rica or even other RIU hotels, so going on that –
1 How do you rate the hotel to other hotels/RIU’s you have stayed in whilst in Costa Rica ie rooms, food, entertainment etc?
2 Apart from the obligatory days on the beach/by the pool, what places would you recommend for a fairly easy going, early forties, loves the culture of each island, loves to mingle with the locals, Scottish couple to visit/see?
Anyway I think I have bored you all enough with the above so I’ll let you all get on with more important stuff instead of reading this!!!!
Many thanks in advance for any help you can provide