$229 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Dec 19, 2014 Check-out: Dec 20, 2014

RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive

4 stars
Sardinal de Carrillo, Playa Matapalo, Guanacaste,
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
305 reviews
amazing

Food was great the keep the higher end alcohol hidden so you have to ask for it. Coco beach is... See full review

  • chelseakay
  • Nov 28, 2014
Great hotel value in Costa Rica!

The Riu is a great hotel in Costa Rica! Excellent pool with lots of seats, very friendly staff... See full review

  • Lance and Linh
  • Oct 8, 2014
Costa Rica getaway for gambling, safaris and sports all in one place

Located in a region more reminiscent of the African Savannah, the RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive is situated in an area unlike any other part of Costa Rica. The hotel is surrounded by grass and woodland and sits on a long stretch of beach, further increasing its appeal. Guests have the opportunity to visit the nearby volcanic regions of Costa Rica and partake in some of the many on-site activities that are run by hotel staff, including water sports, gambling in the casino and working out in the gym. The hotel has buffet style and themed restaurants and five conference rooms.

Reasons to stay
  • An abundance of sporting activities to choose from, including tennis, volleyball and golf
  • Fantastic waters for viewing aquatic wildlife, making it the perfect place for diving and snorkeling
  • Chance to experience local culture by meeting real life cowboys in their natural environments
RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive rooms

Guests at the RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive hotel have access to 701 different rooms with a wide selection of themes. All of the accommodation options have private balconies, some of which contain outdoor hot tubs. Included in every room is air conditioning, a mini bar, satellite television, an alarm clock and a safe. A wide selection of bedding options can be provided to suit the needs of couples, lone visitors or families. The mini bar and fridge is restocked every two days. All rooms at the RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive hotel have wireless Internet (fees apply). Most of the rooms situated in the hotel have stunning views of the seafront and Mata Palo beach. Complimentary use of the gym is available to hotel guests as well as a steam bath and Jacuzzi (18 and older only).

Things to do nearby
  • Boat trip to Playa Coco (0 mi/0.1km)
  • Ocotal Beach (3.4 mi/5.5 km)
  • Congo Canopy Trail (3.3 mi/5.4 km)
  • Hermosa Bay Beach (6.9 mi/11.1 km)
  • Flamingo Beach (7.5 mi/12 km)
  • Four Seasons Golf Course (29.1 mi/46.6 km)
  • Africa Mia Safari Wildlife Tour (30.9 mi/49.4 km)
  • Diria National Park (44.2 mi/71.2 km)

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RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive Rooms

SUITE
Suite with Air conditioning, ceiling fan, 1 king size bed, separate living room are with sofa. Direct dial phone, regularly replenished mini-bar and liquor dispenser, satellite TV, radio alarm clock, electronic in-room safe (laptop size 15 ), iron and ironing board, walk-in closet. Bathroom equipped with hydro massage bathtub. Extra shower cabin, bidet, double-sink, vanity mirror, hairdryer and amenities kit. Balcony or terrace.
OCEAN VIEW - ROOM
Double Room Ocean View with Air conditioning, ceiling fan, 2 double beds or 1 king size bed. Direct dial phone, regularly replenished mini-bar and liquor dispenser, satellite TV, radio alarm clock, electronic in-room safe (laptop size 15 ), iron and ironing board. Bathroom equipped with bathtub and shower, double-sink, vanity mirror, hairdryer and amenities kit. Balcony or terrace with Ocean view.
SUITE JACUZZI
Suite Jacuzzi Ocean view with Air conditioning, ceiling fan, 1 king size bed, separate living room are with sofa. Direct dial phone, regularly replenished mini-bar and liquor dispenser, satellite TV, radio alarm clock, electronic in-room safe (laptop size 15?), iron and ironing board, walk-in closet. Bathroom equipped with hydro massage bathtub, extra shower cabin, bidet, double-sink, vanity mirror, hairdryer and amenities kit. Balcony or terrace with ocean view and private Jacuzzi.
STANDARD - ROOM
Double Room with Air conditioning, ceiling fan, 2 double beds or 1 king size bed. Direct dial phone, regularly replenished mini-bar and liquor dispenser, satellite TV, radio alarm clock, electronic in-room safe (laptop size 15 ), iron and ironing board. Bathroom equipped with bathtub and shower, double-sink, vanity mirror, hairdryer and amenities kit. Balcony or terrace.
SUPERIOR - ROOM
Double Room Superior with Air conditioning, ceiling fan, 2 double beds or 1 king size bed. Direct dial phone, regularly replenished mini-bar and liquor dispenser, satellite TV, radio alarm clock, electronic in-room safe (laptop size 15 ), iron and ironing board. Bathroom equipped with bathtub and shower, double-sink, vanity mirror, hairdryer and amenities kit. Balcony or terrace with courtyard view.

Amenities

  • All inclusive
  • WiFi
  • Outdoor pool
General
Elevators
Activities
Outdoor pool
Fitness center or spa
Fitness Center
Spa
Night club
Solarium
Tennis
Dining
All inclusive
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Services
Childcare Service
In-Room Safe
Barber/Beauty shop
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities
Accessible facilities

Dining

Meals & Snacks
24 hours All inclusive snacks, alcoholic an non-alcoholic beverages.
Main Restaurant
With non-smoking section and terrace, Buffet style with show cooking, serving international and local specialties.
Poolside Restaurant
Buffet style for lunch.
Asian Restaurant
Buffet style for dinner. Reservations required.
Italian Restaurant
la carte for dinner. Reservations required.
Grill Steakhouse Restaurant
la carte for dinner. Reservations required.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (305)

Ratings and reviews for RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
305 out of 305
Amenities:
4.1
Room cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
4.4
Room comfort:
3.9
Location:
4
Value:
4.1

84% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Mimi82
NYC
Jun 13, 2014

Great hotel.

everything within this hotel was great but the food. The food is mediocre. But the hotel is clean, the staff are excellent and atmosphere terrific. Such a fun place to visit and stay!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Money-saving tip: In Hotel

For tours, always try to negotiate the price. Haggle 15-20 dollars off the asking price, youll always get i!

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
chelseakay
Business
Edmonton alberta
Nov 28, 2014

amazing

Food was great the keep the higher end alcohol hidden so you have to ask for it. Coco beach is about a 20 min drive but good shopping and great bars and resteraunts. We booked excursions through jacamar tours and they were great!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Short drive from hotel

Hit up coco beach for souvenirs or maybe some drinks and lunch just to get out of the hotel "happy hours" are 11-7 all the restraints have good pina coladas for only $3

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Sheri78
Business
London, on
Nov 24, 2014

Ok getaway

Be cautious of the guys on the beach that rent jet ski's, they will negotiate prices but after your use they will charge you $150 for scratches not caused by you. You can only smoke on your balcony, pretty much a smoke free resort. Hotel is very self-serve all inclusive, meaning no coffee machine in rooms, you have go to the buffet for coffee. Absolutely no room service, you have to request to have your mini bar stocked. Food just ok. The hotel is pretty and clean, no bugs.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Time-saving tip: In Hotel

No room service at all, no coffee machine. Eric on the beach is great for tours.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Lance and Linh
Business
Eastvale, CA
Oct 8, 2014

Great hotel value in Costa Rica!

The Riu is a great hotel in Costa Rica! Excellent pool with lots of seats, very friendly staff (especially Randall), clean grounds, good food. The beds are hard, but I knew that going in based on other reviews. Good beach with lots of sand, free lounge chairs and iguanas to look at, but bring bug spray for all the mosquitos (it was rainy season in the rain forest, after all). Nothing else nearby within walking distance, but if you are looking for a relaxing time by the pool and beach, this is the place!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
juano867
Business
Puerto Rico
Sep 15, 2014

Paradise

I lo ve my stay at Riu Guanacaste. If you like quite time ask for a room facing the jungle. The staff is nice, the food is good.... Don't bother reserving for the steak house.... Is not that good but the toscana fabulous and the Liberia ( buffet) always good. The shows are great!! Money well spent.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
George2014
Business
Minneapolis
Sep 7, 2014

Great vacation location

Our experience was very good at this hotel. They have good food, a really nice beach front, and surprisingly good entertainment - they have great shows every day for the guests. There were only some minor inconveniences. The biggest one was the Internet - it really did not work any time we actually tried to use it. I remember the hotel advertises internet is available complimentary, but actually you only get 90 minutes of complimentary internet per day. You probably don't need more, after all you're on vacation! Second was the reservation process for the a la carte restaurants - you have to wake up at 9 to get a spot and we found our by the end of the trip the food is fairly the same quality at any restaurant. Overall, I am please and I would return.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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4
5.01.0
Rogerhua
Business
Washington State
Sep 3, 2014

Riu Guanacaste

Rooms are fine, better on the back side away from the noise of the pool and clubs. Food was good with a good selection to choose from. Beach was right right out back with a long curve of clean beach and water sports to choose from. The one complaint is the bad internet policy of 90 min straight for free only within a small area in the lobby. Internet wifi should be free within the rooms for an all inclusive hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
coacmaxx
Business
chicago
Sep 2, 2014

riu guanacaste August 2014

Very good 4 star all inclusive. Family friendly, good food choices even for vegans, good amenities including 3 pools, Jacuzzis, spa & nice work out room. Room updated & clean. Black sand beaches, lots of activities & excursions including atv tour of beaches & rainforest, monkeys, hiking, kayaking, zip line is 1 hr away at bienna vista. Advice: bring swim shoes for ocean some rocks in front. Bring 4 star expectations...if you expect poolside drink service stay at riu palace resort next door or do a 5 star hotel. The north pacidic region best to stay in rainy season april-nov not so much rain as other regions. All good. Pura vida...people very nice in Costa Rica and lots to explore! Will be back to see other areas of Costa rica...still untapped

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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4
5.01.0
Fubi
Business
New York
Aug 28, 2014

The managers are very alert

The hotel is very nice . It's not worth paying extra for the palace, if you are going away to have some fun. This hotel is a little bit more active and the entertainment group really tries to keep everything going. The only complaint i would say is the WiFi should be more available

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Christina2187
Business
New York
Aug 21, 2014

Decent place to stay at

This hotel appears a lot nicer in photos than when you actually visit it . A standard room is very small and the pool is not very clean . There were always a ton of cups thrown around the pool for more than a half hour . Overall the hotel is good if you have not traveled before . But if you are a traveler like myself you will understand what I am referring to . A big plus for us was that management was very attentive to our needs and did everything to accommodate to our needs.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Adamko
Business
Chicagoland
Aug 17, 2014

Riu guanacaste

Beautiful hotel.The whole resort is very well kept.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: In Hotel

Good show every night

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