$366 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Jan 26, 2015 Check-out: Jan 29, 2015

RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive

4 stars
Sardinal de Carrillo, Playa Matapalo, Guanacaste,
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
312 reviews
great couples trip

We had a great time, and will be back again, staff was super friendly and helpful See full review

  • Brian M.
  • Jan 19, 2015
Family and friends

Hotel was great. Rooms were wonderful, food was good. Not much night life. Would be nice if pool... See full review

  • Craig G.
  • Jan 8, 2015
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 (312)

Ratings and reviews for RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
312 out of 312
Amenities:
4.1
Cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
4.4
Comfort:
3.9
Location:
4.1
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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
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
Brian M.
Business
Cranford
Jan 19, 2015

great couples trip

We had a great time, and will be back again, staff was super friendly and helpful

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Craig G.
Business
Gillette
Jan 8, 2015

Family and friends

Hotel was great. Rooms were wonderful, food was good. Not much night life. Would be nice if pool had stayed open later. We were out on excursions during the daytime and pool would be closing when we got back so we did not get to use it much.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Volcano/mud bath excursion, Coco Beach, zip line excursion, catamaran trip, jet ski trip--all wonderful. Friendly people, beautiful area.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Shaylarene H.
Business
Houston
Jan 5, 2015

Decent

It was a nice resort for the price. The beach is ok and the spa treatment at the spa is very nice ( I believe a must). The food is plentyful but nothing to write home about.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Stanley G.
Business
N/A
Dec 29, 2014

great December vacation

Excellent location. Safe. Food wasn't great in general even in specialty restaurants

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
rachelmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Business
Allison Park
Dec 23, 2014

Honeymoon

This resort is awesome! It is secluded & surrounded by rainforests on each side. The buffet food is decent but the restaurants are fantastic. We loved the italian so much we went 3 times in a week. The staff are so friendly & helpful! You can see monkeys if you have a rain forest view room or around sunrise/sunset you can see them in the trees between the steakhouse restaurant & the main hotel.We did the Blue River excursion which was fun, but not exactly what we were looking for. The excursion took us to another resort for zip-line, rainforest hike, mud-bath & hot spring. It wasn't the private, middle of nowhere tour I was hoping for. All the excursions seemed similar but I think its worth it to take one just to see more of the country. A wonderful honeymoon!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
rachelmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Business
Allison Park
Dec 22, 2014

Honeymoon

This resort is awesome! It is secluded & surrounded by rainforests on each side. The buffet food is decent but the restaurants are fantastic. We loved the italian so much we went 3 times in a week. The staff are so friendly & helpful! You can see monkeys if you have a rain forest view room or around sunrise/sunset you can see them in the trees between the steakhouse restaurant & the main hotel.We did the Blue River excursion which was fun, but not exactly what we were looking for. The excursion took us to another resort for zip-line, rainforest hike, mud-bath & hot spring. It wasn't the private, middle of nowhere tour I was hoping for. All the excursions seemed similar but I think its worth it to take one just to see more of the country. A wonderful honeymoon!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Stanley G.
Business
N/A
Dec 16, 2014

great December vacation

Excellent location. Safe. Food wasn't great in general even in specialty restaurants

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
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
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
2
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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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