$206 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Dec 5, 2014 Check-out: Dec 6, 2014

RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive

4 stars
Sardinal de Carrillo, Playa Matapalo, Guanacaste,
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
304 reviews
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
Riu guanacaste

Beautiful hotel.The whole resort is very well kept. See full review

  • Adamko
  • Aug 17, 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 (304)

Ratings and reviews for RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
304 out of 304
Amenities:
4
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
Amanda114
Business
New York, NY, USA
Jan 25, 2012

Great Getaway

RIU - Costa Rica was amazing. The food, drinks and people are awesome!

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

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Amanda114
Business
New York, NY, USA
Jan 21, 2012

Perfect getaway to paradise.

RIU Costa Rica was great!!!! I can't wait to go back.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Rob R
Business
Washington, DC, USA
Jan 16, 2012

Great value, great pool!

The RIU Guanacaste is an awesome property. The building, the grounds, the setting are all just spectacular. The pool scene is dynamite. Getting a pinacolada at the swim-up bar was divine. The food options were plentiful if not superb. They're huge buffets so it's not all going to be fresh gourmet, but you can figure out what's good fairly quickly. Making reservations at the theme restaurants seems to be the way to go, especially the steak house. But I wouldn't choose this hotel because you want an awesome Costa Rican culinary experience, but I would go back because it's a beautiful place with very friendly staff, fruity drinks and plenty to do between the pool, the ocean and the entertainment. Note: I don't mention the room not because it's terrible or great, it was fine, but I didn't go to Costa Rica to spend time in my hotel room.

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

Business

Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

Get Issy's Tours to pick you up from the airport. Also a great company for excursions.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
CBAIL
Business
New Hampshire
Jan 2, 2012

Awesome Christmas Vacation for the Family

We had an amazing time on this vacation which I'd highly recommend to anyone who wants to get away from it all. There were numerous activities immediately available which we took advantage of including: scuba diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking, jet skis, massages and excursions (zip lining, horseback riding, mud bath and hot springs) not to mention the swimming (pool and ocean). The ONLY "constructive" feedback I'd offer is that when a guest requests adjacent or adjoining rooms several months in advance of their stay that the hotel confirms this. We called numerous times well in advance and received no confirmation that this request could be accommodated. Upon check-in we were placed in rooms which were NOT adjacent. After 2 nights we "happened" to notice that the room next to ours was vacant so we requested that our kids be moved to this room. How complicated was that??? The hotel could / should have accommodated this and not have made us work so hard for it. All-in-all a VERY good vacation.

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

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

The Asian restaurant and stake house provided the best food. Make sure to make reservations!

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Pubcrawler
Business
Indiana, USA
Dec 28, 2011

Great place to stay

The hotel and staff were wonderful if I was going to make a bad comment it would be that the double bed was hard and the pillows were foam and rather uncomfortable. The rest of the establishment and staff was wonderful.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Not Applicable

Swiss Travel had a very good Mega Combo tour, the guide was very attentive and kept us totally informed on what was going to happen at each activity. Well worth the money.

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
mscarano33
Business
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Dec 28, 2011

terrible

i will start by saying that we love costa rica and have stayed at other fantastic hotels. this hotel looks good on the surface, but was not at all what my boyfriend and i had in mind. the food was terrible - even the restaurants you were forced to make reservations at for dinner to escape the huge buffet were not satisfactory. the asian restaurant was just another buffet and the steakhouse served us steaks no better than you would get at a diner. also, the staff was not very helpful at all-we always got a different story from everyone we spoke to. we wanted a relaxing getaway, but instead we got a crowded resort with what seemed like hundreds of misbehaved children running around.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Sparky22
Business
Corpus Christi, TX, USA
Dec 27, 2011

Things that could improve

The dinner reservation system seemed random and unorganized. It was difficult for guest like myself who left the resort early for fishing and excursions. They need an ATM in the hotel. Everything else was great.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
A. Wilson
Business
Little Rock, AR
Dec 27, 2011

Fantastic Vacation

Beautiful place in the world! We just got home from a family vacation at RIU Guanacaste, there were a total of 7 travelers. We absolutely LOVED the RIU. The people couldn't have been nicer. Many, many food choices and the drinks were delicious. Also, the excursions from the hotel were very well organized and so much fun. The Arenal Volcano tour is a MUST. Choose the RIU with confidence. I would definitely go back!

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

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Los Olas Lounge in Coco. Fabulous!

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Costa Rica
Dec 24, 2011

crazy jungale

nice fun lots of food nice pool great beach staff very helpful

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Not Applicable

have fun go out

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Trey1987
Business
San Diego, CA, USA
Dec 22, 2011

Honeymoon in Costa Rica

Hotel was beautiful, awesome location but it is on a black sand beach and the water wasn't as expected. Plenty to do at or away from hotel, I suggest the canopy tour package, it was a great deal and a lot of fun but be sure to bring a ton of bug spray, the mosquitos were relentless in the jungle! Food is pretty good but keep in mind that all beverages are really really sugary. Really, no complaints, my wife and I loved it, it was perfect for a honeymoon!

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

Business

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