$210 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Oct 26, 2014 Check-out: Oct 27, 2014

RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive

4 stars
Sardinal de Carrillo, Playa Matapalo, Guanacaste,
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
303 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)

Hotel Map

10.5289 -85.7477
Area served
Guanacaste.
Nearby airports
Liberia International Airport - 20.56 mi / Km.
Area description
Beachfront property surrounded by 41.86 sq. Yards of lush gardens. 8.1 mi / 13 km from downtown Coco. 20.56 mi / 33 km from the International airport Liberia.

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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 (303)

Ratings and reviews for RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
303 out of 303
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
Anonymous
Business
Clarksville
Jul 22, 2011

RIU Guanacaste

With out a doubt the most beautiful hotel we've ever stayed in. The Costa Rician people were very friendly and accommodating. The beach was gaeat and keep very clean. A great trip, highly recommended.

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

Business

Shopping tip: Short drive from hotel

Shopping at the RIU was very limited. Coco Beach had many shops, bars and a nice beach.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
black barbie
Business
LA, California
Jul 20, 2011

Great escape

Very nice hotel...great ocean view...staff were very friendly...it was nice that all non motorized were included...we were able to peddle boat, snorkle..free alcohol was also nice, although they could use better alcohol...food was good too, but they could have had more of a variety. If I stayed any longer I would have been tired of the same food...overall my wife and I enjoyed our stay at RIU hotel and would recommend to family and friends.

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
Anonymous
Business
Hillsborough, CA
Jul 20, 2011

Relaxing Vacation

This was a very relaxing vacation. RIU Resort is a great hotel to stay for a short or a long vacation. Some of the front desk employees were not as service oriented as others but over all they were not bad. Meantime, some of them would go out of their way to please you. Everything else was great, room, food, services, pool, beach, etc was great. There were plenty of kids around too but it was just fine. Food was plenty and great 24 hrs a day; you did not have to look for it. It saves you lots of time not looking for restaurants and spending in the beach or a nice pool. It offered variety of expeditions which you could buy in the hotel lobby. I recommend RIU Resort to anyone.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Everything you need is there in the resort.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Dallas of course
Jul 20, 2011

Best RIU of 7 visited

Most clean, professional and courteous Hotel we've stayed at. Ever. Staff were wonderful, guest were pleasant and friendly and the food was fine.Great selection but specialty restuarants could improve. Only distraction was the kids allowed in the swim up bar pool, splashing and diving and just being a nuisance, instead of limiting them to other areas , which were plentiful for the kids to swim in.(like Puerto Vallarta)

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 general dining restaurant was way best with wonderful variety and selection,and the steakhouse 2nd.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Happy From Houston
Business
Houston, TX
Jun 28, 2011

Fair Assessment

Overall this is a beautiful resort. The building is laid out nice and the pools are very comfortable. The specialty restaurants had good food and service while the buffett restaurants had all around good food. As far as All Inclusive food goes, this was one of the best. The problem with this hotel boils down to three things: 1) We took three cold showers out of 5 days. 2) The road to the resort was partially a rough, dirt road that rattled your teeth and 3) During the weekend the RIU must offer deep discounts to the locals therefore the entire resort was transformed from out of country visitors to locals with everyone in their family together. This created a crowded scene that was very uncomfortable for our group. Overall, the place was great but with some improved management, it could be far, far better.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Take a zip line tour near the volcano.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Janis214
Business
Houston, Texas
Jun 27, 2011

Costa Rican Vacation

Beautiful hotel and surroundings. An absolute desert for the eyes. The food I am sorry to say not on par with other all-inclusives we have stayed.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Chicago, IL
Jun 24, 2011

Good value vacation

The overall experience was very good. The food was average, the service excellent, as well as the amenities. We had a bad experience with ground transportation from the hotel to the airport, which was not included in the package; we arranged for it at the transportation desk in the hotel. The shuttle was supposed to pick us up at 4:00 AM and it showed until 4:30, thus making us late to the airport but fortunately we did not miss the flight. I do realize that that the transportation company (LAR Transportes) is not part of the Riu organization but if the desk is at the lobby, one would think that the hotel is endorsing it.

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

Business

Shopping tip: In Hotel

Very expensive, considering that in Costa Rica cost of life is lower.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
black barbie
Business
lata loma,CA
Jun 19, 2011

great location,great hotel

the hotel is in a great location with a great private beach. we had stayed at other Riu hotels before and we had high expectations from this one too and were not disappointed at all.My wife and I highly recommend this hotel.

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

Business

Entertainment tip: In Hotel

There is great entertainment for families with children in the evening until 9pm, and after that great shows for adults.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Sacramento, CA
Jun 10, 2011

GREAT All Inclusive resort!!!

Our experience at the Rui Guanacaste was amazing. The room, food, staff, and of course the 5 bars were all excellent. I took my kids on a fishing trip and the resort prepared our catch for dinner. We booked outside excursions and thoroughly enjoyed them. This was the best vacation our family has ever taken.

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

Business

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Review of RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
New jersey
Jun 9, 2011

Beautiful hotel

It was beautiful but the food and entertainment was a little dissapointing. The room was clean and the staff was very pleasant. Overall it was a good experience and perhaps perfect for a family looking to just relax.

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

Business

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