$212 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: May 7, 2015 Check-out: May 10, 2015

RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive

4 stars
View map of Sardinal de Carrillo, Playa Matapalo, Guanacaste,

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
334 reviews
A 5 Star Experience

Costa Rica doesn't just have nature to offer. Upscale, all-inclusive beach resorts such as this one... See full review

  • Vilius K.
  • Apr 29, 2015
CR adventure

Awesome hotel, great staff and the lay out was wonderful. poor internet features. See full review

  • margaret p.
  • Apr 26, 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:
3:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

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.

Ratings and reviews for RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive

Overall score

3.7 / 5
5.01.0
3 out of 334
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4.3
Comfort:
4.3
Location:
4
Value:
4
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Review of RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Ishrat H.
Business
N/A
Mar 10, 2015

THEFT ALERT! Very disappointing!

MY PURSE GOT STOLEN WITH MY NEW iPhone, CREDIT CARD, US DOLLARS AND ID! PLEASE BE CAREFUL ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL BELONGINGS WHEN YOU STAY IN THIS RESORT! The short headline was to alert people who do not want to read the elaborate review. I know this hotel is rated highly by some of the reviewers. I don’t want to oppose anyone here but I would like to share my own experience and leave the rest for your own judgment. My Husband and I are frequent travelers. This was our third all-inclusive resort vacation and we are VERY DISSAPOINTED with this resort. First of all, my purse got stolen from the lobby restroom. I left my purse in the stall for few minutes and was changing my contacts at the sink. I changed my contacts, got out from the restroom and realized I left my purse. I went immediately to the stall and IT WAS GONE within few minutes. While I was in the restroom I saw only one person leaving the restroom, not sure whether she was a guest or a stuff. Other than that there were cleaning stuff who was cleaning the restroom during that time. I ran to the reception and reported it immediately. The reception staff were co-operative I would say. They called manager and hotel security, but said I don’t have any proof to accuse any staff or the guest/staff whoever I saw, so there is nothing much they can do. Well, I don’t know if it’s the cleaning lady or that guest/staff whoever but the fact is my purse got stolen! It was a Coach Purse with my new iPhone, my credit card, US $$$ and my driving license. It doesn’t make much sense why would any guest spending good amount of money to stay in a 5 start resort steal someone else’s purse?? Anyhow, someone did it, and I guess we’ll never find out who. The FOOD was a great disappointment for me except steak at the seafood restaurant. They have two buffets option for dinner, one is Liberia and another is Asian buffet. The Liberia buffet had awful food at our first night. The food were not labeled properly, cold and blend! Well if you went to eat salad in a 5 start resort then it’s a different story. But I certainly didn’t go to eat salads in a tropical resort! I don’t eat pork, as the items were not labeled properly I always had to ask someone whether it has pork or not which was frustrating! Lunch is also the same story with limited option for seafood! They serve poolside ‘seafood paella’ and some snacks in the noon which was decent. The Service was another disappointment for us! We were not even offered water at our very first night in the Liberia buffet! Most of the time it was self-service for us, we had to get our own water and drinks. In our previous resorts, usually we were seated by someone whenever we entered the buffets and asked for the drinks! I always left tips at the table until my purse got stolen. The beach was quite rocky with lots of black rocks everywhere. It was almost impossible to walk on the beach on barefoot which made getting into the water quite challenging. If you want a nice beach to walk on, coco beach is a good option. Only positive thing about this resort was the entrainment crew! We liked their nightly entertainment shows which was mostly new every night. I don’t know what the hype is about this RIU resort, May be we have become picky after three all-inclusive experiences. But this resort was a huge disappointment for us. This is our first time in RIU and certainly the last one!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
2
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
j kirk
Business
Birmingham, AL, USA
Feb 22, 2012

great place

great 6 days on business trip. everything was very organized and food was is excellent.

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

Business

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Review of RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
USA
Jun 16, 2007

Worked well for us

The hotel was close to the meetings we attended so we were happy about that. We felt it was a little overpriced but otherwise it was fine.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Iowa Central Community College was very close where we had our meetings. We also liked the hot breakfast very much

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