$296 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: May 3, 2015 Check-out: May 6, 2015

Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive

4 stars
View map of Sardinal del Carrilllo, Playa Matapalo, Guanacaste, -

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
66 reviews
Great for couple

Nice location and great service from staff. Hotel with nice view and garden with local flowers,. We... See full review

  • victor o.
  • Mar 26, 2015
Birthday Vacation

I really enjoyed the riu palace. The hotel was beautiful. The only thing I wish I could change was... See full review

  • Joshanna B.
  • Feb 4, 2015
Beachfront resort for Costa Rica vacations and holidays
Beach lovers and holidaymakers seeking for a vibrant getaway in the province of Guanacaste in Costa Rica find ideal base at the luxurious accommodations and beachfront setting of Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive. This all-inclusive resort is situated a few steps to the white sands of Playa Matapalo in the canton of Carrillo. Aside from frolicking on the sands of the beach, visitors can exercise at the fitness center, take a dip in one of four outdoor pools, relax in the whirlpool and steam bath, unwind with relaxing treatments at Renova Spa, and play beach volleyball and billiards at the sports facilities at this resort. Vacationers can also play card/slot games at the casino on site.

Patrons at Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive wake up to a full American buffet breakfast before sampling a variety of delicious international specialties at Arenal, Krystal, Tokio, L'Anfora, and Papagayo Grill and Steakhouse. Guests can also sit back and chill out with tasty treats and drinks at six bars and one ice cream parlor on site. The plush resort also has five conference rooms for social and corporate events.  Medical service (at cost), and Wi-Fi access in the lobby are available for convenience.
3 Reasons To Stay
  • All-inclusive beachfront resort with casino
  • Four outdoor pools, whirlpool and Renova Spa
  • Five restaurants, six bars and one ice cream parlor
Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive rooms
Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive provides 538 sleek and elegant rooms and suites that are furnished with central air conditioning, Wi-Fi access, telephone, ceiling fan, mini bar, tea/coffee maker, liquor dispenser, safe deposit box, satellite TV, iron/ironing board, and private balcony. Junior Suites have sofa or sofa bed, while Family suites come with hydro massage bathtub. Whirlpool bath suites are appointed with Jacuzzi. Room and turndown services are available.
Things to do
  • Playa Matapalo (nearby)
  • Papagayo Golf and Country Club (8.1 mi/13 km)
  • Hidden Garden Art Gallery (12.4 mi/20 km)
  • Las Baulas National Marine Park (15.6 mi/25 km)
  • Santa Rosa National Park (21.7 mi/35 km)

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Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive Rooms

Junior Suite Garden View
Junior Suite Garden View offers two double or one king like Bathroom amenities, Cable / Color TV, Disabled facilities, Internet access, Room service, Tea making facilities and Telephone. Air conditioning, ceiling fan, living room area with sofa or sofa-bed, direct dial phone, daily replenished mini-bar and liquor dispenser, coffee maker, satellite flat-screen TV, radio, alarm clock, electronic in-room safe (laptop size 15"), iron and ironing board. Bathroom equipped with hydro-massage bathtub, extra shower cabin, by door separate toilet, double-sink, vanity mirror, hairdryer and amenities kit. Balcony or terrace.
Junior Suite Courtyard View
Junior Suite Courtyard View offers two double or one king like Bathroom amenities, Cable / Color TV, Disabled facilities, Internet access, Room service, Tea making facilities and Telephone. Air conditioning, ceiling fan, living room area with sofa or sofa-bed, direct dial phone, daily replenished mini-bar and liquor dispenser, coffee maker, satellite flat-screen TV, radio alarm clock, electronic in-room safe (laptop size 15"), iron and ironing board. Bathroom equipped with hydro-massage bathtub, extra shower cabin, by door separate toilet, double-sink, vanity mirror, hairdryer and amenities kit. Balcony or terrace with courtyard view.
Junior Suite Ocean View
Junior Suite Ocean View offers two double or one king like Bathroom amenities, Cable / Color TV, Disabled facilities, Internet access, Room service, Tea making facilities and Telephone. Air conditioning, ceiling fan, living room area with sofa or sofa-bed, direct dial phone, daily replenished mini-bar and liquor dispenser, coffee maker, satellite flat-screen TV, radio alarm clock, electronic in-room safe (laptop size 15"), iron and ironing board. Bathroom equipped with hydro-massage bathtub, extra shower cabin, by door separate toilet, double-sink, vanity mirror, hairdryer and amenities kit. Balcony or terrace with ocean view.
Two Bedroom Family Suite
Two Bedroom Family Suite offers offers two double or one king like Bathroom amenities, Cable / Color TV, Disabled facilities, Internet access, Room service, Safe in room, Tea making facilities and Telephone. Air conditioning, ceiling fan, 1 bedroom with 1 king size bed, 2nd bedroom with 2 double beds, direct dial phone, regularly replenished mini-bar and liquor dispenser, coffee maker, satellite flat- screen TV, radio, alarm clock, electronic in-room safe (laptop size 15"), iron and ironing board. Two bathrooms first one equiped with hydromassage bathtub, by door separate toilet and bidet double sink, hairdryer and amenities kit, second bathroom equiped with shower, one sink. Balcony or terrace.
Suite with Jacuzzi Ocean View
Suite offers one king and sofa bed with amenities like Alarm clock, Bathroom amenities, Cable / Satellite TV, Ceiling fan, Color TV, Disabled facilities, Internet access, Room service, Safe in room, Tea making facilities and Telephone. Air conditioning, ceiling fan, living room area with sofa, direct dial phone, daily replenished mini-bar and liquor dispenser, coffee maker, satellite flat-screen TV, radio, alarm clock, electronic in-room safe (laptop size 15"), iron and ironing board. Bathroom equipped with hydro-massage bathtub, extra shower cabin, by door separate toilet and bidet, doublesink, vanity mirror, hairdryer and amenities kit. Balcony or terrace with private jacuzzi.

Amenities

  • All inclusive
  • WiFi
  • Outdoor pool
General
Concierge
Elevators
Activities
Outdoor pool
Fitness center or spa
Spa
Night club
Solarium
Tennis
Dining
All inclusive
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
24 hour room service
Services
In-Room Safe
Tour desk
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Barber/Beauty shop
Conference facilities
Doctor on call
Gift shop
Currency exchange
Internet
WiFi
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Dining

Restaurant
The quality of the cuisine offered at the different restaurants of the hotel is exceptional thanks to their chefs, who prepare a variety of dishes, from classic to the most exotic. You'll want to to try each of their menus and thanks to the All Inclusive service; you will be able to enjoy the buffet restaurant or the four different theme restaurants of the hotel.
Arenal
Main Restaurant with terrace.
Krystal
Fusion Restaurant
Tokio
Japanese Restaurant
L'Anfora
Italian Restaurant
Papagayo
Poolside Restaurant/Grill and Steakhouse
Daiquiri
Lobby bar
Capuchino
Ptisserie & Ice Cream Parlor
Tico Tico
Lounge Bar with Terrace
Flora
Plaza Bar

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
Conference and Events centre with 5 conference and meeting rooms.

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 Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive

Overall score

4.5 / 5
5.01.0
8 out of 66
Amenities:
4.1
Cleanliness:
3.9
Hotel staff:
4.9
Comfort:
4.1
Location:
3.8
Value:
4.3

100% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Joshanna B.
Business
N/A
Feb 4, 2015

Birthday Vacation

I really enjoyed the riu palace. The hotel was beautiful. The only thing I wish I could change was the food.. It could have been a little better..

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

Business

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Reviewer score

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

Amazing vacation!!

The hotel was beautiful and very clean. The food was really good and the entertainment was great. The 1st day my room was cleaned it was poorly cleaned however, following cleanings were very well done. I would definitely recommend the hotel, as well as, the resort.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
B'Nard
Business
NYC
Nov 1, 2014

Great hotel and staff

The hotel was beautiful and the staff was amazing.

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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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Rum and Coke Amigo
Business
minn
Jun 29, 2014

Great trip for adults

The resort was very contemporary and had a modern feel. Our room was better than expected and the service was amazing.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Ask individuals on the beach to guide you nearby where you can view monkeys up close.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
The ever ready explorer
Business
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Jun 3, 2014

A week in Costa Rica

This resort is absolutely perfect...if all you want to do is sit by the beach and sip a tasty tropical cocktail. If, on the other hand, you want to see everything else Costa Rica has to offer, I would suggest exploring other options. While the hotel does offer many excursions to the jungles, volcanoes, waterfalls, etc., most of these are at least one hour driving distance away and will cost anywhere from $80-150. You are equally far away from any worthwhile cities like Tamarindo or San Jose (the closest main city, Liberia, doesn't have many activities). That said, Riu Palace strives hard to be a wonderful all-inclusive resort that caters to the "sit back and relax" style of most of its guests. The food is superb, the drinks limitless, and the beaches/pools excellent. So if you're in the mood for poolside massages and buffet dinners, this is the best place for you.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Not Applicable

Bring a waterproof camera for any water-related activities, and come during the wet season (May onwards). There are far fewer people and the rain only lasts for an hour at most during the day.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Head turtle
Business
Knoxville, Tennessee
May 15, 2014

A Slice of Paradise

RIU PalaceHotel in Costa Rica was amazing. When I arrived to Liberia airport my Grey Line shuttle services was waiting. Driver told us about Costa Rica from history to climate. It was like having a tour guide. When we arrived at hotel the staff met us and got us all registered. Are luggage was taken to room during registration while we where given a tropical fruit drink. When we got to the room I was so impressed that I took pictures and put on my facebook page. This room and ocean view just blew me away. The buffet was the best one I have ever been at. The Staff at buffet treated me like a Queen. The pools to the entertainment was excellent. I would like to mention that Melissa and Yesney at front desk and Monica Hernandez and Mauricio Diaz at buffet need to be Commend for the quality of service they give at the RIU Palace. To other trips this one was the best and worth every penny. If you want to be spoiled in paradise this is definitely the place to go. Definitely the best! The buffet and rest

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: In Hotel

Use Grey line Shuttle service. Affordable and like having a private tour guide.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Tfourv
Business
Nyc
May 6, 2014

Nice will go again

I have travelled to many Riu resorts. The beach is okay but the resort is outstanding. The pool is clean, the staff super nice even with 96 degrees of pure sun. The rooms are clean and modern. The only thing is you have to ask for them to clean your room than they do an excellent job. Th food was great. Depending on your length of stay Riu is a great base to explore the northern coast of CR. I enjoyed my 4 days in the resort. The people there were always happy and willingly to help u!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
2
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: In Hotel

Shop around for attractions like buena vista tours are great , Ricon de la Veija,

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Spring Breaker 1
Business
Hoboken , NJ
Apr 9, 2013

Love the Riu

I would go back to this hotel. The staff was very friendly and attentive towards your needs. When I arrived the room was not cleaned. very quickly a maid was sent up to clean. The hotel is still new and does need more amenities on the hotel grounds. The beach looks exactly like the pictures online. The beach is small extremely hot and has murky ocean water due to the Pacific side the hotel is on. The pools are better! It was not very pretty to look at due to its dry season in April and was extremely hot. Bring lots of sunblock you will need it. The food was great and drinks were as well. I would return to this hotel when they have made more improvements. Souvenirs were very expensive no matter if you stayed on the resort or went into town. Bring lots of money. BTW! Costa Rica does not tell you until you leave that you will have to pay $29 to leave the country. so beware!!

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

Business

Shopping tip: Not Applicable

do not use the package deals the hotel sells. I took a $25 trip to a beach and shopping that was an hour and a half away and was the worst trip of my life. Awful driver swerving around cliffs the beach was not pleasant. Drivers are very aggressive and they like to speed. very scary beware.

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