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Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive

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3 outdoor pools, pool umbrellas
On the beach, sun loungers, beach towels, scuba diving
On the beach, sun loungers, beach towels, scuba diving
On the beach, sun loungers, beach towels, scuba diving
3 outdoor pools, pool umbrellas

Overview of Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive

Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive

4.0 star property
Beachfront property in Sardinal with free water park and spa

7.8/10 Good

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Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Gym
  • Non-smoking
Map
Sardinal de Carrillo, Playa Matapalo, Sardinal, Guanacaste
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • On the beach
  • 5 restaurants and 5 bars/lounges
  • Full-service spa
  • 3 outdoor pools
  • Free water park
  • Nightclub
  • Health club
  • Indoor tennis court
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Beach sun loungers
Feel at home
  • Children stay free
  • Children's pool
  • Playground on site
  • Private bathroom
  • Television
  • Garden

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • On the beach
  • Flamingo Beach - 40 min drive
  • Coco Beach - 39 min drive
  • Conchal Beach - 79 min drive

Getting around

  • Daniel Oduber Intl. Airport (LIR) - 44 min drive
  • Tamarindo (TNO) - 67 min drive

Restaurants

  • Monkey's Bar - 19 min walk
  • La Flor Delys - 21 min drive
  • Nonna Rina - 24 min drive
  • Papagayo Sushi and Seafood - 24 min drive
  • Panadería Tico's Bakery - 24 min drive

About this property

Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive

At Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive, you can hit the beach to play volleyball or relax in a sun lounger, plus you'll have access to onsite scuba diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing. There's plenty of fun with the 3 outdoor pools and free water park, and guests in the mood for pampering can visit the spa to indulge in deep-tissue massages, aromatherapy, and mani/pedis. Liberia, one of 5 restaurants, serves international cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Other highlights at this upscale property include 5 bars/lounges, a nightclub, and a poolside bar. Fellow travelers like the helpful staff and family-friendly amenities.

All-inclusive

This property is all-inclusive. Onsite food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).

Gratuities and taxes

Gratuities and taxes are included. Additional gratuities at guests' discretion are accepted.

Food and beverages

All buffet and à la carte meals, snacks, and beverages included
Room service during certain hours
In-room minibar (all beverages included)

Activities and facilities/equipment

All onsite activities and use of facilities and equipment are included.

Water activities

Kayaking
Snorkeling
Windsurfing

Land activities

Volleyball

Entertainment

Onsite entertainment and activities
Access to onsite nightclubs
Onsite live performances
Theme parties

Languages

English, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Property is disinfected using an electrostatic sprayer
Follows standard cleaning and disinfection practices of Covid-19 Health Protocol (RIU)

Social distancing

Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks available
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 701 rooms
  • Arranged over 6 floors

Arriving/Leaving

  • Check-in time from 3:00 PM - 11 PM
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • This property does not permit name changes on reservations. The name on the booking must match the name of the guest who is checking in and staying at the property; photo ID is required.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18
  • Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 21

Children

  • Children (2 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding
  • No cribs (infant beds)

Pets

  • No pets or service animals allowed

Internet

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms

Parking

  • Free onsite self parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast each morning 7 AM–10 AM
  • 5 restaurants
  • 5 bars/lounges
  • Poolside bar
  • Swim-up bar

Traveling with children

  • Children stay free (see details)
  • Free water park access
  • Children's pool
  • Playground

What to do

  • On the beach
  • Tennis
  • Fitness classes
  • Beach volleyball
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Windsurfing
  • Shopping
  • Pool table
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Golf lessons nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Water skiing nearby
  • Ziplining nearby

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Limo or town car service
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Hair salon
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Beach sun loungers
  • Beach towels
  • Pool umbrellas

Facilities

  • 1 building/tower
  • Garden
  • Health club
  • 3 outdoor pools
  • Free water park
  • Full-service spa
  • Indoor tennis courts
  • Nightclub
  • Sauna
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Steam room
  • Waterslide

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Elevator
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to elevator

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Flat-screen television
  • Satellite TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar
  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water

More

  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)

Special features

All-inclusive

This property is all-inclusive. Onsite food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).

Gratuities and taxes

Gratuities and taxes are included. Additional gratuities at guests' discretion are accepted.

Food and beverages

All buffet and à la carte meals, snacks, and beverages included
Room service during certain hours
In-room minibar (all beverages included)

Activities and facilities/equipment

All onsite activities and use of facilities and equipment are included.

Water activities

Kayaking
Snorkeling
Windsurfing

Land activities

Volleyball

Entertainment

Onsite entertainment and activities
Access to onsite nightclubs
Onsite live performances
Theme parties

Spa

Renova Spa has 8 treatment rooms. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, sports massages, and Swedish massages. The spa is equipped with a sauna and a spa tub. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy.

Dining

Liberia - Overlooking the ocean and pool, this buffet restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Furama - This restaurant specializes in Asian cuisine and serves dinner only.
La Toscana - This restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine and serves dinner only.
Tucan - This restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves dinner only.
Ocotal Steak House - This poolside restaurant serves dinner only. Reservations are required.

Awards and affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Travelife, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

Fees & policies

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

The property is cleaned and disinfected using an electrostatic sprayer; disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; masks are required in public areas.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

This property affirms that it follows the cleaning and disinfection practices of Covid-19 Health Protocol (RIU).

Policies

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit on site.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

All Inclusive Guanacaste
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Frequently asked questions

Does Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive?
Yes, there are 3 outdoor pools and a children's pool.
Are pets allowed at Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive?
Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive?
You can check in from 3:00 PM - 11 PM. Check-out time is 11:00 AM.
Is there an onsite casino at Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive?
No, this property doesn't have a casino, but El Coco Casino (23-min drive) is nearby.
What is there to do at Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive and nearby?
Have fun with onsite activities like kayaking, windsurfing, and snorkeling and improve your game at the onsite tennis courts. Additional recreation onsite includes aerobics and volleyball. Indulge in a treatment at the spa and enjoy a swim in one of the 3 outdoor swimming pools. Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive also has 5 bars, a nightclub, and a waterslide, as well as a sauna, a steam room, and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive?
Yes, there are 5 onsite restaurants, featuring international cuisine, garden views, and poolside dining. Nearby restaurants include La Flor Delys (6.4 mi), Nonna Rina (7.1 mi), and Papagayo Sushi and Seafood (7.2 mi).
What's the area around Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive like?
Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive is a short 1-minute walk from Nicoya Peninsula and 6 minutes' walk from Playa Matapalo. The local area is walkable and popular for its beaches.

Overall score and ratings

7.8

Good

8.4/10

Cleanliness

8.3/10

Staff & service

7.7/10

Amenities

7.9/10

Property conditions & facilities

8.2/10

Eco-friendliness

6/10 Good

Nice Resort
Resort is very nice.. I just DO NOT understand if you are in the service industry how they dont speak enough English to communicate- hardly any of staff can understand you - the beaches are def different than Caribbean white sand. Resort is very clean, beautiful actually! I would stay again if we went back!
Linda, 7-night trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Amazing location, hotel, and people!!! We went with our children and they loved the pools and water park..Aside from one lifeguard taking his job way too seriously when our kiddos accidentally went in the 18 and over side everything was great!! Our son’s birthday was over our stay and they decorated our room and he had his own private cake courtesy of the hotel… Everyone showed mad love…. Make sure you leave a day for an excursion…it’s worth it
Kasey, 6-night family trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

8/10 Very good

Buen lugar para familias
Buen lugar para ir en familia, los eventos nocturnos no son para niños, la comida es buena, la piscina y servicio de bar es bueno, la locacion y alrededores es muy bello, recomiendo alquilar auto, para ir a los alrededores.
Hacia recepcion
En el camino
Hacia la playa
JORGE, 6-night family trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

8/10 Very good

Couples retrieve
Thanks to Lieby for all his attentions and helped us to have a dinner table reserved every single night. He was very helpful, courteous, and professional. Thanks to all the breakfast and dinner servers, also they were very friendly and diligent to us, specially Katherine Lizzeth Castaneda, Abigail, Marizel all they were amazing servers to us. In the pool bar thanks to De la O. He was always smiling and refilling our glasses!! Thanks to Maria Rosa for cleaning our room # 4036 very well and being very helpful and diligent when we asked for more toilet paper :) I don't want to mention the negative little things here and there, I will keep only the good memories and experiences. Thanks
Lorena, 9-night trip with friends
Verified Hotels.com guest review

8/10 Very good

I had three different rooms. My air conditioner did not work in room 3022.
James, 3-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Loved the attention and the friendliness of the staff. The room was comfortable and the food was quite nice. There was an issue of miscommunication asking staff members and it was so confusing understanding how the entrance to the separate restaurants worked, some said you never to make reservations others that you just got to the restaurant and waited to be seated... , i think other than that everything else was great
Ana, 3-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

I liked everything about this property it was beautiful, I felt safe, staff was friendly, lots of food. It’s a beautiful place to vacation with family or significant other.
Elida, 5-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Family friendly
Komil, 7-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

It is on one of the best beaches in Costa Rica and has a sister resort next door you can visit. I also got a great Fillet in the Toscana restaurant. The only complaint is its getting old so the elevators have problems.
Marty L, 6-night romance trip
Verified Orbitz guest review

8/10 Very good

Clean & staff was friendly The food was not the best Beautiful place but a little away from things. We did have a nice time Meet lot’s of nice people Make sure you read more on the excursion. Can be misleading
Argentina M, 7-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review