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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-star property
Beachfront property in Sardinal with free water park, spa

7.6/10 Good

1,049 verified Hotels.com guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Gym
  • Non-smoking
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Sardinal de Carrillo, Playa Matapalo, Sardinal, Guanacaste

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About this area

What's nearby

  • On the beach
  • Coco Beach - 35 min drive
  • Flamingo Beach - 46 min drive
  • Conchal Beach - 79 min drive

Getting around

  • Liberia (LIR-Daniel Oduber Intl.) - 44 min drive
  • Tamarindo (TNO) - 71 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 on a sunlounger, plus you'll have access to on-site scuba-diving, snorkelling 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 manicures and pedicures. Liberia, one of 5 restaurants, serves international cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Other highlights at this upmarket property include 5 bars/lounges, a nightclub and a poolside bar. Fellow travellers like the helpful staff and family-friendly amenities.

All-inclusive

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

Gratuities and taxes

Gratuities are included and 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 on-site activities and use of facilities and equipment are included.

Water activities

Kayaking
Snorkelling
Windsurfing

Land activities

Volleyball

Entertainment

On-site entertainment and activities
Access to on-site nightclubs
On-site 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
The property is disinfected using an electrostatic spray
Follows the 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 sanitiser 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 until 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 cots (infant beds)

Pets

  • No pets or service animals allowed

Internet

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms

Parking

  • Free on-site 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

Travelling with children

  • Children stay for 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
  • Snorkelling
  • Windsurfing
  • Shopping
  • Pool table
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Golf lessons nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Waterskiing nearby
  • Zip-lining 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 sunloungers
  • 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
  • Water slide

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair-accessible
  • Lift
  • In-room accessibility (selected rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to lift

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 curtains
  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/bath combination
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • 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. On-site food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).

Gratuities and taxes

Gratuities are included and 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 on-site activities and use of facilities and equipment are included.

Water activities

Kayaking
Snorkelling
Windsurfing

Land activities

Volleyball

Entertainment

On-site entertainment and activities
Access to on-site nightclubs
On-site 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 specialises in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Furama – This restaurant specialises in Asian cuisine and only serves dinner.
La Toscana – This restaurant specialises in Italian cuisine and only serves dinner.
Tucan – This restaurant specialises in international cuisine and only serves dinner.
Ocotal Steak House – This poolside restaurant only serves dinner. Reservations are required.

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 with electrostatic spray; 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 sanitiser; 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) guidelines.

Policies

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

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

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

This property reserves the right to pre-authorise the guest's credit card prior to arrival.

Also known as

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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 that you 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 sanitiser, 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, neither pets nor service animals are 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 on-site 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 on-site activities such as kayaking, windsurfing and snorkelling and improve your game at the on-site tennis courts. Additional recreation on-site 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 water slide, 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 on-site 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.

Reviews

7.6

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

Reviews

8/10 Very good

Funny in Costa Rica
Very nice resort. The room was smaller than some at other all inclusives, but it was clean and had a balcony that overlooked the activities below. The resort had great upbeat fun entertainment on Friday and Saturday night, not sure about the other nights as we left. I loved that the high energy entertainment started early and all was quiet by 11 pm for people who wanted to sleep. They have a24 hour barso drinks are available late if you want to stay up. The restaurant food was well prepared, not over cooked. Their buffet was extensive and also well prepared. The property has a giant beautiful pool with lots of loungers and a Small private beach on site. My only negatives were 1. There was a long wait at the restaurant for dinner, they don't have reservations. 2. The drinks weren't very good. Margaritas😪 , only one kind of red wine, cheap brands of alcohol. However once we Tried a bunch of different drinks we finally found some that weren't bad. They did make some good martinis. Also there was bottles of alcohol in the room with mixes that you could serve yourself With soda and beer in the fridge
Clifford, 3-night trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

4/10 Fair

Average
The ground and facilities were good. Food was average to below average. Restaurants are first come first serve. Get in line and still likely not able to get in at all. Italian restaurant booked completely with 130 waitlisted by 6:05 (they start taking in at 6:00pm) - EVERY night. Really low end alcohol everywhere except one bar and even what they had there was average at best. Staff overall was very nice - Andrea, Jeoffrey, etc. Beach sand was weird. Sandy feel, but also dirt like. Location to travel anywhere was very poor. Trying to head south (i.e. Tamarindo) was terrible. 17 miles took 3 hours 45 minutes. Only road out in that direction was almost completely washed out (supposedly dry season!). Water was up past the tires.
Jon, 5-night trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

8/10 Very good

Great vacation but loud music
Staff is very friendly and there are a lot of choices to select from for dining. One should be aware that there is live music starting at 8:15 which does not end until 11:00 or sometimes later. The music is incredibly loud and affects anyone staying on the east side of the resort. Also, the noise from drunk guests opening and closing doors after the music may bother early to bed guests.
Michelle, 4-night family trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

6/10 Good

Dated but cheap
Hotel was a bit dated and my room was musty smelling. It was cheap but you get what you pay for. Staff was nice but I had to ask for soap and conditioner since it wasn’t provided in my room. Food was decent. The buffet and Asia food restaurant was the best.
5-night trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

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

6/10 Good

The swim up bar closed way too early and there are raccoons on the property
Danielle, 5-night trip with friends
Verified Expedia guest review

4/10 Fair

Property was dated. Check in & check out process was horrible, long lines and wait. Food was horrible. Staff was not very helpful. I would not stay here ever again.
NIKKI, 3-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

James, 7-night trip
Verified Orbitz 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

10/10 Exceptional

Sandra, 3-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review