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Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica

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The 24-hour all-inclusive Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica opens all year round and is located directly on the beautiful Matapalo beach. Our guests may use the facilities in the sister Hotel Riu Guanacaste, except dinner meal. RIU Palace is the most elegant category in the RIU hotel chain, with hotels that meet the highest standards in terms of luxury, excellence and sophistication, creating a unique experience. The location is ideal due to its proximity to Daniel Oduber Airport LIR (33 km) and Playas del Coco (18 km) and invites you to explore the area. The hotel has 538 cozily furnished rooms with free Wi-Fi and offers many amenities. Relax in our spa, or get in shape at the fitness center. 4 outdoor pools, 1 children's pool. Day and evening entertainment, as well as our Pacha Discotheque. For lovers of gastronomy, we offer live cooking stations at our main restaurant, Japanese, Italian, Fusion restaurant and Steakhouse, as well as 6 bars and our Cappuccino patisserie & ice cream parlor.
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Free Internet
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Room Service
Free Parking
Airport Transportation
Breakfast Available
Business Centre with Internet Access
Casino and Gambling
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Conference Facilities
Dry Cleaning
Laundry Service
Meeting Rooms
Multilingual Staff
Outdoor pool
Paid Wifi
Wheelchair Access
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My husband and I along with another couple visited the Riu palace Feb 4-11. Upon arrival, our check in was fast and details on the resort explained well. I should state that I had emailed the resort one month prior to our stay, and let them know we were celebrating our
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What a great choice we made to leave dingy Britain with all its problems and go to such a lovely country with fantastic people who all seem so happy. Our flight was delayed by over two hours so we arrived quite late and were very tired on reaching the Riu Palace.Check in was
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Response from RiuHotelsandResorts, Online Reputation Manager at Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica
Responded 21 Dec. 2018
Dear Philip R, Thanks for sharing the excellent review with us! We are so glad that you had an exceptional experience with us from beginning to end. We really appreciate the lovely words you dedicate to Marlon, Victor, Luigi, Eduardo and Adrianne. Your feedback is their best reward. We cannot wait to host you again at Riu Hotels & Resorts. With our best wishes we remain, Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica Online Reputation Manager
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There is so much to do and see I'm not sure where to start! The resort is beautiful, clean and there is so much to do. There are four restaurants, a large buffet room with fresh, made to order choices. The fresh fruit and juices were outstanding. The restaurants were equally
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Be there soon! This will be my first ever repeat of a resort, and I’m soooo looking forward as the resort is absolutely amazing! Perfect place to celebrate an anniversary! Perfect place to celebrate anything you like. Expect beautiful people, beautiful environment, excellent
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this place is amazing,the staff,food the resort,we had a few issues in our room and they were very quick to resolve the issues and even checked to make sure it was done in a timely manor,they spoke clearly and very helpful,this place is beautiful,i would definitely come back
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The Whirlpool Bath Suite at the Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica
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The Whirlpool Bath Suite at the Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica
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The Ocean View Junior Suite at the Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica
The bed was very comfortable and we slept well
Can you smoke at this hotel?
The hotel Rui Palace is smoke free you need to go to the beach to smoke It's sister hotel next door may have designated smoking areas but not Rui palace
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The Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is not in the Malaria zone. That is on the Gulf Coast of Costa Rica. Rabies Vaccine is your choice. We did not take either and were not bitten by a Monkey nor have any Mosquito bites at Riu Palace. Don't feed the Monkeys and they will not get anywhere near you. Just watch other people doing it and let them take the risk of being bitten. They mentioned we may get some Sand Flea bites on the beach, but we spent many hours on the sand and did not, even at night while viewing the magnificent stars overhead. We just got back from a Feb 2-9 2019 stay there. It is the Dry Season on this coast so there are no puddles of standing water. You will enjoy the 'bug free' warm breezes.
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Yes, there were Wildlife Excursions available. Some of our fellow guests were able to see the Sloths & other animals on "Wildlife themed Excursions". Excursion Tour representatives are in the lobby next to the bar every morning. We also attended a 'Welcome' talk on our first morning at the stage area on the ground level to describe the tours available. You will get a slotted time to talk individually with an operator so you do not have to line up after the presentation.Very well organized so as not to waste your time in line! We saw Toucans on our Arenal Hot Spring Excursion that is in the Rain Forest. The Riu Palace is not a habitat for those birds. You will hear the Howler Monkeys every dawn and sunset from the hotel. Always look up in the trees, you will eventually see the Monkeys. Ask fellow guest for locations near the hotel to see them (in the trees just beyond the beach is a good bet).
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didn't need id at the resort they give you a wrist band on arrival .
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"Pool / Courtyard view is amazing. You can see the ocean from most."
"Room 2077 overlooks the buffet, so is noisy on the balcony during breakfast and dinner."
"Higher floors had better views of the mountains"
"Suites on the fifth floor are just excellent"
"Get the room with the beach view and the jacuzzi!"
USD 267 - USD 587 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Costa RicaProvince of GuanacasteGulf of PapagayoSardinal
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