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Hotel Riu Guanacaste

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The 24h All Inclusive Hotel Riu Guanacaste opens all year round and is located directly on the beautiful, fine-sandy Matapalo beach, in the Playas del Coco region, next to the Riu Palace Costa Rica. The location is ideal because of its proximity to Daniel Oduber Airport LIR (33 km) and Playa del Coco (18km) and invites you to explore the area. The hotel has 701 cosily furnished rooms with free Wi-Fi and offers many amenities. Relax in the Renova Spa, or get fit at the gym or on the tennis courts. 3 outdoor pools, 1 children's pool. For the youngest guests, there is the RiuLand Kids Club (for children from 4 to 7 years & 8 to 12 years old) and for adults, day and evening entertainment, as well as the Pacha Discotheque. For lovers of gastronomy, we offer live cooking stations at our main restaurant, various specialty restaurants with Asian and Italian cuisine, gourmet restaurant, Steakhouse, and 5 bars.
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Property amenities
Free Parking
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Banquet Room
Breakfast Available
Business Centre with Internet Access
Casino and Gambling
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Conference Facilities
Dry Cleaning
Hot Tub
Laundry Service
Meeting Rooms
Multilingual Staff
Outdoor pool
Tennis Court
Wheelchair Access
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Accessible rooms
Air Conditioning
Family Rooms
Refrigerator in room
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My wife and i spent a week with a party of 12 at this beautiful resort. The resort is a little off the beaten path but you hardly notice. Our room was lovely with a Ocean view and looking over the courtyard. The howler monkeys are the equivalent of our roosters. They start
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Wonderful time at the Riu. It was my first time ever staying at a Riu hotel. Every single staff member was friendly, helpful, clean, considerate, happy. Our rooms were very clean and comfortable. The hotel grounds were gorgeous and very well taken care of. Buffet food was very
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Resort has some excellent aspects making it worth considering for your stay in Costa Rica. Here are some recommendations and factors that may help. Timing for your trip is critical if you want to see turtles nest or hatch. We observed them hatching on the beach and it was the
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Riu guanacaste is amazing. Came here with my girlfriend for her birthday. Staff work hard to keep property clean. Buffet is ok but the italian and steakhouse restaurants were the best for food. The ocotal lunch buffet is also great with fish, burgers, nachos, chimole, etc.
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We had our family vacation here in January, 2019 for 14 days. There were 10 of us and we all had a great time. The food was variable from okay to excellent, averaging very good. The coffee was excellent. The coffee did not have any bitterness to it. The bars were very nice and
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The Jacuzzi Suite Ocean View at the Hotel Riu Guanacaste
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The Jacuzzi Suite Ocean View at the Hotel Riu Guanacaste
I think it has been answered, but you can wear whatever you want to the buffet/dining room. I saw most of the men in pants and nice shirts for the restaurants, but overall, I felt people were dressed more casually than during other vacations.
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The price is determined by your vacation date, so depending when you are going, this price is good. I have seen this trip as high as $2400. I took this trip at a highly discounted price because it was their rainy season. Thus, it made a huge difference, as the service was awful. That, being said, I have heard very few negative things about this resort, so well worth the $1800.
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we paid about $1800 for a room with ocean view so sounds about right.
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i am sorry I cant help because I went here as an older single traveller but I saw a few weddings though they seemed to go well so good luck to you I would prefer mexico though at Playa Car
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Can you smoke on your balcony
No its a non smoking, with a few designated areas. On arrival, they hand you a copy of the hotel amenities and rules, and on there it clearly states that smoking outside, on your room balcony, incurs a $300 fine. There are only 2 permitted smoking areas at this hotel, one near the evening entertainment area, and one behind the restaurant kitchen used for lunch. You can smoke on the beach as this is a public area.
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"Only 5 floors but try to get higher floor facing ocean!"
"Rooms facing the zip lines were quite. I would consider a third or fourth floor."
"Ask for a room with a view of the ocean or the resort grounds (so you can see the beautiful fountains lit up at night when on your balcony)."
"Choose and ocean view on the 4th floor."
"for quiet, ask for ocean front closest to ocean ... some ocean fronts are in the centre of the "U" building - not good for noise."
USD 216 - USD 477 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Costa RicaProvince of GuanacastePlaya Matapalo
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