Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive

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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
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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
  • Garden
  • Daily housekeeping
Cleaning & safety
  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Social distancing

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About this area

What's nearby

  • On the beach
  • Playa Potrero - 30 min drive
  • Flamingo Beach - 39 min drive
  • Coco Beach - 38 min drive
  • Playa Hermosa - 34 min drive
  • Ocotal Beach - 44 min drive
  • Conchal Beach - 74 min drive

Getting around

  • Daniel Oduber Intl. Airport (LIR) - 44 min drive
  • Tamarindo (TNO) - 62 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
Property is disinfected with electrostatic spray
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
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

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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Eco-friendly toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water

More

  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)
  • Eco-friendly toiletries

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.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; the property is cleaned and disinfected with electrostatic spray.

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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Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive Sardinal
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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 (3.7 mi) 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

10/10 Exceptional

Went here with a group of 11 people and it was perfect. We had little ones and teenagers in the group and everyone had a good time. Food was great and rooms were very clean and comfortable. The staff was very nice and always helpful. Will definitely come back again. Great experience for our first of many trips to this beautiful country!
Luke, 7-night trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

8/10 Very good

beautiful beach
Beach was beautiful. the all inclusive was nice but not high end. Lots of families w/ kids the time we were there. Buffets were good, especially the Asian one, but prefer sit down ordering.
Carrie, 3-night family trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

10/10 Exceptional

anh, 7-night family trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

8/10 Very good

Pay$ get the suites, beware pool, bring your booze
The hotel is beautiful and huge and on our 1st 4 night stay the hotel room and staff were fantastic, although long lines at check in and out. Our suite on the 3rd floor was everything we hoped for. The bar pool cascaded down to the other two and it was nice. Even though I am an avid swimmer I didn't swim much due to all the water flowing down from the bar pool, if you know what i mean. Also, it is very crowded on weekends. Now to our second 1 night hotel stay, compliments of American Airlines due to a overnight delay because of weather. We were taken back to Riu Guanacaste because it’s the largest hotel in the area even though it’s a 50 minute drive away. We asked for our old room back but were rudely told 'other people have checked in '. Ok. We were given a room on the 3th floor but it was just another hotel room which was alright considering the circumstances. But the A/C didn’t work (which is unforgivable with the heat and humidity). Also, the ceiling fan made loud noises. When my husband called and complained he was told 'aren't you one of the canceled flight people'? He answered 'yes, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't have a/c!' He eventually had to go downstairs to the front lobby, in the rain, and tell them he wanted a new room. We finally got one and put our things all back in the suitcases and dragged our bags to the new room at 9 pm knowing we have to get up again at 230 am to catch the bus for the 50 minute drive back to airport. Exhausted!
Marilyn, 4-night trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

6/10 Good

Disappointing!
Overall it was somehow dispointing. Pro: a large buffet restaurant Con: the whole region looked very dry, almost looked like aftermath of a recent wildfire in California. The beach sand was ok but the water was brown not just the resort beach but also other beaches within 1 hour driving distance. The first day the room toilet did not flush and its seat was very loose. 2 guys with plungers spent about an hour to declugg it. Elevator buttons on the outside other than first floor had black smuges on white paint never got clean. Often found dirty dishes in the buffet restaurant. My 11 year old boy picked up a stomach flu on the 3rd day. Food quality at the buffet was so so at best. Due to so many large potholes on the road leading to the resort, I constantly worry about damaging the rental car.
Drew, 9-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Family vacation
Great all inclusive for family trip. Water park is an extra bonus. Great pool and beach location.
3-night family trip
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2/10 Poor

Everything here was awful. Giant bugs in my room. Food was terrible. Worse was ScubaCaribe (the vendors near the pool that sell excursions). The company stole our money and did not provide the excursion that we paid for, then refused to give a refund. Had to dispute the charge with my bank and contact their corporate office. Riu did nothing to help the situation even though they allow these predatory vendors on their property. Never stay at any Riu property ever again.
Noelani, 3-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

The view was beautiful the rooms were in good condition the staff was extremely attentive, the food was good for a buffet style.
Briana, 3-night trip with friends
Verified Expedia guest review

6/10 Good

We enjoyed our CR vacation in over all. This resort is not 4*. Barely reaching 3*. This review is based on compression from other vacations and different countries. Old property, keys for rooms. Water bottles were not regularly replaced in a mini bar. Lights had to be replaced. A tissue box was not replaced for 3 days, & till were told. Not that I care, but no shampoo provided. Towels were brown and rough, not replaced till asked. Floor was not mopped/cleaned on a regular base. U comfortable pillows. Elevators: few of them and spread apart. Long distance walking for elderly; cleaning time during “rash hours”, elder person had to take stairs (we stayed on 4th floor). Restrooms were the same. Only one restroom by pool, pool bar, pool buffet, beach…none of the restaurants had restrooms. Poor internet, had to constantly reconnect; did not work on a beach; had to log in multiple times. Beach/pool showers looked cheap and improvised and not thought through during design. Beach: almost like flea market; minimal shades by old trees; looked like a beach in the middle of nowhere; felt time it existed separately from a resort. Some personals were rude and argumentative. Food was great, many menu selections; loved passion fruits for each meal! Surprised that there were no fresh mangos. Delicious coffee. Resort site did not state about free COVID-19 tests; however, the resort provided.
Svetlana, 9-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

6/10 Good

I’ve stayed at 20 RIU resorts. This one was ok. Staff. Believe it or not. We’re less than attentive to our needs. Very ho hum. Just like whatever happens. Happens. Bugs bugs bugs. I live in the south. I’m used to bugs. But this RIU was covered with flys. Bees and other biting insects. Beach sucked. Never even got in the water. I live in SC. Our beaches are nicer. Hot black sand. Very unappealing water. Snorkeling was a joke. And. Lackadaisical attitude towards things. First trip there. Won’t go back. Priority was good. But. That’s it’s. Nothing special.
Robert, 5-night romance trip
Verified Orbitz guest review