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Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive

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3 outdoor pools, pool umbrellas
3 outdoor pools, pool umbrellas
Minibar, in-room safe, blackout drapes, iron/ironing board
5 restaurants, breakfast, lunch, dinner served; international cuisine

Overview of Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive

Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive

4.0 star property
Beachfront property in Sardinal with free water park and spa
7,6 out of 10 Good
7,6/10 Good

1 011 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Free breakfast
  • Spa
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
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
  • Nicoya Peninsula - 1 min drive
  • Ocotal Beach - 20 min drive
  • Coco Beach - 20 min drive
  • Playa Potrero - 29 min drive
  • Flamingo Beach - 35 min drive
  • Playa Hermosa - 31 min drive
  • Reserva Conchal Golf Course - 42 min drive
  • Conchal Beach - 45 min drive

Getting around

  • Daniel Oduber Intl. Airport (LIR) - 47 min drive
  • Tamarindo (TNO) - 63 min drive


  • Zi Lounge - 22 min drive
  • Restaurante Liberia - 3 min walk
  • Coconutz Brewhouse - 22 min drive
  • Riu Guanacaste sports bar - 3 min walk
  • Restaurante Ocotal - 9 min walk

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.


This property is all-inclusive. Onsite 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 onsite activities and use of facilities and equipment are included.

Water activities


Land activities



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


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


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


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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

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


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

Special features


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.


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.

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).


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.
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-authorize the guest's credit card prior to arrival.

Also known as

All Inclusive Guanacaste
Guanacaste All Inclusive
Guanacaste Riu
Riu Guanacaste
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Riu Guanacaste All Inclusive El Ocotal
Riu Guanacaste El Ocotal
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Hotel Riu Guanacaste All Inclusive
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Riu Guanacaste All Inclusive All-inclusive property
Riu Guanacaste Inclusive Ocot
Riu Guanacaste All Inclusive
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 (22-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.
What's the area around Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive like?
Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive is a short 1-minute walk from Nicoya Peninsula and 2 minutes' walk from Diamante Eco Adventure Park. The local area is walkable and popular for its beaches.







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10/10 Exceptional

It was a nice resort the food was good and good service and the staff was very friendly, I would recommend it to others
Marcus, 6-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Land Based Cruise Ship
We tend to use hotels primarily as a base camp for driving off and exploring. The location of the hotel is well suited for those who want to venture out on their own (plenty of free parking), however there are an abundance of tours easily booked for guests who prefer not to drive. The resort is very family friendly with plenty of amenities, catering well to those who simply want to soak up the sun at the pool or beach. Add to it the “all inclusive” proposition with entertainment , nightclubs, kid’s activities, and a very engaged and committed staff, RIU has essentially taken the cruise ship business model and applied it to a land based hotel.
Hotel grounds
Hotel lobby
Morning entertainment off our balcony
Howler monkeys paying a visit
Mark, 4-night trip
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2/10 Poor

Room was very dated and had poor air circulation. The bathroom ( shower area) was dark with a daily smell of sewer. The alcohol selection in the room and bar are below basic selections. The food was sub par at best. However, the property next door, Riu Palace appear to be more modern and of better quality.
Tameka, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

7-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Laura, 7-night trip
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2/10 Poor

The rooms need to be update for the money that you’re paying and the food need to be better
THERESE, 3-night family trip
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6/10 Good

RIU Guanacaste is located in a beautifully secluded area. The outside of the hotel looks amazing. Staff was amazing, friendly, made the stay a little bit more pleasant. The rooms were severely outdated, beds a little stiff, no room service in the hotel, and the food was mediocre at best. The best restaurant on the property was the Asian cuisine restaurant. There was no service in the area of the hotel but the Wi-Fi was good. If I visited RIU again it would be the more updated RIU Palace. Overall stay was okay.
Monique, 4-night romance trip
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2/10 Poor

shaqura, 5-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Amazing Staff members and overall ameneties
Jennifer, 7-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Had an amazing stay
Quantito, 5-night trip
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