Hotel Riu Guanacaste

Playa Matapalo, Riu Guanacaste Route, Guanacaste Province,Liberia60602Costa Rica
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About Hotel Riu Guanacaste

A relatively new hotel, the 24-hour all-inclusive Hotel Riu Guanacaste boasts a beachfront setting with views of the Pacific Ocean, an on-site spa and three swimming pools.

Each of the 701 rooms offers cable TV, a minibar and balcony as standard. Wi-Fi access is available for an extra charge.

The Hotel Riu Guanacaste provides free Wi-Fi to guests in communal areas of the hotel. There are three swimming pools on-site, one of which is fresh-water, and a miniclub to keep the little ones entertained.

Guests can dine in the main buffet style restaurant or pick from one of the four a la carte venues. There are five bars to choose from, including a pool bar with swim-up service.

Guests can indulge in a variety of activities and water sports on Mata Palo beach. The Four Seasons Golf Club is also just a stone's throw away.


Playa Matapalo, Riu Guanacaste Route, Guanacaste Province,, Liberia, 60602, Costa Rica
Telephone: +506 26812300 | Fax: +506 26812305 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Beach / Sun umbrellas
  • Casino
  • Conference rooms
  • Convenience store
  • Deck chairs / Lounge chairs
  • Direct beach access
  • Disco / Nightclub
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Gym
  • Hotel bar
  • Hotel safe
  • Laundry service
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Towels at the pool / beach
  • Wellness center / Spa
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony / Patio
  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Fan
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Ironing board
  • Room safe
  • Satellite TV
  • Telephone
  • WiFi in rooms

Wellness / Spa

  • Beauty salon
  • Massage
  • Solarium
  • Steam room
  • Whirlpool / Hot tub


  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair accessible

For children

  • Child / Baby crib
  • Childcare / Babysitting
  • Kids' club
  • Kids' playground
  • Organized activities for kids

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 15:00
  • Check-out: 12:00

Positive Reviews

Something to eat for everyone

Guests who have stayed at the Riu Guanacaste have commented that they were extremely happy with the variety of food served at the buffet restaurant, with themed nights throughout the week. Guests can also book to eat at the a la carte restaurants including a steakhouse and an Italian. .

Plenty to do

The hotel offers a variety of activities and watersports as part of it's all inclusive package, including kayaking, windsurfing and snorkelling. Guests can also have a scuba diving taster session which has had great feedback from guests. .

Time to sit back and relax

The on-site "Renova" Spa gives guests a chance to unwind, with massages in particular receiving great praise. Other treatments for guests to choose from include hair treatments, manicures and facials - gift vouchers are also available. .

Negative Reviews

Long queues are off-putting

Some guests have commented that generally the queues are quite long to book into the a la carte restaurants - possibly because this can only be done at certain times of the day. That said, the buffet restaurant at the Riu Guanacaste receives fantastic reviews, with some not thinking it necessary to eat elsewhere. .

Making hard work of the beds

The beds at the hotel are fairly hard, with some guests who may be used to softer mattresses struggling to sleep. Extra blankets can be requested from housekeeping should guests require. .

Cool as a cucumber?

The climate in Costa Rica is warm all year round, reaching the high-twenties in summer. Some guests have found that the air-conditioning in some of the rooms could be a little cooler. .

Rating Overview

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    7.7 /10
7.7 out of 10 based on 1367 reviews