Hotel Riu Guanacaste Review

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Editor’s Review of Hotel Riu Guanacaste

Surrounded by a jungle-like interior, where the vines of banyan trees drop down to the sands below, the Riu Guanacaste is not your typical all-inclusive resort. On any given day, you can watch howler monkeys and their young swing from branch to branch, and view large lizards as they scurry under the chaise lounge chairs. At this beach resort at the northern tip of Costa Rica, you're immersed in a pristine natural setting.

The beach is an exquisite crescent of gray sand that leads to the shallow and warm waters of the Pacific. Aside from the Riu, there are no other hotels on the long stretch of beach, so you can walk for more than 30 minutes along the water's edge and not pass any other beach chairs or any form of
... more commercialism, a rare treat in Costa Rica. A verdant mountainous-terrain buttresses both ends of the beach. Coupled with large islands offshore, the scenery is striking.

If you prefer pool to ocean water, the Riu Guanacaste features a massive pool with two swim-up bars, man-made waterfalls, bridges, and a beach volleyball area. The entertainment team does a great job getting everyone involved, with daily water aerobics, ping-pong tournaments, and salsa dancing competitions. Whether you choose beach or pool, rest assured that you selected one of the finest all-inclusive properties in Central America -- one where your week will go by far too quickly.

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Our Editor Loves
  • The long stretch of beach and warm ocean waters
  • The large pool area and swim-up bars
  • The sightings of monkeys on the perimeter of the property
Family Interests
  • All Inclusive
  • Beach
  • Water Sports
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Children's Program
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Game Room
  • Kids' Pool
  • Kids'/Theme Meals
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Meal Plan
  • Onsite Dining
  • Pool
Our Member Reviews 1328 Reviews
Great Girls Vacation
Reviewed on 09/17/2014
My Friend and I spent one week in Costa Rica At the Riu Guanacaste. The hotel is very beautiful and is well maintained. Rooms: The room was very spacious and clean, but we had issues with the toilet being clogged and the fact ... Read full review
Reviewed on 11/28/2012
.OUR HONEYMOON AT THE RIU PALACE, GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA! I will start by saying that, although my wife and I are fairly well traveled, this was our first time in Costa Rica and our first "all inclusive" experience. ... Read full review


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We had a corner family suite with two separate bedroom and bathrooms. The master bedroom had a flat-screen television with international channels, ample closet and drawer space, a safe and a large balcony with water view. The children's room, with two twin beds, also featured an additional flat-screen television, but no balcony. The bathrooms had two sinks, shower/bath, and Riu liquid soaps and shampoos. There's a refrigerator with free drinks and alcohol, this being an all-inclusive resort. Also offered were large bottles of water, necessary for brushing teeth. The rooms also featured air-conditioning and ceiling fans to help cool down the rooms in summer.

More affordable is the standard room, which features two double beds, one bathroom and deck. Standard rooms are best suited for younger children under the age of 12. Otherwise, you'll be bumping into each other during the stay.