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, spa

7.6/10 Good

1,011 verified Hotels.com guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Gym
  • Non-smoking
Map
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 sunloungers
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
  • 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

  • Liberia (LIR-Daniel Oduber Intl.) - 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 on a sunlounger, plus you'll have access to on-site scuba-diving, snorkelling 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 manicures and pedicures. Liberia, one of 5 restaurants, serves international cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Other highlights at this upmarket property include 5 bars/lounges, a nightclub and a poolside bar. Fellow travellers like the helpful staff and family-friendly amenities.

All-inclusive

This property is all-inclusive. On-site 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 on-site activities and use of facilities and equipment are included.

Water activities

Kayaking
Snorkelling
Windsurfing

Land activities

Volleyball

Entertainment

On-site entertainment and activities
Access to on-site nightclubs
On-site 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 the 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 sanitiser 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 until 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 cots (infant beds)

Pets

  • No pets or service animals allowed

Internet

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms

Parking

  • Free on-site 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

Travelling 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
  • Snorkelling
  • Windsurfing
  • Shopping
  • Pool table
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Golf lessons nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Waterskiing nearby
  • Zip-lining 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 sunloungers
  • 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
  • Water slide

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Lift
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to lift

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 curtains
  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/bath combination
  • Eco-friendly toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • 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. On-site 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 on-site activities and use of facilities and equipment are included.

Water activities

Kayaking
Snorkelling
Windsurfing

Land activities

Volleyball

Entertainment

On-site entertainment and activities
Access to on-site nightclubs
On-site 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 specialises in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Furama – This restaurant specialises in Asian cuisine and only serves dinner.
La Toscana – This restaurant specialises in Italian cuisine and only serves dinner.
Tucan – This restaurant specialises in international cuisine and only serves dinner.
Ocotal Steak House – This poolside restaurant only serves dinner. Reservations are required.

Awards and affiliations

Green/Sustainable Property
This property participates in Travelife, a programme that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: The Environment, the community, the cultural heritage and 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 sanitiser; 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) guidelines.

Policies

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

Guests can rest easy knowing that 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

Hotel Riu Guanacaste All Inclusive El Ocotal
Hotel Riu Guanacaste All Inclusive
Riu Guanacaste El Ocotal
Riu Guanacaste All Inclusive All-inclusive property El Ocotal
Riu Guanacaste All Inclusive All-inclusive property
Riu Guanacaste All Inclusive El Ocotal
Riu Guanacaste All Inclusive
Riu Guanacaste Inclusive Ocot
Riu Guanacaste All Inclusive
Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive Sardinal
Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive All-inclusive property
Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive All-inclusive property Sardinal

Frequently asked questions

Overall score and ratings

7.6

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

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
Verified Hotels.com guest review

6/10 Good

Brittany, 7-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

The property was well-maintained the staff was very helpful everything was pleasant.
michael anthony, 4-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

what they call the sports bar.... Which is the only thing avaiable 24hrs. smell like mold, was a dark place, they only offered nachos that were stail and cold, the sandwiches were hard and they only had a microwave to heat them up. That place should be closed
Milagros, 7-night trip with friends
Verified Expedia guest review

4/10 Fair

Bed sheets and comforters were stained. Toilet and bathtubs were dirty. No AC, just a ceiling fan. Water bottles were not replaced daily, have to go to front desk.
Jane, 5-night trip with friends
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

Julie, 4-night trip
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