This was our first time visiting Costa Rica and I must say my experience at this hotel left me itching to return.
The checking process was very easy. We arrived early but since our room was ready we were on the beach in minutes. Regarding the rooms, if you are a family of more than 3, be sure to ask for a Family Room at check in. It costs less and will provide more space than the ocean view. The hotel staff were really helpful in changing ours once we realized the difference.
The hotel amenities were great and the staff did everything in there power to ensure your stay was amazing. A night the facilities are brilliantly lit with colorful fountains and many photo spots. The entertainment was excellent, including nightly themed shows with professional dancers and the hotel staff. Bartenders were friendly and made every drink just right.
The best part for us was the food. Liberia restaurant provided tons of options for breakfast and dinner. We ate there 6 of the 8 days we were there. They had different themes each night. The food was fresh and tasty. Best resort food ever. They also had various themed restaurants. We loved the Italian and steakhouse, though be warned that the steakhouse is outdoors, so wear bug repellent.
Best of all Costa Rica provided the most picturesque environment we have ever visited. We were initially disappointed that the beach sand was a dark grey until we stepped into the water. Costa Rica had by far the clearest water I had ever seen. We were watching fishes swim around us without the need for snorkeling gear. The nearby rocks provided great opportunities for amateur snorkeling and the hotel provides equipment free of charge.
Of course there were many options for excursions provided by the very friendly tour operators in the lobby. We did the Arenal Volcano with ziplining tour, evening catamaran tour, and a boat ride through the river in the national park. All were amazing and provided a different experience.
Overall, I would rank my time at this property as one of my best vacation experiences ever over the past 20 years. I will definitely return in the future. Highly recommend this property.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opening winter 2009/10. Situated in northern Costa Rica, in Guanacaste. Located on Playa de Matapalo beach. Complimentary sun loungers on the beach. 6-storey main building. Surrounded by 35,000 m2 / 41,86 sq. yards of lush gardens. Closest village: Nuevo Colon. 13 km / 8.1 miles from various shops. 33 km / 20.5 miles from Liberia airport. Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Amex, Visa ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Riu Guanacaste Costa Rica