I stayed here with a girlfriend in May 2013 so the hotel was relatively new still. The one perk of staying here is that because it's the higher end RIU, you are allowed on the Riu Guanacaste property and you can use all of their facilities, drink at their bars and eat all of their food. Riu Guanacaste is more of a party resort than the Riu Palace.
The pool was my favorite place to spend the day. The best thing about the pool was the morning aerobics and the swim up bar.
We never spent time on the beach but we would take kayaks out to the ocean everyday around lunch. The food was good overall but I ate the sushi at the Japanese restaurant on our second night there and I got an upset stomach.
The room we had had 2 double beds, a balcony that faced a garden, a huge tub and a large shower. Sleeping soundly is a little difficult here since this hallways have hard flooring so if someone is walking with loud shoes or yelling it echoes. We didn't hear noise from any of the rooms next to us though.
The value for what you get is great. I would consider coming back to the Riu Palace but I wouldn't eat the sushi next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel lies directly on the beautiful, fine-sandy Matapalo beach, next to the hotel Riu Guanacaste. * The guest of Riu Palace Costa Rica may use the facilities in sister hotel Riu Guanacaste, except dinner meal * Main Building 6 floors 538 rooms * Next City Liberia 42.0 km approx. * Airport Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) 33.0 km approx. * Next ATM / Bank: 200 m * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica Guanacaste