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Hotel Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive, El Ocotal

4 stars
Sardinal de CarrilloPlaya Matapalo, El OcotalGuanacasteCosta Rica, ‏800-491-6126
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Excellent4.0 / 5
Location
Great location
Breakfast
Tasty breakfast
Beach
Beautiful beach
Food
Food is all right
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Hotel Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive, El Ocotal

Hotel Info: 866-539-8117

from $166
  • Standard Room Ocean View
  • Standard Room
  • Suite Jacuzzi Ocean view
  • Double Room Europe
  • Suite
  • Superior Room
  • Standard Europe
  • Standard Latam
  • Double Room Latam

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 701 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 6 floors

Arriving/leaving

  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-out time is noon

Required at check in

  • Credit card deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 21

Travelling with others

Children

  • Children (2 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding

  • Babysitting/childcare *

  • Free children's club

Pets

  • Pets not allowed

Internet

  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • WiFi in rooms *

Transportation

Parking

  • Free self parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
  • All-inclusive (taxes and gratuities included)
  • Resort fee included

Also known as

  • All Inclusive Guanacaste
  • Guanacaste All Inclusive
  • Guanacaste Riu
  • Riu Guanacaste All Inclusive
  • Riu Guanacaste All Inclusive El Ocotal
  • Riu Guanacaste El Ocotal
  • Hotel Riu Guanacaste All Inclusive El Ocotal
  • Hotel Riu Guanacaste All Inclusive

Policies

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

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.

Mandatory fees

The charges below are included in the total price displayed:

  • Resort fee

Optional extras

Babysitting/childcare is available for an extra charge

WiFi is available in guestrooms for an extra charge

In the hotel

Taking the kids?
  • Children's club (free)
  • Supervised childcare/activities (free)
Food and drink
  • 5 restaurants
  • 5 bars/lounges
  • Swim-up bar
  • Poolside bar
  • 24-hour room service
Things to do
  • Number of outdoor pools - 3
  • Children's pool
  • Health club
  • Full-service spa
  • Spa treatment room(s)
  • Casino
  • Nightclub
  • Swim-up bar
  • Steam room
  • Pool umbrellas
  • Sauna
  • Arcade/game room
  • Billiards or pool table
Working away
  • Number of meeting rooms - 5
  • Conference space
  • Meeting rooms 5
Services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Hair salon
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
Facilities
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Garden
Accessibility
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility

In the room

Home comforts
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Air conditioning
  • Iron/ironing board
Sleep well
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Satellite TV channels
Stay connected
  • WiFi (surcharge)
  • Phone
Food and drink
  • Free bottled water
More
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)

Special features

All inclusive

This resort is all-inclusive. Onsite 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 non-motorized water sports are included.

Water activities
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Windsurfing

Land activities
  • Volleyball

Entertainment
  • Onsite entertainment and activities
  • Access to onsite clubs
  • Onsite live performances
  • Theme parties

Not included
  • Motorized water sports
  • Sailboats
  • Scuba-diving excursions
  • Snorkeling excursions
  • Premium or imported alcoholic beverages
  • Airport transfers
  • Spa/beauty facilities and services
  • Activities and services offered by independent operators
  • Offsite tours
  • Transportation to offsite activities

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 specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Furama - This restaurant specializes in Asian cuisine and serves dinner only.

La Toscana - This restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine and serves dinner only.

Tucan - This restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves dinner only.

Ocotal Steak House - This poolside restaurant serves dinner only. Reservations are required.

Hotel Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive, El Ocotal’s small print

Also known as

  • All Inclusive Guanacaste
  • Guanacaste All Inclusive
  • Guanacaste Riu
  • Riu Guanacaste All Inclusive
  • Riu Guanacaste All Inclusive El Ocotal
  • Riu Guanacaste El Ocotal
  • Hotel Riu Guanacaste All Inclusive El Ocotal
  • Hotel Riu Guanacaste All Inclusive

Policies

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

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.

Mandatory fees

The charges below are included in the total price displayed:

  • Resort fee

Optional extras

Babysitting/childcare is available for an extra charge

WiFi is available in guestrooms for an extra charge

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Recent reviews

Excellent 4.0 /5 from 633 reviews

Hotel Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive, El Ocotal
Good3.0 / 5
Employees very nice. Food and room average
3 night romance trip
Hotel Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive, El Ocotal
Outstanding5.0 / 5
Heavenly Hotel
Fantastic and all staff was extremely friendly. Very clean nice hotel overall, great food and pool. Didn't use beach, as people told us it was hard sand and not too great.
3 night family trip
Hotel Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive, El Ocotal
Good3.0 / 5
Stayed at the Riu for my birthday weekend. When you first walk inside you are greeted with someone who gives you a drink. Beautiful interior. Everything looks perfect. Staff super friendly and helpful. Got to the room and room smelled musky/moldy. Guess its expected. Pool was relaxing and steps from the beach. Food was awful. Made reservations for furuma and ocotal. Food tasted like it had been sitting there for awhile. Not fresh at all. Ocotal for dinner I ordered beef tenderloin. It tasted like and had the texture of burnt hotdog. They offer tours in the lobby you can sign up for and shuttles to coco beach and tamarindo. I was under the impression WiFi would be free but its only free for 90min every 24 hours in the lobby. Not in your rooms. Ended up paying $40 for 3 days which was not bad but still, you would think WiFi would be included. Had a great couples massage. Casino and the club are not attached to the hotel and the nightly shows were nice to watch. Overall an OK stay besides the food.
3 night romance trip
Hotel Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive, El Ocotal
Excellent4.0 / 5
Overall Good Stay
Pro's: friendly, helpful staff. Grounds clean, nice pool. Even though a lot of guests, I could still find a spot in the pool that wasn't right on top of someone else. Food was pretty good, but if you are a foodie, you would probably disagree. They offer so much, you can find a couple things to enjoy each day. A couple nights the special at dinner was above average in my opinion (they change up the special dish ev nite). Desserts could use a little help, not bad, just nothing really great. We decided not to book the extra restaurants, didn't want to be tied to a certain time so can't comment on those. We enjoyed the little extras like sax music with a special drink at dinner hour. Cons: We knew this going in, but they use cheap booze. It does get tiresome, but you can always pay for better booze at the casino or disco tech. Beds a bit hard, but do-able. The air in the room could stand to be cooler, I suppose it's hard to do with it being so warm during the day (we pulled curtains shut during day to keep sun out). I was nervous about staying at this hotel as I had read reviews about sewer smell near the bar/pool area and some rooms. We DID experience this at the bar/pool area on one of the days, it was quite bad. I'm not sure what the problem is, but they really should work on it. Had we experienced it in our actual room, it definitely would have ruined our stay. All in all, our stay was good. Thumbs up to the hard working bartenders, cleaning staff, wait staff, and cooks.
4 night romance trip
Hotel Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive, El Ocotal
Outstanding5.0 / 5
Operation: Mango Juice
Highly recommended. Right on the beach. Warm, spacious pools with ample shade lounging. Free wi_fi in the lobby and plenty of comfortable setting and mango juice.
4 night trip

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Hotel Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive, El Ocotal

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