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Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive, El Ocotal

4-star4 stars
Sardinal de CarrilloPlaya Matapalo, El OcotalGuanacasteCosta Rica

Beachfront resort in El Ocotal with spa, casino
  • Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking
Great location
Fantastic service
Food is all right
More comfort would be nice
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Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive, El Ocotal

from $166
  • Superior Room
  • Standard Room, Ocean View
  • Suite
  • Suite Jacuzzi Ocean view
  • Standard Room
  • XX standar room single
  • xxGroup Standard
  • Standard Latam
  • Standard Europe
  • Double Room Latam
  • Double Room Europe
  • Room (B2C)
  • Standard Room, Ocean View (B2C)
  • Suite (B2C)
  • Suite, Jetted Tub, Ocean View (B2C)
  • Standard Room

About Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive, El Ocotal

All-inclusive Costa Rica resort with spa on secluded beach

On Matapalo Beach

A 40-minute drive from the airport, Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive is steps across the sand to Pacific waters and is set against a backdrop of tropical mountains and lush jungle. More populated beaches and tourist activity are a 30-minute drive away at Hermosa Beach.

Playa del Coco nightlife

Nightlife and shopping are found with a 30-minute drive to the Playa del Coco village, or a 45-minute drive to the colonial-era town of Liberia. Exploring volcanic craters and forests with waterfalls is a 90-minute drive away in Palo Verde National Park.

5 eateries and a disco

Recreation on the palatial grounds could include a workout in the health club, a spa treatment, or a dip in the outdoor pool. Before hitting the casino or disco, you might dine at 1 of 5 restaurants, including Furama with Asian-fusion cuisine, or La Toscana with Italian dishes.

In-room liquor dispenser

Tropical decor and dark-wood accents run through the 701 guestrooms at the hotel, which also have flat-screen TVs. On your balcony or terrace, you might enjoy a beverage from the minibar or liquor dispenser as you check email using WiFi.

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

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


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

  • No cribs (infant beds)

  • Babysitting/childcare *

  • Free children's club


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free self parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
  • All-inclusive (taxes and gratuities included)
  • Resort fee included
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Taking the kids?
  • Children's club (free)
  • Supervised childcare/activities (free)
Food and drink
  • Free buffet breakfast daily
  • 5 restaurants
  • 5 bars/lounges
  • Swim-up bar
  • Poolside bar
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
  • Billiards or pool table
Working away
  • Conference space
  • Meeting rooms 5
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Hair salon
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Garden
  • In-room accessibility

In the room

Home comforts
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • 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
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
Food and drink
  • Free bottled water
  • 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

  • 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


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.


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.

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

Also known as

  • All Inclusive Guanacaste
  • Guanacaste All Inclusive
  • Guanacaste Riu
  • Riu Guanacaste
  • 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


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

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.

What’s around Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive, El Ocotal


  • On the beach
  • The Congo Trail Canopy Tour - 3.6 mi / 5.9 km
  • Penca Beach - 9.2 mi / 14.9 km
  • Coco Beach - 12.1 mi / 19.4 km
  • Flamingo Beach - 12.3 mi / 19.8 km
  • Hermosa Bay Beach - 13.6 mi / 21.9 km
  • Conchal Beach - 15.4 mi / 24.8 km
  • Papagayo Golf and Country Club - 10.4 mi / 16.7 km

Getting around

  • Liberia (LIR-Daniel Oduber Intl.) - 45 min drive
  • Free self parking

Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive, El Ocotal

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