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Where families, spa-lovers, active travelers and couples come for sun and luxurious sand, this inviting resort provides the perfect blend of service and smiles fronting Costa Rica’s warm Pacific Coast. Nestled amidst tropical palms and fragrant gardens, guests are treated to spacious guestrooms and suites featuring a regularly restocked in-room mini-bar and liquor dispenser; a pampering spa; fun-filled children’s amenities including a playground, activity club and pool; lighted tennis courts; a disco and 24-hour, all-inclusive restaurants and bars serving delicious cuisines ranging from Asian fare to a robust Steakhouse. Creating the perfect setting for unforgettable vacation experiences, this polished resort has something for every member of the family.
Location: Guanacaste
  • Family Room: ***Important Information*** Please note when booking a Family Room, the minimum occupancy for this room category is: 3 Adults or 2 Adults and 1 Child between ages 2-12. The hotel will not honor/confirm bookings with 2 Adults.
  • Two Bedroom Family Suite: ***Important Information*** Please note when booking a Two Bedroom Family Suite, the minimum occupancy for this room category is: 3 Adults or 2 Adults and 2 Children between ages 2-12. The hotel will not honor/confirm bookings with 2 Adults or 2 Adults and 1 Child.
  • *Important Information for Our Guest* As of April 2012, the destination of Costa Rica has gone non-smoking in all public buildings and areas. All hotel rooms are also non-smoking.
  • *Important Note* Costa Rica will impose some restrictions for Holy Week. Alcohol is not permitted to be sold or consumed. This ban on alcohol starts the Thursday prior to Easter and runs through Easter Sunday. A few hotels purchase special permits to serve alcohol, but generally it is not available. In addition, most restaurants, shops, and bars will be closed for the same time period. Restaurants in the hotels will be operating. The City Tour will not be operating.
  • *Important Note* Costa Rica will impose some restrictions for Holy Week. Alcohol is not permitted to be sold or consumed. This ban on alcohol starts the Thursday prior to Easter and runs through Easter Sunday. A few hotels purchase special permits to serve alcohol, but generally it is not available. In addition, most restaurants, shops, and bars will be closed for the same time period. Restaurants in the hotels will be operating. The City Tour will not be operating.
  • Minimum Age Condition: At least one person 21 years or older is required in every room during March and April. The Hotel reserves the right of admission and may request guests show passport or official ID to prove age. During the remainder of the year, at least one person 18 or older is required in every room. Guests can and will be removed from the property at their own expense in case of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff.
  • Parties in rooms are not allowed. Spring-break groups or unruly behavior is not allowed all year round at any property.
  • Minimum Age Condition: At least one person 21 years or older is required in every room during March and April. The Hotel reserves the right of admission and may request guests show passport or official ID to prove age. During the remainder of the year, at least one person 18 or older is required in every room. Guests can and will be removed from the property at their own expense in case of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff.
  • Parties in rooms are not allowed. Spring-break groups or unruly behavior is not allowed all year round at any property.
  • The casino near Riu Guanacaste is currently closed for renovations until further notice. Please note dates are subject to change at any time without prior notice.
  • Current Renovations: Description
  • Check In: 3:00 PM
  • Check Out: 11:00 AM
  • Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:

Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Hotel Spring Break Policy:
While this hotel strongly discourages spring breakers, it cannot guarantee a spring-breaker-free environment.

Transfer Policy:
A price may display when children stay free if your vacation includes transfers to your hotel.

Room Tax and Service Charges:
Included in vacation price

General Information - Room taxes and service fees are included in vacation price.  Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.  Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Minimum check-in age is 18 year round.



Pet Policy
  • Pets Not Allowed
Cancellation Policies
  • Cancellation Deadline:   3 Days prior to arrival. 
    Late Cancellation Penalty: 3 Nights
    Applies: Sunday - Saturday(12/24/2014 - 4/30/2015)

Early Departure Policy
  • Early Departure Penalty: 100% of remaining balance
    Applies: Sunday - Saturday(7/25/2012 - 12/23/2015)
No Show Policy
  • No Show Penalty: 100% of balance due
    Applies: Sunday - Saturday(7/25/2012 - 12/23/2015)
  • Liberia, Costa Rica - Liberia (LIR): Trisept.UI.Web.Resources.Consumer.CSI.Shell.DistanceUtility_Default-en-US-relativeDistance
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  • Year Built: 2009
  • Floors: 6
  • Accessible rooms: 1
  • All rooms non-smoking: 701
  • Total rooms: 701

† Fees may apply
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Accessible rooms
  • Baggage hold†
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevators
  • Free parking
  • Internet services†
  • Lounges/bars†
  • Safe deposit box
  • Tour/sightseeing desk
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  • 24-hour front desk
  • Accessible facilities
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  • Accessible rooms
  • Babysitting, Offsite†
  • Baggage hold†
  • Bell staff/porter
  • Business services†
  • Children welcome
  • Children's play area
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevators
  • Free parking
  • Game room
  • Gift/News stand†
  • Housekeeping - daily
  • Internet services†
  • Laundry/Valet service†
  • Lounges/bars†
  • Meal Plan Type: All Inclusive
  • Non-smoking rooms available
  • Pool
  • Safe deposit box
  • Spa†
  • Tennis court
  • Tour/sightseeing desk
  • Water sports†
  • Free wedding packages are available.
    For more information on the required documentation, please see our frequently asked questions at www.weddingsbyriu.com. To reserve your Wedding Package, please visit www.weddingsbyriu.com and submit your request. If you have further questions or require additional information, please contact us via email weddings@riu.com or visit www.weddingsbyriu.com or contact hotel directly for information.
  • Business Services†
  • Internet Access†

† Fees may apply

Standard


Bedding– 2 doubles, or 1 King Bed - based on availability, requests are not guaranteed.

Occupancy limits- 3 adults, 2 children, 4 total combined.

Maximum of 2 children through the age of 1 stay free in existing beds with at least 2 adults. Children 2 - 12 years old are surcharged.

  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock
  • Balcony/Lanai/Terrace
  • Bathtub/shower combination
  • Cable television
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • TV

Superior


View- Balcony or Terrace with courtyard view.
 
Bedding– 2 doubles, or 1 King Bed - based on availability, requests are not guaranteed.

Occupancy limits- 3 adults, 2 children, 4 total combined.

Maximum of 2 children through the age of 1 stay free in existing beds with at least 2 adults. Children 2 - 12 years old are surcharged.

  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock
  • Balcony/Lanai/Terrace
  • Bathtub/shower combination
  • Cable television
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • TV

Oceanview


View- Balcony or Terrace with Oceanview.
 
Bedding– 2 doubles, or 1 King Bed - based on availability, requests are not guaranteed.

Occupancy limits- 3 adults, 2 children, 4 total combined.

Maximum of 2 children through the age of 1 stay free in existing beds with at least 2 adults. Children 2 - 12 years old are surcharged.

  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock
  • Balcony/Lanai/Terrace
  • Bathtub/shower combination
  • Cable television
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • TV

Suite


Bedding– 1 King bed 200 x 200 cm

Occupancy limits- 3 adults, 1 child, 3 total combined.

Maximum of 1 child through the age of 1 stay free in existing beds with at least 2 adults. Children 2 - 12 years old are surcharged.

Additional Amenities-
Separate living room area with sofa.
Bathroom with hydro-massage bathtub, extra shower cabin, bidet, double sink.
Dressing room 

  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock
  • Balcony/Lanai/Terrace
  • Bathtub/shower combination
  • Cable television
  • Ceiling fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • TV

Suite Jacuzzi Oceanview


View- Balcony or Terrace with Oceanview.
 
Bedding– 1 King bed 200 x 200 cm

Occupancy limits- 3 adults, 1 child, 3 total combined.

Maximum of 1 child through the age of 1 stay free in existing beds with at least 2 adults. Children 2 - 12 years old are surcharged.

Additional Amenities-
Bathroom with hydro-massage bathtub, shower cabin, bidet, and double sink.
Integrated lounge area with sofa
Dressing room
Private jacuzzi on balcony/terrace

 

  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock
  • Balcony/Lanai/Terrace
  • Bath tub with spray jets
  • Bathtub/shower combination
  • Cable television
  • Ceiling fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • TV

Family Room


Bedding– 1 King bed and 1 Double bed

Occupancy limits- 4 adults, 3 children, 5 total combined.

Maximum of 3 children through the age of 1 stay free in existing beds with at least 2 adults. Children 2 - 12 years old are surcharged.

Exceptions - 
When 4 adults are booked, no children are allowed in this category.

Minimum occupancy for this room category: 3 Adults or 2 Adults and 1 child between ages 2-12. Single usage is not permitted due to minimum occupancy requirements.

Additional Amenities- Liquor dispenser, double sink, and additional amenities kit.

  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock
  • AM/FM radio
  • Balcony/Lanai/Terrace
  • Bathtub/shower combination
  • Ceiling fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite television
  • Telephone
  • TV

Two Bedroom Family Suite


Bedding– 1 king bed in one bedroom, 2 double beds in the second bedroom, plus a sofa in the living room.

Occupancy limits- 5 adults, 3 children, 5 total combined.

Maximum of 3 children through the age of 1 stay free in existing beds with at least 2 adults. Children 2 - 12 years old are surcharged.

Exceptions
When 5 adults are booked, no children are allowed in this category.

Minimum occupancy for this room category: 3 Adults or 2 Adults and 1 child between ages 2-12. Single usage is not permitted due to minimum occupancy requirements.

Additional Amenities- Liquor dispenser, double sink, additional amenities kit, and 2 bathrooms (2nd bathroom with bidet)

  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock
  • AM/FM radio
  • Balcony/Lanai/Terrace
  • Bathtub
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/Tea maker
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite television
  • Shower
  • Shower only
  • Telephone
  • TV


† Fees may apply
Various Lounges/Bars

-Filadelfia - lobby bar with terrace
-Pura Vida- lounge bar with terrace
-Sports bar
-La Plaza bar -Santa Cruz" poolside bar with swim-up bar

*Unlimited local and imported beverages 24 hours a day


Various Restaurants

Liberia Restaurant - Buffet style main restaurant with non-smoking section and terrace.
*Snacks 24 hours a day
*Buffets and on the spot cooking stations
*Special evenings: Theme buffets (3 times a week)
Casual dress with T shirts with sleeves for gentlemen.

Note: the following restaurants is optional dining and reservations are required in advance.
Formal dress is required: long trousers and T shirts with sleeves for gentlemen.

Furama - Asian restaurant

La Toscana - Italian restaurant

Ocotal - poolside restaurant/grill and steak house


  • Children's pool
    There is 1 children's pool on site.
  • Children's program, onsite
    Daytime entertainment programme for children ages 4 to 12 (daily).
    Children's playground
    Mini-club
  • Direct access to a beach
  • Fitness center on-site
  • Gambling†
    Complimentary entrance to the Casino and the night club (drinks not included)
  • Hot tub
    1 Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Motorized Water Sports†
    Assorted water sports available
  • Non-Motorized Water Sports
    Windsurfing, sailing, snorkelling equipment, kayaking.
    1 introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool.

    Note: Gym, table tennis, workout, beach-volleyball are also available.
  • Pool
    There are 2 pools on site. Large interconnecting pools This Property has Swim up Bars.
  • Spa†
  • Tennis court
    There are 1 tennis courts onsite. There are 1 lit tennis courts onsite.
  • Golf†
    Golf Course located within 5 Miles of Property.
  • On-site Entertainment
    Daytime entertainment programme for adults (daily)
    Shows, Riu evening programme or live music (daily)
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    • Shuttle †
  • Eco-toursim: Trisept.UI.Web.Resources.Consumer.CSI.Shell.DistanceUtility_Default-en-US-relativeDistance
    • Shuttle †
  • Golf: Trisept.UI.Web.Resources.Consumer.CSI.Shell.DistanceUtility_Default-en-US-relativeDistance
    • Shuttle †
  • Other Local Attractions
    Playa Matapalo is in the region of Guanacaste, in the north-west of Costa Rica. It is a place where one can enjoy the possibilities offered by the privileged surroundings - relaxation and water activities on the beautiful beaches; diving or fishing in the waters of the Pacific; and eco-tourism in the volcanic areas and natural parks. All this with a sophisticated, select range of tourism services that are fully integrated into a fragile medium, which is of great ecological value.

† Fees may apply
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