Riu Guanacaste Reviews – Costa Rica Hotels – Riu Guanacaste

Booked with American Airlines. Will never do that again! Trip booked non-stop, but they changed return via Miami (a Very Long Day). We were delayed leaving Dallas because they overbooked. American had to unload & reload the plane. We booked the trip months ahead with adjoing seats, but they put us in different rows. Thanks to another passenger, we sat together. Before we left, we found that AA didn’t book our RT van, and we had to pay extra! When we got to our room, I found my suit-case zipper was destroyed. How was I going to get back w/o a suit case? The nearest town is miles away & cab fare is well over $100. From Sat. to Mon. I fretted, until the Manager Ricardo, and his Assistant Rosa rescued us. Rosa gave us an old suit case of hers! Only because of them, am I writing my 1st review.

As for American, avoid them! They were once a great arline.

Arrival:
Was quick & easy.

Rooms: Everything was as expected. Good. The bacony view of the hills & ocean was fantastic! I think all rooms were ocean-view.

You have to take pictures of the sun set (only a few minute window).

Restaurants and Bars: Mixed. Some food was good, some so-so. My wife didn’t like the Japanese. But she said the Sushi & the Peiking duck was very good. I loved the duck. Only one place open for lunch & it was packed. The lunch salad was not good, and I had to mask it with salsa.

Beach/Pools/Grounds: Sand is dark (but not coarce), thus no turcoise ocean. I prefer Punta Cana,DR

beaches. The water was nice & warm, and easy to get into.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel: My wife was a happy camper, because of the kayaks. There’s zip-lining only minutes away. The nite show sounded above average, but we couldn’t find a table. It was

Costa Rica’s National holiday,so it was crowded.

Other Comments: Many guests were rude, or oblivous. The Costa Rican guest were fine. We were there during the rainy season. Mornings were clear to about 1 pm. Rain come between 1 & 5 pm. Some time, only 15 min to several hours. Suprised how comfortable the weather was, given how close we were to the equator we were.

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