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  •  Babysitting
  •  Casino
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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With a stay at Hotel Riu Guanacaste – All Inclusive in El Ocotal, you’ll be on the beach and close to Ocotal Beach. This 4-star resort is within the vicinity of Haras del Mar Equestrian Center and Coco Beach.


Make yourself at home in one of the 701 air-conditioned rooms featuring free minibar items and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as laptop-compatible safes and complimentary bottled water.

Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities

Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages and facials. Before a night out at the casino, the 3 outdoor swimming pools are a perfect way to relax and recharge. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and gift shops/newsstands.

Food & Drink

This resort is all inclusive. Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.

Satisfy your appetite at one of the resort’s 5 restaurants. Relax with a refreshing drink from a poolside bar or one of the 5 bars/lounges. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily from 7 AM to 10 AM.

Business & Travel Amenities

Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, multilingual staff, and luggage storage. Event facilities at this resort consist of conference space and meeting rooms. Free self parking is available onsite.

How to Get There

Hotel Riu Guanacaste – All Inclusive
Sardinal de Carrillo
El Ocotal, Costa Rica


4.0 Very Good 7986 Reviews
Pura Vida
Reviewed 8 hours ago

Where to begin....
after a long flight from the UK and the transfer from the airport, the check in was a dream-quick, informative and we got upgraded as it was our anniversary.

Our room (3034) had a fruit platter waiting for us and we had a view of the beach and jungle surroundings

The hotel is in the BEST location...is there any other way to wake up in Costa Rica than by Howler monkeys! The beach was wonderful and again the monkeys a delight, we took an early morning walk to see the turtle tracks from nesting turtles and even watched the release of the babies one evening!
Christian in the restaurant went above and beyond, each night making flower arrangements and he really made our days with his infectious smile!
The monkey bar (down the beach on the left-it's sign posted) is a must-visit...take a dollar to stick on the wall and join the hundreds already there! also the water taxi to the next beach was great, we did this a few times, you can grab some holiday tat from the local stores (cheaper than the hotel) and soak up the atmosphere with a beer by the beach
We did a few trips with Alex on the beach, all of which amazing and I will review separately.
One tip-the airport is crazy expensive-take an empty bottle and fill it with the cold water fountains scattered about
I will definitely return at some point, Costa Rica is an amazing country and I'd urge anybody to give it a go...PURA VIDA!!

a week away with my wife
Reviewed 20 hours ago

terrific time spent here last week, very friendly staff and excellent service ( thanks to Jonathan at the sports bar who fixed me my morning coffee) very relaxing time spent on the beach and by the pool, food was generally very good( with few exceptions) as mentioned by others the place is a bit dated but kept spotless by the staff, we booked an excursion on the beach with Erick, a truly great experience, our guide Larry was fantastic, I would recommend this resort to anyone looking for qa great vacation for a great price

BED BUGS!!!!!!!
Reviewed 1 day ago

We ran into the issue of bed bugs and the staff tried to tell us that bed bugs did not exist in Costa Rica but regardless of whether that be true or not another visitor could have brought them in. They told us that they could not place us anywhere else in the hotel because they were booked (this is also “off” season) We saw tiny little bugs crawling on us, the bed, and in the mattress .... sounds like bed bugs to me. Absolutely ridiculous. We read the reviews and still decided to give the hotel a try (despite the negative comments) because you never know. We do not recommend you stay here unless you want to take bed bugs home with you. Staff was not helpful nor did they care about the issue. Instead they implied that residents could sleep outside if they wanted to. This place is horrible and does not care about you, your safety, nor your health.

Reviewed 2 days ago

Costa Rica was a great vacation. There's tons of various fun filled excursions. We booked all our excursions on the beach with locals for great rates. We did ATV riding for 3 hours, Nicaragua day visit and Canon da la Vieja all went very well and had a blast. Our room was a good size, king bed, double sink, deep tub, sitting area in the room and on the balcony, great view of the beach. Staff were great they did their best in all areas never an issue. I enjoyed the steak house and asian al-cartes very scrumptious food. The main buffet food was good, they just need more labels. The local Costa Rican liquor is horrendous for mixing drinks. Luckily in the evenings they did have premium liquor available for better drinks. Day time entertainment I feel could be way better they need to incorporate more games for guests to participate in during the time of noon-4pm. They did have pool and beach volley ball. Got an amazinggg 1hr full body massage with facial on the beach for 30US.

Riu Guanacaste
Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful hotel. Riu Guanacaste ia a big hotel perfect for families as well as couples or singles. The wedding events are beautifully decorated by staff. The staff are attentive and make sure to respond to requests (tips welcome). The beach is a volcanic beach so the sand is dark and hot (bring water shoes or flip flops). The pools are super nice and if you are into swim up bars, they have that too. Lots of shade on the beach as it is a pretty natural setting surrounded by mountains and so much wild life, you will need an exta memory card or tons of data space. You will see monkeys, birds, and butterflies of all kinds right on the property. Beautiful sunsents by the way. The food is basic (overall). They do have dinners that you do not have to sign up for (ahead of time) but just present when you are looking to have dinner. The rooms are big (have a bath tub for those who live an evening soak). Most rooms have balconies with oceanviews. For a couple of dollars, you can buy your own coconut right on the beach. There are also many tours companies right on the beach or the lobby, but not one of them is pushy and they just aswer your questions and queries about trips. If you are able take a trip to the rain forest or volcanoes. If you are a nature lover, visit the botanical gardens and butterfly conservatory, you will be overwhelmed by the diversity of flora and fauna. I am planning on going back and taking the kids with us this time. Oh yeah, fitness, spa, shops, disco, and casino on site. I wish they had a bird watching tour on site like they do in Huatulco because it would be wortht the time and educational experience. If you like deep sea fishing, there are tons of tours for that and for scuba diving. If you have persons with disabilities or older adults, the first floor is great for that; they do have elevators on each wing as well.