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  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Casino
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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With a stay at Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica – 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 538 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies. 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.

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 4 outdoor swimming pools are a perfect way to relax and recharge. Additional features at this resort include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).

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.

Enjoy a meal at one of the resort’s dining establishments, which include 4 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access 24-hour room service. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar.

Business & Travel Amenities

Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, luggage storage, and laundry facilities. This resort has 5 meeting rooms available for events. Free self parking is available onsite.

How to Get There

Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica – All Inclusive
Playa Matapalo- Sardinal
El Ocotal, Costa Rica


4.5 Very Good 5049 Reviews
Worst hotel!!
Reviewed 7 hours ago

I am shocked to read some of these positive reviews. My family and I were just in Costa Rica and part of our time we had a reservation at Rui Palace. We hated it!! The rooms smelt like the ac needs a repair, sink was broke , things were rusty and the food was terrible. The grounds are nice but that is about it. Look at other options before you here. We were extremely disappointed - in fact we leafy early and went to a different hotel.

A trip to remember.....
Reviewed 1 day ago

3 friends, one 40, one 50 and one 70 have just returned from the most wonderful holiday at the Riu Palace. There is literally something for everyone here.
Firstly, the hotel is wonderful and we made the right decision to book the Palace rather than Guanacaste, as we were then able to enjoy both hotels.
Don’t worry if you can’t get into the specialist restaurants- the food in the buffet is yummy and we actually preferred it, although it is nice to be served your food.
The pools are great- again, one for everyone! A quiet pool, a volleyball pool, a drinking pool and a family pool- just brilliant!
The staff are superb and you can take part in as much or as little as you want. We loved Adriana the fitness teacher, stretching, aerial yoga and Zumba...she was amazing.
The rooms are so lovely. Now, we would normally want a sea view room, but we were given a room at the back overlooking the forest. The lovely lady on reception said it was one of the best rooms and she was so right!! If you want to hear people having great fun then opt for the sea view rooms overlooking the pool. But if you want to hear the symphony of birdsong and howler monkeys then definitely opt for the rooms at the back. It was just magical. Something I’ll never forget.
Don’t come here if you’re expecting a Caribbean beach. Do come here if you’re happy with a stunning volcanic beach, that never seems very busy at all.
Don’t come here if you want shops and other stuff beyond the hotel. You’ve got the 2 riu hotels, about 7 market stalls, a few tour guides on the beach and massage ladies, a beach and a forest. We went to Coco Beach- if you want hustle and bustle, stay there. We were so relieved we didn’t!
Louis at Prime Tours is excellent! He’s near the monkey bar. We did the sunset tour and the sloth tour, both were excellent. Spent one day swimming in a waterfall, sailing down a river looking for crocs, in the rainforest finding sloths and then ended up at the foam party at the hotel! A holiday of total diversity!!
Do try and do the full loop of the forest surrounding the hotel. We saw so much wildlife right on our doorstep. One of us was training for a marathon and running on the beach and through the forest was just brilliant!
I hope this helps those of you deciding on your Costa Rican holiday- in particular choosing your resort and hotel. I’d return to the palace tomorrow if I could. A truly memorable experience for us all. Oh! Do bring wet shoes and factor 30 at least!! 😎

Amazing Vacation Venue!
Reviewed 1 day ago

My daughter and I went to Costa Rica for a wedding and stayed at the Palace. Every single aspect of the resort was luxurious and very friendly, from the Spa to the pool bar, front desk to all restaurant staff.
The rooms are very clean and lovely as is the entire resort. There are a bazillion people cleaning inside and out all day, every day. The food was surprisingly good as was the wine. Try a one day excursion but if you decide to stay on the resort the entire trip, that's ok, too!! Highly recommend.

all inclusive
Reviewed 1 day ago

Food was great, the staff was great. only thing there is nothing for 40yr old to really do while there. Just pool, and drinks. 10pm after the night time shows it was a wrap. excurisions were 1/2 hour to 3 hours away.

Great All Inclusive
Reviewed 3 days ago

Just got back from a week at the Riu Palace Guanacaste. We are avid Mexico travelers so that's what I am comparing to. This was our first time in Costa Rica. Would we go back? Absolutely! Loved the rawness and the purity of this country. Nothing americanized about it. Yet. Hopefully it won't become that. The Riu Palace is a nice resort. A little out of the way but not a big deal. One buffet and 4 a la cartes (which are difficult to get in to if you are not there at 5:45pm waiting for them to open), could get a bit repetitive if you are there longer than one week. You can eat at the Guanacaste next door but it's basically a duplicate of what the palace has. And you are not allowed to eat dinner at the Guanacaste. Food was ok. Not unbelievable, but we were always full walking out. You could always find something you liked.
Staff was great! From the gardeners, servers, front desk staff.....all were so friendly and wanting to help!
Rooms were ok. Could use a bit of a facelift but really...the amount of time you spend in them, it was alright. Nothing to complain about but could have been a bit better.
If you are expecting white sand and clear water..Don't! I like to see what's below me when I'm in the ocean so unfortunately I didn't get to swim in the ocean. That was disappointing. A lot of people also talked about the strong undertow. We loved taking a lounger into the trees on the beach and relaxing in the shade listening to the waves. It was very relaxing.
I was fortunate enough to see the monkeys a few times by the monkey bar. It was an amazing experience! Probably the highlight of our trip. Just go to the left as you head to the beach from the resort.
Pools were very nice. Lots of chairs if you get out there early enough to get one. Probably depends on how full the resort is while you are there.
Shows were...all inclusive shows. They try very hard.
We were traveling with 70 other people here and all I heard was good from everybody so overall it's a great resort.