4.5
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Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Casino
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Location

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.

Rooms

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

Reviews

Group of 12
Shane7116

This was our 4th time staying at the Riu Palace in Costa Rica. First and foremost, if you are able to find something to complain about, you should probably just stop taking vacations and stay home. Seriously.....you're in Central America! Things are simply different there. If you cant understand that, stay in England or the USA or wherever you come from.
We had 6 rooms spread all over the resort and everyone loved their accommodations. This hotel opened in November of 2012. We know this because we spent our honeymoon here the week they opened. Not much has changed. The high humidity takes its toll on things and the Palace has done a very good job of keeping the appearance up to par. We are all early eaters and tend to wake up early, eat breakfast early and have dinner between 6 and 7pm. Not once did we have to wait in line for the buffet or restaurants. (For reference, our stay was from November 2nd to the 9th). We simply showed up between 6 and 7pm and were sat immediately. Our group tried all of the specialty restaurants and the food was very good.
Service at the Palace is still top notch! Cristina at the front desk is a credit to the hotel!
Our group tried several excursions all booked through Luis Solutions down by the beach. As stated, this was our 4th time visiting and we use Luis exclusively. He is fantastic!! His prices are very food and he goes out of his way to make your adventures special! I HIGHLY recommend taking his "Nature Expedition". We saw sloths, crocodiles, vipers, frogs and all manor of birds...all in their natural environment and not behind a cage. An all day event, we went rafting, waterfall exploring and sight seeing in the rainforest for the same price that the Diamante echo park charges for a full day. And ours included an authentic Costa Rican lunch.

A few of us also went on a 3/4 day fishing trip with Luis. I am a fairly experienced fisherman and the boat Luis put us on was outstanding! Those guys really knew what they were doing and were able to put me on a 60 grouper which we landed. We took half back to the resort and had a feast!! Look for the Pittsburg Steelers flag and little white dog (Mikey) and you'll find Luis!! Also.....his friend Carolina is the best massage therapist on the beach! Our group kept her busy all week. Do yourself a favor and go find her!! I am posting a picture of the two of them...seriously.....they will make your vacation that much better (especially if you tell them Shane and Terri sent you).

In short....the hotel is fantastic, the country and her people are fantastic and unless you're a pain in the butt....dont hesitate!

Friendly and Fun
MLeiteM

My wife and I spent 5 days at Riu Palace in mid-November as part of our honeymoon trip and loved it. The staff here was very friendly and fun, especially around the pool area. By the time we left we were on first name basis with several staff and bartenders. Walter, Eduardo, Luis, Junior, Victor and Anthony, just to name a few who were excellent people who made our stay that much more enjoyable.

There are plenty of activities around the pool bar throughout the day for adults to enjoy, different games, contests, dancing lessons, etc. Every night, there is a show in the Melody area which are well done. We saw a couple including the Michael Jackson experience.

We enjoyed the food options throughout the resort. The buffet at Arenal restaurant was always loaded with great options each day. I looked forward to meals throughout.

The rooms were nice. Nothing crazy on the inside. We had a balcony jacuzzi room, which we only used once, but was awesome. We also had a jet tub in our room which we never used. The shower was large and the views from the balcony were nice of the pool, landscaped grounds and an ocean view.

On the resort, you will see many different types of lizards from small to large, beautiful birds, devil rays leaping out of the water on the beach and howler moneys in the forest around the property.

Overall, we had an excellent time at Riu Palace. The all inclusive experience was all we could have hoped for and the people made it truly memorable.

Riu has it all
Ryan B

Great food, entertaining shows, excellent service, premium liquors, beautiful grounds, Riu Palace Costa Rica has it all. A special shout out to Alonso and the rest of the pool service staff. These guys do an amazing job.