Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive

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On the beach, sun loungers, beach towels, snorkeling
4 outdoor pools, pool umbrellas, sun loungers
4 outdoor pools, pool umbrellas, sun loungers
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Overview of Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive

Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive

4.5 out of 5

4.2/5 Very Good

Guests rated this property 4.3/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Parking included
  • All inclusive
  • Air conditioning

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitizer provided
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Social distancing
Playa Matapalo- Sardinal, Carrillo, El Ocotal, Guanacaste

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationDiamante Eco Adventure Park1 min drive
  • Popular LocationPlaya Matapalo5 min drive
  • Popular LocationHaras del Mar Equestrian Center8 min drive
  • AirportLiberia (LIR-Daniel Oduber Intl.)49 min drive

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Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica

Where the stunning white sands of Matapalo Beach meet the glistening blue waters of the North Pacific sits grand Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica. This palm tree-lined all-inclusive resort has activities galore, whether your heart’s desire is blissful relaxation or action-packed adventure.

For glorious pampering, indulge in some relaxing sauna time at full-service Renova Spa or sip Champagne while the hot tub jets work their magic. If you’d rather get your pulse racing, explore Guanacaste’s volcanoes and rugged coastline—or hang out in the hotel gym, or volleyball and tennis courts. The 4 tantalizing pools and family-friendly waterslide promise long days of aquatic fun, and the swim-up and poolside bars mean ice-cold beers, fresh juices, or exotic cocktails are never far away.

Once you’ve worked up your appetite, work your way around the 4 elegant restaurants of all-inclusive buffets or special a la carte menus or grab a snack overlooking the ocean. Come evening, catch the live entertainment or head to the nightclub before retreating to your spacious room with vibrant pops of pink and purple. Book with Expedia to get a fantastic deal on your oceanfront or garden view room, or family suite at Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica.

About this area

El Ocotal

Located in El Ocotal, Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive is on the beach. Coco Beach and Flamingo Beach reflect the area's natural beauty and area attractions include Diamante Eco Adventure Park and Haras del Mar Equestrian Center. Take an opportunity to explore the area for water adventures such as scuba diving.

What's nearby

  • Diamante Eco Adventure Park - 1 min drive
  • Playa Matapalo - 5 min drive
  • Haras del Mar Equestrian Center - 8 min drive
  • Ocotal Beach - 38 min drive
  • Bahia Pez Vela Beach - 40 min drive


  • Pura Vida Ride — 28 min drive
  • Citron Restaurante — 30 min drive
  • Panadería Tico's Bakery — 30 min drive
  • Nonna Rina — 30 min drive
  • Ticoffia — 30 min drive

Getting around

  • Daniel Oduber Intl. Airport (LIR) - 49 min drive

About this property

Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive

4.5-star luxury property
With sun loungers, beach towels and windsurfing, Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive is the perfect place to soak up some sun. Indulge in a facial, a massage, and a body scrub at Renova Spa, the onsite spa. Be sure to enjoy a meal at any of the 4 onsite restaurants. Enjoy the 24-hour gym, as well as activities like kayaking, volleyball, and snorkeling.
Additional perks include:
  • 4 outdoor pools and a children's pool, with a waterslide, sun loungers, and pool umbrellas
  • Free self parking
  • A pool, tennis courts, and limo/town car service
  • Free grocery shopping service, a 24-hour front desk, and concierge services
  • Guest reviews speak highly of the helpful staff
Room features
All guestrooms at Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive feature comforts such as 24-hour room service and laptop-compatible safes, as well as amenities like free WiFi and air conditioning. Guests reviews say good things about the comfortable rooms at the property.
More amenities include:
  • Bathrooms with eco-friendly toiletries and shower/tub combinations
  • Flat-screen TVs with satellite channels
  • Balconies, LED light bulbs, and coffee/tea makers

All inclusive details

This property is all-inclusive. Onsite food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).

Food and beverages

All buffet and à la carte meals, snacks, and beverages included
In-room minibar (all beverages included)
In-room liquor dispensers

Water activities

Surfing/boogie boarding

Awards and affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Travelife, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
Property is disinfected with electrostatic spray
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Follows standard cleaning and disinfection practices of Covid-19 Health Protocol (RIU)

Social distancing

Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks available
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Free self parking on site
  • Limo/town car service

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast available daily 7 AM–10:30 AM
  • 4 restaurants and 1 coffee shop/café
  • 1 swim-up bar, 1 poolside bar and 1 bar/lounge
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee/tea in common area(s)

Things to do

  • 24-hour fitness center
  • 4 outdoor pools
  • Beach volleyball
  • Children's pool
  • Free water park access
  • Full-service spa
  • Kayaking
  • Nightclub
  • Playground
  • Sauna
  • Snorkeling
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Windsurfing

Family friendly

  • 4 outdoor pools
  • Children's pool
  • Free supervised childcare/activities
  • Free water park access
  • Grocery/convenience store
  • Playground
  • Separate living room
  • Waterslide


  • ATM/banking services
  • Banquet hall
  • Elevator
  • Gift shop/newsstand
  • Grocery/convenience store

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Free grocery shopping service
  • Hair salon
  • Luggage storage
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Turndown service

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish


  • Beach loungers
  • Beachfront location
  • Pool sun loungers
  • Pool umbrellas
  • Terrace


  • Body scrubs
  • Facials
  • Massages
  • Spa tub
  • Steam room


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)


  • Beach towels
  • Designated smoking areas
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Bed sheets
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Ceiling fan


  • Eco-friendly toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Towels


  • Flat-screen TV
  • Satellite channels

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Free bottled water
  • Minibar

Outdoor space

  • Balcony


  • Desk
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Laptop-compatible safe
  • LED light bulbs
  • Phone
  • Separate living room
  • Turndown service

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Check-in from 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


No pets or service animals allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Property payment types

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 21 years old
This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit

We should mention

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms
No pets and no service animals are allowed at this property
Guests under 17 years old are not allowed in the spa

Property is also known as

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Overall score and ratings


Very Good

Rating 5 - Excellent. 487 out of 991 reviews
5 - Excellent 49%
Rating 4 - Good. 288 out of 991 reviews
4 - Good 29%
Rating 3 - Okay. 137 out of 991 reviews
3 - Okay 14%
Rating 2 - Poor. 44 out of 991 reviews
2 - Poor 4%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 35 out of 991 reviews
1 - Terrible 4%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

4/5 Good

Traveled with family and small children
Liked: Staff & service, amenities
Family friendly before 7pm, if you’re traveling with infants or toddlers mind the noise from music and shows is too loud
Stayed 4 nights in Nov 2021

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Great facility with great staff. Most friendly staff compare to a lot of other resorts that we have been too. Food was great.
Stayed 5 nights in Nov 2021

3/5 Okay

Traveled with family
Liked: Staff & service
The lobby was beautiful. The staff was friendly when we areived. The food was good. On our last day they had more food options on the breakfast buffet. The rooms were okay. The temperature in the rooms was cold and we weren't able to adjust the temp but we made due. We werent told about any of the included amenities and where to go to do them. I called the resort before arriving to get more information, was placed on hold and then hung up on. We explored on our own and found a kind gentleman on the beach who told us all the ins and outs. The resort could use a remodel but overall an okay stay.
Stayed 4 nights in Nov 2021

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
The evening shows were amazing! Food plentiful and delicious, something for everyone! Staff was great and cleaned consistently.
Stayed 7 nights in Nov 2021

2/5 Poor

Traveled with partner
Disliked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities
The rooms is not clean had to change my room . I requested it be decorated for my partner’s birthday and they never fill the request I asked numerous times and it’s not a lot of options if you don’t eat beef or pork so the food options was very limited
Stayed 4 nights in Nov 2021