Nice hotel close to beach but Food/Bed not so good
Posted Nov 20, 2016
This hotel is ok for an all-inclusive but there is not much around it in case you are looking for that. We made day trips to Coco Beach (15 min by boat or 30 min by car) and Tamarindo (1 hr by car). The hotel says there are 5 restaurants but usually only 2 or 3 are open at any given time. The food quality is average at best. The rooms are fine but the beds are rock hard. The beaches are fine with darker sand with swimming areas and activities like snorkel, paddle boards, kayak, and jet ski. The pool area, while nice, is very loud pretty much the entire day with blaring music and dancing contests with a loud pa speaker system. We opted for the beach instead. The bars are fine but the bar service can be slow at times. Most of the bars close by 10pm or 11pm, so you have to go to the Sports Bar, which while open 24/7 is kind of dingy with a pool table, fussball and ping pong. There are some TV's but they often don't have any big games from the U.S. As for the entertainment, they have featured shows at 9pm each night. The dancing and music are fine but the shows are all lip sync, so don't get your hopes up. For the price, this place is fine, but make plans to visit other places while you are there. If you rent a car and drive around, make sure you get a 4x4 and avoid Route 911, which is a dirt road connecting Tamarindo and Hotel Riu (very bumpy and dangerous, with several rivers you have to cross and you may not make it!). Good luck!