Grand Opening of the first RIU hotel in Costa Rica

November 9, 2009

RIU hotelOn Friday, October 30, RIU Hotels & Resorts celebrated the Grand Opening of the Riu Guanacaste, its first hotel in Costa Rica. The Ceremony was attended by the President of the Republic of Costa Rica and Nobel Prize Winner, Oscar Arias Sanchez, as well as the Minister of Tourism, Allan Flores, the Minister of Health, Maria Luisa Avila, and the Minister of the Presidency, Rodrigo Arias. Relevant personalities from politic and economic fields, local and media representatives, as well as partners and friends attended the ceremony.

“Finally we count with a hotel in this wonderful country, a world example of sustainability and nature preservation. If to this we add the kindness and warm character of its people, the result is a magnificent tourism future” stated Carmen Riu, CEO of RIU Hotels & Resorts, during her opening speech. In her final words she expressed to the authorities and guests what a great honor it was that they accepted to celebrate the opening with them. Luis Riu, CEO of RIU Hotels & Resorts also attended the ceremony along with over 400 guests.

The Riu Guanacaste hotel opened in one of the most beautiful destinations on Central America’s Pacific coast, where the sea and rain forest commingle to create an extraordinary landscape. The new hotel is located right on Matapalo beach in the captivating region of Guanacaste. With 701 rooms, the new resort offers RIU’s acclaimed 24-hour All-Inclusive service, succulent cuisine in its four restaurants and an extensive offering for events in its five conference halls.

The hotel’s four restaurants present a wide array of options. ‘Liberia’, its main restaurant, offers a buffet featuring international cuisine with dishes prepared right on the spot as well as themed dinners three times a week. The hotel also features three specialty à la carte restaurants: ‘Furama’ with Asian cuisine, ‘La Toscana’ with Italian cuisine and lastly, the Ocotal Grill-Steakhouse. Furthermore, guests can enjoy cocktails, soft drinks and snacks in the hotel’s five bars.

The hotel features a large swimming pool for adults with a built-in jacuzzi and a pool for children. The offering for our youngest guests is completed by a children’s playground and miniclub, whereas adults are able to use the full-feature Renova spa in which the gym, sauna and jacuzzi are free of charge.

Evenings at the Riu Guanacaste also brim with fun-filled options at its Pacha nightclub and casino.

The Riu Guanacaste hotel boasts a large, flexible space for meetings equipped to host all types of events. There are five halls in all, four of which measure 445 square metres and seat up to 120 people each, whereas the fifth one measures more than 900 square metres and can host events for up to 250 people. All of them have partitions and together can be turned into one single room for large-scale events of up to 730 people in its more than 2,700 square metres of space.

Free wireless internet access is available in the hotel lobby as well as in the convention centre.

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