JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa
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The hotel is very clean, new and very well maintained. The property is clearly focused on families. There is a nice small building for kids with activities and toys. The pool is large and winding and, again, great for children -- 4 feet deep throughout. I would not recommend this hotel for singles or couples looking for any activities. There is no real bar (the pool side bar was closed for renovation during my stay). It it is really the most "boring" hotel I have ever stayed at -- although I was there during the rainy season.The hotel is very expensive and NOTHING is included. The beach is terrible and not usable. The hotel is at the end of a gated community and it takes at least 10 minutes to drive to the gate and leave the hotel. It is another 10 to 20 minute drive to the nearest town. I ate at every restaurant at the hotel and they were all terrible and overpriced. I believe that the chefs tried but, in my opinion, whoever set the menu ignored the expertise of the chefs. No local dishes or produce. Given how difficult is was to leave the property, the overpriced and really poor hotel restaurants were particularly inexcusable. Even the "casual" pool side restaurant was more fancy and expensive than any "casual" restaurant in my Boston area. The average dish at pool side was about $20. The hotel does not offer free transportation from the Liberia airport. The hotel's transportation service is $140 each way.Finally, this is a small issue but was important to me. The fitted sheet on my bed did not cover the mattress and rode up every night. I should have complained.
The best parts of this resort are #1) the views, and #2) the large pool area. My wife and I stayed here for just one night since we were flying into Liberia and didn't want to drive all of the way to La Fortuna potentially after dark. Unfortunately, our first impression of this resort was a remote road off the highway to access it, and it was by far the worst maintained road we drove in Costa Rica--and we drove over 1,000km through dirt roads and switchbacks galore. There are so many gigantic potholes that can practically swallow cars whole. It was not a good first impression and I am a bit appalled that the hotel doesn't do something about it.However, once we made it to the hotel our experience was much, much better. My wife and I enjoyed a terrific room service meal out on our patio that overlooked the beach and the sunset. A perfect ending to a day of travel! We almost had the entire place to ourselves, and the pool is very nice and large with several hot tubs. The property is simply beautiful, and all of the service we had was excellent.The only downside besides the road was the beach at low tide--it's nothing but jagged lava rocks! Be careful if you choose to go into the water at high tide. I for one am glad we didn't venture out at high tide since we wouldn't have known those were there. If you just want to lay on the beach or swim in the pool, this place is great though.
This is the only place to stay when you are in this side of Costa Rica. After googling through so many reviews of hotels and inns in Tamarindo that would give us the local, cultural feel without sacrificing high quality standards, we just decided to stick with a well known chain for a peace of mind even though it was 20 min away from Tamarindo where all the hotels and beaches were located. And a wonderful decision we made. Tamarindo is just another tourist trap town and the beaches are nothing fabulous compared to other beaches with beautiful white sands and turquoise waters. Tamarindo beach is just not pretty. Just brown sand and lots of vendors trying to sell you massages and stuff you don't need. The good is the surf, that's all I could say. Everything was priced in US dollars, it's ridiculous what you pay for in a foreign country that looks poverish and charge you the same or more in US dollars. The only highlight of our trip was the JW Marriottt and its friendly staff. After spending a day in Tamarindo, I had no desire to leave the Marriott. I just wanted to immerse myself in the luxury and beauty of this tranquil hotel that is more of a hacienda and the cultural style I was looking for in Costa Rica. The room was finely decor with traditional dark wood and had protective mosquito nets from ceiling to floor at your balcony. The service was AMAZING! The staff i have come across are probably the most genuinely, kind hearted employees who exude happiness with their jobs and take the time out to talk to you. I found it more fascinating listening to the Costa Rica they know and love more than I ever did reading about it online. Marion is the employee that sticks out of all the staff there I met. He has a passion for all things and mostly learning to educate himself to become better. I met him at the fitness center where he taught dance and later at Spanish lessons. He shows passion for all that he does and takes the time to make you feel that he is not just teaching but really enjoys and cares. Anyone coming should meet Marion and take the time to dance with him and learn Spanish.Great food overall!!! Even iguanas walking at the pool area doesn't faze anyone and raccoons aka mapochi are a common sightings but a nuisance to the food staff, lol. And lastly, if you must splurge, do so at the spa. I don't normally like to spend $100+ for a message but this is where you should do it and you will feel every $ worth it. Don't stay anywhere else but the Marriott, this is the only place to stay! Enjoy your stay when you visit as I did mine.
Beautiful resort. Beautiful rooms. Food and beverages are pricey. If you want to play in the ocean, not a good place. Especially for children. Staff was very curtious, kind, and helpful. The pool were awesome. Would definitely go again.
Overall, OK. But the location is just too remote to everything else. And in order to go to the town, we have to pay shuttle transportation, 20USD per person. Just going into Tamarindo, we have to pay 90USD to get private transportation for 4 adults. TOO MUCH. Also it is a rocky beach, not swimmable. Check in too slow. Restaurants options too little. The only good thing is room cleaniness, and the staff are generally friendly and happy. Also, pool are nice. But aside from hanging around the pool, really not much to do. The children's club's AC have been broken on the second day since our arrival and haven't been fixed until we leave in 5 days. TOO slow.
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- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
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- Breakfast daily (buffet)
- Lunch daily (buffet and a la carte)
- Dinner daily (buffet and a la carte)
- Unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages ordered by the glass including premium brand liquor, beer and house wine
- Land sports
- Fitness centre
- Nature walks Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 am (time subject to change)
- 310 rooms
- 1 Buffet restaurant and 2 a la carte restaurants (steak house, Asian fusion)
- Mediterranean grill
- Snack bar
- 2 bars including, Pool bar
- 2 pools (Infinity Pool and children's pool)
- Warm and cold whirlpools
- Fitness centre
- Beauty salon
- Games room
- Gift shop
- Meeting facilities
- Business centre
- WiFi internet (fee)
- Car rental desk
- ATM Machine
- Concierge desk
- Foreign exchange
- Laundry and dry cleaning services
- 24-hour room service
- Horseback riding (fee)
- Golf nearby (fee)
- 2 queen-size beds or 1 king-size bed
- 1 full bathroom
- Telephone with voice mail
- Air conditioning
- Cable and satellite television
- Clock radio
- CD player/iPod dock
- Coffee maker
- In-room safe
- Iron and ironing board/Trouser press
- Maximum occupancy of 4
Resort Location Map
JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & SpaLiberia,Costa Rica
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Hacienda Pinilla, Playa Avellanas, Tamarindo Costa Rica
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