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Vancouver, Washington
Reviewed 1 November 2014

On our recent Caravan trip to Costa Rica, we were able to stay at this hotel for two awesome nights. Beautiful setting right on the beach. Awesome infinity pool with deck chairs in the sand - nice touch. Excellent food and very friendly and attentive staff. Beautiful tropical flowers everywhere. I wish to go back to Costa Rica and will...

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GM_JWGuanacaste, General Manager at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Happyhonu, We are so glad to know that you spend a wonderful time during your stay with us. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon. Thank you very much for your visit and your positive comments. Regards, Jesus Gonzalez General Manager

Reviewed 25 October 2014

Thanks to Hurricane Anna, we changed our plans last minute from Kauai to the JW Marriott Guanacaste October 16-22. This was our first time in Costa Rica and we didn't have time to research, so it was a bit of a surprise learning that it was low season due to it being the rainy season. However, we pretty much had...

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GM_JWGuanacaste, General Manager at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear 2travellingringos; Taking your valuable time to write this review about our resort it means a lot for us. You have describe your experience in a very positive way and it is gratifying for us to know that you really enjoyed your visit. The Ceviche is great at Mansita but I also like the one at the Azul Grill. We...

Castle Rock, Colorado
Reviewed 21 October 2014

We had a great stay October 13-18th and really enjoyed the hotel. I am a gold member, so was fortunate to get a beautiful ocean view room, Its a beautiful property and we will for sure be back, probably next October and bring my wife's sister and her children too. Our children enjoyed the free kids club and activities, great...

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GM_JWGuanacaste, General Manager at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, responded to this review

WOW! Thank you Mr. Bb9000cde. It is great to know how wonderful your stay was and that you have so much fun. Magally and Evelyn who was the other girl were very happy with your comments. Adolfo was also happy and grateful for you have remember his name. For us it would be more than a pleasure to welcome you...

Reviewed 19 October 2014 via mobile

We went to the resort for our 2nd wedding anniversary. We were upgraded our room to an ocean view upon checking in and had a beautiful display of flowers and swans on the bed. They also sent over some yummy chocolate covered strawberries with a note wishing us well. The room was amazing and luxurious. The resort was pretty dead...

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GM_JWGuanacaste, General Manager at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Natasha C, Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I am glad to inform you that our Spa is operating normally and it looks beautiful after renovation. I hope you can be able to see it at your next visit. We appreciate you have choose our resort as a destination to celebrate your second anniversary, we understand how...

AZ
Reviewed 15 October 2014

The hotel and staff were great. Location is easy to get to if you fly into Liberia versus San Jose. Took us about an hour and fifteen minutes from car rental to hotel, but we were in the off season. Hotel rates are lower and not near the people, but we went in October and it was extremely (almost unbearable)...

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GM_JWGuanacaste, General Manager at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Ifamwife, I am pleased to read that you liked the resort, your Suite and that the service received was great. I regret that you were not comfortable with the climate during your stay. Unfortunately this year, October has been the rainiest month and also humid. Some people love to come during this time, as you mentioned, there are not...

Arvada, Colorado
Reviewed 14 October 2014

We visited here on a rainy day. The place was deserted and quiet. It looked like a 5:1 employee guest ratio. The hotel is beautiful and there are great ocean views. We ate at the restaurant on the beach. The food was medium - and expensive.

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GM_JWGuanacaste, General Manager at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Trish D, Thank you for your valuable comments about our hotel. September and October are the rainiest months and usually we don’t have too many guest at this time. I regret we did not meet your expectations at our Azul Restaurant, on a personal note it is one of my favorites. On the other hand I am glad that...

Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 14 October 2014

The stay at the hotel was very nice. The pool is great along with the beach views. You can walk about 20 minutes south along the beach to Lola's for some great food and good surfing. We went during the low season but the staff was very friendly and helpful; bringing ice every night around the same time without request....

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GM_JWGuanacaste, General Manager at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Captain K, We appreciate your time sharing your experience at our resort. I am glad to know that you had a wonderful time during your visit. Everybody likes to walk to Lolas during low tide since it’s nice and relaxing and not far. I also recommend to rent a car to explore and adventure this area, there are a...

New York
Reviewed 13 October 2014

The Marriott Guanacaste represents every beautiful about Costa Rica. The resort has a nice beach outlet, a gorgeous entrance to the hotel, incredible pool, superb customer service and captivating beach views/rooms. Everyone at the hotel provided excellent customer service, from the dining staff, pool staff and everyone at the front desk. We had actually booked another hotel in the area...

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GM_JWGuanacaste, General Manager at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, responded to this review

I want to thank you on behalf of all our staff who made your stay such a memorable one, it is gratifying to read such great comments. Our Colonial Hacienda style is very captivating and I am glad that you enjoyed it. Also, our infinity pool is one of the best places to relax and enjoy a Costa Rican Vacation....

Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 3 October 2014 via mobile

I'm a Marriott member and I've been to a few. This is one of the best because of its proper size, location and balance between isolation and amenities. The Golf course is in the top 3 in the country and the Hacienda is big enough to run and be calmed. Crazy life is 10 minutes away via car/shuttle to Tamarindo....

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GM_JWGuanacaste, General Manager at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear petarro, I am very grateful that you are describing us as one of the best! For you to have a memorable time with us is one of our main goals. It is great to know that you enjoyed the Hacienda Pinilla golf course, our different options for meals here at the hotel as well as a calm relaxing time...

Minden, Nevada
Reviewed 30 September 2014

My wife and I recently stayed here as part of a guided tour of Costa Rica. I must say this was one of the highlights of our trip! The staff at this Hotel was fantastic, everyone that we dealt with spoke very good English and went out of their way to make us welcome. Our room over looked the rooftop...

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Dear billnevada, I appreciate you taking the time to leave us your fantastic comments! It is great to read that you had a great time with us here at the resort and that you enjoyed our infinity pool as well as all the different areas here at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa. Our housekeeping staff as well as all...

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  • Pool
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  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Beachfront
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  • Restaurant
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  • Spa
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Golf course
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Live an authentic Costa Rican experience in a luxury hacienda style resort in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The JW Marriott Guanacaste is surrounded by the splendors of Costa Rican rich biodiversity. This resort & spa sits oceanfront and is the only international branded hotel close to Tamarindo town. The resort is located right at Mansita beach and guests can choose from four other beaches within Hacienda Pinilla. Next to the resort you will find an equestrian center, tennis courts, and an 18-hole golf course with coastal layout. Off-site activities such as surfing lessons, zip lining, horseback riding, white water rafting, kayaking, bird & monkey watching and ATV tours can be arranged on site. You can also arrange tours to nearby locations such as Arenal Volcano, Rincon de la Vieja Volcano & National Park or Guachipelin thermal hot springs. Enjoy surf beaches with excellent year-round waves and warm water, visit turtle nesting sanctuaries or observe a great variety of wildlife. The hotel features the largest infinity pool in Central America, outdoor Jacuzzis, a fully equipped fitness center, biking and jogging trails and a Kids Club with professional care. Relax in our world class spa, ranked one of the top five spas in Latin America by Spa Magazine. Within the resort, guests will find an array of gastronomic options such as Azul Grill our beach front restaurant, Tamarine our Asian fusion cuisine restaurant, Sabanero is a genuine Guanacastecan Steakhouse or Mansita Restaurant. One of our guest's favorites is admiring Guanacaste's spectacular sunset while enjoying a handcrafted cocktail either at Nau Sushi Lounge or right in front of the beach at Aperitivo Lounge. All guestrooms have balconies either with garden, pool or ocean view. In-room amenities include LCD TVs, soundproof windows, alarm clock with mobile docks, streaming speed internet, total blackout curtains, plush pillow-top mattresses, 300 thread count Egyptian cotton linen sheets, rich woods, and marble bathtubs. The charming surf village of Tamarindo where you will find restaurants, bars, shops and souvenirs in a "Pura Vida" laid back atmosphere is just 10.6 miles away. It's easy to discover the essence of Costa Rica at the JW Marriott Guanacaste. ... more   less 

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Address: Hacienda Pinilla, Playa Avellanas, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo > Playa Avellanas
Price Range: €196 - €544 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 310
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Also Known As:
Jw Marriott Guanacaste Resort And Spa Costa Rica
Jw Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa Costa Rica Hotel Santa Cruz
Jw Marriott Santa Cruz
Marriott Santa Cruz
JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa Costa Rica/Playa Avellanas
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