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Syosset, New York
Reviewed 22 February 2015

Upon arrival, we were met with a magnificent tropical view, beautiful breezes, a strawberry cocktail and a very helpful check in staff (shout outs to Carlos and Paula). Our reservations had been complicated, with issues before arrival, however once we sat down in paradise, most issues had been ironed out. The bellhop quickly whisked us to our impeccably clean (did...

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

Dear Laurie H, Your review is Excellent. Thank you very much for sharing your experience with all of us! Carlos, Paola, Luz, Estefano and Armando are great and your comments made them feel very proud and happy. The Suite 123 is beautiful and I am glad you and your family were able to enjoy it.. I am addressing your comments...

Raleigh, North Carolina
Reviewed 20 February 2015

My take on this on this property...take or leave it. I am an Awards member and enjoy the plethora of choices Marriott offers. But this location and facility leaves a lot to be desired. My wife and I stayed in room 241... left corner facing court yard and pool. The awful problem with these bank of rooms is it is...

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

Dear GuyDore, We appreciate your feedback in regards to the noise on the path ways and also we appreciate your positive comments about our staff, rooms and food. I would like to inform you that when we have Events at the beach the food come out from our Maine Restaurant Mansita and that is why we have to move carts...

Columbia, Missouri
Reviewed 20 February 2015

We stayed at the JW Marriott in January of 2015 and had a wonderful week! The property was gorgeous, clean, and staffed with super-friendly people. Especially helpful was Alexander in the main restaurant - he had tips for us every morning at breakfast about where to go and how to say different phrases in Spanish! The food was excellent -...

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

I am so glad to know that you enjoyed your stay with us that much Jilliorr. For us it’s always a pleasure to make our guest feel at home. I hope the Spanish you learned will help you for your next visit that we hope you do. Sincerely, Jesus Gonzalez General Manager

Reviewed 20 February 2015 via mobile

If you're looking for somewhere to just unwind, this is the place. It's quite remote so don't plan on many excursions. Very beautiful pool and a fabulous view of the beach. Not a good place to bring children.

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

Dear Dalyne M, I am glad to inform you that there is several options of activities not far from the hotel that you can do as Canopy, Horseback riding, Golf, Tennis, Surf Lessons, Kayaking and some more. You can have a lot of fun and also be just relaxing by the pool drinking our famous Mojitos while watching the beautiful...

Austin, Texas, United States
Reviewed 19 February 2015

I stayed here recently and was very happy. The rooms are spacious, fresh, great water views and nice details such as bath salts, toiletries etc. Complimentary bottles of water in the rooms were plentiful. The pool area is nice. The overall service was great. Friendly, pleasant and quick to address the needs of the guests. I had a hot water...

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

Dear James R, I am glad to know that you enjoyed our services at the SPA, Hot Stone Massages are great. I hope that you can come again and allow us to continue serving you. For us is very important to hear from our guest that they are satisfied with the services received since it’s the best way to know...

New York City, New York
Reviewed 18 February 2015

My fiance and I stayed here for two nights. The property is well-maintained, and the staff is AMAZING. We were greeted by name at each restaurant, and the service was exceptional. The included breakfast buffet was great. Lots of options and delicious! The only draw back was there was no access into the pool from the entire right side. Weird,...

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

Thank you Puffy459 for sharing your great comments about your experience at our Resort during your visit. We hope that you and your fiancé decide to come back to the hotel to celebrate your anniversary. We wish you the best! Kindest regards, Jesus Gonzalez General Manager

Soquel, California
Reviewed 18 February 2015

An hour south of the Liberia airport, when you get here you realize why the hotel is so secluded. It is so you can do nothing if you want. It looks like a hacienda and the pool winds around like the Venice canals. The beach is nice too.

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

Thank you Dremwver86 for your positive review and for letting us be your host during your visit to Guanacaste. I am glad that you enjoyed the pool and beach and were able to relax. We will be waiting for your next visit. Jesus Gonzalez General Manager

Wilmington, Massachusetts
Reviewed 18 February 2015 via mobile

Our one week stay at the JW Marriot, Guanacaste exceeded our (already high) expectations at this ver well maintained resort: Overall Resort Ambiance Room Comfort & Cleanliness Wonderful, helpful, enthusiastic staff Dining & Food-restaurants & poolside WiFi Quality-Entire Resort Special recognition to: Grace Calvo-expedient response to a concern Julio Perez-(222)Tamarine Omer Perez-(270) Mansita Edwin-Sabanero Many thanks to all for making...

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

Dear 2HDWinniRiders, I am pleased to know that we exceeded your expectations and I feel proud of our team that made this possible during your stay. I have addressed your wonderful comments to Grace, Julio, Omer and Edwin and they were very happy and grateful with you for having mentioned their names in your review. We truly appreciate you took...

Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 17 February 2015

This was my first visit to Costa Rica and I had a great experience at the JW Marriott. The staff was very welcoming and helpful. It was a little out of the way but there is a paid shuttle to Tamarindo and free transportation to the Hacienda Pinilla beach club. I was pleasantly surprised by the food and drink prices,...

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

Dear Rverbout, It is an honor that you chose our Resort for your first trip to this beautiful country. I am glad to know that you enjoyed the service received during your stay and I hope you also enjoyed the services provided in the Hacienda. Thank you so much Rverbout for such a great review. Regards, Jesus Gonzalez General Manager

Montreal
Reviewed 17 February 2015

What I liked: 1. The buffet was excellent at Mansita! I couldn't believe the selection. There was a carving station at dinner and omelet station at breakfast. Lots of fruit! The breakfast buffet was almost a brunch not only the popular gallo pinto, there was also sausages, bacon, pancakes, scrambled eggs, shredded pork. There were lots of breads muffins and...

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

Dear MTLtravelfun, Receiving this kind of review is very enriching since it show us all the good thinks that our guest can find in our resort and also the areas to improve. We are working in new activities to offer to our guest always looking the tranquility and comfort. In regards to the road at the entrance of the Hacienda...

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  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Beachfront
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  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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: $286 - $748 (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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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
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“All the rooms are excellent”
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