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JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa Costa Rica

4.5 of 5 Hacienda Pinilla, Playa Avellanas, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Jose, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We came here because when we booked a hotel with Expedia.com, it did not exist. Then we called Expedia from Costa Rica for help, and all they did was hang up on us. Never book with Expedia again! So as we were left to fend for ourselves in a foreign country at night, we booked the JW as they were... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife and I visited with our kids from January 18th-24th, 2015 in suite 151. I have to say this resort did a wonderful job. We enjoyed the large pool and beautiful beach. We ate several meals at the JW and all were fabulous with great service. I tried one afternoon to move my pool umbrella and within 10 seconds... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Stay was great and staff was fantastic. But, you need to add more to do on the resort site due to it being so deserted from everything. I'm a frequent JW stayer and two things I would change and something that would benefit this resort is a swim up bar. Who wants to keep waiting and waiting and waiting on... More 

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Laytonsville, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This property was stunning and our suite was unbelievable. We had an extremely spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath suite with a very large sitting/living area, and outside patio with hot tub and view. It was SO unfortunate that the service was so disappointing. The guidance from the concierge was so wrong every time that it became almost laughable. Every piece... More 

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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I just enjoyed a 7 night stay at this beautiful hotel. The staff was outstanding. They were attentive,extremely friendly and did everything possible to make sure we were happy. We ate in all of the restaurants throughout the week and enjoyed them all. We will be back for sure!

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long island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a very elegant but laid back hotel with excellent facilities but overall with superb beach location. The winding pool was one of the largest and part of it is an infinity pool with wonderful sunset views. The beach fromt restaurant had great food and drinks and in the evenings is a very romantic spot especially if in is... More 

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New Brunswick
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a top notch hotel anyway you may want to look at. It's quite large and covers a lot of ground but is fairly easy to get around. We stayed only for 2 nights but would have enjoyed a week or longer. All facilities were excellent and the dining areas were very well appointed and served excellent Costa Rica... More 

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chihuahua
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

i spent 2 great days at the beautiful jw marriott guacanaste, in a private hacienda , located very close to tamarindo town and beach, i was traveling with caravan tours and the place made me feel as if the time stopped, a feeling of being in a hacienda, with an architecture that blends in with the old spanish haciendas, so... More 

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Morgantown PA
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The grounds are superb, the rooms, facilities and amenities are 5 star. As part of a group, our meal service was only adequate, but I would guess that it was not what the regular clients received in the main restaurant. The second shift of dining was not managed as well as it should have been. I would also guess that... More 

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Norristown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The Marriott is a beautiful hotel with an incredible service staff. They were always smiling and asking how they could help you. Most of them spoke English very well. As one of our tour guides said, the people of Costa Rica want to make you feel welcome in their country...to make you comfortable...and they certainly achieved that!

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Address: Hacienda Pinilla, Playa Avellanas, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo > Playa Avellanas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa Costa Rica 4.5*
Number of rooms: 310
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Also Known As:
Jw Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa Costa Rica Hotel Santa Cruz
Jw Marriott Guanacaste Resort And Spa Costa Rica
Jw Marriott Santa Cruz
Marriott Santa Cruz
JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa Costa Rica Playa Avellanas

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