My wife and I were arrived with the intention of spending two nights here, and that we did. But here was the great surprise: we arrived early (10 AM), long before the 4 PM check-in time. In my experience, most hotels will let you check in when they have a room, usually sometime after Noon. In this case, the gentleman at the desk had an empty room and we checked in immediately on arrival. That gave us plenty of time for a long nap before wandering around and seeing the sights.
This is probably the quietest hotel I've every been in, probably because it's constructed so that noise doesn't travel through walls or ceilings. The spa, according to my wife, was near perfection. I explored the adjacent casino and found it friendly and welcoming. The blackjack table (only one was open when I waked in) used manual shuffling out of a shoe -- not machine shuffling, so the odds are slightly better for alert players. They have a table in the lobby of the hotel that does not involve money but is there so novices can learn a little about the game before going into the casino, including making it clear to gamblers that, over time, they will lose 2% and possibly more of the amount they bet, depending on how well they play and swings of luck. They are also careful to tell people to play only with money they can afford to lose. Back to the real casino, the minimum bets are modest. It was only a $5 minimum when I walked in at 7 PM.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Recognized by Travel & Leisure magazine readers as one of the "World's Best," the Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort is a luxury Costa Rica resort hotel nestled between the warm waters of the Pacific and a 1,100 acre tropical rainforest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Los Suenos Marriott Ocean And Golf Resort
- Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Hotel Herradura
- Marriott Los Suenos Ocean Hotel
- Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort Costa Rica/Herradura