This is probably the most beautifully landscaped Marriott property I've stayed at. The grounds are spotless and filled with what look to be native trees and flowers, as well as a large, shaded grassy area with lounges on the way to the beach. The pool is unusual in that it is mostly shallow and winds through seating areas rather than being one central swimming area. Arched walkways over the water provide welcome shade and it was very pleasant to swim. We used the pool quite a bit. There were more than enough lounges, umbrellas and chairs the entire week and the swim up bar is more spacious than most resorts (the drinks were very good). We saw a few people with children and I noticed they have a sandy area for kids and an indoor play room. The property's architecture is quite lovely, with a Spanish influence in style and colors, and the interior common areas are as nice as any I've seen. Our room was a ground floor King with a small patio that we used a lot - note that most of the rooms do not have balconies, so getting a room with a patio was a real treat. The room was large, comfortable and had a very nice bathroom. Everything was in perfect condition and the housekeeper was fantastic. We ate breakfast in the restaurant nearly every day and except for one day, the service there was friendly and fast - the food was good all the time, though pricey as resorts tend to be. We also ordered drinks and food from the outdoor cafe, which was better than other Marriott resort pool dining we've had. The most memorable thing about our stay was the frequent visits from scarlet macaws (they call them Lapas). They are gorgeous and truly spectacular to see. The beach is brown sand, clean, a bit rocky and the waves are small. It is a nice place to walk but at one end it crosses a fresh water brook, so if you don't want to get wet you need to turn around there. If you do cross it, you end up off the resort property at a great spot to watch the sunset in an area of Jaco that has a bar and two restaurants (we ate excellent dinners at Pelicanos there). The marina is a 20-minute walk up the hill and it's interesting to see the boats and talk to the folks who go fishing (from what we learned, the marina boats are substantially more expensive than the boats that go out from Jaco). There are restaurants there but we only ate at the bakery, which was very good. Because my preference is a beach with a long stretch of white sand and big waves, I reluctantly give this resort 4 stars instead of 5. But we will almost certainly stay there again in the future and I recommend it without hesitation.
- 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