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“Pretty in a very Marriott way” 4 of 5 stars
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Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   800 mts West from Herradura Entrance | Playa Herradura, Central Pacific, Herradura 5024005 , Costa Rica   |  
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New York, New York, United States
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“Pretty in a very Marriott way”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Felt pretty typical of a resort Marriott. Lots of big, muscular architecture and furniture in a vaguely of Spanish Colonial style. The overall feeling is way more Disney than authentically Costa Rican.

Room and restaurants were nice and completely predictable.

Tip: our room was located on the main floor, not far from the porte cochere and bell station, so we heard people coming and going during daylight and early-evening hours.

One rather glaring annoyance: the hideous south-of-the-border style techno music blaring from the poolside restaurant actually drove us back onto the long veranda.

NB: This is a very, very, very family-friendly property. The extensive (and lovely) pool was continuously populated by kids and parents of all ages from about 9AM until dark. If you're looking for a quiet couple's getaway, this is probably not your best choice.

Room Tip: Tip: our room was located on the main floor, not far from the porte cochere and bell station, so we...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

My buddy & I arrived here after our 2 hour trek from the San Jose airport. We didn't have hotel reservations since our prior engagements informed us that they were booked on the day of our travels (Thanks subpar 1 star Jaco resort). We had money to burn, so we chose this 4 star Marriot since it was on our our path South towards Quepos and Manuel Antonio. We made the right choice. This property is stunning to say the least. I will start by stating that the beach leaves a bit to be desired since it's vacant due to the seclusion of this resort. The patrons prefer the pool, although we loved the warm and calm ocean that rests in the comfort of the adjacent Los Suenos Marina and adjacent islands. This area is the equivalent of Avalon/Stone Harbor in NJ which speaks volumes to the money here. The grounds, massive snaking pools and hotel are phenomenal if you can swing $250-$300/ night minimum. I'm no high roller, but we split the expenses. The food here is also perfect, but I've had better transversing the country during my 3 separate trips down here. The staff is wonderful; the lobby/hotel is breathtaking & the pools/swim-up bars are stellar. You won't go wrong booking some time here, but if you want to see Costa Rica.....do yourself a favor and rent a car. There are volcanoes and scenery abound and our 2 days here were enough before venturing South. Guanacaste is awesome, but the Central Pacific is even better. Make Los Suenos your starting point after your trek from San Jose. Indulge yourself and prepare for the awesome adventure that awaits you due South.

I'd return to this hot, pleasant & goregeous resort in the future. We made a lot of great new friends & memories here, but this place doesn't define CR. Travel to Guanacaste or South towards Manuel Antonio.....you'll see all that CR has to offer :)

Room Tip: Book ocean front if you can; it's much more pricey, but worth your $$!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

We stayed at the Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort from Jan. 28th through Feb. 5th 2013. We stayed there twice before and will be there end of this year again. The food is always excellent. They have never missed beat. The service is first class with a special and personal friendly touch of the staff. There are three restaurants plus the the garden restaurant and golf clubhouse restaurant. The beach could be cleaned up better so the walking to and on the beach is better. Its a beautiful hotel resort with beautiful grounds with lots of sun and shaded areas and a great pool area. The rooms are great and clean, the beds are very comfortable. There is great excess to special places either with your car or with tours. Unfortunately, there is no Marriott concierge, though the staff is giving great advise on where to go for dinner or excursions. The sunset is great from most of the rooms or the lighthouse. The best sunsets are at the dinner restaurant at Villa Caletas, just spectacular! The Price - Value, service comfort is great. Worth while every time we go there, though we always have our own transportation to get around without going through a travel and tour agency. The country Costa Rica is a great place to be and worth while to explore. Daily visits at this time from Macaws brighten up the stay even more.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

We stayed for 9 days at Los Suenos Marriott and had a very good time. This an upscale property with really good service. Yet there a few things missing with this hotel.
first, the positives:
Absolutely beautiful grounds and excellent pool area. There is a small swim bar, good convenient restaurant and friendly waiters to take your drink orders by the pool.
The entire 1,100 acre property is attractively maintained and very lush.
Every staff member was courteous, helpful and provided good advice.
The room with the balcony had a partial ocean view. I would recommend getting a room with a balcony to be able to sit and enjoy the sun setting on Herradura Bay.
The room is big, comfortable with a good shower and tub.

What we found missing from this resort,
There is no
Marriott concierge at this luxury resort. Every guest service is contracted out to an site travel and tour agency.
We could not find a directory or map of the property. There are four restaurants but we only found three of them. We had a hard time finding the casino which is not connected to the hotel.
Travel to a close by marina with nice restaurants involves a long walk in the dark. The hotel doesn't provide a shuttle service.
You cannot get a cup of coffee after 8 pm because the coffee cafe closes at that time.
There are wild iguana all over the property, especially by the pool area.
Finally, where's the beach? The mud and dirt that exists on he beach area just beyond the hotel property is not what you'd expect at a luxury resort.

Costa Rica is a very beautiful country and offers gorgeous sights and ran forests, The Marriott Los Suenos could use some improvements.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

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.

Room Tip: If you can upgrade to a room with a balcony or patio, it's worth it. We used our patio a lot an...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013 via mobile

This resort is beautiful, the staff are nice and the location is great. I stayed here with a friend and had a great time. There is a marina within the resort area with restaurants and shops as well which was nice. It is also close to Jaco which is a cute surf town, especially during the day. Be warned that the resort is expensive (40 dollars for sunscreen?? Come on) which I did not expect but I was okay with it as the standard was high as well (okay... I am still bitter about the sunscreen). Only negative is that there is no concierge but instead a Swiss travel office. The recommends seemed canned as it was more of a sales business than a helpful resource... Pretty brutal for a Marriott and considering the cost but not enough to upset my days by the pool! Note that it is 1.5 hours from the airport but it is a lovely drive.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

This hotel was simply gorgeous, very relaxing and serene. The pool area is very nice and large enough to explore. The hotel is family friendly. The hotel is right on the beach which is very secluded. There is a Marina that is less than 15 minutes away by foot with small boutique stores.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 800 mts West from Herradura Entrance | Playa Herradura, Central Pacific, Herradura 5024005 , Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Herradura
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Herradura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 328
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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