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“Excuisite resort, great activities nearby, this was our second visit” 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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“Excuisite resort, great activities nearby, this was our second visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

Getting to the resort was an easy ride in our rented car; we drove from San Jose and stopped just before the resort to see the crocodiles under a bridge near-by; if you really want to convince yourself that those are crocodiles rather than floating logs, buy some raw meat at a merchant nearby (there are quite a few merchants right near the bridge) and toss it into the river! Be ready to see the crocodiles leap to get the food.
The resort is gorgeous. The swimming pool is meandering about as if it was a river, making it very pleasant to wonder about it in, going under waterfalls and eventually reaching the pool bar. The water is shallow (about 4 ft I'd guess), making it nice to take kids along - depending on their skills at swimming, they could swim across the width of the "river" or perhaps have floaties to help them along.
The hotel's travel agency can book tours for you, but a more affordable alternative for the same tours can be easily obtained from Piko Travel: a car or pick-up truck with the name of Piko Travel is almost always parked right on the beach, just off the Marriott property. We bought ziplining and Tortuga Island tours from them, both excellent.
The Marina is visible from the hotel and a short, pleasant walk. The Marina is not only a nice diversion, but also a different place to grab a bite or just have a stroll.
The Manuel Antonio National Park is an easy drive from the hotel. Drive all the way to (or just past) the entrance of the park and then park your car - there are plenty of places to park; don't let fake park "employees" trick you into parking on the street, way before the entrance to the park, just so they can try and talk you into a guided tour of the park. If you prefer to have a private guide, you can get one right at the entrance. We just walked around on our own and saw capucci monkeys, racoons (mainly at the beach), sloths, birds, tree frogs. The beach is very nice if you want to bring bathing suit and towel.
If you don't want to eat all meals in the restaurants, rent a small refrigerator for your room (about $10 for a few days) and shop at the nearby supermarket; it may seem pricey compared to your super market at home, but it sure beats restaurant prices for beer, wine, fruits, bread, etc. If you travel with kids, it's nice to have milk in the refrigerator and perhaps some snacks.
The beach at the hotel is not so nice for swimming - rocks hurt your feet. But the beach is nice for collecting pink shells, scouting for marine life, admiring the pelicans diving to catch fish.
If you'd like to spend a day at a beautiful beach, try Tortuga Island tour (Piko Travel charged $100 per adult, kids were free, and we climbed onto a tender right at the hotel's beach, got to the bigger boat in no time).
The hotel rooms are beautiful, comfortable, roomy, clean. The staff is very helpful. Take a walk to highest floor (I think it's 4th) and admire the view from the open staircase, overlooking the water - it's beautiful. At night, look up and sout for bats!
Although the areas outside the resort are not all very nice, the resort and marina are all very nice and very safe - a pleasure!
We had a great time!

Room Tip: I can't imagine a bad room here...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

We visited Los Suenos for 3 nights at the start of our vacation in Costa Rica. We had read many reviews on Trip Advisor, so we were thrilled when we were given rooms 446 and 447. We were traveling with our daughters (ages 14 and 11) and the rooms adjoin with a common area between (part of the 446 suite). We had 3 balconies overlooking the pool and ocean just above the lobby bar and one of the restaurants. As Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite members, we are provided a room upgrade based on availability. Needless to say, we were thrilled with the accommodations! Many thanks to Nicolas Sandoval for his help with the check-in process and for his willingness to answer our questions!

We did try the restaurants too. The breakfast buffet at Nuevo Latino offered a huge variety of foods (from traditional French toast to frittatas, breakfast burritos, and made to order omelets). The fruit was incredible and our girls loved the variety of pastries. The buffet was expensive, however we ate a late breakfast and then ended up skipping lunch so we felt it was worth the cost. We also had dinner at La Vista. Our waiter, Randall, offered excellent suggestions for our entrees and drinks. Lastly, we had a light dinner at the Puesta de Sol lobby bar. The flatbreads are huge and can easily be shared between two people.

Other reviews mentioned the distance off the main road you need to travel to get to Los Suenos. We rented a car at the hotel and did not have a problem heading off for excursions from here. Some places we enjoyed during our short stay were TacoBar in Jaco (ate there for breakfast one morning and loved it!), watching the sunset from Villa Caletas (go early to get a spot...truly a once in a lifetime experience!), and a guided tour of Manuel Antonio (about an hour and a half drive, but so worth it!) We highly recommend Mario Brenes with Costa Rica Jade Tours.

I must mention that we were most impressed with how the hotel reached out to us prior to our arrival. Susanna Flores arranged for our rental car. She definitely made us feel like Los Suenos wanted our visit to be flawless.

All in all, this is a beautiful resort with great amenities and a friendly staff! If you are looking to stay in this area, definitely consider it!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

we are staying coco beach quanacaste ...but went down to manuel antonio national park and then met up with relatives at a wedding in los suenos...what a great treat for us a truly a 5 star hotel...and we soaked it all up cool pool and great food with a golf course to boot...if u wanna spoil yourself ...definitely go there...Larry,NYC

Room Tip: we had an ocean view room and it was worth it....great sunset over the ocean
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

This was our first visit to Costa Rica and not knowing what to expect we were pleasantly surprised by this extraordinary hotel property! What a great view! We were in Costa Rica for 10 nights and decided that we didn't want to book a hotel online because we were unsure of what we were getting... Needless to say we spent 8 out of 10 nights at this location (The other 2 nights were spent at this sister hotel the JW Marriott in Guanacaste - which is also gorgeous!). Regardless this hotel is not only a completely gorgeous property but its staff is outstanding! The front desk is very accommodating to your every needs and the fully stocked bar has wonderful and professional bartenders and wait staff! You'll love lounging by their serene pool and gardens which overlooks the beach and sunsets! And you'll enjoy coming back to a clean, spacious, elegantly authentic Costa Rican styled room! Their golf course is very beautiful and full of all different types of Costa Rican wildlife! Last but not least the food served at this Marriott is arguably the best of any hotel we've ever tried and we like 5 star... When we go back to Costa Rica we will be staying at this location!

  • Stayed May 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We just returned from this lovely place. Our room was great even had turn down service which is a plus! Loved the decor, the pool and the staff. If you are going for the beach--- don't. The beach is volcanic and not too pretty. The food was better than most hotels ( we did an all inclusive plan)
Beautiful grounds. Small casino -- my husband enjoyed that. 5 days was plenty. Not a lot to do unless you want to travel some distance. Had massage at spa it was awesome!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

My husband, college son and I spent a week at this hotel and loved it. Having travelled extensively and stayed at many lovely hotels, castles and villas, we felt that this property had shed the chain hotel atmosphere that afflicts some places. The lobby has a lovely Spanish atmosphere with beautiful views of the ocean, cooling breezes and a pianist on some evenings. The pool is wonderful as it winds among trees and flowers and under bridges. Plenty of lounge chairs are available in small clusters that afford some privacy. [No problem finding a place to sit as the number of lounges seems to exceed the number of guests.] For those avoiding the direct sunlight, many lounge chairs are placed on the tree shaded lawn that separates the pool area from the ocean. The beach is not one for lounging or swimming but the pool compensates for that fact. If one travels to Costa Rica, very probably the various "adventure" trips are high on the list of activities. Accordingly, many people leave for the day on these rafting, hiking, fishing, boating and birding excursions. Returning to the hotel at the end of the day is relaxing. A swim, a cocktail or dinner is most welcome. The fanciest restaurant on the property, "Nuevo Latino," is really very fine. The three of us had excellent dinners there. For breakfast, the menu is extensive. We often chose to eat at the nearby golf club house for breakfast. For location, price, decor and cleanliness, this property deserves high praise.

Room Tip: Double bed rooms do not have two queens--a disappointment. No need to pay for an ocean view because...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 23, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for five nights and loved every minute. Rooms were clean, resort was just the right size and everyone was happy to help us out with anything we needed.

Spent each night at the relatively small casino and the folks there were just as pleasant as the rest of the resort.

Rented a car and enjoyed going into Jaco(Jaco Taco was the best) and also over to Playa Hermosa.

No complaints about on resort dining though we did eat over at the marina three nights, twice at the Hookup which had decent food and cold beer. The pool area had drink specials each day which helped offset the somewhat expensive food we had for lunch. Large grocery store as you turn onto the road to the resort with a pretty good selection of meats, bakery and dry items.

This area is so close to SJO but still far enough away that it does seem secluded and enjoyable.

I know some people complain about the town of Jaco but we really thought it was a great place to hang out with wide beaches and that surfing town feel.

You cannot go wrong staying here for a couple of days!

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 800 mts West from Herradura Entrance | Playa Herradura, Central Pacific, Herradura 5024005 , Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Herradura
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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
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Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in Herradura
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Hotel Class:4 star — Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort 4*
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