I find it tricky business to give rankings as I am forced to compare to other experiences elsewhere. As this was our first trip to Costa Rica, I have nothing to compare it to locally, only to other places we've been.
Room - we had a ocean view, literally (room 232). There are plenty of rooms at this resort which are exposed to this amazing view, but plenty more which are not. So if it's important to you, you'll need to pay up for it. We shared our room with our two grown children and is decent sized with a large bathroom (tub, shower, separate toilet, etc.) and a balcony. Nightly tun down service was spotty, free bottles of water (never enough), mini-bar. Overall, very nice.
Food - we don't favor spending our dining time on campus so only had a few experiences. Pool food was mediocre for what we like to nibble on. We had breakfast buffet included with our room and it was quite good, very large selection but even this get's old after a few days. Had one dinner (Asian) and was quite good. The waitstaff are very sweet and proper. Overall - average.
Pool - HUGE pool, not sure if that's good or bad. We never had a problem finding a spot although did have a problem finding shade as it was VERY windy while we were there thus no umbrellas up. Other posts refer to the "bus tour people" which there where but we didn't find it a problem at all. The pool staff aren't as good as you'd expect (pointing "that way" for towels rather than helping you...) As a result, we chose to spend our pool time at the beach club down the way - much smaller, more to our liking.
Beach - the beach proper isn't much of a beach as you can't swim due to the surf and rocks. However - head to the beach club (a 10 minute walk or 5 minute care ride) and one of the best beaches I've been to (a couple of mile long and very wide with great body surfing, boogie board waves). From there, it is a 15 minute walk to Lola's - a FANTASTIC lunch place a million miles form nowhere. A highlight for us.
Location - 25 minutes from Tamarindo, hour and half from the airport. Remote by some standards. We drove into Tamarindo for dinner most nights - fun to do. Other posters have complained about "the roads". Get over it. There is about 3km's of bumpy dirt roads. The resort itself is deep into a development that obviously got stuck in the 2008 financial crisis but what didn't! Overall - a great experience traveling here and there.