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.
- Also Known As:
- Jw Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa Costa Rica Hotel Santa Cruz
- Jw Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa Costa Rica Hotel
- Jw Marriott Guanacaste Resort And Spa Costa Rica
- Jw Marriott Santa Cruz
- Marriott Santa Cruz
- JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa Costa Rica
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Live a Costa Rican hacienda style resort experience, in a rustic luxury beach front property in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. This resort & Spa sits oceanfront on a secluded stretch of coastline near the Hacienda Pinilla Golf Course, south of Tamarindo. The property features the largest infinity pool in Central America, outdoor hot tubs, a fully equipped fitness center, biking and jogging trails, a Kids Club where children will be entertained with various activities while you relax in our Spa, ranked one of the top five Spas in Latin America by Spa Magazine. This Costa Rica resort offers 5 restaurants and two bars, enjoy a dinner right on the beach under the stars at Azul Grill, Asian Fusion cuisine in Tamarine, a genuine Guanacastecan style Steakhouse in Sabanero or relax at Nau Lounge and Bar while admiring a spectacular sunset. All rooms have balconies with garden, pool or ocean views. In-room amenities include LCD TVs with premium channels, soundproof windows, iPod docks and streaming speed Wi-Fi Internet access, blackout curtains, plush pillow-top mattresses, and fine linens, rich woods and marble bathtubs. The resort is surrounded by the splendors of Costa Rican nature; with a choice of 3 beaches, adjacent to an equestrian center, tennis courts, and an 18-hole golf course with a coastal layout designed by Mike Young, be sure to pause at the 15th hole overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Off-site activities like canopy tours, horseback riding and scuba diving can be arranged on site. The town of Tamarindo is just 5 miles away, where you will find restaurants, bars, and souvenirs in a "Pura Vida" laid back atmosphere. ... more less
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