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“Excellent Resort-like Marriott” 5 of 5 stars
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Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   700 mts West from Bridgestone/Firestone, San Antonio De Belen 502-4005, Costa Rica   |  
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Pennsylvania, Usa
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60 hotel reviews
Reviews in 93 cities Reviews in 93 cities
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
“Excellent Resort-like Marriott”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

The Marriott San Jose Hotel in Costa Rica is built in a hacienda style with beautiful grounds in a quiet area near the airport. The building is beautifully decorated with a lovely interior courtyard. Many rooms have views of the mountains surrounding San Jose. All public spaces and rooms were immaculately clean and comfortable. At night, they lit electric candles in the public areas which were very pretty. The restaurants looked lovely and the food was reasonably priced. The executive lounge was very nice and offered a nice selection of food for breakfast and for the hors de oeuvres hours. Drinks were not free in the executive lounge, but were competitively priced. Service everywhere was excellent. The grounds alone are worth a visit. They have two large pools and a hot tub surrounded by lovely landscaping. They offer a spa and exercise room in a separate building. There is a small golf course and other sports facilities, including a measured walking path, on the grounds. There is also a small chapel on the grounds. They have a travel service on the property offering local tours, but we connected with a local guide who offered a more cost-effective solution for our available time. The hotel offered airport pickup service for a small fee which worked very well for us. The only downside is that this hotel is not in the downtown or tourist area if you wish to walk to attractions and outside restaurants, but this was not a problem for us. I highly recommend this hotel. We will return should we find ourselves in Costa Rica in the future.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • 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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Chantilly, Virginia, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Stayed five nights over Christmas break (Dec 2012). Had a wonderful time, everything about the property was top quality. Included breakfast buffet was a perfect start of the day. Had access to the executive lounge which provided snacks and drinks further making the stay even more pleasant. Overall, the whole family enjoyed the hospitality and relaxing environment. It is close to the airport, taxi cost was about US$10. Used on-site agency to book excursions to Poas Volcano, Manuel Antonio National Park, etc. Could have saved some money had I pre-planned and booked these in advance (through Viator or Expedia), but still not a bad value. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Ashland, Massachusetts
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62 reviews 62 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Although I stayed here for work, it is a very beautiful hotel and I could stay here if i was on vacation. It used to be a coffee plantation so its big and sprawling with several nature walks on the grounds. The restaurants are very nice but the service is excellent. The pools were a bit cold but the gym and spa were top notch. My only complaint could be that the hotels houses several groups in the 2 weeks I was there it was a large coffee company, a huge wedding, and a drug company. It is not the fault of the hotel but the guests can get loud by the hotel handled it professionally.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 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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East Sussex
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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We stayed here for two night as part of a Costa Rica tour. This is a modern hotel on the outskirts of San Jose and within a few minutes of the airport. The rooms are spacious, the food is good and the staff very helpful and friendly. Some noise does echo from the corridors to the rooms due to the hard floors.

  • Stayed January 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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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

We used this hotel for our first and last nights in Costa Rica. It's close to the international airport, and fairly close to Tobias Bolanos, the airport that NatureAir uses.

This is a classy property in a beautiful setting - lovely building with attractive Spanish colonial central courtyard and very comfortable rooms with good beds and quality bedding. The food in the restaurants was tasty, the breakfast buffet costly but excellent, worth it.

Negatives:
- The attractive but cold pools, which were quite the shock to the system after heated pools in most resorts and the beautifully warm ocean water.
- The costly internet access and separate charge for computer use. Surely the Marriott can provide free wifi at the rates they charge.

Being an American hotel in cooler San Jose, the Marriott serves as a good transition from the hot hot Pacific and whatever cold destination you have to return to.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Excellent easy in , easy out after or before your flight at San Juan Santamaria. Restaurants are open late. Room service is 24 hours. Several breakfast options. Better rooms are on the upper floors. Spa is open until 9pm.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The Marriott was an excellent venue for our conference and a wonderful place to relax. My room was well-appointed and clean, with a beautiful view from the window. I found Goldilock's bed in my room, but there was nothing "just right" about the luxurious bath. The large tub and copious amounts of hot water encouraged self-indulgence.

The hallways and public rooms are partially open to the outside, allowing fresh air to the inside and unobstructed views to the outside. The central courtyard is open to the sky. Series of arched openings in the walls allow convenient access between the dining rooms, conference rooms, and halls to the hotel rooms.

Breakfast consists of a vast array of foods - pastries, fruits, eggs, meats, cold and hot drinks - indeed, more than I can remember. Service was generally excellent and friendly, although our group was large and occasionally overwhelmed hotel staff. This led us to a more leisurely approach to breakfast and lunch that is normal for North Americans, a positive change for most of us.

The Marriott has earned its excellent reputation. Should the opportunity to visit arise, do it!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 700 mts West from Bridgestone/Firestone, San Antonio De Belen 502-4005, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > San Antonio De Belen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in San Antonio De Belen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose 4*
Number of rooms: 299
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