We stay at the Costa Rica Marriott San Jose each time we come to Costa Rica, about once a year. It is a beautiful hotel in the Spanish Hacienda style, with lush grounds, two lovely swimming pools (adult and child), a full spa, modern and pleasant gym, tennis courts and golf putting range.
Your food options include a top notch restaurant (Antigua) as well as a Spanish tapas bar, an elegant bar for drinks and small eats, and a cafe that offers pastries, empanadas and other savory bites, and of course hot and cold beverages. Everything is quite expensive, so do be prepared for that. The breakfast buffet in the Antigua restaurant is excellent, offering a nice variety of hot dishes including some typical Costa Rican options, a variety of breads, pastries, fresh fruit, yogurts, jams, peanut butter and other spreads, and fresh juices or juice blends made to order on the spot. What is more, you can sit at a table on the covered patio and enjoy fresh air and a gorgeous view of the hotel grounds.
The rooms are lovely, well appointed and comfortable, including beds and bedding. Very importantly, you have a thermostat to control the temperature in your room, which allows you to use the air conditioning but control the temperature. This helps eliminate the humidity and mugginess that can be uncomfortable in Costa Rica, without freezing in the process. The only negative is that there can be a bit of noise through the door from the corridors, as they have tile floors and sound tends to magnify a bit, but this just meant a bit of noise in the early morning as travelers with early flights departed and spoke too loudly. If you get an Executive room, you gain access to the Executive lounge on the 4th floor, which offers a small breakfast and dinner spread at those hours, and free hot and cold beverages and water bottles at any hour from 5 am to midnight. This lounge makes getting an Executive room well worthwhile, so that you can get a cup of tea, coffeee, an espresso, a small snack at any hour without additional charge, and even a meal at certain hours.
Service is excellent, as all personnel clearly have been trained to offer the most attentive, polite and friendly service.
The only thing you will not get at this hotel is an authentic Costa Rican hotel experience. This is an American hotel with American class bedding, amenities, services and prices. For us, it is an oasis of luxury in a country where things are not always comfortable, even at highly rated hotels. It comes with a price, as the hotel is expensive, but we would not go anywhere else in the San Jose area.
Also, this hotel is close to the airport, but a good 30 minutes from the center of San Jose, so just be aware of that.
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- Also Known As:
- Costa Rica Marriott San Jose
- Marriott San Antonio De Belen
- Marriott San Jose
- Marriott Costa Rica
- San Jose Marriott
- Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose San Antonio De Belen