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JW Marriott Hotel Guanacaste Resort & Spa

Hacienda Pinilla, Playa Avellanas, Tamarindo 50906 Costa Rica
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 07/05/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Live an authentic Costa Rican experience in a luxury hacienda style resort in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. JW Marriott Hotel Guanacaste Resort & Spa is surrounded by the splendors of Costa Rican rich biodiversity. This resort & spa sits oceanfront and is the only international branded hotel close to Tamarindo town. The resort is located right at Mansita beach and guests can choose from four other beaches within Hacienda Pinilla. Next to the resort you will find an equestrian center, tennis courts, and an 18-hole golf course with coastal layout. Enjoy surf beaches with excellent year-round waves and warm water, visit turtle nesting sanctuaries or observe a great variety of wildlife. All guestrooms have balconies either with garden, pool or ocean view. In-room amenities include LCD TVs, soundproof windows, alarm clock with mobile docks, streaming speed internet, total blackout curtains, plush pillow-top mattresses, rich woods, and marble bathtubs.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Valet parking
Paid wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Car hire
Taxi service
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Makeup services
Steam room
Waxing services
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Convenience store
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Sun umbrellas
ATM on site
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Dining area
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Private balcony
Room service
Seating area
Separate dining area
Separate living room
Bottled water
Laptop safe
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Stealth667 wrote a review Jul 2021
Albuquerque, New Mexico18 contributions52 helpful votes
This was an exceptionally well operated resort. The property was clean and well maintained. We had the pleasure of the best suite in the house. Ocean front one-bedroom suite with a private plunge pool. Definitely recommend you seek out this room if you want the best. Our experience with the JW Guanacaste started well before we arrived. We reached out to the concierge, Anthony, with several questions about COVID testing, transportation, rooms, and activities. He always responded very quickly to our questions. Anthony connected us up with TAM for offsite activities, GO CR Vision for transportation, and a local clinic who did the COVID testing in our room. Perfect and the results were back that evening. The resort was well staffed. We cannot say enough about the personal attention we received from the staff. Vladimir, Dennis, and Eddie who worked the pool bar and restaurants were absolutely outstanding. They remembered our names and what we liked to drink. Juan helped us several times secure restaurant reservations on short notice. Steven out front was a wealth of knowledge and a pleasure to talk with. The level of personal attention we received really made our stay memorable. Our stay at the JW Guanacaste has to rank in our top 5 for beach resorts we have visited. Thanks to the JW team. We will visit again.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Room Tip: Ocean front suite
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Eka Chamber wrote a review Jul 2021
Costa Rica6 contributions
Large resort , family oriented with nice large pool area, pool service very limited. Pet friendly for an additional $100. Although a beach front hotel , there is not a comportable nor inviting beach area. Except for 3 chairs and one umbrella off to a side it was an empty beach after the pool. Beach area needs to improve greatly, it’s what so many think of when booking a resort, adding chairs, umbrellas and service is essential.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Biking is a nice activity to do in the area , fun trails. Hotel is a bit isolated, great for...
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kbbos2n wrote a review Jul 2021
Boston, Massachusetts4 contributions3 helpful votes
I’m sorry to write this, but this place is overpriced and just doesn’t feel special. The location is gorgeous, but not practical. The beach is not swimmable. It’s covered in rocks, the undertow is not safe, and it’s swarming with dragonflies. The pool is hot, so not refreshing, and everything is too expensive. Burgers are $25. Breakfast is $17. We spent the previous 5 days in the rainforest at a really nice hotel and that felt special. Meals felt expensive, but reasonable. This is 3x the cost. Maybe this works for a couple, but not a family. The other thing is that we’re trapped here. A cab ride for a family of five to go to town is $100. If coming to CR and exploring upscale hotels in the Tamarindo area, I’m sure there are better places to have a luxury beach experience. Or perhaps Marriott could run free shuttles to a real beach.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: If coming here, use the AAA discount to get $100 credit per day. It helps!
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Neffie wrote a review Jul 2021
Austin, Texas24 contributions1 helpful vote
Go! Shout out to housekeeping- they did such a great job taking care of us. The rooms have a clean seal upon arrival. David with EcoTours affiliated with the hotel was so professional and hospitable. The other employees were amazing! The yoga teacher on Monday was beyond grand! Her energy and yogi skills were amazing! David that led the bike tour was attentive, professional and informative. Henry that assisted with the baggage was amazing. Get the massages, they were sooooo good! Should out to Priscilla and Aieysls, great hands! Go for the ocean view it was worth it! As far as COVID prevention - everyone including housekeeping, landscaping and all of staff cleaned consistently and had mask on. The airport has you wash hands and they constantly sanitized. Get the COVID test that comes to your room, we got the results within 12 hours. All the restaurants are amazing and the food was awesome! Order room service breakfast, it’s so good! Go to Tamarindo - it was fun! Went three times - different experience each time. You can take a taxi or get the eco tours daily ride. We ended up doing both. We also visited coco beach, Carrillo and the secrets resort. Pack bug spray or essential oils to reduce bug bites. Be open minded. Take an excursion. We did the Catamaran tour and horseback riding. Costa Rica is a beautiful country and the JW is a safe, lovely place that offers local options, several restaurants and activities for the guests. GO!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Bring bug spray or essential oil. Go on an excursion. Try the different restaurants. Go to...
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Michael M wrote a review Jul 2021
GREAT FALLS5 contributions
Just checked in and went to the pool to relax and have cocktails with family ant the pool bar is open from 11am-5pm. They have a sports bar that opens at 6. It’s very disappointing and you have to have a reservation for every meal. Which means if your tour is longer than expected you will miss your dinner this is not a 4-5 star resort. Don’t waste the money. It’s not worth it
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
$245 - $901 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about JW Marriott Hotel Guanacaste Resort & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to JW Marriott Hotel Guanacaste Resort & Spa?
Nearby attractions include Lydia Beech Art Boutique (3.6 miles), Papaya Con Leche (3.6 miles), and Spa Maya (3.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at JW Marriott Hotel Guanacaste Resort & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at JW Marriott Hotel Guanacaste Resort & Spa?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at JW Marriott Hotel Guanacaste Resort & Spa?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at JW Marriott Hotel Guanacaste Resort & Spa?
Yes, free parking and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to JW Marriott Hotel Guanacaste Resort & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include HiR Fine Dining, Cactus Restaurant, and Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon.
Are there opportunities to exercise at JW Marriott Hotel Guanacaste Resort & Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Is JW Marriott Hotel Guanacaste Resort & Spa located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of Playa Avellanas.
Are any cleaning services offered at JW Marriott Hotel Guanacaste Resort & Spa?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does JW Marriott Hotel Guanacaste Resort & Spa offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Does JW Marriott Hotel Guanacaste Resort & Spa have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.