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JW Marriott Hotel Guanacaste Resort & Spa

Hacienda Pinilla Guanacaste, Playa Avellanas, Tamarindo Costa Rica
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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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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
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Fax / photocopying
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Sun umbrellas
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Laptop safe
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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John H wrote a review Sep 12
North Salt Lake, Utah52 contributions3 helpful votes
This hotel and property are stunning. The pool is amazing, the grounds are amazing, and the location is amazing. You are right at the start of a beautiful long sandy beech that you can walk down towards restaurants. There is great surf right there at the beach the hotel is on. The on site restaurant and gelato shop are both great. Wonderful experience.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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James M wrote a review May 2020
Jasper, Alabama306 contributions25 helpful votes
What a wonderful resort right on the pacific ocean. we were there in Feb ant the weather was great. wonderful pool and nice beach area. lots of restaurants to choose from, Little tough getting thjere but once u do its wonderful. Highley recomend
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Mark A wrote a review Apr 2020
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A little bit of paradise at your finger tips. the greatest service , and the Hotel was fantastic. supper comfortable and very quit. Food was reasonably priced and very delicious. nice little beach an property , many more beaches near by. The hotel Pool is out of this would , warm and very accessible. Sunsets where amazing.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Mark wrote a review Mar 2020
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Our Deluxe Oceanfront room with Balcony was comfortable and spacious with nice view of the water, particularly from our porch at sunset. The facilities were nice, but staff could have been more attentive and plentiful. Nice pool, but very few spots that see out to the ocean. Food was not amazing, but pretty good and in particular the sushi at the Asian Fusion restaurant was especially well done. The resort itself is a bit from from the hustle and bustle of Tamarindo, but that makes it a nice retreat. We rented a car for the trip, and found getting into town or to other local restaurants much easier than we'd expected after reading other reviews. The transportation provided by the resort to/from town was a bit frustrating -- good to know that you should book your transportation first thing in the morning or they might sell out of spots to Tamarindo. Overall comfortable and relaxing place, and we'd stay again at the right price.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Tafierce wrote a review Mar 2020
North Bay, Canada182 contributions196 helpful votes
This resort is a little out of the way. It is 20 minutes from Tamarindo where you can shop, get groceries, and grab some food. It wasn't a problem for us. The road is pretty bad going in but welcome to Costa Rica. We were fortunate to see monkeys swinging above the road some days and had to stop for a mother and baby crossing the road. - Check-in - greeted with drinks and towels for our hands. Relaxing set up - different from your usual check-in area. Free water bottles as gifts. Check-in guy was okay, could have been more personable (same with check-out) - grounds and resort itself is beautiful. The beach is smaller and not the best for swimming but it is right there for you. If you are adventurous, you can turn left, cross the rocks and round the corner for yet another beach to walk. The pool is really nice and apparently the biggest in Central America. Towels available at pool and drinks. A cute little Rum Bar near the steak house. Enjoyed the bartender and he took great photos! I did not take part in any onsite recreational activities and you do pay for them in your resort fee. I saw people watching a movie outside some nights. Live music in the lobby area on the weekends and some small vendors. An ice cream shop is also on site. Very yummy and expensive. - Food - because of our Platinum status, breakfasts were included. They were amazing - even gluten free and non-dairy options. For kids, there were cereals, pancakes (certain days), eggs, lots of breads, etc. Sitting upstairs overlooking the pool was relaxing while we had our coffee to start. We didn't eat many meals there because we like to take drives and explore the culture. However, what we did find eating away from the resort was not much different price-wise than at the resort. We only ate twice at the Italian restaurant nearest to the beach. Gorgeous to watch the sunset from here and decent prices. There was also a burger place and steak house. Besides front desk guys, ALL staff was above friendly and accommodating. We needed a couple of things for the room and we had assistance quickly. - Accommodations - we had a suite on floor 5 (corner room). Amazing!! Huge room/s with comfortable furniture, fridge, walk-in closet, gorgeous huge bathroom, nice balcony with also comfy furniture and fan. Great view of pool and ocean - couldn't see anyone beside us but heard them outside every now and then. Still very private. The gym was adequate for what we needed with cold cloths, towels, yoga mats, TV, cleaning wipes, and music. The store on site was actually quite good. There was nice clothing, hats, sunscreen, souvenirs, snacks, etc. Well stocked. Found souvenirs here that we could not find anywhere else. Overall - depends on the type of traveller you are. If you plan on staying there the whole time without renting a car, then you can take a shuttle/bus I am sure into Tamarindo or take part in some tours. There were walking trails, and horse-back riding however on site. Renting a car is pretty much a necessity in Costa Rica as it is large and it is great to explore. If you want to sit at a resort and do nothing, no point going to Costa Rica. There is just too much too explore, so you might as well go to the Domincan.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Room Tip: I wouldn't pick the bottom floors as not as much privacy.
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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 (3.7 miles), Papaya Con Leche (3.6 miles), and Beach & Pool Crawl (3.6 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 Guanacaste, Breaking Bread, and Cactus Restaurant.
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.