We stayed at Los Suenos for 7 days and had a blast. First, we went through Marriott and arranged transportation to/from the airport/hotel. 1 quick thing about the airport: its the smallest runway in all of the Americas so they are only able to fly in 737's and A319s. Its not uncommon when you fly back to the United States to have to make a stop and refuel, bc of this and the headwinds. be prepared for a long day. Back to the roads- I saw many guests at the hotel in the business office on the ph# with Hertz begging for them to discontinue their reservation bc they were so afraid to drive back! The drive is about 2 hours, and like i said, the roads are windy, narrow and you're driving up and down the mountains. The hotel is beautiful, its right on a golf course and tucked in between mountains. The beach itself wasnt nice, as other reviews have mentioned, but no one stays here for the beach. If you're looking for a nice beach, head over to Jaco'. The grounds are well manicured and like many Marriott resorts in the Carribean, they are constantly maintaining and upgrading, which is nice. This place was clean and I had no complaints about the room being damp or dirty. The lobby is open-air, which is real nice, but bc of this, you may see an occasional small lizard or 2. they are harmless and are quite common in this area. the restaurants in the hotel are your standard resort type cuisine and prices. We found the food to be very good, especially at the bar.
The pool is unreal. First, its huge and feels like 1 big lazy-river. its nice because there are several sections and if you have kids, there is even a small pool for them too. Its hot in Costa Rica!!! it was almost unbearable to lay out so most found themselves in the pool virtually all day. there are plenty of chairs/ tables and even on the lawn there were more places to sit. the resort was at 40 percent capacity but we never felt crowded. service at the pool was good, but like many resorts, youll be paying 7 bucks a beer and 11 for a mixed drink. heres a hint: about a mile up the road there is a Supermarket that is actually nicer than a lot in the states. stock up here on booze and snacks/water and youll save a bunch. There was a casino on site but it was real small and had only 4 tables and 8 or 9 slot machines.
We did all of our tours through Marriott and they were all great. Manual Antonio was unbelievable and our favorite. So many Animals and a great experience. Of course, you have to do zip-lining if you come to costa rica, and we also did Tortuga Island. We wanted to do Arenal Volcano, but we ran out of time. This is the longest tour (14 hours) and unfortunately from what we heard, there is a 50/50 chance of actually seeing the volcano b/c of fog. I dont know about you, but if i drove 4 hours and didnt see the thing, i'd be pretty upset.
walk over to the Marina (about 5 minutes). there were several real good restaurants and shops. they also have a cyber cafe and its a lot less expensive than the internet service in the Marriott business center. Check out "The Hook Up" bar and grille. this was a great place to grab a casual and inexpensive meal while having a great view of the cove and marina. there is a great coffee/desert shoppe there too and an ATM where you can get Dollars or Colones. there is a shuttle that runs from Marriott to the Marina every 30 minutes. if youre looking for nighlife its definitely not the place to go. Jaco' is about 10 min away and there are a lot of bars/ clubs but its definitely on the shady side. watch yourself in Jaco after the sun goes down.
arrange a car to take you up to Villa Colletas around 5:30-6. a lot of guests go to watch the sunset and its absolutely breathtaking. i heard the restaurant itself isnt so great so like many we just went for cocktails. its a real nice little hotel perched high atop a cliff over-looking the Pacific. They are currently renovating their spa/ fitness center, but the spa service was still top notch, and they still have a small fitness center. the new complex should be open an June, and looks real nice. remember to pay for your departure tax before you leave the Marriott, as the line for this when you get to the airport can get REAL long and may cost you your flight home. We loved our trip and will miss Costa Rica!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Recognized by Travel & Leisure magazine readers as one of the "World's Best," the Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort is a luxury Costa Rica resort hotel nestled between the warm waters of the Pacific and a 1,100 acre tropical rainforest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Los Suenos Marriott Ocean And Golf Resort
- Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Hotel Herradura
- Marriott Los Suenos Ocean Hotel
- Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort Costa Rica/Herradura