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“Excellent resort, terrific infinity pool, sumptuous buffets, nice views”

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JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Playa Avellanas
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 April 2016

We stayed two nights as part of our Caravan.com tours and enjoyed the JW Marriott. Excellent service at the restaurant, front desk and when we booked our surf lesson. The views from the infinity pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean, especially during sunset were awesome.

Stayed: April 2016
1  Thank Power S
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GM_JWGuanacaste, General Manager at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2016

Dear Power S;

Thank you for your fantastic review. It is great to know that your experience was what you were looking for and as you expressed I think the sunsets here are amazing.

I hope you had enjoyed the rest of the tour in Costa Rica with your group.

Bring your family next time so they can admire our sunsets and be relax by the pool at the same time. For us it would be more than a pleasure to serve you again.

Sincerely;

Jesus Gonzalez
General Manager

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Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

Beautiful Beaches.........great for surfing!
A bit rocky, not great for sunbathing and be careful if you aren't a confident ocean swimmer.
Lovely property and great Costa Rica vibe, casual & relaxed

Spacious rooms with a fabulous bathtub for soaking, get an ocean front room and watch the beautiful sunsets nightly

Stayed: April 2016, travelled on business
Thank Andrea K
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GM_JWGuanacaste, General Manager at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2016

Andrea K thank you for such a great comments. We are glad to know that you liked the Resort and room.

The Ocean Front rooms are great since you can hear the ocean and as your said you can seat in your balcony a watch the amazing sunsets every late afternoon.

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Reviewed 21 April 2016

The reviews on this place are pretty consistent, so I guess I'm surprised that other guests are still surprised by their experiences. It is more beautiful than it appears in the pictures. And it is isolated: It cost 4 of us $25 each way for a taxi to Avellanas Beach, which is really just around the corner as the crow flies. There is no real attempt to provide a provide an authentic Costa Rican experience here, and that shouldn't be surprising. For example, the staff doesn't really greet you with "Buenos dias" consistently. We didn't have an opportunity to try the nightly BBQ, which looked really good. The evening bar option (as far as I could tell there was only one) is not at all inviting: bad lighting, outdated cocktail selections, limited beers, and generic decor. The restaurant we went to every night also had generic decor. The dinners were not memorable, though the sushi was pretty good. Breakfast was very good, especially the buffet. The staff was courteous and helpful. Bottom line: This is America plopped on the coast of Central America. (I only heard a few guest voices that weren't American.) If you want to stay in your comfort zone, you'll be fine with this hotel. If this is the only place visit in Costa Rica and you go home and tell people you visited Costa Rica, it's like going to New York and only visiting Times Square.

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled with family
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GM_JWGuanacaste, General Manager at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2016

Dear Sylvester F;

Thank you very much for your positive comments and for your feedback. I shared your review with our Food and Beverage Director in order to improve our services in our NAU Bar.

On the other hand I am pleased to know that you liked the Resort and have enjoyed the Sushi at Tamarine and our Breakfast at Mansita.

This are have a lot to offer to our guests since there is National Parks and great beaches nearby that is why I always recommend to rent a car and adventure.

Kindest regards;

Jesus Gonzalez
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Reviewed 21 April 2016

We stayed here for two nights on a Caravan Costa Rica tour. I cannot say enough good things about this resort or Caravan. We had a huge buffet with incredible foods and got to eat outside with a great view of the infinity pool. The grounds were very well kept, the staff was friendly, the beach was small and a bit rocky but who cares.....it was soooo beautiful. Our room faced a field and partial view of the ocean. We could hear the howler monkeys in the distance from our balcony. It was wonderful!!

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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GM_JWGuanacaste, General Manager at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2016

Thank you very much wannadrive for sharing this wonderful review with us.

It is very important to know that our guest leave the resort with a great memories from their visit.

I am very pleased to know that you liked everything and we hope to be your host again.

Regards;

Jesus Gonzalez
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Reviewed 19 April 2016

We stayed here for a long weekend getaway using my Marriott points and had a nice relaxing time. The property feels very isolated, but it's truly only 15-20 min from Tamarindo and other beaches. I think we ate at all of the restaurants at the resort except for the Asian fusion place. All of them are pricey (expected at a resort), but very good. The pool is the highlight of the place (huge and beautiful), and it's open 24-7 which is great for a midnight swim. The private beach is small, but nice. We especially enjoyed the sunset BBQ on the beach. The spa is first-class as well.

The service was great across the board. We were impressed that the entire staff seemed to be bilingual. Maybe the only area lacking was the pool where the bartenders didn't come around very often.

Overall, it's a great resort and spa. To be honest, if I wasn't staying on points, I would probably opt for a lower priced resort. But if you can afford it or can get a good rate, go for it.

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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GM_JWGuanacaste, General Manager at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2016

Dear Creston K;

We appreciate very much your wonderful comments.

Is gratifying to know that you spend a great time. Maybe next time you can try Tamarine since is very good and one of my favorites.

We hope for you to come back and have the pleasure to serve you.

Sincerely;

Jesus Gonzalez
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Additional Information about JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa

Address: Hacienda Pinilla, Playa Avellanas, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo > Playa Avellanas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Playa Avellanas
Price Range: ₹ 12,694 - ₹ 45,013 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 310
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Live an authentic Costa Rican experience in a luxury hacienda style resort in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The JW Marriott Guanacaste 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. Off-site activities such as surfing lessons, zip lining, horseback riding, white water rafting, kayaking, bird & monkey watching and ATV tours can be arranged on site. You can also arrange tours to nearby locations such as Arenal Volcano, Rincon de la Vieja Volcano & National Park or Guachipelin thermal hot springs. Enjoy surf beaches with excellent year-round waves and warm water, visit turtle nesting sanctuaries or observe a great variety of wildlife. The hotel features the largest infinity pool in Central America, outdoor Jacuzzis, a fully equipped fitness center, biking and jogging trails and a Kids Club with professional care. Relax in our world class spa, ranked one of the top five spas in Latin America by Spa Magazine. Within the resort, guests will find an array of gastronomic options such as Azul Grill our beach front restaurant, Tamarine our Asian fusion cuisine restaurant, Sabanero is a genuine Guanacastecan Steakhouse or Mansita Restaurant. One of our guest's favorites is admiring Guanacaste's spectacular sunset while enjoying a handcrafted cocktail either at Nau Sushi Lounge or right in front of the beach at Aperitivo Lounge. 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, 300 thread count Egyptian cotton linen sheets, rich woods, and marble bathtubs. The charming surf village of Tamarindo where you will find restaurants, bars, shops and souvenirs in a "Pura Vida" laid back atmosphere is just 10.6 miles away. It's easy to discover the essence of Costa Rica at the JW Marriott Guanacaste. ... more   less 
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