4.5
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What We Love

  • The whopping 23,000-square-foot infinity pool mere steps from the golden sand of Playa Mansita
  • On-site spa features an open-air, palapa-topped massage room and a Vichy shower
  • Spacious balconies offer breathtaking views of the ocean and tropical flora
  • Access to a top-notch golf course as well as a beach club at nearby Playa Avellanas
  • Shuttles to popular local beaches and other attractions run regularly
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What To Know

  • Located within Hacienda Pinilla, a residential beach and golf community
  • WiFi costs $14 extra per day
  • Costa Rica’s dry season lasts from December to April; during the rest of the year it can rain for several hours a day
  • The hotel is very family-friendly; there’s a playground, a clubhouse and a JW Adventure kids program that runs activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Golf Course
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

A plush colonial hotel on Costa Rica’s wild west coast complete with open-air plazas, oversize hammocks and plenty of old hacienda charm.

The Look

From the open-air plazas to the chunky stone walls to the red roof tiles, this resort on the edge of the 4,500-acre Hacienda Pinilla exudes the charm of an old hacienda by the sea. Designed by Costa Rica’s most famous architect, Ronald Zurcher, this 310-unit colonial compound was planned to preserve history and celebrate nature. Windswept palms dot the grounds, tropical dry forest surrounds the property, and the open-air design invites a refreshing ocean breeze.

Bed and Bath

The guestrooms measure 592 square feet, and all come with a view (ocean, garden or pool). Down comforters top the beds, marble glistens in the bathrooms, and 37-inch flat-screen TVs are mounted on the soothing, cream-colored walls. The sizable balconies are perfect for curling up with a good book or simply admiring the resort’s expansive back yard.

Beyond

The twisting system of oceanfront pools and bridges is among the best in the country, and the poolside Azul Grill serves incredible seafood — most notably the ceviche with lime, orange juice, coriander and onion presented in a coconut. Also recommended is the Asian fusion restaurant Tamarine, and the steakhouse, Sabanero, where a juicy tenderloin paired with a full-bodied red will have you ready to ride a horse across Pinilla, hooting like a Guanacaste cowboy.

How to Get There

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa
Playa Mansita, Hacienda Pinilla
Pinilla, undefined Costa Rica

Reviews

Wonderful Time
Tammy1076

My family and I stayed 3 nights at this beautiful resort. The staff was wonderfully friendly and helpful. Food was amazing and the entire resort was constantly being meticulously cleaned! We loved all of the activities available and suggestions for exploring the area! We would love to come back some day!!!

BAIT AND SWITCH - BE CAREFUL
722RobM

My wife and I have been renting a home in Costa Rica over the past 6 years. In that time we have always wanted to check out this resort merely out of curiosity. Since we are fans of J W Marriot back home we really wanted to compare.

I will tell you, the service is flawless. The amenities are wonderful. The food is fantastic. We only had one problem...when we visited and inquired we told of a special currently being run in low season of $200 a night WITH a $100 food credit. The wife and I took another stroll around the property, came back to the same representative named JENNIFER and verified the information as described above. She said yes, that is the deal. We booked one night and enjoyed our stay. When I got my bill it charged us $365.00 for the room. Understand there is a resort fee if $30 per night so our rate should have been $230 BEFORE taxes. It was not. After exasperating myself the following day with JENNIFER and she insisting that she NEVER said anything about the rate I gave up. We will be disputing the charge with our credit card company. IN FACT EVEN AS THE DATE OF THIS REVIEW THE RATE OF $200 is advertised on Trip Advisor and all of its partners. Mad as hell about the deceptive and lying nature of this worker.

Beautiful hotel - great stay
Tweinman

We just spent four days at the JW Marriott. We went off season so at times it felt like we had the place to ourselves. Beautiful pool and grounds. Staff were all fantastic. Alfredo at the front desk was especially helpful.
Positives:
Great staff. Beautiful rooms. Large pool overlooking the ocean. Several restaurants. Because we were there in July, you could walk into just about any of the restaurants and pick the best table. Great meals at Azul and the burger place. Really good burgers cooked to perfection.
They offered a shuttle into town which made it very easy. We were glad we didn’t rent a car. We just used the shuttle to go into Tamarindo for dinner a few nights. The sunsets at the Marriott are great but they are spectacular in Tamarindo.
The Marriott has a Go Costs Rica office onsite so we could book day trips for zip line, etc.
While the small beach is lovely in front of the pool, we wish someone had told us to GO LEFT and walk past the blind corner. Once you turn the corner there is a long, beautiful beach for walking. We walked it each morning and watched the surfers. We didn’t see any people at all so we suspect nobody else knew about it either. On one walk we saw a beach club tucked up past the trees. The manager invited us up and gave us a tour. They are a partner with the Marriott. You can enjoy their facilities and beautiful restaurant. They also had a nice bar overlooking the ocean. If you are staying for a few days or a week it would be nice to walk down the beach and try something new. All in all, a beautiful resort, great staff.