4.5
Very Good 2995 Reviews
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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

4.5 Very Good 2995 Reviews
Beautiful
Reviewed 3 days ago

This hotel has a very nice large pool. Asian and Italian restaurant that require reservation, an international and Costa Rican Restaurant no reservation required but all of them a little over priced ($24 for a hamburger, $28 for seafood spaghetti, $6 for national beer or $15 glass of wine) they have kids menu at a more descent prices, also have pizzas not on the menu. The Staff is the best, very friendly!

Beautiful, relaxing resort
Reviewed 3 days ago

I love this resort! This was our 2nd stay in 3 years. The resort is both stunningly beautiful and comfortable. The hammocks in the entry give the feeling of a welcoming, luxurious, Costa Rican home with stunning views of the pool and ocean. The restaurants are delicious. Breakfast always had exotic, fresh fruits. The Nau Lobby bar was our go-to casual place to eat after diving all day - we had Sushi some nights, and perfect drinks every night. My favorite restaurant, the Sabanero Steak House, was fantastic, with a beautifully grilled steak and more delicious sides than I can recall. Our Suite was stunning! Overlooking the ocean, with beautiful balconies, massive, walk-in shower and large, claw foot tub. The pool and resort grounds are beautiful and relaxing and the staff, from hotel to restaurants and shops - were all fantastic- and the Concierge is amazing, she arranged a lot of fun excursions and helped set up our Scuba trips as well - Love her! Only one note the Marriott group, you should facilitate, or finance, fixing the city road leading to the resort, even though it is not on your property, it reflects on you...and is in desperate need of repair. Other than that small item. You will love this resort!

Beautiful Resort, Great Food and Service
Reviewed 6 days ago

As part of a tour, we stayed at the J.W. Marriott Guanacaste Resort. This is a beautiful place right on the Pacific Ocean coast. The food, service, pool and amenities were all great. Great place to catch the sunset. Lots to do and see.

Huge pool, nice grounds, no beach, not for the serious traveler.
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very large resort a long way from anything, but very pretty. There are many restaurants and very many employees, so some good experience some bad, mostly disappointing
This is definitely not the place for you if you are a seasoned traveler or expecting a luxury experience. All the wine in the resort ice cold, in the lobby bar, and all the restaurants including the top end ones, and the selection is very poor. I ate one unfortunate breakfast at the restaurant on the first floor near the lobby. They advertised fresh squeezed juice, I asked if the grapefruit juice was fresh squeezed and told absolutely. They brought me some pinkish purple drink that contained no juice and looked like grapefruit flavored something out of a bottle. So I requested orange juice and told it was fresh squeezed, at least it was orange juice but definitely not fresh squeezed, out of a box. I live in Cost Rica we grow fruit where I live, I squeeze my own juice every morning, I know the difference. I find it alarming Marriott would deceive their customers so blatantly. Food also was bad staff was bad.
If you like to swim with lots and lots of kids, including many small infants in diapers, this is the place for you. The pool is full of them and there is no adult pool.
There is no beach, it's posted no beach no swimming. Service by the pool is horrific, they run out of towels and many amenities.

Some good, The front desk staff was amazing! Much of the staff was amazing, unfortunately the farther you get from the front desk the worse the service gets. Food at the pool bar was excellent and if you sat there they were very attentive. The room was very nice, I did hear many guests complain they had no hot water. It is a gorgeous pool and the grounds are very nice, clean, and well maintained. Transportation to and from town and the airport were efficient and nice. Checkin checkout was very easy and quick.

There is a resort fee that is charged daily, not sure for what since you still paid for events. Such as cocktails at sunset $30 for an hour of a very limited bar on the beach, bonfire on the beach $10 small fire in a container, beach is public so the $10 gets you a stick and a marshmellow or 2. For tourist maybe great not for people who travel regularly.

Fantastic Birthday Vacation!
Reviewed 1 week ago

This resort was awesome and the staff was even more amazing!! I highly recommend this resort for your Costa Rica Vacation. Restauranta on site are fantastic and the pool is the perfect place to watch a stunning sunset. Pura Vida!!