Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose
What We Love
- The grand colonial edifices by Ronald Zürcher, one of Costa Rica’s finest architects
- Though the hotel is minutes from the airport, you’ll never hear a plane
- Nighttime dip in the sizable Jacuzzi under the stars
- Exercise possibilities: 24-hour gym, tennis courts and an on-site driving range
- Succulent tapas (try the lamb with a sweet sangria at La Isabela)
- Kuö Spa’s steam room, sauna and hot tub are free with a spa treatment, $10 without one
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What To Know
- WiFi is free in public areas
- Taxi drivers have special price rules when transporting guests from the hotel to the airport; elsewhere taxis should use the meter (la maría)
- Costa Rica’s dry season lasts from December to April; during the rest of the year it can rain for several hours a day
- Deluxe and Executive Rooms are exactly the same, but the Executives come with access to a special lounge, free in-room Internet and a free buffet breakfast
- The hotel frequently hosts large events, such as weddings and conferences
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The mother of all haciendas, architect Ronald Zurcher’s design nods to the 16th century with apricot walls, a roof covered in 200-year-old Spanish tiles, spiraling decorative ironwork and a ceiling painting by a local artist.
Bed and Bath
The simple and soothing rooms are dressed in a palette of cream, gold and apple green, and they feature hardwood furnishings, decorative jars from Guatemala, and dainty Juliet balconies that overlook manicured lawns, slender palm trees and refreshing swimming pools.
The tapas bar’s undulating brick ceilings and studded leather chairs make it a popular gathering spot. Work off the indulgence with a swim in the pool, a few swings on the driving range, a set of tennis on the hard courts or some time in the gym. Or bliss out with a remineralizing mud wrap at the Küo Spa.
In the Area
Set in a suburb of San Jose, the Marriott allows you to be close to the action while being cocooned among mountain vistas on a coffee plantation. Still, you should get out to experience the city’s rollicking nightlife at the hip Café de los Deseos and Rapsodia. If you’re looking for a more low-key night, catch a performance at the elegant National Theater downtown. Barrio Bird offers great walking tours of the city customized around food, photography, art and more. Take a daytrip to explore the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, the Poás Volcano and the Doka Estate Coffee Plantation.
How to Get There
We were only here for one night, but would definitely come again. Highlight included eating buffet breakfast on the veranda as the mountain breeze came through and watching the sunrise. The rooms are clean and relatively quiet inside (hallways are open air and can be noisy echoing off the tiled walls, but inside the room was fine). Small balcony for us overlooked putting area. It is a large hotel, but you never felt that way as the staff were attentive and prompt. `There are several levels and it can be confusing to find your way around, but it is not impossible. Highly recommend.
We have stayed here 7 times since 2001 and won’t stay anywhere else. The breakfast on the patio facing the mountains is something we look forward to all year! The hotel staff is wonderful and remembers us from visit to visit. We have been in October, November, April, and June - there is never a bad time to go and enjoy this hotel! Bar 10 is the kids’ favorite spot for games and burgers. We love the new little restaurants that have popped up within walking distance, as it gives a fun night out. See you again in April!
The resort grounds and pool are nicely maintained and there are several restaurants with nice views. The buffet and food are also good. My only disappointment was we were situated in a room overlooking an employee parking area and a rather large conference was booked into the Hotel at the same time. The partying and noise was a little too much and the staff should have taken forethought to placing the young attendees in areas separate from older guests.
We were very pleased with all levels of staff that we dealt with. From check in to check out we were always greeted and every request was met quickly. Very nice for a relaxing visit. It is a out of town and requires a lengthy ride to get into the museums of San Jose. Spa services were not out of line, a very nice fitness center.
Great hotel, good service but they have thieves working there..I was travelling for a week, started my trip in Costa Rica and left my backpack in the room with my wallet inside, when I checked my wallet some of my money disappeared.