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 stayed at the Marriott San Jose hotel during a brief stay in San Jose while in transit further south in Costa Rica. The hotel offers clean rooms, good service, and a variety of very good dining options.
The rooms were well appointed with good WiFi, televisions, and many other features.
Overall, a very good experience.
The hotel is really nice, you have the sense to be in an ex hacienda, around the hotel is full of coffee plantations, the view to the golf courtyard is amazing.
You will feel it’s a little outside everything but the staff is always there to help you.
We have stayed at this location more than once. Every single time it was an amazing experience. Their lounge and the food is exquisite and you can even savor flavorful dishes from Peru and elsewhere.
We used their Spa services (AH-MAZING!), vehicle rental services, and all their restaurants.
Their pool and hot tub are also very nice, but the hot tub could use some more cleaning.
After staying at the JW Marriott in Guanacaste, we were a little disappointed when we checked in here late at night. The rooms seem like this may be a pretty old hotel. The next day we explored and this really is a beautiful hotel. We went to four of the five restaurants during our stay. Bar 10 had some of the best cocktails we've had, and La Isabela served Tiger's Milk, which is one of the best things I've ever had!
We also were using the Executive Lounge, which had wonderful, full breakfasts and dinners!
This hotel is in a beautiful location, and everyone was just wonderful, but one of the most unique, and appreciated, things about this hotel was the 24-hour cafe. Seriously! Why don't all business Marriott's do this?! We are Marriott Rewards members and have stayed in Marriott's all over the world. Why is this not standard? Thank you, Costa Rica!
We arrive to the hotel close to midnight after a very long flight. After check in, I felt like exploring. I was walking around the garden, when Jorge Vargas, the security guide joined me. He stayed with me through out my walk, welcoming me to the hotel, and making me extra safe. Thank you Jorge!
The hotel is super, we are a long time Marriott members and traveled around the world, but this one in Costa Rica is just really special. Great location, super friendly and helpful staff. Great stay!