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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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 booked our vacation and planned our trip around spending a day at this Hotel and resort because our friends said they loved it. When we arrived, we were told that they overbooked the hotel and could not honor our reservations. They then sent us to a terrible, stinky, old hotel. No email, no phone call, no form of advance notice for us to be able to make different arrangements. They just gave our rooms away and shrugged it off. We spent the last day of our vacation in limbo between bad hotels because this hotel was GREEDY and UNPROFESSIONAL and booked a conference at the expense of guests it had already promised rooms to.
My husband and I stayed here on our last night in Costa Rica since it is close proximity to the airport and much nicer than other accommodations around. The overall hotel is nicely kept up, there are plenty of restaurant options, and the room was nice. However, we got zero sleep and had to leave at 6 am for our flight. The hotels neat design with a courtyard in the center really just makes for a giant echo chamber. There was a birthday party that went until midnight in the ballroom that we could hear multiple floors up. Also, a loud group of intoxicated men stumbling down the hallway at 3 am. The person above us entered there room and proceeded to pace about for a half hour while still in heeled shoes. I live in a busy city I’m used to sleeping with noise, but this was intolerable.
My family did a 3 week family vacation in Costa Rica and ended up in San Jose to fly back home. We chose this particular hotel since it's fairly close to airport and they have a free airport shuttle (which we didn't see advertised anywhere). The food at restaurants was amazing. Staff friendly and helpful. We were even able to leave our rental car at hotel and checkout from there so we didn't have to drive car to drop off in town somewhere. Rooms were great too. Totally exceeded our expectations. We're so glad they had room for us with our last minute booking! Thank you Marriott!