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
I recently spent one night at the Marriott Hacienda Belen. I was impressed with how elegant it appeared--faux Spanish colonial style that still made it look elegant and classy. The rooms have clearly been recently remodeled and have nice, high ceilings and excellent air conditioning (essential as far as I'm concerned.) Beds aren't that comfortable though in my opinion--not as good as Hilton brand. Everything is very, very clean in the rooms and throughout the hotel which is also very important. The one main thing that really annoyed me is that they don't provide any bottles of water in the room (for free) so I had to use a bottle from the mini-bar area for $3.50 which is a rip-off. I know they say that the water here is drinkable but...no thanks. A hotel of this caliber shouldn't be so cheap as to not give at least one free bottle of water. Oh well, fairly minor issue I suppose.
The other aspects I loved were the beautiful grounds the hotel is located on--I went for a walk around its trail--it almost seems like a "mini resort". The views and trees, flowers, etc, are lovely. Also, the fact that there's a free shuttle to/from the airport is GREAT. Breakfast at Hacienda Kitchen, while it had a friendly waitress, was very subpar (gross "maple syrup" that definitely didn't taste anything like maple syrup) and too expensive considering what you get.
All in all a good choice especially if you get a good rate like I did. I would recommend the hotel and would come back--but there's room for improvement.
My fiancée and I had such a delightful and beautiful evening yesterday at the Kitchen restaurant (downstairs), food was amazingly delicious.
Beef well done, hard to find in Costa Rica; and my seafood was perfect; well done octopus and scallops.
Perfect get away after a long week of work, you will love it! Terrace has such a beautiful view, fresh and cozy.
We came to Costa Rica over 8 time zones so we figured a nice place to sleep before and after a 12+ hour flight.
Upon arrival after picking up our auto rental, Roy, the on duty bellman was Johnny on the spot to help us with our luggage as well as parking our car in a safe spot.
At check-in, we were given the Platinum treatment because of our membership card. We were treated like royalty as well as many perks. Roy got our luggage up to a gorgeous room overlooking the mountains and the pool. It was beautiful! A perfect way to start our adventure in Costa Rica!
Going back home three weeks later was different. We were well received again, however, our “Platinum “ status didn’t show up! This meant we had to pay extra for an upgraded room, 120usd each for breakfast alone as well as other expenses we had not planned. In fact, we booked a cozy hideout on the pacific coast that we wanted to opt on. That included meals and wheels and other perks. Since the Marriott had a generous cancellation policy, we initially thought we can take a choice within both hotels , tho the former policy was much tighter. We initially planned taking the pacific one but certain events beyond our control forced us to make a last minute change. We decided to go for the Marriott since the perks were above and beyond what we had expected. Unfortunately, it was too late to get a refund at the pacific hotel since we were three days late in that. Upon arrival at the Marriott for our three day stay before flying 12 hours, we were told our Platinum status wasn’t showing up and they were forced to give us the minimal of perks we were expecting. Had we known this, we’d had driven to the coast to the other hotel. Oh well! It wound up costing us another 500-700 US$’s for our “mistake”.
Despite the foul up, we still enjoyed staying there and additionally, the staff were extremely nice to us. We would give 5stars, but due to their small mistake, we gave them 4.
Much appreciation to the staff there, especially Roy. We’ll never forget his friendliness and knowledge he shared with us! Thank you and thank you BiGTiMe!! Roy!
Incidentally, the property itself is not only historic, but totally an immersive beauty inside and outside!