Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort
What We Love
- The lobby’s high vaulted ceilings and grand Spanish colonial design
- Making the rounds among Sibö Spa’s outdoor Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna
- The impressive 18-hole La Iguana Golf Course
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What To Know
- A 13 percent government tax per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Although picturesque, the beach is made of dark volcanic sand
- Night owls should head to Jacó Beach, around 10 minutes away
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
A Spanish colonial palace. Resting alongside 1,100 acres of tropical rainforest and a black sand beach, the lavish hotel is done up with hand-painted floor tiles, towering vaulted ceilings and tropical hardwood and wrought iron detailing. It’s the work of Costa Rica’s most famous architect, Ronald Zurcher, who clearly enjoyed himself at Los Sueños.
Bed and Bath
All 201 guestrooms feel spacious, with yellow tile floors, Spanish colonial–style hardwood furniture and colorful curtains. Most look out at the manicured grounds and on to the mountains, but rooms at the front of the property have private balconies and views of the crescent-shaped bay. Bathrooms are clean and cookie-cutter in colored granite, with stand-alone showers or deep Jacuzzi tubs.
Outside, almond and fruit trees surround a sprawling and intricate system of pools, swim-up bars and an enormous fountain. On the dining front, La Vista restaurant serves a tasty gourmet breakfast (try the patacones with tomato ceviche and the refried beans with a quail egg), while Nuevo Latina focuses on modern Caribbean/South American fusion fare. Golfers shouldn’t miss a round on the Iguana course, ensconced in tropical dry forest, and parents can relax in the Sibö Spa while youngsters play and practice their Spanish in the Tortuga Kids Club.
How to Get There
an April 2019 visit, this Marriott is the flag ship of the Marriotts in Costa RIca. It fell short of 5 stars due to a few items. But the good things first, the rooms, bed, cleanliness and staff friendliness all are at Marriott standards. If you provide a tip, the staff from the valet to pool will remember your name. Los Suenos has a nice warm super size pool/water area, you can float thru a water polo game to a pool bar, very nice. The view was great.
BUT... the food is very expensive... I had the Marriott Hamburger at a price of $24. It was tasty but not $24 tasty. The "free continental breakfast" was full of fruit, breads, cereals, juices and coffees. WARNING: if you should grab a hot item, like omelet, bacon or other meats or anything in a covered server you have violated the continental breakfast rule and will be charged $25+ for breakfast. The beach is only a beach by way of definition. It is like most CR beaches, a mixture of material that would make great cement mix. They just do not have the beach thing down yet.
All in all... the rooms should be a $180-$200 hotel. Pura Vida
This was the first Marriott that I was not granted a late checkout and I am a Titanium Elite member. shame on them!
CR hotels rating: this is a 4 star, American hotels rating this is a 3 star. ...sorry did not golf while here.
We came here looking for a delicious breakfast and instead we got a plain - poor scrambled eggs and a waffle without butter, maple syrup and a very slow service due to the massive people visiting the place. And finally no apologies from the management, because we are very sure they don’t care.
We had a great time at this resort! The amenities are great and everyone is very friendly. They make sure to go out of their way to express gratitude if you are a platinum elite member with Marriott, which was nice. Indalecio Rocha Ibarra at La Hacienda was particularly helpful and a pleasure to talk with. He provided great service for us and had a great attitude. I wish everyone we encountered was like him!
There are very few complaints I have. The shower was a bit tight and the coffee maker was hard to use, but that’s very minor. The salad I ordered at the steakhouse, 18 Greene, had avocado that wasn’t ripe, which was a bit gross.
Again, overall a great experience!
beautiful jungle course lots of wildlife. Course is very well maintained. pro shop is nice a little small but serves the purpose. Carts and beverage girls do a wonderful job. Several holes are in view of the ocean. for perfect weather play in the am. Price is equal to quality of course
Our family stayed at Los Sueños for 3 days at the beginning of our trip to Costa Rica. The resort was an easy drive from San José and the grounds and property very lovely, especially the swimming pool.
We arrived around 5:30pm on a Sunday and our room still was not ready. We were welcomed to wait in the lobby another 30 minutes, however after traveling 15.5 hours with two children and mentioning this, I did have to ask if perhaps another room was available. One was, and we were immediately checked into a ground floor veranda ocean-side room, which was an upgrade. The room was well appointed, clean and comfortable.
The included buffet breakfast was very good, but please be aware that there may be different tiers insofar as breakfast is concerned; full buffet versus continental for some or all of your party. There was a slight might up on morning #2, as the waitstaff got the wrong room number and planned to charge us extra for our 2 children having eaten off the full buffet (the room we were mixed up with only included 2 full buffet and the children were continental only). Not only were we not told this when we sat prior to visiting the buffet, but there is no signage at the actual buffet to delineate which spot was only continental. My child (wearing shorts) also almost sat on a chair/cushion covered in ants after a spill/stain wasn’t cleaned up/noticed.
The property is an easy walk to the marina, and the oceanfront is quiet, monitored by security and private. Our children enjoyed the kids club activity, and the resort had a calendar of events/activities for all.
On our second day/night, our keys totally stopped working and new ones had to be made, and then someone knocked and used a key to enter our room while my young child and I were sleeping that evening. This was very unnerving and the front desk staff thought perhaps it was room service at an incorrect room. I hadn’t security-bolted the door because my spouse and other child were at the pool.
All in all, this is a great spot if you’re looking for a full-service resort, but the little quirks surprised us and ultimately impacted our overall rating.