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JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa

Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • The luxe JW standard of spotless rooms and great service, though a bit removed from local color
  • The pool is enormous at 25,000 square feet, and faces west, providing dazzling sunsets
  • Cheap 30-minute shuttle takes you to town for shopping
  • Adjacent golf course has view of the beach and landscape
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Playa Mansita, Hacienda Pinilla
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There's no avoiding the pool at the JW Marriott Guanacaste. It covers 25,000 square feet in a journey that takes it around curves, under bridges and along buildings, before ending with an infinity wall that faces the ocean. It's the standout feature of this JW Marriott, which otherwise adheres for the most part to this upscale brand's idea of a plush and carefree stay.

The resort sits right on the beach, though it's a small patch -- the pool is probably bigger, when you compare them. But the combination of the two ensures there's plenty of places to lie down and sun.

The rooms are spacious and clean. The décor is simple and elegant, with a minibar and fridge. There's a steep charge for Wi-Fi of $14 per day. The resort has five casual restaurants ranging from a steakhouse to a breakfast buffet. Meals are not included and range from $15-$60.

There is a nearby golf course, and a cheap shuttle will take you into the town of Tamarindo for shopping and more affordable eating with local cuisine. There is also a horse ranch nearby for horseback riding and exploring.

From the press:
  • “The rooms are cozy and well equipped” -- Frommer’s
  • “Straddling the line between major resort and remote wilderness lodge” -- Travel + Leisure


  • Bar
  • Kids' club
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool bar
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Tennis courts
  • Spa
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour room service
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Hair salon (fees apply)
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Wi-Fi in guest rooms (fees apply)
  • Wi-Fi in public areas (fees apply)


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Slippers


  • Complimentary parking
  • Valet service (fees apply)
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


  • Standard check-in time: 3pm


  • Standard checkout time: 12pm


  • Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details

  • Pets not allowed Check-in time starts at 3pm Check-out time is 12pm

    You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.

    Know Before You Go

    • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply). Guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
    • Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments. Reservations can be made by contacting the resort prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
    • Up to 2 children 12 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.
    • The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.


    The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

    • Breakfast fee: between USD 25 and USD 32 per person (approximately)
    • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 14.99 per day (rates may vary)
    • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: USD 14.99 per day (rates may vary)
    • Fee for high-speed Internet (wired) in public areas: USD 14.99 per day (rates may vary)
    • Airport shuttle fee: USD 140 per vehicle (one way)
    • Valet parking fee: USD 10 per night

    The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Getting there

The JW Marriott Guanacaste is a one-hour drive from the Daniel Oduber Quiros Airport. You must fly into San Jose and connect to Liberia. There is also a small airport in nearby Tamarindo, but that would require connecting from one of the other airports. The hotel can be accessed by an airport shuttle, which is about $60 each way for up to four people. Taxis can also be hired; however, since the companies are private their rates can be much higher ranging from $120 for the one-hour ride to Liberia Daniel Oduber Quiros Airport, $350 for the three-hour ride to San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport or $35 to Tamarindo Airport.


  • Playa Mansita, Hacienda Pinilla
  • Guanacaste
  • Costa Rica

Customer Service

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Tel: 1-877-966-0000

Mon-Fri 9am-9pm ET, Sat-Sun 12pm-8pm ET

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Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

You will pay the hotel in the hotel's local currency. The rate displayed (in CAD) is an estimate based on today's currency exchange rate.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

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