JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa

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Why We Love It

  • 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

“Top luxury” --

Map & Directions

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.

Rooms & Rates

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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



  • Kids' club
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Games room
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Tennis courts
  • Spa
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • 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


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


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


  • Complimentary parking
  • Valet service (fees apply)


Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Cancellation: 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-out time is 12pm

Know Before You Go

  • This property offers transfers from the airport. Guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Reservations are required for golf tee times, 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.
  • Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
  • 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 15 and USD 30 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 14.99 per day (rates may vary)
  • Fee for in-room wired Internet: USD 14.99 per day (rates may vary)
  • 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.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

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

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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