We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa

Show Prices
Certificate of Excellence
Enter dates for lowest prices
powered by PriceFinder
Check In Check Out
1 room 2 adults 0 children
We check 200+ sites to find the latest and lowest prices.
Professional photos
JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"moduleList":["handlers"],"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

2,364 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
There are newer reviews for JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa
See the most recent reviews
Showing 2,173: English reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a typical resort - great pool, next to the beach but not a lot else to do. You need to have a car to get out and do things. The restaurants on site are expensive. We travelled to the town of Tamarindo where there is a lot to do and a lot of dining options. But if you...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank Sarah B
GM_JWGuanacaste, General Manager at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Sarah B; I am pleased to know that you liked and enjoyed the pool and beach. Tamarindo offers a lot options in activities and stores for shopping too. I am glad you had the opportunity to go and have fun there. It is a near town where our guest can go and try different food besides the ones that...

Charlotte, North Carolina
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our 5 days at the JW were wonderful. We stayed mostly on the property and enjoyed the pools everyday and the sunset every evening. Our room was "pool view" but we also had a bit of an Ocean View from our first floor patio which we loved. Our room was spacious and well equipped. We ordered room service a few...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank ssandcsinnc
Sumter, South Carolina
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great resort for R&R. Well manicured. The pool is large. The resort is spacious. If your kids like the pool, and you like to relax, this will work for you. There is a daily activity schedule which is average. Excursions off the resort will require at least a 30-60 minute ride each way. Breakfast buffet had everything and was excellent....

 Report
Helpful?
Thank RoyaleWithCheese0822
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Reviewed 1 week ago

The grounds were dry well maintained. Almost everyone treated us like we were special. However, we were looking for a slightly more authentic experience. This may be just our mishap and not due to the hotel, it is a global enterprise and to an extent makes cookie cutter experiences with slight local changes. Our kids loved the pool. The food...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Terry G
GM_JWGuanacaste, General Manager at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Terry G; Thank you very much for your comments. We are glad to know that you liked the Resort and that your kids enjoyed the pool. I would like to let you know that we are reviewing the menus and we are going to add more local food. We do have Costa Rican food in the Mansita Restaurant but...

Nashville, Tennessee
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed for six nights using Marriott reward points. The room was reserved as a Garden View room. We didn't know what that meant but hoped we were not viewing the back of the property. The Good 1. The Garden View room faced the pool and had a very limited view of the ocean. Not the best view in the...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank Ken M
New York City, New York
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ok...this review is relevant to families on vacation seeking a relaxing time and things to do. We spent a week at the JWM in Guanacaste. First, as a general statement, it is a remote location so be prepared to travel to all activities...some of which can take up to three hours. The closest big town, Tamarindo, is 25 minutes away....

 Report
Helpful?
Thank ColeTraveler999
Fort Mill, South Carolina
Reviewed 1 week ago

I literally have no words for this place! The pool is great and so are the restaurants. The staff at the Marriot is also very good and caring! I suggest tamarindotravel.com if you want to travel around Costa Rica. I also suggest the coffee tour. If you use tamarindotravel.com ask God horhe or Guastavo. Thanks for reading!

 Report
Helpful?
Thank jtl20052016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stayed there for 4 nights and had a memorable experience. The facilities were spotless, food in all 3 restaurants that we visited was fantastic and the details and care of our room were perfect. Each night had a live music show. Most were awesome. Guy singing Bob Marley did an awesome job. Landscaping was very good. Great vistas and awesome...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Boris C
Bend, Oregon
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived on 12/10/16 and stayed for 7 nights. The resort is beautiful and was decorated for Christmas. We arrived before the peak time so often felt like we had the resort to ourselves. Room: Very clean, well-decorated, well-appointed and had a spacious lanai. Espresso machine in room. We had a garden view room on the 4th floor and saw...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Mar1mor
Clinton, Tennessee
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This JW is accessed through a gated road. It sits inside a ranch area with a 15 minute ride to go from the main road to the resort. The rooms are wonderful. The pool is entirely satisfactory. The bar service at the pool is incredibly slow if not nonexistent at times. All food and drinks are extremely expensive to the...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank mrhover
GM_JWGuanacaste, Manager at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Mr. Hover, We appreciate your comments, which are very important to improve day by day. We will take actions focused on the quality of the service, minimizing that it does not return to pass a situation like this and guaranteeing the best stay.

2,434 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (1761)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (458)
Viewed
Dining (77)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (290)
Viewed
Room/Suite (198)
Viewed
View from Room (133)
Viewed
Bathroom (46)
Viewed
Family/Play Areas (5)
Viewed
3:45
Videos (1)
Viewed
Other (553)

TripAdvisor Photos: Professional photos exclusively commissioned by TripAdvisor

Viewed
All TripAdvisor Photos (559)
Viewed
Amenities (120)
Viewed
Beach (15)
Viewed
Deluxe Room Garden View (King Bed) (48)
Viewed
Deluxe Room Ocean Front Accessible (King Bed) (39)
Viewed
Deluxe Room Ocean View (Two Queen Beds) (81)
Viewed
One Bedroom Suite Ocean Front (58)
Viewed
Pool (54)
Viewed
Dining (70)
Viewed
The Hotel (74)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (114)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (14)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (10)
Viewed
Business Centre/Function Rooms (8)
Viewed
Room/Suite (25)
Viewed
View from Room (3)
Viewed
Family/Play Areas (1)
Viewed
Dining (7)
Viewed
Bathroom (3)
Viewed
Other (43)

Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Beachfront
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
GreenPartner Learn More
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Hot Tub
  • Golf Course
Room types
  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
Internet
  • Paid Wifi
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Paid Internet
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Conference Facilities
  • Babysitting
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Live an authentic Costa Rican experience in a luxury hacienda style resort in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The JW Marriott Guanacaste is surrounded by the splendors of Costa Rican rich biodiversity. This resort & spa sits oceanfront and is the only international branded hotel close to Tamarindo town. The resort is located right at Mansita beach and guests can choose from four other beaches within Hacienda Pinilla. Next to the resort you will find an equestrian center, tennis courts, and an 18-hole golf course with coastal layout. Off-site activities such as surfing lessons, zip lining, horseback riding, white water rafting, kayaking, bird & monkey watching and ATV tours can be arranged on site. You can also arrange tours to nearby locations such as Arenal Volcano, Rincon de la Vieja Volcano & National Park or Guachipelin thermal hot springs. Enjoy surf beaches with excellent year-round waves and warm water, visit turtle nesting sanctuaries or observe a great variety of wildlife. The hotel features the largest infinity pool in Central America, outdoor Jacuzzis, a fully equipped fitness center, biking and jogging trails and a Kids Club with professional care. Relax in our world class spa, ranked one of the top five spas in Latin America by Spa Magazine. Within the resort, guests will find an array of gastronomic options such as Azul Grill our beach front restaurant, Tamarine our Asian fusion cuisine restaurant, Sabanero is a genuine Guanacastecan Steakhouse or Mansita Restaurant. One of our guest's favorites is admiring Guanacaste's spectacular sunset while enjoying a handcrafted cocktail either at Nau Sushi Lounge or right in front of the beach at Aperitivo Lounge. All guestrooms have balconies either with garden, pool or ocean view. In-room amenities include LCD TVs, soundproof windows, alarm clock with mobile docks, streaming speed internet, total blackout curtains, plush pillow-top mattresses, 300 thread count Egyptian cotton linen sheets, rich woods, and marble bathtubs. The charming surf village of Tamarindo where you will find restaurants, bars, shops and souvenirs in a "Pura Vida" laid back atmosphere is just 10.6 miles away. It's easy to discover the essence of Costa Rica at the JW Marriott Guanacaste. ... more   less 

Additional Information about JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa

Address: Hacienda Pinilla, Playa Avellanas, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo > Playa Avellanas
Price Range: $287 - $849 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 310
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Hotwire, Hotels.com, Marriott, BookIt.com, Jetsetter, TripOnline SA, Cheap Tickets, Cancelon and getaroom.com so you can book your JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Jw Marriott Guanacaste Resort And Spa Costa Rica
Jw Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa Costa Rica Hotel Santa Cruz
Jw Marriott Santa Cruz
Marriott Santa Cruz
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa staff and other travellers.
143 questions
Ask a question
over a year ago

See all questions (143)

Questions? Get answers from JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“Garden rooms are just as good as any other!”
Rhydarr, 21 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Garden views are wonderful and practical, don´t be afraid not to get an ocean view room.”
ThiagoFV, 20 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Use the 5th floor”
jtl20052016, 14 Apr 2017 | Read review
“ocean view is limited, so be specific when requesting your room”
jenjentoo, 11 Apr 2017 | Read review
“We were right off the pool...and it was perfect for us. There are rooms with better views of the ocean...choose what you like!”
CHEFSAH, 8 Apr 2017 | Read review
5 of 5