4.7 out of 5

"Such a wonderful place to stay!!! Beautiful, clean, well maintained. The rooms were large, nicely decorated, and perfectly cleaned. The staff was amaz ... " More

By a verified traveler on Mon 29 May 2017

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Hotel Description

A luxury stay in Avellanas Beach awaits you at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa. You'll be 1.1 km (0.7 mi) from Hacienda Pinilla Golf Course and 16.4 km (10.2 mi) from Tamarindo Beach. Highlights at this beachfront resort include 6 restaurants, 3 bars/lounges, and a full-service spa.

You can enjoy LCD TVs with cable channels, and all 310 soundproofed rooms feature balconies, iPod docks, and WiFi. Minibars provide refreshments, and 24-hour room service is also available. Nice touches to enhance your stay include rainfall showerheads and bathrobes, while premium linens invite a good night's rest. Additionally, wired Internet, separate bathtubs and showers, and coffee/tea makers are available.

A relaxing visit to JW Marriott Spa can include deep-tissue massages and hot stone massages along with body wraps, body scrubs, and aromatherapy. The restaurant, Tamarine, serves Asian cuisine and is open for dinner. Nau Lounge is the resort's own sports bar, serving drinks along with dinner. Spend the day at the private beach where you'll find sun loungers, and enjoy the onsite outdoor swimming pool and free kids' club. 7223 square feet (671 square meters) of event facilities include a conference center, and other business amenities include a business center. Other amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a fitness center, and a Turkish bath/hammam. Buffet breakfast is available daily between 6:30 AM and 10:30 AM. There's also free self parking, along with the convenience of an area shuttle.

With a stay at this 4.5-star Avellanas Beach resort, you'll be 23.8 km (14.8 mi) from Grande Beach and 26.2 km (16.3 mi) from Playa Brasilito.

Room, 1 King Bed, Balcony, Garden View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
$209 per night

Suite, 1 Bedroom, Balcony, Ocean View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Room, 1 King Bed, Balcony, Ocean View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Room, 1 King Bed, Balcony, Oceanfront

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Suite, 1 Bedroom, Balcony, Garden View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Suite, 1 Bedroom, Balcony, Oceanfront

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa ratings based on 25 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.7 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 5.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 5.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 5.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 5.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5

Absolutely Lovely!!!

Pros: Everything! The staff, the rooms, nice gym, beautiful pool, the ground.
Cons: The concierge/guest service desk.
Location: Nothing nearby-which was perfect for what I was looking for.
Such a wonderful place to stay!!! Beautiful, clean, well maintained. The rooms were large, nicely decorated, and perfectly cleaned. The staff was amazing and knew me by name. The restaurants were good/decent. I came during the off-season so some of them were closed. The pool was gorgeous. I would definitely stay here again and would recommend to anyone visiting the area to stay here as well!! The only thing that I wasn't impressed with was the guest service/concierge. I needed help finding transport to my next destination and they offered me the Enterprise they have onsite. I didn't want to rent a car and they kind of just shrugged their shoulders and didn't offer any more help. Even with that, I would stay here again.

Posted by , from Los Angeles on May 29, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jun 16, 2017 by Jason Reservations

Dear Guest, Thank you for your comments, we really appreciate them, they help us to keep and improve a good and dedicated work. We will be looking forward for your next visit. Best Regards,

3 out of 5

I have a mixed feeling about this hotel .

First, if you are young and looking to have fun do not come to this hotel . This hotel has no enetertainment ! Nothing , except the pools and the rocky beach , not even a movie channel ! I regret not reading the negative reviews before coming in . As for me I have mixed feelings about this hotel . When I initially arrived I booked for a garden view room with two full bed . There was no garden, just a haystack of unmaintined landscape! The hotel surrounding had minimal landscape that is maintained . It was so hideous , I upgraded to an ocean view for additional cost . The ocean view was beautiful and the hotel front desk was extremely friendly and accommodating . The hotel interior is maintained well and it's breathtaking . However, for a Marriott I expected the exterior to have immaculate Landcape as well . Next the food . The hotel is tucked away so the next decent restaraunt is at least 25 minutes away . That means you are often left with no choice but to dine out of its 4 restaraunt. The first night I dined at the pool side Italian restaraunt . The workers were very rude and the food took over an hour to come. Overall it was a terrible experience . Everyone around us was also dispeleased with the staff . The next night we dined at the Asian restaraunt and by far our experience was a 360 degree contrast . Staff was fast, absolutely amazing and the food ! We enjoyed the pool and the ocean view , but coming from Florida it wasn't something that was worth so much money !

Posted by , from Florida on Apr 17, 2017

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4 out of 5


When I book Travelocity I feel I always get the worst room.

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017

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5 out of 5

Great Vacation

Pros: Service was awesome.
We stayed at the JW Marriott in Guanacaste Costa Rica in February, 2017. The hotel was big and beautiful. Everyone at the hotel was kind, friendly and very helpful. They all understood English and helped us with our Spanish. The hotel was clean. The pool area was big and beautiful. The beach was clean but rocky. The security at the hotel was great, not that it was needed. And last but not least the food was great. There were four or five restaurants and we ate at all but one. The food and service at the Steakhouse was Excellent, Carlos was very friendly and respectful. I would stay here again and I would recommend this hotel to others.

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017

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5 out of 5

Absolutely amazing!!!

Pros: Oceanfront view and beautiful architecture
Cons: It was a little hard to find your way around the hotel because it was so large
Location: Great location! 25 minutes from Tamarindo and most excursions pick you directly up from the hotel lobby
We came here for my boyfriends 30th birthday and could not be happier with the accommodations. The staff was phenomenal, the food was exquisite, and the views were unreal. We loved this location and will definitely be back!

Posted by , from orlando, fl on Oct 26, 2016

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Comment from Hotel Management

Dec 16, 2016 by Samantha

Your comments are greatly appreciated, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to your next visit Sincerely Anthony Ramirez/Revenue Manager

5 out of 5

Everything but the wifi was amazing.

Cons: The internet and wifi.
Room was clean and nice. Facilities were clean and nice. Pool and beach access were great. Workout facilities were nice. It's a bit removed from the hustle and streets and it feels like a tucked away spot that's very calm. Everything was great except for the internet, which we kept having problems with.

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015

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5 out of 5

Hotel was beautiful. The pool was perfect!

Pros: The pool, the private beach, the great care and attention of the staff.
Cons: More coffee!
Location: The tours available through Swiss Tours and the shuttles were very easy to schedule and well worth the time and money to see the area.
We loved the privacy of the beach. The pool was amazing and had waitstaff bringing fabulous drinks to your desire! The gardens and architecture were absolutely beautiful! All the staff worked very hard to complete every need of every detail you might want or need. Excellent service and communication skills. It couldn't have been better. The only thing I would have liked if MORE COFFEE!! I had to keep asking for more coffee. I wanted to drink up as much Costa Rican coffee as I could, and more would have been better. Overall, it was an absolutely wonderful stay!!!!

Posted by , from Taos, NM on Apr 21, 2015

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5 out of 5

The best getaway!

My husband and I stayed here for our 1 year wedding anniversary.  We flew in Friday morning and stayed until Monday.  It was a quick mini vacation.  October is the last leg of Costa Rica's rainy season, so we did catch some rain on some days, but it only lasted an hour or so and we even got lucky enough for it to happen while we were relaxing in the hot springs on a tour - so romantic. This resort is a little far from everything so expect a lot of travel time.  It's about a 1.5 hour drive from Liberia airport and a 20-25 minute drive to Tamarindo (the touristy town).   There are no shops you can just walk across the street to.  There is only the shop in the resort so expect to pay about $10 for a bag of chips if you feel like snacking.  Take the shuttle to Tamarindo as soon as you arrive and do some grocery shopping to load up on snacks and drinks.   The pool is 24 hours and is absolutely beautiful.  The staff is extremely nice and accommodating.   We booked a couple's appointment at the resort spa on the Sunday we were there.  It was fantastic.  This resort really knows how to make you relax.   We used Manuel Duarte as our private transportation to and from the aiport. We went on a full day adventure tour with water tubing in the river, rock climbing, ziplining, horseback riding and hike to the hot springs where you can also do mud baths - Go Tours Costa Rica.    You won't be sorry booking this resort.  Everything else pales in comparison. 

Posted by , from San Francisco, CA on Oct 25, 2013

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2 out of 5


Staff was friendly and helpful. We were woke up every morning about 6:30 to trucks and work crews right outside our suite. Poor food choices, no variety. Extremely expensive. Other than 3 bottles of water , nothing was complimentary, including shudder to nearby town. Very little to do within an hour drive. Not a kid friendly atmosphere.

Posted by , from Indiana on Jul 12, 2013

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5 out of 5

A warm place in many ways!

Pros: Close restaurants, Quiet
Cons: Nothing close, No free Internet
We had a great anniversary long weekend here during the rainy season. The best room ever - ocean front - from which we could watch the beautiful sunsets. The people were fantastic and friendly, the pool was a lot of fun, and the beach very scenic - although wait for the tide to go out to figure the best place to swim - otherwise it will be bumpy! Although they get you with food and drink prices, the food was terrific - very fresh. Since it was rainy season not many people at the resort which was a plus for us!! Can't wait to go back!

Posted by , from Fredericksburg, VA on Oct 29, 2012

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About the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa

Location Playa Mansita, Hacienda Pinilla, Pinilla, Guanacaste

Property Features

Simply walk outside to smell the salt air and watch the ocean waves from the sand beach. Pamper yourself with a treatment at the full-service spa and enjoy amenities at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa like a complimentary children's club and an outdoor pool. There are 6 restaurants on site, along with a coffee shop/café. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include 3 bars/lounges and a poolside bar. A computer station is on site, and both WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. This luxury resort also offers a spa tub, a steam room, and a fitness center. Free self parking is available. This 4.5-star Avellanas Beach resort is smoke free.

  • 310 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • 6 dining venues
  • 3 bars or lounges
  • 4 conference rooms
  • 7223 sq ft of conference space
  • 671 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 2009
  • Bar by the pool
  • Coffee shop
  • Kid's club (free)
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Beach lounge chairs
  • Towels for the beach
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Conference center
  • Business facilities
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Front-desk safe
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Game room or arcade
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Beauty salon
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • ATM
  • Onsite shopping
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • On private beach
  • Free WiFi
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Children's club (free)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • Babysitting or childcare
  • Arcade/game room
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: WiFi (surcharge) , Wired Internet access (surcharge)

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet


Free self parking , Valet parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: Liberia (LIR-Daniel Oduber Intl.) (75.3 km / 46.8 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Area shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking; valet parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa offers 310 air-conditioned accommodations with iPod docking stations and minibars. Rooms open to balconies. Beds feature Egyptian cotton sheets and premium bedding. 37-inch LCD televisions come with premium cable channels. Bathrooms include separate bathtubs and showers with rainfall showerheads, bathrobes, slippers, and designer toiletries. This Avellanas Beach resort provides wired and wireless Internet access for a surcharge. Business-friendly amenities include desks, complimentary newspapers, and phones. Additionally, rooms include laptop-compatible safes and complimentary bottled water. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily.

  • Private balcony
  • Minibar
  • IPod dock
  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • LCD television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Coffee maker
  • Egyptian cotton linens
  • Separate shower and tub
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Newspapers (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Sound-insulated rooms
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy buffet breakfast daily from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM.

Tamarine - Overlooking the pool and garden, this restaurant specializes in Asian cuisine and serves dinner only. Guests can enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). Open daily.

Mansita - This theme restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). Open daily.

Sabanero - Overlooking the pool, this fine-dining restaurant serves dinner only. Guests can enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). Reservations are required. Open daily.

Azul Grill - This beachfront restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). Open daily.

Nau Lounge - Overlooking the pool and garden, this sports bar specializes in sushi and serves dinner only. Guests can enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). Open daily.

24-hour room service is available.

Nearby Activities

An outdoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a private beach, a sauna, and a fitness center. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Golf driving range on site
  • Water skiing nearby
  • Golf lessons on site
  • Golfing nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Volleyball on site
  • Kayaking on site
  • Windsurfing on site
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site
  • Pilates classes on site
  • Rafting nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Fitness classes on site
  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Personal motorized watercraft on site
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby

Spa Services

JW Marriott Spa has 18 treatment rooms including rooms for couples. Massages are available on the beach and in the spa; other services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, and Swedish massages. The spa is equipped with a sauna, a spa tub, a steam room, and Turkish bath/hammam. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and hydrotherapy.

  • Number of treatment rooms 18
  • Couples treatment rooms
  • Massages on beach
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body wraps
  • Body treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Facial treatments
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Hydrotherapy treatments
  • Hot stone massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Sauna in spa
  • Spa tub in spa
  • Steam room in spa
  • Thai massage
  • Massages


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Special check-in instructions:

24-hour airport shuttle service is available on request. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children 12 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Guests must contact this hotel in advance to reserve a crib (infant bed). Please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Only service animals are allowed


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the 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

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

You should know

  • JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa offers transfers from the airport. Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation with your arrival details prior to travel.
  • Reservations are needed for massage services and spa treatments. For reservations, contact the resort before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Up to 2 children 12 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.