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4.7 out of 5

"JW Marriott Guanacaste was very clean & polite. Food was reasonably priced, pool was def the highlight! Ocean veiw room w/tub looking out to patio was ... " More

By a verified traveler on Tue 08 Oct 2019

Hotel Description

4.5-star beachfront resort near Mansita Beach

On the beach

You'll find Mansita Beach and Hacienda Pinilla Golf Course within a 15-minute walk of this Tamarindo resort. Tamarindo Beach is within 12 miles (20 km) and Flamingo Beach is within 20 miles (32 km).

Poolside dining

This luxury resort features a private beach, a full-service spa, and 6 restaurants. Enjoy beachfront dining and relax with beach cabanas and sun loungers. There's fun for all ages with a free kid's club and a playground, and supervised childcare is an added bonus.

Soaking tubs, iPod docks

The 310 soundproofed guestrooms offer WiFi and iPod docks. Other amenities include balconies, deep soaking bathtubs, and LCD TVs with cable channels.

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Balcony, Ocean View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Deluxe Room, 2 Double Beds, Balcony, Ocean View

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Presidential Suite, 1 Bedroom, Balcony, Oceanfront

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Balcony, Oceanfront

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Balcony, Pool View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Deluxe Room, 2 Double Beds, Balcony, Oceanfront

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa ratings based on 27 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

Guest reviews for JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa

Everyone (7) Couples (1) Family (1)
4 out of 5
JW Marriott Guanacaste was very clean & polite. Food was reasonably priced, pool was def the highlight! Ocean veiw room w/tub looking out to patio was also a highlight.. Downside very secluded we rented a car for convience to go into Tamarindo where there was much more life. Beach was very dirty also horses on beach. JW beach was MUCH more nice & clean.

Posted by on Oct 8, 2019

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4 out of 5
Great hotel, as expected from a JW. Only two of the 4 treadmills worked if you are interested in running inside their gym, other than that it was perfect. Access to certain rooms was a long walk from the pool even though they over look the pool. Staff is great, very helpful all the time. Booked two rooms on two reservations due to a Travelocity issue not a hotel issue and were separated but this was not the hotels issue and they did all they could to get us closer together. Would stay again in a heartbeat.

Posted by on Mar 20, 2018

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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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About the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa

Location Playa Mansita, Hacienda Pinilla, Tamarindo, Guanacaste 50309

Renovations + Closures

This property is closed from March 20 2020 to September 15 2020 (dates subject to change).

All-inclusive Details

  • Taxes included
  • Gratuities included
  • Additional gratuities accepted

Property Features

Step outside to unwind on the sand beach. Spend the day at the beach and work on your tan in the sun loungers (chaise longues) or kick back in the shade with cabanas (surcharge) and umbrellas. 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. For a drink, you can stop by one of the onsite bars, including 2 poolside bars and 3 bars/lounges. A computer station is on site, and both WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. This luxury resort also offers a 24-hour health club, a steam room, and a garden. You'll have access to the indoor pool and outdoor pool at a partner property. Self parking is free. This 4.5-star Tamarindo resort is smoke free.

  • 310 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • 6 dining venues
  • 2 bars by the pool
  • 3 bars or lounges
  • 7223 sq ft of conference space
  • 671 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 2009
  • Coffee shop
  • Kid's club (free)
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Cabanas on the beach (surcharge)
  • Beach lounge chairs
  • Towels for the beach
  • Umbrellas for the beach
  • Cabanas by the pool (surcharge)
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Conference center
  • Business facilities
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • 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

  • On private beach
  • Outdoor pool1
  • Free WiFi
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Children's club (free)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • Arcade/game room
  • Playground on site


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: Daniel Oduber Intl. Airport (LIR) (74.8 km / 46.5 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle and area shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking; valet parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa offers 310 accommodations with iPod docking stations and minibars. Rooms open to balconies. Beds feature Egyptian cotton sheets, down comforters, and premium bedding. 37-inch LCD televisions come with premium cable channels. Bathrooms include separate bathtubs and showers with deep soaking bathtubs and rainfall showerheads. Bathrooms are also outfitted with bathrobes, slippers, and designer toiletries. This Tamarindo 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 espresso makers. In-room massages and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily.

  • Private balcony
  • Deep soaking tub
  • Minibar
  • IPod dock
  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • LCD television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Espresso maker
  • Coffee maker
  • Egyptian cotton linens
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Down blanket
  • Separate shower and tub
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Newspapers (free)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • 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
  • Wheelchair accessible

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).

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.

Late night fare is available from 24-hour room service.

Nearby Activities

3 spa tubs are on site along with an outdoor pool. Other recreational amenities include a private beach, a 24-hour health club, and a sauna.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Beach volleyball on site
  • Windsurfing on site
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site
  • Beach yoga on site
  • Rafting nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Fitness classes on site
  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Golf driving range on site
  • Water skiing nearby
  • Golf lessons on site
  • Golfing nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails on site
  • Rock climbing nearby
  • Horse riding/rental on site
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Kayaking on site
  • Mountain biking on site
  • Ziplining nearby
  • Pilates classes on site
  • Playground on site
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Personal motorized watercraft on site
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby

Spa Services

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

The spa is open daily.

  • Number of treatment rooms 18
  • Outdoor treatment areas
  • 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
  • Reflexology
  • Sports massage
  • Massages


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.

  • Wheelchair-accessible on-site restaurant
  • Visual alarms in hallways
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible concierge desk
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking
  • Braille or raised signage
  • Valet for wheelchair-equipped vehicle
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible spa
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool
  • Wheelchair-accessible fitness center
  • Wheelchair-accessible meeting spaces/business center

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children stay free when using existing bedding.

Pet Policy

  • Pets: USD 100 per pet, per stay, plus a deposit of USD 100 per stay
  • Only dogs and cats are allowed
  • Maximum 1 per room (weight limit: 44 lbs)
  • Restrictions apply
  • For more information, you can reach out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation
  • Service animals are exempt from fees


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

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be 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 property in advance to reserve cribs/infant beds

Safety features at this property include a smoke detector

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve cribs/infant beds. For guests' safety, the property includes a smoke detector in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.Disinfectant is used to clean the property.Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; masks are required in public areas.Individually-wrapped food options are available through room service.Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 72 hours between bookings.The property affirms that it follows sanitization practices of Commitment to Clean (Marriott) guidelines.

  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Masks are compulsory at the property
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Protective clothing is not available to guests
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • Property follows a brand or regulatory agency's sanitization guidelines Commitment to Clean (Marriott)
  • LGBTQIA friendly
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available through room service
  • Number of children who can stay free - 2
  • gap period enforced between guest stays 72 hours


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Resort fee: USD 33.9 per accommodation, per night

The resort fee includes:

  • Fitness/yoga classes

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for buffet breakfast: USD 31 for adults and USD 15.5 for children (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
  • Pet deposit: USD 100 per stay
  • Pet fee: USD 100 per pet, per stay
  • Service animals are exempt from fees

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

Hotel Names

  • JW Marriott Guanacaste Pinilla
  • JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort Pinilla
  • JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort
  • JW Marriott Guanacaste
  • Jw Marriott Guanacaste And Spa
  • JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort Tamarindo
  • Resort JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa Tamarindo
  • Tamarindo JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa Resort
  • Resort JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa
  • JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa Tamarindo
  • JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort
  • JW Marriott Guanacaste Tamarindo
  • JW Marriott Guanacaste
  • JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort Spa
  • Jw Marriott Guanacaste And Spa
  • JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa Resort
  • JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa Tamarindo
  • JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa Resort Tamarindo

You should know

  • Reservations are needed for golf tee times, massage services, and spa treatments. For reservations, contact the resort before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • To make arrangements to bring your pet, contact the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation (please see the Fees section for related charges).
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.