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Reviewed February 13, 2010

We enjoyed our stay at this Hotel and most liked the pools as we floated around enjoying things with our young son. The beach isn't gorgeous but it was ok. The food was really good. It might be a costly choice for some people, but we knew it was and think we got our monies worth.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with family
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Thank TravelingIsMyThing1
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Reviewed February 13, 2010

Just returned from a week’s stay a Marriott Los Suenos. The resort is very nice; we enjoyed our stay immensely and would definitely return. The food and drink at the resort is high quality and priced about like other Marriott resorts, or maybe a little less.

For transportation from the airport, we used “Everywhere Costa Rica”, basically a network of licensed and insured independent operators. The cost was $110 each way. Our driver was a very nice young man, fluent in English, and he pointed out many things and offered a lot of helpful information. He was right on-time for both pickups. He made a couple of brief stops to show us the crocodiles and for us to purchase some water, juice and snacks A very nice, new highway had just opened from San Jose, running west through the scenic mountains towards the coast. It cuts off about 30 minutes for the drive to Los Suenos. Some drivers don’t want to take it, however, because it they have to pay tolls. So make sure you ask them to take the new road.

To right of the Marriott (as you face the beach) is the Los Suenos marina. There is a nice, paved path, mostly shaded and well lit a night, that will take you there – less than a ten minute walk. The marina has three nice restaurants, a great sports bar (The Hook Up), a bakery, and some shops. We tried all three restaurants and liked them all. Bambu is Asian, El Galleon is open air continental with a Costa Rican flair, and Lanterna is Italian. The latter two are on the pricey side. The seafood in Costa Rica is outstanding (especially for fish – most notably tuna, mahi mahi and sea bass - and shrimp) and all three feature seafood dishes. Note that the wine can be very expensive … a bottle of Lindeman’s Chardonnay was $45 at El Galleon and Lanterna. Note all restaurants add a 10% service charge and 13% tax. At the marina there is also a small store called Jimmy T’s where you can buy snacks and other supplies that are hard to find anywhere else (like pretzels!).

We also ate at Villa Caletas, a beautiful place perched high overlooking the Pacific. You go there mainly for the incredible sunsets, but the food is excellent too (a bit pricey). It’s a $15 cab ride each way from the Marriott.

The Marriott is located on a small, very scenic (but otherwise unimpressive) beach called Playa Herradura. Besides the Los Suenos resort, the beach is home to a few other condos and two other restaurants – Juanita’s and El Pelicano. These are both open air seating places that mainly feature seafood. We ate at and liked both, but El Pelicano is the better of the two. You can walk to them from the Marriott, and it’s OK to do during the day, but would not recommend it at night. You have to wade across a very small, shallow inlet. The Marriott will shuttle you over there for $10 round trip. Fisherman can bring their catch from the day over to El Pelicano, and they will prepare it for dinner. Some shared their mahi mahi with us, and it was outstanding.

We took three tours. First was the calypso catamaran to Isla Tortuga. We booked directly with them (not through the hotel) at $119pp and got two free drinks thrown in. We did the booking through the internet. This is a well-advertised tour and it was wonderful. The drive to the port town of Puntarenas is over an hour long, and is included in the cost. They picked us up at the Marriott. The cruise to Isla Tortuga is about and hour and a half across the gulf of Nicoya, and very scenic. The catamaran is really nice and comfortable. The beach on the island is great. You can rent lounge chairs for $6. The lunch was good but nothing really special.

The second tour we also reserved on our own in advance was with Discovery Horse Tours. This was about a three hour tour on horseback through jungles and pastures on private property. The cost was $65pp, plus we paid $50 for round trip transport from the Marriott (arranged by the tour operator). It was really great, and I can’t say enough about the couple from England that run this place. Their horses are mainly local rescues and very nice to ride. They can handle people who have never ridden as well as experienced riders that want something challenging.

Our final tour was to Manuel Antonio National Park. We booked this in advance with King Tours out of the nearby town of Jaco, $89pp. Randall King can book any tour you want and I would highly recommend them. They were reliable and exactly on time picking us up at the Marriott. This tour was my favorite. Our guide was terrific. The drive there and the town of Quepos are really nice and interesting, including nice views of the Jaco and Hermosa beaches (world famous for surfing). The park is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. The hike was fun and interesting and the beach fantastic. The park has nice restrooms and places to change. And you will see wildlife, including monkeys. The tour included a great lunch in Quepos before heading back.

We loved Costa Rica and hope to return some day. One week is not enough!

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed February 1, 2010

The hotel was compact with everything within easy reach. Pool area was very clean and well kept and was not crowded. The service was excellent, and the people very friendly. Room was comfortable, clean and large. Food was good and somewhat expensive. The Marina area was a close place to find good restaurants, Japanese and Italian. Do not plan to go to the beach at the resort, take a cab to Jaco for a decent beach but watch if you are in town at night since it is kind of seedy. I did not go into the Casino but heard it was small.
Zip line tours, kayaking and snorkling tours depart right from the hotel and are reasonably priced. Golf course at the resort is good but not the best I've played at. Nice thing about it is that you can do some bird watching while you play. Overall I would stay there again and would recommend to others.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank kielar
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Reviewed January 28, 2010

Our trip to costa rica was a great adventure having spent the first 5 days in and around the rainforests. The latter half of our trip was more relaxing at this great hotel in Jaco.

The pool was great with daily water aerobics which was really fun.

Breakfast was always quite a spread and sitting outside overlooking the pool and gardens was perfect in the morning. The rooms were really comfortable and modern.

A walking track from the hotel to the nearby yachts was fab. We would take a daily stroll and check out nearby places.

Another fabulous place around 15 mins from the hotel was a sunset point. It had an amphitheatre to sit and enjoy the sunsetting behing the ocean, an experience i will never forget.

A great hotel and location with top service and food.

  • Stayed: June 2008
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Thank AvniBaroda
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Reviewed January 22, 2010

My wife and I stayed at this Marriot for two nights after spending four nights in the Arenal area. The hotel has a great pool area with lots of chairs and hidden areas where you can layout your towel and really relax. It was October, so it rained both afternoons, but that wasn't a big deal. By the time it rained, we had already gotten plenty of sun. The restaurant on the first level had delicous food. The outside restaurant was a step down in quality, but still very tasty. Clean rooms, nice breeze in the open-air lobby. Nice cafe/ deli out in front of the lobby for breakfast foods and snacks. The outside area at night is very pretty when all the pool lights are on, and you are sitting at the bar on the second level overlooking the pool. The beach is more of a bay; barely any waves and the water was murky in October. We worked out one morning in their nice gym.

Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
Thank PLDTravel
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