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Costa Rica Marriott Hotel in San Jose


Costa Rica Marriott Hotel in San Jose

Exterior of the private, gated entrance at night.

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Costa Rica Marriott in a Nutshell:

Located on the outskirts of San Jose, the Costa Rica Marriott is five minutes from the country's largest international airport. Primarily a business traveler’s destination, the Costa Rica Marriott is plenty romantic for honeymooning couples. Its elegant and unique décor is in the style of a 16th-century hacienda, with a central open-air stone-paved courtyard surrounded by a main building. The property contains 300 guest rooms, a spa, tennis courts and two outdoor swimming pools.

Guest Rooms at Costa Rica Marriott:

A standard guest room at the Costa Rica Marriott hotel measures about 300 square feet. Rooms are carpeted, unusual for Costa Rica. Heavy draperies and dark wood furniture suggest centuries-ago bourgeoisie, spiced up with modern conveniences. Rooms are air conditioned, but it's almost unnecessary in this breezy, hilly region. Many rooms have sliding doors that reveal a tiny balconette. The hotel is five stories high, and rooms on the top floors have the best views. An elevator is slow, but available.

Each room is equipped with a flatscreen TV, iPod dock, and digital safe. There is a multimedia plug and play panel near the desk, and as with most of the Costa Rica's Marriott hotels, the Internet connection is wired – not wireless – in guest rooms.

Dining at Costa Rica Marriott:

The hotel boasts three restaurants and a café. We were able to sample only one: Antigua, an international bar/restaurant open for three meals a day. The outdoor dining area, on a covered terra cotta tiled veranda, is pleasant. Food is fresh and service is prompt and friendly, however there are no budget options. A simple coffee and oatmeal breakfast can cost up to twenty American dollars per guest.

The other dining establishments on premises are La Isabela, serving tapas and an array of local and international wines, open only for dinner; La Castilla, the lobby bar and lounge; and Casa del Café, a casual coffee and snacks bar, open early morning to midday.

Destination Weddings at Costa Rica Marriott:

There are several wedding packages at the hotel for intimate gatherings or extravagant galas. Customization options include basics like menu and lighting options, all the way up to top-shelf features like a private fireworks display. Marriott certified wedding planners help couples to set an event budget, decide on a menu, arrange table settings and find the service providers for music, flowers and photos.

At and Around Costa Rica Marriott:

On the property there are two swimming pools, including one whirlpool, a golf mini-driving range, sauna (at Kuö spa), full fitness center, and tennis courts. And the Costa Rica Marriott has an interesting neighbor: Café Britt brand coffee is sold throughout the country and their colorful bags are ubiquitous in tourist shops and local groceries alike. The Costa Rica Marriott Hotel is located adjacent to the famous coffee plantation and tours are available. Other nearby activities include Costa Rica’s ecotourism attractions such as a visit to Poas Volcano and zipline excursions.

Spa at Costa Rica Marriott:

Kuö Spa evokes the coffee plantation locale in its decor. Kuö means “skin” in the indigenous language Cabecar, and as such an abundance of facial and body treatments are offered, as well as standard massage treatments. The couples massage space at Kuö includes a private washing area. One of the more notable experiences at Kuö is the opportunity to sink your feet in a pit of coffee beans on the way to treatment rooms. There’s also an ultra-convenient salon on site for hair and nails.

Drawbacks at Costa Rica Marriott:

There's not much to complain about at Costa Rica Marriott. It’s an elegant property. Room décor does seem a bit heavy for the region. Design details are somewhat masculine. Wooden floors, as compared to carpeting, might be nicer. Rooms could be warmed up with more wall art. The tub is smaller than average, so baths aren’t a luxurious experience. Overall the property feels appointed more for the business traveler than the romantic traveler, but it certainly doesn’t discourage romance.

Costa Rica Marriott Vibe:

Although there are a lot of business travelers at this property, as well as traveling families, romantic revelers will not feel excluded. There is a bit of hurried vibe in some parts of the property, as corporate types rush off to their meetings and families get on with their sightseeing, but none of these aspects should be a deterrent. The overall vibe is gracious and superior service and amenities make the Costa Rica Marriott a good choice in the capital city.

Find Out More About the Costa Rica Marriott:

Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose
700 meters west from Bridgestone/Firestone
San Jose, Costa
Toll free from US and Canada: 1-888-236-2427

Official Hotel Web Site

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