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Room Report: Los Suenos Marriott Costa Rica

Los Suenos Marriott
Los Suenos Marriott
Los Suenos Marriott

Arrival Experience: Behind a gated entrance, guests are whisked through to the open-air colonial lobby of Los Suenos Marriott to find wrought iron chandeliers and arched ceilings setting the tone. Plentiful conversation seating areas are available, as is a free wireless Internet signal. Reception is located at the end of the lobby, and the open-air terrace looks down upon the meandering swimming pool and waterfalls. This hotel is located on the edge of the Pacific Ocean giving guests a mild breeze to soften the humid air. The resort's architecture resembles a colonial hacienda topped with hundreds of thousands of Nicaraguan red roof tiles nestled amid the rainforest.

Dining: Numerous restaurants here provide ample variety, but the hotel is proud of its "You hook it, we cook it" program that allows guests to catch their own fish, which can be prepared by the chef staff. La Vista is the poolfront restaurant serving three meals a day including a buffet breakfast. An outdoor terrace faces one of the pool's maze waterways. Cocktails in Puesta del Sol are popular after hours, and numerous tequila-laced specialties are products of the hotel's mixologist. At Arrecife, guests can swim up to order a drink or lunchtime snack. Nuevo Latino is more formal with fine dining including numerous Costa Rican specialties. A lengthy wine list adds to the festive mood. Light snacks and all-day coffee are served at Casa del Café.

Accommodations: Rooms here were prepping for renovation at inspection, but all boast red-tiled flooring, comfortable Marriott duvet bedding with oversized pillows for a sweet slumber, and flat-screen cable TVs facing the bed. Work desks have chairs on either side allowing guests to use them as a dining table or position themselves to work while facing the ocean or lush gardens. Speedy wireless and wired high speed Internet is available for a fee, and numerous power outlets are within easy reach of the work desk. Minibars are supplemented by two complimentary large water bottles in guest rooms and coffeemakers stocked with local Costa Rican Britt coffee grounds. Safes, robes, slippers, and bathrooms stocked with Thann toiletries, hairdryers and makeup mirrors are other luxurious touches. Views from guest rooms include beach and mountain options, and many have furnished balconies that provide the ideal perch from which to enjoy them.

Conclusion: The hotel features ample meeting space including a ballroom for as many as 570, that can be divided into smaller spaces. Group functions can also take place at Hoyo 19, known as the golf course's 19th hole, where a bar and lounge sit in a separate hacienda building fronting the hotel's porte cochere. The glamorous spa boasts numerous treatment rooms offering everything from massage and beauty treatments to body wraps and beauty salon services. Relaxation areas add to the comfort with saunas, steam rooms, and outdoor whirlpools facing the 1,100-acre rainforest. Lighted tennis courts, a modern fitness center, children's club for supervised activities, and mini golf course provide ample diversion. The resort's showpiece is its winding pool that splashes underneath bridges from the hotel's lobby almost to the seafront gardens. Small coves provide lounge chairs and umbrellas for shade. Watersports are available and can be charged to guest rooms. This hotel provides the perfect alternative for a weekend getaway from San Jose; many guests staying at the Costa Rica Marriott in the capital rush here for timeoff. Los Suenos Marriott is just over an hour from the international airport while Costa Rica Marriott is less than 15 minutes away. They pair well together for an enjoyable business and leisure trip combination.