The Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belen is located in San Jose, Costa Rica. This beautiful hotel is a great place to stay if you’re in town for business or are on a leisurely vacation.
In this review, we’ll go over all of the important aspects of this hotel so you can decide if the Marriott Costa Rica is right for your next trip.
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San Jose, Costa Rica at a Glance
San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica and the small country’s largest city. It’s centrally located and a great place to start your Costa Rica adventures.
While it’s not located by the water and may not be on your Costa Rica vacation radar, it’s worth checking out. It’s a great place to stop for a few days and there are lots of day trips you can take from San Jose.
Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO); flights from the United States available on Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, and United Airlines
Currency: Costa Rica colones (100 colones = 18 cents approximately)
Climate: Highs range from 77° to 88°F with lows ranging from 64° to 66°F; December-March is the dry season and most popular time for visitors, May-October is the wet season
Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belen
Location: 700 meters west from Bridgestone/Firestone, La Ribera de Belen, Heredia, Costa Rica
Type of Hotel: Moderately priced hotel great for business and leisure travelers
Marriott Bonvoy: Rewards category 5 (30,000-40,000 points per night)
Resort Fee: None
Parking Fee: Free self-parking; $10 per day for valet
Amenities: Fitness center, full-service spa, golf driving range, tennis court, hot tub, 2 outdoor pools, walking trail
Dining: 5 restaurants plus room service
Distance from San Jose (SJO) airport: 10 minutes
Good To Know: The Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belen used to be called Marriott Costa Rica San Jose
Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belen Review
I was so impressed with my stay at the Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belen! This place is a great mix of hotel and resort with a fantastic, central location and some great amenities. It’s the perfect place to base yourself during a trip to Costa Rica.
This hotel is conveniently located about 10 minutes from the airport. It’s popular among business travelers and those flying into San Jose for a night or two. It’s also close enough to many popular Costa Rica attractions that you can fill your time with day trips to see lots of what Costa Rica has to offer.
The staff at the Costa Rica Marriott San Jose was just great. Thankfully, a majority of them spoke English (since I am a lazy American tourist who can’t seem to grasp Spanish). They were all so friendly there to help if you needed anything.
This place has a charming old-world feel to it. The hotel is nestled on a coffee plantation with beautiful mountain views. There’s plenty of seating around the 2 pools including a couple of daybeds (perfect for enjoying the day reading a book). I enjoyed the walking path on the property that passed through lush greenery and the putting green and driving range.
Costa Rica Marriott Amenities
While the Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belen isn’t a full-fledged resort, the property offers many amenities you might find at a resort. There are 2 pools and a hot tub along with plenty of lounge chairs if you’d like to relax at the hotel all day long.
- Full-Service Spa
- 24 Hour Gym
- 24 Hour Room Service
- Free Hotel Shuttle (Sunday – Friday Only)
- 5 Restaurants Onsite Including a Sports Bar and Coffee Shop
- 2 Pools (one is slightly heated) plus Hot Tub
- Walking Path
- Tennis Courts
- Putting Green and Driving Range
- TAM Travel Tour Desk To Book Excursions and Day Trips
The Executive Lounge at The Costa Rica Marriott
This is hands down the best executive lounge I have ever been in. Since this hotel is not categorized as a resort, Marriott Gold and Platinum Elite Members have access to the lounge for breakfast, snacks, and dinner. Yep, they serve dinner too. So that meant we had free breakfast and dinner every night of our stay! Score!!
The staff in the executive lounge was wonderful. They were courteous and helpful. We loved talking to Sol at dinnertime — she was an absolute gem!
**Unfortunately, this hotel is now labeled as a resort, so access to the lounge may be stricter**
Rooms at Marriott Hacienda Belen
The rooms at the Marriott Costa Rica Hotel Hacienda Belen are comfortable modern. They were updated in early 2019 to reflect the coffee culture of the region. Regardless of what type of room you book, you’ll enjoy amenities like:
- Outdoor space (patio, balcony, or Juliet balcony)
- Air conditioning
- 24-hour room service
- In-room Britt coffee (it’s so good)
Using Marriott Points at Costa Rica Marriott
The Marriott San Jose Costa Rica Hotel is a Marriott Bonvoy Category 5 requiring 30,000-40,000 points per night (peak vs. off-peak). For points bookings, the 5th night is FREE so you could stay 5 nights for as little as 120,000 Marriott points.
To earn enough points to stay at the Costa Rica Marriott Hacienda Belen, you’ll want to start with a good points-earning credit card (or 2)!
Marriott Credit Cards
- Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card: 75,000 point bonus after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months
- Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card from Chase: 75,000 point bonus after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.
- Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card from Chase: 30,000 point bonus after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months
Pro Tip: If you need more Marriott Bonvoy points, you can transfer them from Chase Ultimate Rewards.
Activities Near San Jose, Costa Rica
There’s so much to do around the San Jose, Costa Rica area. When you base yourself out of San Jose you can enjoy the city and take day trips to explore the countryside.
Here are some day trip ideas that offer hotel pickup:
- San Jose evening bus tour with dinner
- Arenal Volcano Full-Day Combo Tour with Lunch and Dinner
- Tortuga Island Day Trip
- Arenal Volcano and Tabacon Hot Springs Day Trip (read my review of Tabacon Hot Springs here)
- Manuel Antonio National Park Day Trip
I hope you can see why I think this is the best hotel in San Jose Costa Rica! I was so impressed with the grounds, staff, and the amazing executive lounge. The executive lounge alone makes the value of this property tremendous.
I struggled with where to stay in Costa Rica for a week that was close to lots of attractions. The Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belen was the perfect option for us and I do not hesitate in recommending it.