We stayed at this hotel last year and were disappointed. We stayed here over the JW and the Ritz becuase they offered the all inclusive option - they have two menus in the resturants (one for all inclusive and one for everyone else) and most everything we wanted to order there was an additional charge. The food was okay at best...there was not one single meal that made you say "wow". Lots of families and tons of kids when we were there. For my wife and I we would have been better off at the JW or Ritz. The thing that we liked most was the beach, it was amazing. We would not go back to this hotel. Would highly recommend Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort in Costa Rica - Hotel, food, staff, the country itself was just amazing. One of the best hotel staffs of any marriott that I have been to.
We have stayed at the JW right next door and I would highly recommend using the extra points. The Casa Magna is definatley for families and if you have young kids there is no shortage of them. When we walked over there the pool was so crowded you could hardly walk around (spring break) The JW has kids but it is a totally different atmosphere You will be treated like a Queen from tne pool attendandts to the front desk. Make sure you take the bus downtown instead of a cab it is an experience in its self.
As mentioned the Casa Magna and JW share a site. They both have some great restaurants. From the breakfast buffets to the meals at both JW and Casa Magna, there is variety and all very high quality. Frankly, it's one of the main reasons we are going back this year.
The JW next door (the 2 are connected) is much more plesant, guests of the JW may use any of the pools while guests of the Casa Magna are not allowed to use the pools of the JW....lots of kids are at the Casa Magna , the kids club for both properties is located at the Casa Magna. We enjoyed all the reataurants of both places equally. September might be a good month to go ....less kids!!! we were there over springbreak..... I loved the architecture of Casa Magna...massive and hughe....very impressive..it made the JW look a bit modest.