We use "would" in a lot of statements like this. It's not exactly necessary and usually we actually mean that we are doing something, not that we would do something.
I would recommend that you visit = I recommend that you visit
I would have to say that it really is beautiful = In my opinion, it's beautiful
I would suggest that you go to the library = My suggestion is that you go to the library.
It is, admittedly, a rather strange construction because it's not like we're saying "If you asked me, I would recommend ..." We frequently use the construction when someone has asked us the question.
1 - What do you recommend I do while I'm here?
2 - What would you recommend I do while I'm here?
3 - Where do you suggest I go to find that book?
4 - Where would you suggest I go to find that book?
1 and 2 mean the same, 3 and 4 mean the same.
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