JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro
What We Love
- Ocean-view suites with easy access to one of the world’s most iconic beaches
- Rooftop pool and terrace with unobstructed panoramic views of Copacabana and Leme
- The Griffin Lounge’s five-story bay window and free amenities make work feel like play
What To Know
- Touch-and-go cell service in atrium-facing rooms and lobby
- The poolside bar closes as 10 p.m., even on clear, warm nights
- WiFi is an additional cost of $16 per day
- Hotel lobby is undergoing renovations scheduled to conclude on August 15, 2013
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
JW Marriott Rio de Janeiro’s powerful polished stone and tinted glass façade meets the classic Marriott interior, underscored by well-timed tropical accents. Step inside and you find yourself welcomed by a spacious foyer adorned with rose marble and mother-of-pearl tile, with fresh exotic flowers, cozy brocade armchairs in high colonial style, and an abundance of natural light. Executive hot spots such as the Griffin Lounge and the fully equipped subterranean business center impress in regal hues of claret, gold and olive.
Bed and Bath
Clean lines and simple palettes give the rooms a soothing, modern calm. The careful selection of rich exotic hardwoods and airy decor make for a seamless transition from beach to bedroom. Bathrooms range from ample to intimate, with natural stone in bold contemporary contrasts of black and white, offering a truly luxurious feel and generous displays of scented toiletries, including bath salts. Sleep is guaranteed restful in plush beds surrounded by thick walls and light-blocking drapes.
Get your endorphins firing as you marvel at the Atlantic views from the 24-hour rooftop fitness center, then head downstairs for a banquet of a breakfast featuring fresh tropical fruit, strong Brazilian coffee, continental classics and regional pastries. Relax with beachside service or settle in by the heated rooftop pool and poolside bar, which offers sweeping panoramic sea views. The 45- to 90-minute spa treatments restore guests with evocative rain forest essences and an array of techniques. The hotel boasts three distinct dining options, including Mediterranean and American fare at Terraneo, and one of Rio’s top Japanese places at Taiyou Sushi & Sake Bar (reservations suggested), which offers such inventive dishes as Bahia-inspired bobô de camarão spring rolls. The first floor offers a place to unwind in an American-style sports bar with one of the top-notch caipirinhas.
In the Area
The hotel’s prize location means crossing the street to soak in the rays at Copacabana Beach, quick access to the neighborhood’s many treats, and a short cab ride to other must-visit spots such as sophisticated Leblon, lost-in-time Santa Teresa and the lively night scene in Lapa. Just around the corner, you can treat yourself to fine leather goods, exotic fruit smoothies at Bibi, and a luscious Kopenhagen truffle or three to ease any lingering stress. Just don’t spoil your appetite — Adega Pérola awaits you with an authentic array of more than 100 Portuguese-inspired seafood tapas. Or, try family-friendly Brazilian dishes at Santa Satisfação. Also be sure to check out Rio’s swish boutiques along nearby Ipanema’s Garcia d’Avila Street, especially Isabela Capeto, a hidden (geographically, anyway) fashion oasis offering original upscale designs uniquely rooted in Brazil’s rich textile traditions. Cap off the day by heading over to Arpoador to join in the beloved carioca tradition of applauding the sun as it sets, rounded out with the best draft beer in the city at the ocean-facing Astor. Snap your fingers to live samba deep into the night just blocks from your room at Bip Bip, a 194-square-foot neighborhood institution that honors good music above all else. And if you get caught up in the sound and forget dinner, Cervantes serves the best sandwiches in town until 4 a.m. The meat is thick. The bread is thin. Don’t pass up the pineapple.
How to Get There
We had a wonderful time at the JW Marriott in Rio. The Copacabana location is fantastic and if at all possible, ask (or upgrade to) an Oceanview room. Watching the waves roll in, the sun and moon rise over the Atlantic and the beach life of the world famous Copacabana only added to our experience.
We enjoyed the rooftop pool and bar as well as the lounge and the recommendations from the Concierge Team: Carmen, Igor and Ramon were all spot on! These three team members along with their colleagues made us fall in love with Rio de Janeiro!
We went to Rio for our 10 year anniversary and stayed at the JW Marriott hotel, from the time we were checking in till we left, we got the best service. Everything was made easy for us, from organizing an early check-in when we arrived at the hotel as well as an excellent concierge service. The gentleman from the concierge desk Ramon Lopez was truly amazing, paid attention to all details (he even organized our room to be made extra special on our anniversary day). He made some recommendations on trips, restaurants, hang-out spots and much more; all of which were spectacular. The facilities at the hotel are excellent, the roof top lounge and pool, the gym, their in-house restaurant are just spectacular. The food from the hotel restaurants is just divine, the pastry chef is just among the best in the world, every meal is prepared as if it is the only plate that they are preparing, it has a unique personal touch to it. All members of staff at the hotel are always genuinely friendly and willing to go the extra mile for their customers - excellent customer service. Most definitely we will be returning to this hotel when we make another trip to Rio. A special thanks to Ramon and Thais, you guys ROCK!!!!
Special thanks from the Ngwenya's
We stayed from November 22-27, 2018 and found the staff at this hotel really set it apart from others we have stayed in. Everyone at the hotel spoke excellent English and helped us however they could!
Rio, as a whole, was nowhere near as scary as the media makes it out to be! You would think from the things you read that you would be robbed as soon as you get there and then eaten alive by mosquitoes and then shot! Simply not the case, at least in the areas we visited, which were all touristy areas. I can’t comment on areas off the beaten path. The people of Rio are very friendly and the tourist areas have a heavy police presence. We never felt unsafe at any point. But we also stayed aware of our surroundings, didn’t flaunt jewelry, electronics or cash and took common sense precautions, as we would in any large city. So don’t let the media scare you out of coming- it’s a beautiful place with friendly people and delicious food!
One word of caution to others- our ATM card was skimmed when we used it at one of the ATMs in the lobby of the Bradesco bank very near the hotel just past the Barraca da Chiquita restaurant (recommended by the hotel staff). So I’d avoid that ATM location if you can get cash elsewhere.
Otherwise, enjoy the beautiful hotel and the beautiful city!
The location of the hotel is excellent for all things Rio, but other than that, it was below expectations in all respects for the JW brand. It doesn't even really pass muster as a regular Marriott, and I'm surprised the JW flag hasn't been pulled. It really mars an otherwise world-class brand. The sub-par experience started at the front desk, with an enormous wait despite no line and then an unhelpful/unfriendly clerk. Rooms are average at best. The Japanese restaurant did impress a local I took here, but was meh to me. Concierge was hard to find, and not helpful when located. Overall, poor value for the money,
Had a great time at the JW - very clean, safe, classy, and ideal location right off the Copacabana. Reason for the review is to call out some “above and beyond” service by the Jaguar, Ramon the concierge.
On the first day, the Ramon set my friend and me up with two full day tours for our extended weekend in Rio. We also chatted for a half hour and he gave me the crash course on Rio, and Brazilian culture.
While the first tour was great, the second day tour was marred by a huge fumble from the (third party) tour operator. They essentially put us on a different, foreign speaking, lower grade version of the tour we booked (without telling anyone). Not only was the day less than we expected, we were left feeling taken advantage of; like home team (the JW) was playing against us.
The next morning we explained the situation to the hotel, and the Jaguar stepped up BIG TIME. He figured out the mixup, made us feel valued, and implemented a rectifying solution to prevent the problem from reoccurring.
This literally made our day and took us from questioning our loyalty to Marriott, to feeling feeling like the JW is my “chain of choice”. (Both my buddy and I spend 75-100 nights/year in hotels, traveling for work).
Big shout out to the Jaguar who pounced on the problem like no concierge I’ve ever met.
If you have a Rio problem, ask for the Jaguar.