JW Marriott Marquis Miami
What We Love
- Floor-to-ceiling windows that turn Biscayne Bay into your wallpaper (in Bay View rooms, of course)
- The space: These are roomy rooms, starting at almost 500 square feet
- Motivation, ahoy: Free WiFi and espresso machines in every room
What To Know
- Valet parking is your only parking option; it’s $36 per day
- Business is a focus for this hotel, so expect suits and events
- Pets are not allowed
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- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The hotel, a brand-new build, opened in late 2010. From the airy, marbled lobby to the stainless steel pool on the 19th floor—and in the 313 guest rooms and suites in between and above—things still look and feel fresh, crisp and comfortable. JW Marriott—especially Marquis properties within the brand—are a cut above what you usually associate with Marriott. Make no mistake, rooms are more traditional and business-oriented than they are whimsical or resort-style, but they take a tired formula and amp up the luxurious touches.
Bed and Bath
Rooms are spacious, with high-thread-count white bedding, 52-inch flatscreen HD TVs (on which you can watch shows or movies via your Netflix account), a connectivity panel to hook up your devices to the big screen and personal espresso machines. Clean lines and soothing neutrals create warmth, and the overall look is modern comfort. Bathrooms are huge, even in the lowest room categories, and all have separate oversized tubs with whirlpools (great for a soak) and roomy showers with glass doors. Rounding out the bathrooms are vanities, a hair dryer, two cozy bathrobes and sets of slippers, a lighted makeup mirror and bath amenities by Aromatherapy Associates. If you can’t brush your teeth without keeping an eye on the stock prices, CNN ticker or baseball scores, you’ll love the TV screen embedded into the bathroom mirror.
The JW Marriott Marquis makes it easy to forget to leave the property during your stay. The star here is db Bistro Moderne, a Daniel Boulud restaurant serving excellent French classics, including oysters, ceviche and foie gras. Take a break and enjoy happy hour at the restaurant’s bar, with a selection of $8 cocktails and reasonably priced small plates before 8 p.m. More casual dining options include Met Café & Bar, a classy cafeteria with sports playing on the TVs, ThreeFortyFive for breakfast with a side of Biscayne Bay water views, and Intermezzo for espresso and pastries. Whether for a meeting or a high-end event in JW Marriott’s rooftop aerie, a blowout is essential in Miami. Enliven Spa & Salon, on the 20th floor, has a full menu of hair, body, facial, nail and waxing services for men and women. To keep sport nuts—or bosses—happy, there’s an on-site golf-swing academy at the hotel, and for the kids, a virtual bowling alley and 3-D theater. A wine boutique and cigar shop mean you can even take some of the good life to go.
In the Area
The boutiques, bars and restaurants of the growing Brickell area are just a short stroll or drive away. (You could even hop the free trolley that runs down Biscayne Boulevard and Brickell Avenue.) If you love sushi and have deep pockets, hop across the street to Zuma, and prepare for star sightings. Speaking of celebs, the Miami Heat’s home, the American Airlines Arena, is right around the corner; if it’s not basketball season, expect big-name bands to be in residence. For a more highbrow night out, head a few blocks north to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. The on-site Prelude by Barton G. offers a $29 fixed-price dinner menu (plux tax and gratuity) for seatings prior to 8:00 p.m.
How to Get There
We spent the weekend at this hotel while visiting family and found it to be in a great location! Had a nice walk to Bayfront Park, and some nearby shopping. The amenities were nice with the nice pool view, the basketball courts and the bowling alley. We did not like the quality of the breakfast at the club level restaurant as it was bland and very limited in choices. Out of the multiple JW’s this was probably the most disappointing from that perspective and also the front desk lines were very long, and the 40$ parking was very high per night. The property was very nice, but I would have to think twice before staying here again for this price.
The booking system through the Marriott Bon Voy website is bad. They offer a room, charge the indicated price and then when doing the chekin, they change for a room that is not the correct one and they try to charge the price of the most expensive. The hotel is dirty in the corridors and the maintenance is bad. In the room the frigobar did not cool and when claiming they indicated that this was the way in which the frigobar works. Lounico good in that hotel is the attention of Nestor (Reception Manager) and Mrs. Claudia (Food and Beverage Manager). Without them, the hotel would be even worse.I had booked a Suite with a view of the Bay and upon arrival they charged me more money and wanted to give me a room with a view of the city (only offices). The Suite is very nice, but the other rooms are not recommended. Very noisy
We only stayed one night on our way to the Keys, but was totally happy with the location, room, and bed. They have an amazing game room on the 19th floor. This is also the rooftop pool area. We highly recommend this hotel. Be advised there is no refrigerator in the room.
Hard to believe this is a JW Marriott Hotel. Check in scheduled for 4PM, but no rooms available for a Lifetime Platinum (now Titanium) member, and no offer to fix the problem. We waited for over 2 hours and had to call the front desk three times and still did not have a room or even an indication of when a room might be ready. The only information I received was that housekeeping was not done cleaning the room.
Also the Cafe restaurant is a nightmare. I ordered a crab cake and the blackened salmon salad and asked that the crab cake be served first as an appetizer. Instead the waitress (who had difficulty managing 2 tables) delivered my crab cake at the same time that she delivered my friends entree. We didn’t see her again for 20 minutes. By then I was done with my crab cake and my friend was done with her meal. Horrible service.
All in all a major letdown for what is supposed to be a 5 star property. What a disappointment.
It is a nice hotel to stay. Good view and location. Also hotel staff was very polite and helpful towards customers. Food is also good valet parking is also there but one can contact to others for a. Free parking