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 a quick night at the JW before heading to South Florida, we booked a concierge level room which gives you great upgraded amenities. The pool area is large and was not crowded, we only walked through the spa but it looked fantastic. I hope we get a chance to go back and stay longer at the JW.
Stayed two nights for business. Very convenient as it's next door to my office. I was also able to get a corporate rate, which looked much cheaper than typical rates. Upon mobile checkin, received an upgrade to an executive suite. It was ridiculously large and kind of a waste as it was just me for business, but a very nice room. Had a full living room with couch, TV and full desk area. Also a half bath. Master bedroom was spacious and bathroom was huge. Very nice, but again almost too much for just one person. Suite was clean and very nice, but some things did not work.
Hotel itself had a ton of amenities. I used the executive lounge for breakfast. Very nice spread. I also used the gym, which was excellent for a hotel gym. There was also a spa, a full-size basketball court, a virtual bowling alley, a pool, a game room and several other fun things I didn't have time for. Would be great for a longer stay or kids.
Service was good, although besides checkin I didn't interact with staff much. Overall, very nice for a business trip. Would stay again if I could get the corp rate.
This was my second time at the property and I'm still impressed. The rooms are some of the most relaxing and restful I've stayed in but also are configured so you can get work done. If you're able to get a bay view room I'd recommend it. Just be prepared to pull the darkening shades closed every night unless you want the early morning sun to brighten and heat up the room.
I stayed at this property one night for a recent business conference. Accommodations were astounding. The main lobby is beautiful and customer service was excellent. The conference area and rooms were clean and inviting. Great location for business travelers or anyone looking to stay near downtown Miami or Brickell.
I only had the pleasure of staying at this modern, lovely hotel for one night - but thoroughly enjoyed the property. A special mention must go to Concierge Andrei who promptly answered all my pre arrival requests, and more importantly, personally retrieved an important personal item I had left in the room, and had it delivered to me. Amazing service - thank you!