JW Marriott Hotel Quito
What We Love
- Volcano views from the glass atrium entrance and from rooms with a balcony on floors seven through nine
- Roses everywhere, from big arrangements in the lobby to roses placed on pillows at night
- Ecuador’s first five-star hotel recognized by the Rainforest Alliance for its sustainability efforts
What To Know
- A 10 percent service charge and 12 percent VAT per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Go slowly and drink lots of water on your first day in Quito, which is 9,300 feet above sea level
- Don’t check out at the last minute, or you might encounter long lines
- Official currency in Ecuador is the U.S. dollar; American and Ecuadorean coins are interchangeable
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
JW Marriott Quito’s stone and glass pyramid structure adds a modern edge to the restored New Town of Ecuador’s colonial capital. Inside, mahogany tables, leather loungers and reflecting marble floors fill the sunny atrium lobby, where a waterfall flows into a stone-lined pond. The guestrooms and common areas hold a casual vibe, with colonial-style wallpaper and diamond-patterned carpets.
Bed & Bath
Spacious rooms overlook the city or Andean Mountains and have heavy wood pieces, comfy chairs, fluffy bedspreads and loads of down pillows that are garnished with a single rose at nightly turndown. For rooms on floors seven through nine, private balconies facing Cotopaxi Volcano add an extra perk. No less airy are the marble bathrooms, with soaking tubs, separate showers and soothing Ecuadorian bath salts.
A well-equipped gym hosts fitness classes, the spa offers body scrubs, wraps and massages, and the expansive outdoor heated swimming pool is an urban resort oasis decked out with cascading waterfalls and a central Jacuzzi island. There’s no shortage of places to eat and drink on site. Start the day at Bistro Latino, with a buffet of eggs made to order, fresh fruit juices like tamarillo (tree tomato) and Ecuador’s national dish, ceviche. Mexican flavors and margaritas are on tap at Don Porfirio, while La Hacienda, the new wine cellar, is making a splash on Quito‘s wine scene, with dozens of varieties to pair with Argentine beef dishes.
How to Get There
We recently had the pleasure staying for several minutes at the JW Marriott hotel in Quito Ecuador. The facility is thoroughly modern, clean and offers of variety dining choices for guests. We enjoyed the daily breakfast buffet, and also our dinner meal at La Hacienda. Staff were all very friendly and seem determined to provide a quality experience for every guest.
After a tough, two-week self-drive rental car trip around a lot of Ecuador, a 2,000 kilometer circuit from Quito to Mindo to Otavalo, Cotopaxi, Banos, Riobamba, Chimborazo, Cuenca and finishing in Quito, the JW Marriott Hotel was just what two late 70-year-olds were looking for: a luxurious and comfy room with heavenly mattresses, ironed sheets, lots of pillows, fluffy, white almost-new new towels, a big-screen TV with CNN and prompt room service. Best of all: a fabulous breakfast buffet, including international dishes and Ecuadorean specialties plus a juice and smoothie bar with a vast array of fruits and green leafy veggies. The service was superb with responsive waiters like Javier, our favorite. We would make cheese sandwiches with wholewheat bread, wrap them in a napkin, take some apples and pack them up for a quick lunch on the go--and nary an eyebrow was raised as we did so. The only disappointment: an unappetizing quesadilla ordered the first night when we arrived late from room service smeared with gloppy, mostly cold tasteless "cheddar" cheese and filled with unshredded big chunks of chicken with a sour-tasting guacamole that was not very fresh. But as they say in Spanish, that was "lo de menos," not very important compared with the great value we received at the Marriott--and all of it with that wonderfully helpful, welcoming service we came to associate with almost everyone in Ecuador.
When you first walk into the Marriot’s expansive lobby your spirits lift, especially if you have just endured a backbreaking four hour drive from some jungle lodge. But that momentary elation soon evaporates as the numbing averageness of this Marriott makes itself known.
We checked in at 3pm and our corridor had three housekeeping trolleys to negotiate. Our room overlooked a vast expanse of dirty roofing covering the lobby. The room itself was OK and the bed turned out to be luxuriously comfortable. Lighting was difficult. The bathroom had pathetic taps and even more pathetic tissues which tore themselves to shreds. As a SPG member I found logging into the internet ridiculously time-consuming but when it was up and running it was pretty quick.
We had a distinctly average dinner at the Hacienda restaurant which is done up as a finca. Very little choice unless you crave hunks of meat. Across the lobby there is a strange bar and sushi joint which has several big TVs belting out soccer. It’s all very mass market stuff.
With the JW brand you expect perfection, and this hotel delivers.
Communication prior to arrival, perfect.
Arrival and check in, perfect.
Staff interactions always professional, and ..OK, perfect.
Helpful, work hard to please and they really seem to love the hotel.
Large updated rooms, remarkable lounge with awesome staff and food selection.
Several excellent restaurants.
Private cars available, used 4 and all were wonderful, with educated drivers that enjoyed sharing information.
Close to shopping.
Could not be more pleased with this 3 night stay.
I look forward to going back here !!
Great room, great access to a wonderful executive lounge. Pool area was great even without the warmest of weather. Heated just right. Great location to access taxi, walking or buses. Staff was all friendly and helpful.