JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes
What We Love
- Massive guestrooms with marble baths and pillowy beds
- Greg Norman-designed golf course
- Tons of activities for kids and adults alike
What To Know
- Family-friendly but oriented towards the convention crowd
- Connected to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes
- Free transportation to and from Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Guests of the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes benefit from the best case of keeping up with the Joneses. You see, this JW lives in symbiosis with the Ritz-Carlton next door, sharing spas and the Greg Norman-designed golf course. The JW splashes out in Spanish revival style in 998 guestrooms and 64 suites, which all come with spectacular lake or golf course views. Though it caters to the convention crowd (there’s more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space if that’s your thing), the resort is extremely family friendly with a lazy river pool complex, an arcade room and kids programming. Five eateries and a Starbucks keep you fueled; the best of the bunch is organic Italian Primo, one of Orlando’s top tables.
In the Area
One of the primary reasons for being in Orlando is having fun in its theme parks, and the resort obliges with free transportation to and from Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld. One of the benefits of being connected to the Ritz-Carlton is that you double your fine dining options. Don’t miss NORMAN’S featuring celeb Chef Norman Van Aken’s acclaimed New World Cuisine fusing Latin, Caribbean and Asian flavors with European techniques.
How to Get There
My wife and I had a wonderful experience at the JW Grande Lakes this past weekend. Staff is fantastic. The pool, waterpark, lazy river complex is super nice. I loved the fact that there were scenic blocks in the pool area that separated you from other vacationers. Very lush foliage and great selection of plants and trees. We only ate breakfast and room service this time and both were excellent. I've eaten at the on premise restaurants on previous visits and they do not disappoint. Botton Line - great hotel and staff, great food, lots of places to relax and get cool.
Had a great weekend staying at the JW Marriott Orlando. Property was well maintained, rooms were nice, good location for all of the Orlando area, and staff was pleasant to interact with. Very large pool area for that nice Florida sun. Breakfast in the morning was delicious too. Some previous TA comments complained about the price, I found the entire stay from room rate to food was pretty cheap for a JW Marriott level hotel. Would definitely stay here again.
Stayed for two nights while spouse attended business event - which was majority of hotel occupants these days. Checking in involved pitch to upsell higher cost room. Asking for later checkout than the standard 11 am (business conference running until 5pm), another upsell pitch to pay for late checkout which I declined and then was begrudging given one hour later. Charges added galore for parking, resort fee and about everything else. Standard room showed wear and tear - peeling paint over shower. Pools and grounds were well maintained but construction adjacent. More golf oriented - and course(s) lookeokay to this none-golfer but rather flat looking links - I walked it. I do not recommend - there are much better resorts in Orlando and for this price point better deals to be had.
This is my 3rd visit - Love this place - rooms are great at either the JW or the Ritz and the Ritz spa is fabulous. I wanted deep tissue massage and was lucky to get “Ong” (who does Myofascial Release and types of Thai massage) and he was outstanding. I was not expecting such a special, knowledgeable and truly gifted massage therapist.
Food was excellent (and we are vegetarians, which can be a challenge), staff is wonderful and whether you come with kids or not, there is a lot to do, just staying put on this property.
We had a great stay at the JW Marriott Grand lakes. As a very frequent traveler I can be critical and have seen it all (or at least most). So this hotel and the people made a difference. We stayed as a family of 4, 2 small boys, for the Thanksgiving break. These are the highlights:
• You can sleep very well: quiet and good bed. (Sounds simple but is not always the case.
• The pool area is simply fantastic. The many areas to sit, the separate areas in the pool and long lazy river simply makes it feel very private, not mass tourism at all. The areas are clean, the service is fast and the landscaping looks great.
• The food at the pool is of course not cheap. (duh, it never is) However, here you actually get a good portion. Too many hotels serve small burgers or a slice as a pizza. The JW Marriott actually has good size portions, so it is well worth the money.
• Breakfast is outstanding: very wide selection (love the eggs benedict), well stocked, clean and great service. The price is well worth it. Many Orlando "resorts" are pricey and not that good. We spend over an hour every morning, (did not eat a huge amount for health reasons), and we loved the experience.
• The dreaded resort fee I never like. Including here. However, you get some perks that you typically do not get, and it can very well make it worth it. Hitting some balls at the driving range was something the boys loved (they are golfer). We were looking forward to riding bikes for an hour, also included. Unfortunately only once we got to the rental counter it turned out you had to be 13 or older. (wish we would have heard on our question finding it) But I think this is also a good perk.
• Overall service is very good, friendly staff, no waiting, clean everything.
We visit Orlando a lot, sometimes at the Hilton Orlando (because of the laze river), but the JW Marriott Grande Lakes is just as good or maybe a bit better.