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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Our family of four stayed here for 2 nights. The room was comfortable with a large bathroom that included a soaking tub. The lazy river pool area was nice and understandably crowded and we enjoyed the pool area at the adjacent Ritz Carlton. The hotel grounds were beautiful and we enjoyed breakfast at Citron, dinner at the Kitchen, and lunch at the poolside restaurant. The only negative was all of the nickel and diming for parking, resort fees, extra tubes, etc.. I would have expected parking to be free in Orlando and paying extra for 2 tubes for the lazy river seemed excessive. My kids were interested in the obstacle course but not at $25 per kid. Other than the excessive extra fees, we enjoyed the hotel.
The resort is eye catchingly beautiful. The Huge entrance, towering appearance and grand entry way are magnificent. The Pillars, marble, glass and architectural detail are 2nd to none. The dining options, shops, grounds, pools and amenities are 5 star for sure.
That said- The JW Marriott is off of standard. Not sure if it is the mandatory 18% tip on every bill and service or if it it MANAGEMENT enabling, but the service level and attitude is not there. We are Gold elite and often Platinum elite Marriot members and would love to rave about this experience. Enjoy it for what it is and manage the rest as needed.
We loved this hotel, lazy river, pools, gym, breakfast. The buildings, rooms, grounds were all well cared for. We felt truly spoiled and I dream about going back. The food was delicious and we had the best pool side salad. The breakfast is amazing too.
We stayed at The Ritz-Carlton next to it as a conjoined resort. We went there down the long, long hallway to eat dinner at the Lobby Lounge, Primo, and more! We also loved the Lazy River! We went on it a lot!!!
This is a very large hotel resort located in the heart of Orlando within reasonable distances to all of the theme parts-Disney, Universal and Sea World and transportation is provided to them all through the hotel services. Excellent restaurants and meeting spaces. It joins the Ritz-Carlton and you can walk between the two under cover. The two hotels share some facilities such as the gym and pools. Large comfortable rooms and baths with both tubs and walk-in showers. All rooms have minifridge, safe, and a very large flat screen tv. Elevators are plentiful and waits are short. Staff is very friendly and helpful to a fault.