JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa
What We Love
- Hopping onto the complimentary water shuttle that drops you at the iconic St. Mark's Square
- Indulging with a rejuvenating treatment in Venice's largest spa
- Gorging in all the restaurants with your generous dining discount
What To Know
- Designed by Italian architect and designer Matteo Thun
- Cool off with a dip in the rooftop pool, overlooking Venice and the waterfront
- The boat shuttle runs every 20 minutes
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
Venice is a beguiling and romantic city, packed with impressive marble palaces and historic cultural landmarks that dot its picturesque lagoon. This unique Italian landscape spans no less than 117 islands, a private one of which is home to the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa. With 250 rooms and suites, all designed by Italian architect and designer Matteo Thun (think soft furnishings, generously sized windows, and separate living areas and ensuite bathrooms), this stunning resort takes a no-holds-barred approach when it comes to facilities. Rejuvenate with a body scrub or wrap or indulge with a couples’ massage or a facial at the spa, a serene oasis with plunge pools, a steam room, and therapy baths. The resort also offers four restaurants and four bars to suit your mood. Head to Cucina Daily Restaurant for breakfast, and grab lunch or dinner at Sagra Rooftop Restaurant for wonderful views over the lagoon. There’s a poolside bar, a lounge bar and a garden grill, plus a delicatessen just a few steps from the boat, so you can snag a classic Italian coffee before heading into Venice.
In the Area
Despite its relatively small size, Venice harbors a wealth of architectural and artistic masterpieces. A complimentary boat shuttle departs the JW Marriott every 20 minutes bound for St. Mark’s Square, Venice’s beating heart. From there, the city’s most iconic sights are all within walking distance, including Doge’s Palace, the Campanile, and the Grand Canal. Art lovers won’t want to miss the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and its portfolio of early 20th-century masterpieces by Picasso, Braque, Dalí, Miró, Pollock, and more. Another must: an excursion to the outlying island of Murano, home to Italy’s famous glass-making masters.
How to Get There
After spending six nights in Rome and Florence, we thought the JW’s private island in Venice would be an escape from the bustling sounds of the former cities. From our reception to our meals, everything at the hotel was more than we expected. We especially enjoyed quiet walks and the fragrance of the island provided by its lush and beautiful landscape. We ate at Dapolarova on our first night as we were informed it was rented for a wedding on night two...completely understandable. Unfortunately for us, we had an early flight on Sunday which required us to wake and catch a water taxi by 3:50 am. Again, our responsibility. Where the JW Marriott failed was by allowing this wedding to go on ALL NIGHT. I expect the couple paid a pretty penny for their nuptials there, however there were also many other paying customers. Our room faced the small chapel about a hundred yards away. This chapel was basically made into an all night rave...lights and techno music blaring, even until we left at around 4 am. Our intention was to get to bed early to enjoy a bit of sleep before and very long travel day. Let’s just say between the revelers and the music, there was NO rest for the weary. In this case, I believe the JW chose the profit of what I’m certain was a beautiful and very expensive wedding over the comfort of ALL paying guests. And listen, I can party with the best of them, but firmly believe there needs to be a cut-off for such activity at a resort of this quality. Otherwise, have the couple rent the entire island. I only wish I could post the video I took from our window, I believe many would agree 4 am and still going strong is completely unacceptable for a hotel of this caliber.
As a Bonvoy member, I was delighted to have sufficient points to secure a few gratis nights in this place, which went down very well with my wife & 2 small kids!
Loved the sense of occasion when getting the boat to the island (very James Bond) and was immediately impressed by the design and tranquility of the hotel and island respectively.
We paid for a junior sweet to accommodate our kids, which was gorgeous and well designed. Over the next few days we explored the island and made extensive use of the family swimming area and park which was great.
So why the 4* review then? The food. We dined both in the rooftop restaurant and in the lobby. On both occasions the food was a bit disappointing and in our humble opinion tasted a little ‘weird.’ Not horrible, but just a letdown based on the pricing point. I also objected to the double whammy of the ‘cover charge’ and tip request. It felt unnecessarily greedy to me.
In future I’d stay at the hotel and get the boat over to Venice for dinner and then I’d be back to a 5* review.
We cannot say enough good things about this hotel. Our family stayed here for several nights while in Venice. We were a bit apprehensive about being removed from the core areas of Venice, but it ended up being a positive. The ferry ran frequently and didn't take too long to get over to Venice. In return for being removed, we got lots of green space for our child to run around, playgrounds and obstacle courses, and a great pool for when Venice got too hot and crowded. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. And the rooms were very well-appointed. We would come back here in a heartbeat.
The views were beautiful but the food was not good. We waited a very long time for our meal, they were out of several dishes and the food they served was not great. It was a shame because the view was nice.
We spent 2 nights at the JW. Overall, it was an amaizng experience. The property is magnificent, excellent staff and becuase it is on its own island, it is quiet and relaxing. - or so we thought. Unfortunatley while we were there, the JW was hosting a travel industry contference and threw a party for the attendees (with a loud DJ playing music) til after 11PM. Becuase of the music, we couldn't enjoy our balcony - or a quiet night on the island as imagined. This was the most disappointing aspect. Nonetheless, it was our favority property in Italy and we will be back. We would, however, ask the JW to rethink their party/event situation so not to adversely impact other guests.