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
The hotel is situated on a small Island near Venice. The island itself is very well maintained and a wonderful place if you would like to escape the crowded city center. The hotellobby is very inviting and we were greeted by very attentive and friendly staff members. The rooms are furnished in a very tasteful manner.
The breakfast buffet offers a great choice of food items and leaves nothing to be desired.
We ate at the italian tapas place up on the roof top - it was delicious!
Overall we had a wonderful stay, in wonderful location being spoilt by wonderful staff!
JW Marriott Venice was a dream hotel. The staff and service was exceptional. We came here for our Honeymoon and it was magical. The room overlooked the Olive trees and had a massive terrace. They had small touches with a personal check in and bottle of champagne.
The hotel is beautiful, and its hard to find fault with the service or rooms, other than the poor A/C - heat options.
The real issue is that the hotel is on a private island in the Venetian lagoon. This sounds nice, until you realize that the hotel's free shuttle boat only runs ONCE PER HOUR, has a maximum capacity of 40 people, and only runs from 9am to 11pm.
If you miss the boat or the schedule doesn't work for you, a water taxi (the only other transport option) is approx $90 each way and more at night/weekends.
This accessibility problem really ruined my experience at the JW Venice, and the hotel is too expensive to justify this weird transport strategy. If you spend that kind of money and make the effort to visit Venice, stay somewhere that actually lets you enjoy all Venice has to offer.
Or don't. But then why on earth are you there?
Our family of four (including 12 and 14 year old kids) loved our stay at the JW Marriott. The hotel was clean and the overall level of service was excellent. I think the hotel offered the best of both worlds - beautiful and pleasant hotel grounds with easy access to San Marco, where the touristy areas are quite busy. The 20-25 minute boat ride was not an issue for us and we went back and forth sometimes twice a day (see sites earlier in the day, go back to the hotel for some relaxation in the afternoon, and Venice in the evening for dinner). Yes, you will need to time your boat ride back, but that wasn’t really a problem for us - if we had a few extra minutes, we took in more of Venice or had a spritz.
At the hotel, Gianmarco was quite helpful and provided tips/arrangements for excursions and restaurants. The hotel offers three private cooking classes with a chef and we did the pasta dinner, which was a great experience- my kids loved it. Fiola Dopolavoro was excellent and among my best meals but was not inexpensive.
We had an overall positive experience and would not hesitate to stay here if we were ever to return to Venice.
- The view from our studio suite was a fire escape
- The water pressure was equivalent to that of a drizzle of rain
- The children facilities are closed off peak which we weren’t informed about
- One of the restaurants does not open until May again which we weren’t informed about
- Only one of the restaurants has a kids menu and the food is very limited
- Shuttle service had to turn people away including young children at night as the boat was too full
- The drinks are expensive and cocktails are poor quality
Overall not the experience you would expect from a ‘newly renovated’ 5 star hotel.
Whilst the island is pretty we spent every moment we could off of the island!