We just got back from our mini-vacation and we had a wonderful time. Please be aware that I'm writing this review from a family traveling with kids perspective.
Property: The property at the JW Marriott is very nice and well kept. This a big resort and you have to do some walking to get from one side to the other, so be prepared. There is a lake in the middle of the property that is very nice and the hotel offers boat rides (at no extra charge) during the day. Also, from 6-9pm they will provide boat rides to the two main restaurants (Mikado and Lake View Terrace) on the property. The hotel is surrounded by a golf course that looks very nice (we didn't golf) and also has a mini-golf course on the property that guest can play (part of the resort fee).
Rooms: The rooms are very nice and have everything you need: mini refrigerator, blow dryer, LCD TV, safe, robes, etc... The beds are comfortable, the bathroom is very nice (separate shower and tub), and the terrace is a decent size. We had our two daughters with us and got a room with two double beds. However, I would recommend a room with a king bed as it will come with a nice pull-out couch and provide more space than a double-bed room.
Pools: The hotel has a main pool area (that has 3 separate pools) and a family pool. We were at the family pool with our friends we traveled with (they all have kids as well). The family pool is very nice and great for kids. It wasn't loud like you would think it would be and you still get good pool service there. The family pool starts at 1 and 1/2 feet and slowly gets deeper. Our little ones were able to stand in the pool for the most part, which really makes life easier. I found the pool to be a perfect temperature.
The main pool area is where the action is and it can get crowded. Also, they check your bags as they do not allow any outside food or drinks into the pool area. I know they want you to buy drinks at the hotel, but letting a few drinks in wouldn't hurt or some outside food. Also, be prepared as it might be hard to find seating by the pool (remember it gets crowded).
Restaurants & Bars: This is where it gets expensive. We ate at Mikado (similar to a Benihana) the first night. The food was really good. Be prepared to spend about $50/person on food. We were prepared for the food at Mikado to be about that price. However, drinks were a different story. I ordered five drinks and it came to $80...that's $16/drink...that pricier than Las Vegas.
After Mikado we went to the lobby bar. Items were just as expensive there. Four shots of tequila was $60...unreal...these weren't double shots either.
The next morning we went to Lake View Terrace for breakfast. We did the buffet as a la carte meals were about the same price. The buffet was $25/person...and it wasn't even that good.
Service: The service at this hotel is great and they accommodated our every need. Nothing negative to say here.
All-in-all this a good hotel and we would stay here again (with or without kids). However, it is too expensive to eat or drink at the hotel. They definitely gouge you here.
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