My husband and I stayed at the fabulous JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes for a week in June. I picked this hotel for two reasons, I love the Marriott brand and the pool! My husband was here for a convention so I spend most of my days at the pool. I loved the pool area here! There are plenty of chairs with umbrellas, there are five pools connected by a lazy river, and the whole pool area is very clean. A little note, if you want to use inner tubes in the lazy river bring your own. You can buy an inner tube at the pool but they're not worth the money. I never felt the pool was crowded and there were always plenty of lounge chairs throughout the day to be found.
Check-in was very quick, there is a special line for Marriott Elite Members. Another note, I am a silver member and one of the perks offered to me was free self parking or an extra amount of points (I can't remember how many, maybe 500?). I took the free self parking! I wish we would have known about the free parking because we chose to valet park so we were charged for one day of valet parking and the rest of the days we did the free self parking. I have read several reviews complaining about the walk from the hotel to the parking lot. Really? It wasn't that far of a walk. Just a few minutes and you are there. Clearly none of the complainers have ever stayed in a casino hotel in Las Vegas because that is a long walk to the parking garage!
Our room overlooked the pool area and was very spacious and clean. The bed was very comfortable, not too hard and not too soft. There was an iPod/iPhone dock so you could play music . The bathroom was huge! There were lots of free goodies in the bathroom, lotion, shampoo. body wash, shower cap, q-tips, cotton balls, and bar soap. Each night for turndown service we received chocolates on our pillow, although the last two nights we only had one chocolate. There was a refrigerator in our room but it was not turned on. I'm not sure if you have to pay for it to be turned on. There was a smalls safe to put your valuables in. I felt there could have been more drawer space for your clothes but we made do. The closet was a nice size and we were able to get our luggage in there with no problem. Like other reviewers have said, the decor of the hotel is a bit outdated and is not as modern as the JW Marriott in Miami I stayed in. However, that would not stop me from staying here again.
The hotel is not within walking distance to anything. You'll have to hop in the car and go out for food if you don't want to pay the high prices of the hotel eateries. There is a Starbucks in the hotel lobby but they do not sell breakfast or lunch sandwiches. They do sell oatmeal, pastries, and cookies. I went to the Cafe Bodega one morning for a breakfast sandwich. I felt for $8 it was not worth the money for a small croissant with bacon, egg and cheese. I went back the following day for lunch and had a buffalo chicken wrap, it wasn't bad, but again not worth the money. I found a fantastic breakfast spot about a mile up the road called Keke's Breakfast Cafe. It's amazing! We went there four times during our stay! I highly recommend going there!
I found out every Friday in the summer Sea World comes to visit the lobby right outside the entrance to the pool area. They bring two penguins with them and you can watch the penguins do what penguins do. The Sea World employees tell you all about the penguins and the exhibits at Sea World. I thought it was pretty neat.
Overall, another great stay at the Marriott brand and I would most definitely stay here again!
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- Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes
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