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“Friendly, well-trained staff stood out.” 5 of 5 stars
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JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   23808 Resort Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78232-1571   |  
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Ranked #7 of 351 hotels in San Antonio
Columbia, South Carolina
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“Friendly, well-trained staff stood out.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for a recent business conference. What stood out to me was the friendly, professional staff. Everyone from the Bell Staff to Concierge went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Beautiful property as well. All of our meals were group events, so I can't speak to the restaurants on site, but the group dinners were excellent.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013 via mobile

I have stayed at this resort several times, and when I go I am extremely high revenue guest. Love the grounds, love the resort, and customer service in general has been great, but one in remorseful incident has just suck in my craw. I stayed there last Spring Break March 11th to 15th 2012 with my family for four nights and a bill of over $6,000. Still loving it, but a couple weeks later on a meeting for my company, I made the mistake of asking Cara (pronounced kah-ruh [pronounce it correctly or she will correct you swiftly]) for access to the hotel's wi-fi (for which I was willing to pay up to $50 for two hours). I explained that I had 4g and 3g through a major telecom carrier, but neither was getting a good signal at the hotel's remote location. She told me that she would have to contact my company and if they agreed she would charge my company $100 for my request. I explained I had an immediate business need and didn't have time for that nor a desire to request my company pay for my pressing need. I explained that I was a good high revenue guest and had just spent several thousand dollars a couple weeks prior and I was asking for this kindness to be extended to me as a good Marriott guest (pretty much my exact words). Cara informed me that if my company wanted me to have Internet access then they would have provided it. I told her that I really expected more from JW Marriott and asked if I could speak to a manager, to which she said NO. I told Cara fine I will pay the $100, to which she said NO and corrected me again on the pronunciation of her name. I asked if she had ever heard something about the customer always being right, to which she said "Well you are not right and the customer was my company. I am a financial advisor, and my needs for online access were time and market sensitive, and I would have to insist at this point on speaking to a manager. She told me it didn't matter the manager would only confirm what she had told me. I said still, I insist. She put me on hold at which point the concierge desk attendant, profusely apologized, and told me she would have never connected me to Cara had she known that I would have gone through that. When Cara returned, she simply said that someone from the AV department would meet me with an access code back at my meeting room. No manager, no apology, no explanation, nothing, but at that point I was so happy to get access (I was preparing to get in my car with my laptop and drive down the road to 4g coverage). Again the Concierge profusely apologized, and explained that Cara was pregnant?? I asked are you really surprised at Cara's behavior, to which the Concierge deflected the question and apologized again. The person at my company then told me that Cara called the company to complain about me. I take very good care of my employees and they love me, so the person who arranged the meeting told me that Cara was "high maintenance", and Cara's attempt to tattle on me to my company were laughable. I mentioned this at dinner to two close friends who I do considerable business with (who are also Marriott Platinum members who stay in Marriotts probably 10-15 days in any given month) and they were speechless and horrified. One wanted to call his special line at dinner and make me relay my story. I point this part out because I want to make it clear that anyone familiar with JW Marriotts in particular would tell you that this is definitely not the Marriott way in their top line hotels. I guess I relay this mainly because I loved all other aspects of the hotel, but this incident by one of their employees was humiliating and made me feel insignificant, and I guess I was shocked that a person that held good customers in such low regard could actually be put in a customer facing position. To be fair in my review, I will say that had this incident never occurred, I would probably be giving a five star review. I have gone to JW Marriott Desert Ridge and the JW Marriott New Orleans since then and they are great service, but not as nice a place as JW Marriott. My wife and kids might make me go back, but it is still raw 10 months later. Here are the pros, even though I am angry:

The actual hotel is gorgeous
The grounds are immaculate
The rooms are tasteful
The sheets are GREAT (big deal for me)

Hope if you go, that you can avoid Cara.

Stayed March 2012
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013 via mobile

Everything you could wish for is delivered here! Great for romance, convention, spa, golf. 2nd time here ... Wonderful place, superb staff. Be sure if given the opportunity go to Knibbe Ranch as well.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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baltimore,md
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

The hotel property is sprawling and beautiful. Everything you could need was on site. The food and service were excellent. Although there for a business meeting - would recommend for both business and pleasure.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richmond, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The only regret we have is going to Sea World and then coming here. We should've just stayed here the entire time. Lots to do!! Very kid friendly! They had smore's, a movie by the pool, decorate your own float etc.. Excellent grounds to enjoy, pool was fantastic, restaurant was super yummy! Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa is a fantastic place to stay. We were there for business and the guest rooms as well as the conference rooms were beautiful. Lunch and breakfast were delicious and the service was outstanding. The waitstaff were polite, courteous and attentive to any needs we had. My room was spacious with a nice little couch and a very comfortable bed. I had even forgotten a toothbrush and the gift shop in the resort was open late, thankfully!!

The only con of the resort is that the location is a little remote. It was about a 15-20 min shuttle ride to the nearby mexican restaurant and a 30 mile cab ride to the Riverwalk/Alamo area. If you're going for sightseeing, that may be something to consider.

Otherwise, I highly recommend JW Marriott San Antonio!! Get some Rudy's BBQ, too, while you're there!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I stayed here for work of couple years ago. This was the second JW marriot I have stayed at and they were both pretty much the same. The hotel was pretty much brand new, yet everything ran like they had been open for years.
The entire building is very modern, clean and impressive. I really enjoyed my stay here.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 23808 Resort Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78232-1571
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Location: United States > Texas > San Antonio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in San Antonio
#6 Business Hotel in San Antonio
#7 Luxury Hotel in San Antonio
#7 Romantic Hotel in San Antonio
#7 Top resorts Hotel in San Antonio
#9 Family Hotel in San Antonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The JW Marriott San Antonio Resort and Spa is situated in Texas Hill Country in Cibolo Canyons, where crystal clear streams and towering oak and cedar trees meet the majesty of the hills. The elements of authentic roots, hacienda style, beautiful views and healing waters serve as the inspiration in bringing this magnificent resort to life. The world-class resort features 265,000-square-feet of meeting and event space, the 36 hole TPC San Antonio and the sophisticated Lantana Spa. Resort guests will find culinary delights and boutique shopping awaiting them at every corner. ... more   less 
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