I must say the JW has faded. I have been staying there on my trips to Mumbai since it opened in 2002.
It's popularity has finally got the better of it.
Recently, when I visited the hotel, I checked in at about 11pm after a crazy day at work..I was shocked to see the loose, tacky and inappropriately dressed crowd in the lobby..It was a saturday night, but this is a kind of crowd I'ev never seen in this hotel..
Not bothering too much, I went to my room and came to the bar for a drink. The bar was so busy that I had to actually fight for my drink and after a good 10 minutes managed one!
To my surprise a very low profile woman approached me and asked me to by her a drink! I was shocked as I never expected this kind of profile at the JW Marriott.
The music playing in the bar was loud and some local music from a hindi movie...I asked another person at the Bar, if he knew what was playing, he smirked and said, it's from the 'Dance bars' that was recently banned in the city...
I left the bar and went toward my room. I was soon stopped by the woman at the bar and she insisted I bought her a drink and suggested more...
Next morning, I checked out....I was supposed to stay the week.
Since then, I've never gone back to that hotel. I've stayed at Grand Hyatt and Taj Lands End. My fav now is the Taj Lands End in Bandra, as it's the only other option for a hotel which offers a Sea view ( a much better view than the JW !) Also, it's very close to the Bandra Promenade and shopping and local restaurants. Olive, another favourite restaurant of mine is 5 minutes from this hotel !
I always thought the Taj Lands End was far from my office, but never realized that it's the only hotel with such close proximity to the main highways which run through the city.
This is where I stay now and trust me, having stayed in hotels in Mumbai for 4 years now, this is the best and with it's balance of business and liesure crowd, excellent pool and very warm staff, has introduced me to the true Indian Hospitality !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The JW Marriott Mumbai is situated on the sands of Mumbai’s popular Juhu Beach with a breathtaking view of the Arabian Sea. This five star luxury hotel is located in the heart of the suburbs, enjoying close proximity to the commercial & industrial estates in North Mumbai as well as the tourist hub of South Mumbai. The hotel provides the perfect destination to both business & leisure travellers. It is equipped with a state of the art Business Centre, Conference facilities, indoor & outdoor Banquet spaces and the award winning Quan Spa. JW Marriott Mumbai also houses some of the city’s most renowned restaurants & lounges offering a host of various authentic culinary experiences. The hotel is situated only 20 minutes away from both the domestic & international airports. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jw Marriott In Mumbai
- Jw Marriott Hotel Mumbai