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JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
Ranked #67 of 338 Hotels in Orlando
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere for vacation, lazy river”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

The highlight, other than being together, was experiencing the lazy river. It's beautiful, relaxing & fun. Rooms are very nice & the location on a lake is very pretty. We mostly ate elsewhere except for breakfasts, a buffet that was very good & extensive & lasted us til dinner pretty much.

Room Tip: I'd try to get one overlooking the pool side.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Izmir, Turkey
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

First, get out of your room. The decor is a cross between 1975 and a bad beach towel. The views are amazing, the staff is some of the best I have seen and the food was good too. Don’t sit in your room, go to the lazy river, or LKPP - little kid pee pool, and set sail - I’m kidding. The lazy river is nice, the hotel was set to perfection and the rooms are fine, just a little neonishshsh. I was upgraded to a suite, and what a difference. Here comes the staff comment again, GREAT! Stayed here twice and will be here again, but sorry, I don’t golf. You will have to get Old Man Putters swing on the course...

Room Tip: Either side of the building has good views....
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

So, I mostly liked this hotel. The JW's in my experience all have beautiful decor with dark wood and wrought iron accents. Very minimalist. This JW had nice sound proofing in the rooms. If the heater hadn't made a lot of noise during the night, it would have been a very quiet room. The pool area is nice. Not as big and wonderful as the one in San Antonio, but nice. The rooms seemed smaller than the JW in San Antonio, but man I love their decorating. I also found the staff to be super nice. Josh at the front desk was so incredibly sweet, I almost adopted him on the spot and volunteered to pay for his college tuition...almost. I also liked the location. It was close to the major highways but we could get in and out of our hotel with little traffic, which is saying something in Orlando.

The only downsides to the hotel are you have to pay for the lazy river tubes ($7) and the "free" Internet in the lobby would bounce you out every two minutes. Not much of a deal on those fronts. But I am planning on staying there again the next time I am in Orlando, so that should clue you in on how much of a problem it was for me.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Toronto, Ontario
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

The room was very nice, beds comfortable, bathroom sparkling clean and modern. The service was excellent, they know what they are doing here. Everything we needed was at arm's reach or available close by. About 15 mins to Disney, but if your kids are under 5, the pool, lazy river and play areas on site will keep them happy. Citron restaurant has a great breakfast buffet, kids' menu and service with a smile. There's a Starbucks on premises for coffee addicts. Only downside was the 10 dollars a day for WI FI in your room - you have to go to common areas to access free wireless and the signal wasn't the strongest. Even value hotels nowaday offer free WI FI, so we don't understand why not here? The gym was well equipped and there's a nice spa. My husband was chagrined at not having a chance to golf on their fabulous looking course. We stayed at Hilton Bonnet Creek the last time and the JW was our second choice; it is now our first. They need to offer free WI FI to be "perfect" in their category, however, we would stay here again.

Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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White Plains, New York
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

Years ago my wife had a meeting at this hotel and I came down at the tail end - and we've been coming back ever since. The hotel is built on a grand scale - soaring ceilings, vast corridors, all lined with marble. The rooms are comfortable - although the balconies are barely big enough for two people. The grounds are lush and beautiful - and the lazy river is fun - although it gets very crowded on weekends as locals show up and walk right in. (I was sorry to see how many people have had valuables stolen there.) The hotel is connected to the Ritz and while it's beautiful, it's a little stuffy - we much prefer the J.W. That said, the Ritz's showcase restaurant "Normans" is amazing and worth every penny. (It ain't cheap.) the J.W.'s main restaurant "Citron" is great for breakfast - the omelette guy Oscar has been there for ages and is a pro! Drinks & sushi at the lobby bar are also wonderful. Only downside is Marriott built time shares on the grounds and were pushing them pretty hard the last time we were there, but a polite "No" usually does the trick. It's a family-friendly hotel so the usual screaming kids are all over, but aside from that it's a very relaxing place.

Room Tip: ask for a Lake View.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 16, 2012 via mobile

I travel 40 weeks out of the year and have been doing so for over a dozen years.....safe to say that I've had my fair share of great and terrible experiences. My stay this hotel( I'm a platinum Marriott guy) was not great and it was all due to the shower situation. Over each of the 4 days I was there the shower was barely hot and the pressure was terrible. At several points during each shower the water actually stopped running....not even a drip. After a minute or so it came back on and there was hardly enough water to rinse off. I certainly don't expect that at a top line JW hotel. I called the front desk and they apologized but said there was nothing they could do. What a shame becuase the rest of the hotel is very nice as long as you don't need to get clean. :)

Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

Very kid friendly hotel sharing ground with the Ritz
Good food and helpful staff
Would return in a heartbeat
Close to attractions and resteraunts
Great pool lazy river and bar
Breakfast buffet superb lots of choice and great for kids with decent price
Herb garden and arcade as well

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Property: JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
Address: 4040 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, FL 32837-7662 (Formerly JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes)
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Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#15 Spa Hotel in Orlando
#17 Green Hotel in Orlando
#20 Business Hotel in Orlando
#27 Luxury Hotel in Orlando
#32 Family Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes 4*
Number of rooms: 1000
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy a truly memorable luxury hotel experience at the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes. We welcome you to our resort in a superb location just moments from Orlando's best-loved attractions. Each of our nearly 1,000 hotel rooms and suites feature elegant decor and luxury amenities, including marble bathrooms and 24-hour room service. Onsite dining options, including fine Italian cuisine at Primo and fresh sushi at the Sushi Bar, are sure to please every palate. Pamper yourself at the onsite Ritz-Carlton spa, or tee off from our Greg Norman-designed golf course. Children will enjoy our Lazy River outdoor pool, as well as a host of special programs created just for them. Though you might be excused for not wanting to leave the resort, you should certainly take advantage of our prime location near Orlando's legendary theme parks. We offer shuttle service to SeaWorld, Walt Disney World, and Universal Orlando Resort - making it easy for your family to enjoy the best of the area. ... more   less 
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