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Review of JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes

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JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
Ranked #64 of 333 Hotels in Orlando
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Ann Arbor, MI
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44 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Best Pool Yet!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

The hotel is much nicer than I expected. This is a high end, luxurious, large hotel. Wow, what a complex. It's very close (10 mins) to Sea World and not too far (20 mins) from Disney and Universal. The pool was remarkable. If you wanted to relax and let the kids play in the pool "all day" this is the place for it. It's several pools linked by a "lazy river" We were there for a few days around the new year. The weather wasn't hot, but wasn't cold either. The pool area was virtually unused. We utilized it in the morning and night. New Years eve, we were able to see the fireworks at Disney and Sea World from our balcony. The hotel put on their own fireworks display. They launched from the on premise golf course and completely blew my expectations away. Better than Disney, better than Sea World. They were incredible. Very nice surprise. If I had to find a down side, it would be the cost at the restaurant. Breakfast buffet, way too expensive.

Room Tip: Pool side is a nice view.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hauppauge, New York
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22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

Traveled to this hotel as part of a business trip that doubled as a family get away. Was joined by my wife, and our nearly two year-old daughter.

Hotel is beautiful, and very well kept. All staff were very kind and accommodating throughout our stay. Room was spacious and comfortable.

Attractions in Orlando are nearby (but far enough away not to be trapped in tourist only zones). Food/drink prices are high but comparable to other luxury resorts and/or anything in Disney World.

Fantastic pool with both parts good for adults and child (lazy river). Be mindful to bring your own tubes (or go buy at walmart or target nearby) as JW Marriott tubes are vastly overpriced.

If you are looking for a quick end of the day drink, the lobby bar actually has a fantastic (manager suggestion) wine list (albeit overpriced compared to normal bar rates - i.e., glass of ZD Cabernet - while not easy to find - not worth almost the entire price of the bottle).

Highly suggest utilizing the valet parking, as self-parking, especially during the hotter months, would seem to be a lot of work (i.e., pretty decent distance between hotel entrance and self-parking lots).

Like all Marriott properties, there is a fee for wifi unless you have achieved a certain Marriott Rewards status (this particular attribute of Marriott's always bothers me - see my other reviews).

In summary, very nice property, friend staff, just remember to plan accordingly to save from being overcharged where possible (i.e., wifi, drinks, etc.).

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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40 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

I stayed at the JW Marriott with my family over the Thanksgiving holiday and found it to be a perfect resort hotel. The common areas (lobby, restaurants, hallways) are stunning. Not overdone and stuffy in a Ritz-Carlton way; just bright, airy and classy in an approachable way. This is the kind of resort that you can feel equally comfortable taking the kids on a nice vacation or taking a romantic getaway. In short, there's something for everyone.

The lazy river alone is worth the price of admission as it is actually a viable alternative to some of the amusement parks -- without the lines! In addition, there's volleyball, bocce, tennis, walking trails, a great gym and lots of (pricey) food choices. The rooms are very comfortable, if not as impressive as the common areas, and having a separate shower/bath was very appreciated.

The only downside? The persistent time share salespeople scattered throughout the hotel. It's not all bad, though. You can get $150 off Disney tickets just by listening to their pitch. Be prepared, though. They will make you feel as if you are passing up the deal of the century. If you can get through this, you can save a lot of money on Disney tickets.

Overall, this hotel is highly recommended -- especially for the government rate I received (less than $100/night). I would gladly go back without hesitation. One of the best Marriott properties I have stayed in, by far.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Florida
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220 reviews
64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013 via mobile

This Marriott resort and adjoining Ritz Carlton are separated by a huge conference center and spa and fitness center. Guests at the Marriott can use the facilities and restaurants of the Ritz. My wife and I find the lobby sitting area and bar of the Ritz to be more comfortable than that of the Marriott. The fitness center is large and well equipped. The pool are behind the Marriott is huge and very elaborate with lots of trees and shrubs. Both the Marriott and the Ritz have superb high end restaurants along with other family style restaurants. My wife and I prefer the Ritz for breakfast and lunch. If you stay for two or more nights and love good food be sure to try both of the high end restaurants which have chefs who have been recognized with James Beard awards.

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Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brighton
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89 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

Stayed for 2 nights whilst I attended a business meeting within the hotel complex. Hotel is of a high quality with rooms very spacious (had 2 double beds despite being there on my own). Staff were very professional and attentive whether I had a question or request. The hotel is set within lovely grounds with an outdoor pool, tennis & Golf course. We ate at Primo one night (Chef's table which in reality was a long table with high chairs near the open kitchen). Food was fine but nothing to write home about, especially with main courses costing up to $30. Overall nice stay and can see why this is a step up within the Marriott range.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago,IL
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23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

We stayed at the J.W. Marriott in Orlando for a long weekend at the end of November 2012. It's a beautiful resort with a fabulous pool area. It's adjacent to the Ritz Carlton and parts of the property are shared by the two hotels. Everything is top notch, very clean, and beautiful. My only complaint would be that the service at the pool was slow but it wasn't a huge deal. It's in a good location, a short drive to the theme parks, yet away from the craziness. I would certainly recommend it.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Atlanta, Georgia
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31 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

Let's say you take a shuttle from the Orlando Airport, believe me, you are going to have a little pep in your step when you say... oh where am I staying? the JW Please.... That's all you need to say! The absolutely fantastic JW Resort stands proud next to its cousin the Ritz in Orlando's Grand Lakes area.

I have lived in Orlando, and passed JW multiple times but only when I moved to another state did I appreciate it so much more. We have a fascination with the JW group of hotels because you know the resort is going to be well done. We have stayed at the Waldorf Astoria in FL and other nice places but JW stands apart because of it's location and resort amenities.

Definitely go for the breakfast because they do have a nice spread., especially on the weekends.
The location is central to Universal, SeaWorld, and the Disney parks.

Stay here. Get a high floor room. Don't sweat it if you don't get a lake view room, other rooms views are just as beautiful.

Last but not the least, we had a couple of issues with our bathroom and when we brought the issue up with the Manager, he promptly took care of it.

Kudos! Great customer service, fun stay and will definitely return!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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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)
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
#15 Green Hotel in Orlando
#20 Business Hotel in Orlando
#24 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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