Hotel Review: JW Marriott Marquis, Miami
We stayed at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami because my husband attended a conference here, so his company paid for the room. Whenever my husband has a conference in a good location, I invite myself along, and there was no way I was going to miss out on Miami!
Note that there are two JW Marriott hotels in downtown Miami. This one is the Marquis on Biscayne Blvd., which is an excellent location within walking distance to both the Bayside Marketplace and Brickell areas. (I’m a big walker, so what is within walking distance to me may not necessarily be walking distance to you, but I found it easy in either direction.) There is a Whole Foods, CVS, and several restaurants within a couple of blocks. I wouldn’t bother with a car here. Parking rates at the hotel are very high, traffic is horrible all day and all night, and it’s easier to walk or take Lyft or Uber. Room rates vary widely, depending on time of year and how busy the hotel is.
Check in was very pleasant, and I found the staff to be courteous and helpful at all times. We received a room upgrade on check in, getting a corner room with nearly two full walls of windows and a fabulous view of the bay. We felt like rich people! The room came with a cool little espresso machine, mini bar, comfortable king-size bed, large desk, TV, and a side chair. The bathroom was pretty impressive. It was very large, with a separate shower and European style soaking tub — longer, more narrow, and deeper than our standard U.S. tubs. The bathroom counter was extra long, the amenities were first rate, and there was a TV built into the bathroom mirror. I decided right then and there that I was going to have a spa day in that bathroom. (Click here for tips on creating your own in-hotel spa experience.) I loved the room, but my only complaint is that once the sun went down, we were pretty much in the dark. The room lighting was completely inadequate, and I had a very hard time putting on makeup and getting ready to go out at night. My husband couldn’t tell which color socks he had. They need a some brighter lights and more of them.
There are a few restaurants in the hotel: There is a pretty good breakfast buffet for $26 ($17 continental). Supposedly it is open until noon, but they shut it all down by 11:00 when I was there, so don’t dilly dally if you want to eat. I also had a very good light lunch at the Met Cafe. There’s a fancy French restaurant as well, but we didn’t eat there.
The hotel gym is good. It’s pretty large with plenty of equipment. The pool, well, I wasn’t that impressed. It was always kind of dark and shady when I went by, and the space wasn’t really that inviting, so I didn’t want to hang out there. I tried to check out the spa on two occasions, but there was no one at the desk either time.
All in all, I recommend the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami. The location is great, and our room was pretty luxurious. Food was good, and the staff was great. Rates vary, but when we went, they started at $439 per night.