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JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes 4.0

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Pros

  • A convenient location midway between Disney World and Universal Studios 
  • Tastefully decorated rooms with flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and mini-fridges 
  • Enormous pool with a lazy river, waterfalls, and zero-entry points 
  • Four restaurants, a lobby lounge, Starbucks, and 24-hour room service 
  • Beautiful spa, modern fitness center, and a spa cafe 
  • 116,00 square feet of meeting and event space, with capacity for 3,000 people
  • 18-hole Greg Norman-designed golf course 
  • Free use of amenities at adjoining Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
  • Free Wi-Fi and shuttles to theme parks (included in daily resort fee)

Cons

  • Daily resort fee 
  • Daily parking fee 
  • Room decor is slightly generic 
  • Not affiliated with any theme parks (a pro for some) 

Bottom Line

An upscale resort that seamlessly blends business savvy with family-friendliness, the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes is a solid option for all kinds of Orlando travelers. Located midway between Disney World and Universal Studios, the JW Marriott appeals to families, and its massive lazy river pool is great for kids. With over 100,000 square feet of meeting space, the hotel also attracts business travelers, and is a popular spot for conventions. The nearly 1,000 guest rooms are tastefully decorated and include mini-fridges and flat-screen TVs. Varied dining options, Starbucks, a lovely spa, and an 18-hole golf course are other standout features, and guests are welcome to use all amenities at the adjoining Ritz Carlton. Expect to pay a resort fee and extra for parking. The Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is located within Walt Disney World, and offers Disney related perks, but rooms aren’t as upscale. 

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Scene

An upscale chain resort that appeals to a variety of travelers 

The JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes is located in the prestigious Grande Lakes resort community, which also consists of sister properties The Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes and Marriott’s Lakeshore Reserve. The JW Marriott and its sisters appeal to travelers who want to be within close proximity of Orlando amenities, but want space to escape from themed restaurants and character-inspired decor. Outside, the grounds are well-tended and include palm trees, large lawns, and an artificial lake. There’s no hint of Mickey in the JW Marriott’s sophisticated lobby, which feels like an Italian palazzo with its central fountain, tuscan columns, and gold lantern chandeliers. The lobby is always bustling with travelers, from families with kids, to vacationing couples, to corporate types in suits. 

Location

In prestigious Grande Lakes, about a 20-minute drive from most theme parks 

The JW Marriott is located in Grande Lakes, a sprawling resort community home to prestigious names like The Ritz-Carlton and Marriott’s Lakeshore Reserve. The JW Marriott is connected to its sister properties via a winding foot path, so guests can walk between all three hotels within 10 to 15 minutes. Within Orlando, Grande Lakes is convenient to most attractions. The JW Marriott is a 10-minute drive from Sea World, a 15-minute drive from the Orange County Convention Center, and about a 20-minute drive from Disney World, Universal Studios, and Orlando International Airport. 

Rooms

Generic, with a few nice touches 

Rooms at the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes are standard Marriott fare with a few upscale touches. Decor is somewhat generic with beige walls, white bedding, and hotel-issue furniture and artwork -- but iPod docks, single-cup coffeemakers, and 65-inch internet-ready smart TVs are nice upgrades. Bright pops of turquoise in the headboards, throw pillows, and even the window frames, pull rooms from their beige-ness. Bathrooms are pretty boring, with brown speckled granite and taupe wallpaper. Vanities have single sinks and a nice assortment of toiletries, and there are separate tubs and shower stalls. Some rooms have outdoor balconies, others do not. The JW Marriott’s standard rooms overlook the parking lot or the pool and lakes. Travelers looking for larger rooms can upgrade to one of the JW Marriott’s studio or one-bedroom suites. Starting at 840 square feet, suites are twice the size of standard rooms and most offer separate living and sleeping areas. Turndown service is available upon request. 

Features

Excellent amenities, but a pesky daily resort fee 

There are a bevy of great amenities at the JW Marriott, but guests should be warned that the hotel charges a daily resort fee. The resort fee covers “extras,” like Wi-Fi, fitness center access, shuttles to theme parks, and inner tubes for the lazy river. The resort fee doesn’t cover daily parking, which incurs an extra daily charge. JW Marriott guests are entitled to use all of the amenities at neighboring sister properties: The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, and Marriott’s Lakeshore Reserve. The Ritz has additional pools, several restaurants, a kids' club (extra fee), and technically claims ownership over the on-site golf course. Lakeshore Reserve has a pool with a waterslide and several tennis courts. 

Pool

A massive outdoor pool that's great for kids and adults 

The JW Marriott’s massive 900,000 gallon pool is its standout amenity. The pool appeals to all kinds of guests, with its lazy river, zero-entry point, and multiple jetted whirlpool hot tubs. With room for up to 1,500 swimmers, the pool has enough space for everyone to find their own aquatic bliss. Several towel huts supply towels and inner tubes for the lazy river, and sell other pool-related items like goggles and water toys. The pool is surrounded by hundreds of lounge chairs and umbrellas, though it’s rarely too crowded, as the majority of guests spend their days off property. 

Food

Multiple dining options, from upscale to casual 

At the JW Marriott, dining options run the gamut, from upscale eateries to grab-and-go cafes. Whisper Creek Kitchen is the hotel’s signature restaurant -- a farm-to-table small plates concept with an open kitchen, communal seating, and an awesome outdoor patio. Whisper Creek Kitchen sources most of its ingredients from the nearby Whisper Creek Farm, and serves a variety of local craft beers and cocktails. Other dining options include Primo, an upscale Italian eatery; Citron, Am American Brasserie, which serves buffet and a la carte breakfast; and Quench Poolside Bar & Grill, a casual open-air spot that serves burgers, salads, and sandwiches at lunch. The lobby lounge sells drinks throughout the day, and transforms into a sushi bar at night. Guests looking for quick bites can stop by Cafe Bodega or the on-site Starbucks. The JW Marriott also offers 24-hour room service. Additional dining options can be found at the adjoining Ritz-Carlton.

Spa

A modern spa and fitness center, shared with the Ritz-Carlton 

The JW Marriott shares a spa with the Ritz Carlton. The spa is a modern wellness oasis, with a private outdoor pool, a health-conscious cafe, and a top-of-the-line fitness center. The spa’s signature treatment, the Grande Hammock Experience, is a massage that takes place in a hammock on the spa’s rooftop garden. The fitness center is a standout as well, with modern TechnoGym cardio machines, weight machines, and free weights. Additionally, the fitness center has personal trainers and group exercise classes (for additional fees). Access to the fitness center is covered in the resort fee. 

Golf

An 18-hole Greg Norman-designed golf course 

Though it technically belongs to the Ritz, the on-site Greg Norman-designed 18-hole golf course is open to JW Marriott guests as well. The course is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, so golfers are bound to spot local Florida wildlife somewhere on the greens. Guests are entitled to free access of the course’s driving range and putting green. There’s also an on-site golf pro for anyone interested in lessons. 

Business and Conventions

One-hundred-thousand square feet of meeting space 

With 116,000 square feet of meeting space and 40 event and breakout rooms, the JW Marriott is one of the most popular hotels for business events and large functions in the Orlando area. The hotel always seems to be hosting conventions or conferences -- we’d estimate that business travelers account for half of the hotel’s clientele at any given time. Additionally, the Ritz has 47,000 square feet of its own meeting space and the two areas are connected by a long corridor.  

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Address

4040 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, Central Florida 32837-7662, United States

Phone

1 (407) 206-2300

Also Known As

  • JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes
  • Marriott Orlando
  • Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes
  • Orlando Marriott

Room Types

  • Deluxe Lakefront Room
  • Deluxe Room
  • Executive Suite
  • Grande Suite
  • Presidential Suite
  • Studio Suite

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