Value Score Poor Value
Good For Couples
Said to be one of the most luxurious hotels in Car
This is said to be one of the most luxurious hotels in Caracas. It is located in El Rosal area, the financial district of Caracas that is located geographically in the center of the city.
I booked a room here for a business trip as it was not far away from Palos Grandes area, according to the map. The reality is that it took around 40-50 minutes everyday to arrive to the offices in Palos Grandes due to the heavy traffic jams of the city, therefore I would not recommend you to book a room in this hotel in case you are going for business to Palos Grandes, but if you are going for business in El Rosal area, this hotel is perfect.
The hotel has seventeen floors containing 134 rooms and 135 suites. The look of the rooms can be seen in the pictures below.
There is a swimming pool inside the hotel near the ground floor, and a fully equipped gym where people that are not staying in the hotel can use it if they are members of the gym´s club.
The area for the breakfast was quite small, and I had to wait some minutes every morning for getting a table.The buffet breakfast offered a great variety of choices.
The facilities are quite old but in the time i stayed there I think they were planning a renovation, mainly the lifts, as it was needed to wait for several minutes to pick it up everyday.
Unique Quality: The gym is fully equipped and bigger than the average size of gym hotels.
Room and bed big sizes.
The JW Marriott in Caracas is one of the more expensive, luxury hotels in Caracas. We stayed there knowing it would be more expensive than most others, but wanted the greater level of security and wanted to stay in a nicer area given what we heard regarding how potentially dangerous Caracas could be. That was true of both accounts with the Marriot. The service was also very attentive as you would expect. The rooms themselves were not anything to write home about, but what you could expect from a standard Marriott hotel. The one drag was that its pretty far from teh airport (like most of the hotels downtown) so I remember the transfer cost being quite expensive. We did not see much to do as far as immediate surroundings of the hotel, but the good nightlife spots were a short can ride away.
Relatively New and Upscale
We stayed at the Marriott for 3 months beginning in August 2002. At that time, the hotel was new and didn't have many people there.
In the past years, the Marriott has become one of the most popular hotels in Caracas. The hotel has many guests at any time and they seem to be doing well, as they are building an additional building across the street.
There are two towers to this hotel. One of them has what you might call "normal hotel rooms". By this, I mean that a typical room will have 2 beds, a small desk area with chairs, an armoire/tv unit, a mini bar, and a bathroom. This is the tower we lived in. Our rooms adjoined (we had 2) although I am not sure if all rooms have this ability.
We had a lovely bathroom with marble and glass fixtures.
The other tower is said to have a more "apartment" feel....but I get the feeling that the rooms do not adjoin there.
This hotel is very safe, in a nice part of town, has several restaurants within walking distance, and the staff is bilingual.
There is an outdoor pool between the towers and they have a nice workout area next to the pool.
One problem then, and now, is no ice machines on any floor. If you need ice, you must call room service. This was a real issue when we lived there for 3 months!!!
The hotel sits on a somewhat famous street corner. For years and years, musicians would gather on this street corner (weekends) and wait for someone to drive by and hire them. The addition of the Marriott did not stop this tradition. The musicians still stand on the corner and play their instruments each weekend. Rather interesting once you know the history!
When you first arrive in Caracas, the area may seem scary--that is the fear of the unknown! In reality, we found it quite safe to walk from the hotel to Subway, McDonalds, Papa Johns, Centro Lido, and Gourmet Market. At night, I prefer to walk on the street closer to the Avila, as it is not as dark.
This area is NOT downtown...it is the El Rosal area of Caracas. You really do not want to stay downtown...
Directions: El Rosal
This has to be one of the best hotels in the city. Everyone that knew of this hotel (the locals) regarded it as the best.
Everyone at the hotel was extremely accomidating, from the minute that we walked in, we were treated like royalty. Our room was upgraded for free, and the staff went out of their way to make arrangements for us.
The business center is excellent, with high speed internet and faxing available.
I don't have 1 complaint.
Unique Quality: In a safe area of town, with easy access to fun clubs in Las Mercedes and Centro de San Ignacio. Wonderful view of the city and the mountain.
First Class Business Hotel
I've stayed at the Tamanaco Intercontinentel and Radisson Eurobuilding hotels and the JW Marriott is the best. The staff is extremely friendly and courteous and take great care to remember your name (even bell staff days later). The rooms are a good size (standard by American standards, enormous by European standards) and have high quality furniture and fantastically luxurious bedding. Good selection of TV channels. Excellent restaurant on site, both dinners and breakfasts. Seems to be in a high class part of downtown although I don't know anyone who would wander around Caracas alone without a local.
Directions: High class part of down town on the east end of the downtown valley.
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