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.
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.
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.
Avenida Casanova, Urb. Bellomonte, Sabana Grande, Caracas
Av Venezuela con Calle Mohedano, El Rosal, Caracas
Av Francisco de Miranda con Av El Parque, Caracas
Avenida Tamanaco - Centro Lido, El Rosal, Caracas
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Address: Av Venezuela con Calle Mohedano, El Rosal, Caracas, Central Venezuela, 1060, Venezuela