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Review: JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh

Hotel JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh
Country Saudi Arabia
City Riyadh
Room Type Executive Suite
Loyalty Program Status Titanium
Points Per Night 30,000 points
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To the point Here is my review of the JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh, an upscale hotel in the heart of Riyadh, a member of the Marriott Bonvoy program.

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JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh - Booking

When I stayed at the JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh, the rate was 30,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, while the room cost was over CAD 600 per night due to several conventions in town (and the Music Festival I was attending).

So I chose to use my Marriott Bonvoy points for this one-night stay.

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JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh - Location

The JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh is located in the north of Riyadh city on King Fahad Road.

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JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh - Check-in

After a stay at Le Meridien Riyadh, I arrived at the JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh. It is possible to park for free under the hotel or to leave your car with the valet.

The entrance to the hotel is majestic and bathed in light.

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On the reception level, there is a café, and this is also where you can access the hotel’s upscale restaurant, the JW Steakhouse.

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I was upgraded to an Executive Suite without having to use Suite upgrades. All I had to do was kindly ask for it in the chat before I arrived!

My room was located on the 23rd floor of the hotel.

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JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh - Executive Suite

Opening the door to the suite, I arrive in a living room with a fully equipped kitchen.

At the entrance, there is a bathroom with a toilet.

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Although there was a washing machine, it did not seem connected to water.

The suite room is a decent size, and the bed is exceptionally comfortable.

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The bathroom has a bathtub and a separate shower.

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Overall, this is a comfortable suite, but the furniture is starting to look a little old here and there.

JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh - Breakfast

Breakfast at the JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh is served in the Executive Lounge.

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The room, all in length, is charming and bathed in natural light throughout the day.

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Breakfast is served as a buffet. And it is possible to order eggs of any kind you wish.

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For members with Platinum, Titanium or Ambassador status, breakfast is complimentary. You can also get it with some paid rates through the hotel’s website on Marriott Bonvoy at this address.

JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh - Other services

JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh - Swimming Pool

The JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh has a large outdoor pool under a pergola.

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Many deckchairs were present (all occupied at the time of my visit).

JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh - Spa

Close to the pool, the JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh offers men’s and women’s locker rooms with integrated spa:

  • hot tub
  • hammam
  • sauna
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JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh - Gym

The gym offers quality and varied equipment:

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JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh - Tennis

Near the pool, the hotel offers a hard tennis court (as well as a squash room which I couldn’t find access to).

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JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh - Lounge

The JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh‘s lounge is open all day. You can have breakfast (see above) or eat at other times with mignardises.

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The food offered during the day is of good quality, with sweet and savoury dishes and fruit. I particularly appreciate the oriental offer.

JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh - Terrace café

On the reception level, there is a huge terrace with a café. Even though the traffic noise below is noticeable, it’s a nice place to have tea, watch a soccer match (I stayed in the hotel during the 2022 Soccer World Cup) or even work.

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JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh - Around the hotel

Staying at the JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh puts you in the heart of Riyadh. One of the nearby attractions is the Riyadh Season BLVD World offering a thematic tour renewed every year.

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It is a place that will appeal to young and old alike. Count on at least half a day to cover everything!

Here are some suggestions for activities in Riyadh and the surrounding area from our partner Viator:


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JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh - My general impression

Having stayed at Le Meridien Riyadh just before, I have a good point of comparison between the two properties at roughly similar point cost.

Le Méridien Riyadh is clearly newer than the JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh. This can be seen in the rooms, but also through the hotel’s facilities. I also preferred the breakfast buffet offered at the Le Meridien Riyadh hotel.

On the other hand, the lounge offered by the JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh is superior in quality (especially outside of breakfast) to that of Le Méridien Riyadh; and the pool is more pleasant in my eyes. Also, the service offered – especially at the reception – is superior at the JW Marriott.

Whether you choose one or the other, you won’t make a bad choice. It all depends on what you are looking for from a hotel and the purpose of your stay.

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Jean-Maximilien is an expert in Canada and France about Loyalty programs, Credit cards and Travel. He is the Founding President of Milesopedia.

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