We went to Venice for 5 days with our family. What could be better than staying at the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, a hotel located on the private island Isola delle Rose in Venice, just 20 minutes from the sights of the Serenissima?
The JW Marriott hotels are part of the luxury range of Marriott Bonvoy as well as :
- The Luxury Collection,
- St. Regis
- W Hotels
- The Ritz-Carlton
The goal of the JW Marriott, if I may say? To offer peaceful places so that their customers can benefit from the present moment as well as to recharge their batteries.
Inspired by the principle of mindfulness, JW Marriott is a peaceful haven designed to allow you to focus on feeling good – present in the mind, nourished in the body and revitalized in the spirit.JW Marriott
The JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa is thus located in a quiet environment, with its olive grove and gardens; far from the tourists who tread the cobblestones of the city of Venice. Between swimming pool and relaxation, you will enjoy Venice differently.
See also our report on the Danieli Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, where we stayed one night. A very different hotel, more traditional and authentic.
Knowing that we visited this establishment in the early summer of 2021, the occupancy rate was not high: the price in cash was 190 euros per night.
The hotel is located 20 minutes from the famous St. Mark’s Square. A maritime shuttle takes us there free of charge and makes the connection throughout the day, at all hours of the day from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. The embarkation pier is located near the Royal Gardens of Venice.
The hotel has 227 rooms and 39 suites.
The walk on the lagoon is already an opportunity to relax, to observe the boats, churches, historical buildings or the Italian rowers practicing.
Once off the boat, we are warmly welcomed on the island. Our luggage is quickly taken care of from the boat. We will get them later in our rooms.
First of all, we pass through a waiting room for passengers waiting for the shuttle to return to Venice. A thermal scanner to control the temperature is posted at the entrance, but it was not checked at our various passages.
A beautiful weeping willow and a swing set the scene. It feels like a retreat already. Then you can see the maritime parking for private boats or taxis.
The environment is soothing and calm, there are even cicadas.
The complex was designed by the Italian architect Matteo Thun who tried to integrate the buildings into the landscape with its paths and canals. The hotel has also received several major awards in recent years, such as the latest in 2020, the 1st Grand Champion Hotel awarded by Traveller Made.
A little history: the island dates from 1870 and before being the JW Marriott hotel, the place was a clinic for more than a hundred years!
We then arrive at the main building, accessible by stairs or a ramp. While Jean-Maximilien gets our room keys, I take a look around.
The interior decoration is sober, with a contemporary style. The Mediterranean colours give it a fresh look.
We used two little houses, as my mother-in-law accompanied us on this trip. After several discussions with the management, we were lucky enough to be upgraded to a loft house for our part, located in a quiet area with a pool.
These houses consist of a large lounge decorated in soft, natural wood tones, with touches of green and blue. The herringbone tiling completes the room nicely.
The accessories are modern. Wi Fi, a Bose sound system, a fast charge socket for the telephone, a radio alarm clock adapted to the Iphone. And as a bonus, a small welcome gift on the counter.
The living room is connected to a shower room with toilet and a dressing room on the ground floor. There is also a coffee machine. Everything is very functional, simple and beautiful.
The room is then accessed via the staircase. The glass railing lets the light through. The windows go up to the first floor! Beautiful. This gives the room an impression of grandeur and a beautiful luminosity.
The room is a bit narrower than the living room, but very nice. We find the same linearity in the colours and the decor.
At the top of the stairs is a closet that complements the lower dressing room. I imagine one for Mrs. upstairs and the other for Mr. on the ground floor since the upstairs one is quite small. A safe is available and two bathrobes are provided.
The beige bathroom is modern, sober and minimalist. Ceramic and chrome are used. Two glass doors, one for the toilet and a bidet, and the other for the shower.
The view from the room is nice. No opposite house, only greenery and the view on our garden and private swimming pool!
Here is a glimpse of the second house where my mother-in-law and our children slept. This time, a sofa bed on the ground floor and a more furnished terrace area instead of the pool.
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The island offers you to sit down at one of its different restaurants. There is no shortage of choice. And on a positive note, the vegetables and fruit are grown on site and olive oil tastings are even possible!
- Sagra rooftop restaurant: casual, for lunch and dinner. The best part is its view on the lagoon of Venice.
- the Italian restaurant Fiola in Dopolavoro Venexia: Venetian cuisine is served in this gourmet restaurant.
- the Rose Lounge Bar, in the lobby of the main building. Coffee, cocktail or glass of wine, it’s up to you!
- the Cucina daily restaurant, for a champion breakfast before starting your visits in Venice.
- Dispensa Charcuterie, for snacks, drinks, coffee to go.
- Giardino, for a drink next to the pool and gardens.
The JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa also offers its catering service for a picnic for two or with friends in the garden. Cushions, tablecloth, baskets all ready, everything is set to allow you to spend a beautiful moment in the calm and shade of the olive trees.
Here are some pictures of these different spaces.
Bar Lounge Rose
Very nice bar, the tempered glass shelves lighten the marble counter of the bar. Green chairs and flowers add colour.
Comfortable sofas and chairs are arranged around a table of 4. A grand piano adorns the space. The hotel’s shops are right next door.
A complete buffet, with quality products. We really liked it! Indoor or outdoor, both are appreciated.
A very friendly welcome at the counter. I was able to get some good sandwiches made. Local products are on sale.
As much as we liked the service at the swimming pool, we were not won over in the evening. I was disappointed with my appetizer, far too small for the cost of the dish.
We didn’t eat there (closed due to COVID-19) but the ochre building is beautiful. Right next to it, there are apricot trees. A meal in nature!
When you arrive on the island of Isola delle Rose, you feel that nature is preserved, put forward. The gardens are beautifully maintained. We loved the environment between pine trees, lime trees, olive trees, etc. You can ride your bike along the trails, which we really enjoyed.
On the island you will find three communal pools. The one on the roof of the main building is overlooking the Venice lagoon.
The other two (one of which is actually a sort of children’s pool) are in the gardens, surrounded by trees. There are also games for children.
Children were strongly encouraged to use the pools in the garden to preserve the silence of the roof terrace.
However, we were very bothered by mosquitoes in the gardens or bees at the games, so much so that Jean-Maximilien preferred to return to the first one with the children. Especially since our son could touch the bottom of the adult pool (facing Venice) as opposed to the children’s pool in the garden!
The fitness room
The fitness room is in a separate building, as is the Spa located next door.
Numerous machines are available. Good lighting, well ventilated, and they provide you with a bag at the reception if you don’t have the right equipment.
The Kids Club
The Kids Club service is subject to a fee. We had taken it so that we could work and the kids could have fun while we did. We had to pick them up during the lunch breaks. The team took good care of them even though we had a hard time entrusting our son. The team offered them various activities such as decorating a Venetian mask, doing gymnastics, a botanical walk, karaoke, etc.
Please note that you can take a daily room rate of 50 euros (useful if you have several children). This package also includes the rental of bicycles on the complex.
Otherwise, it will cost you 35 euros per child for access to the Kids Club per day.
Several packages are available. You can cook, learn how to make a particular cocktail, go to the spa, decorate a Venice mask, use the bicycles, visit the Burano lace or Murano glass factory, taste the island’s olive oil, etc. There’s no shortage of activities!
A business center is available to guests with two computer stations and a printer.
Our general impression of the hotel
All in all, the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa is a very nice hotel if you need to recharge your batteries. As the afternoons were hot, we enjoyed being able to spend our days working at the pool and taking the shuttle bus to a restaurant in the center Venice at the end of the day.