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JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Las Vegas NV, 2021

Having stayed at only 14% of the JW Marriotts in the world so far, I have some catchup to do this year. I found a reasonable rate and lower points needed for a stay, so I booked the JW Marriott Resort & Spa for a few nights.

Arrival

After checking out of the Westin Lake Las Vegas and racing up I-515, then across highway 95 to the hotel, I pulled into the main check-in spot. It's really close to the major road, but I didn't hear the traffic at all during my stay.
The front desk, you can check in here or the other main tower This is the resort, actually kinda easy to get lost

The Room

A good sized room for a non-suite (yes yes I know... how can I dare post this one without a suite?!?!) with a crazy good bathroom, large bed, huge closet.

Entry way Big comfy bed.  JW Pillows are actually worth purchasing
I think I just threw my carryon bag on one of these because... I'm a bum ok? Great jet tub, never even turned on the water
Oh those awesome JW bath amenities.  The smell just takes you to another place, and they actually work well

The Restaurants

Many restaurants on the property. Hawthorn, a steakhouse, Jade, the Chinese restaurant, Market Place (the buffet, currently closed), Waterside cafe at the pool, Speindini (I never found this one), Clubhouse Deli, and Earl Grey, the sit-down restaurant open 24 hours.
Teaside Entrance Jade main entrance The buffet, sadly closed, it looked huge
This was open, ate there every morning.  It was good Decent selection, comped for my status level Poolside drinks and snacks
Outside the Hawthorn steaky side Outside the Hawthorn drinky side

The Resort Grounds

A quite large resort with many water features and a crazy large pool area, and various activity areas to while away the time if you're not gambling.
Sad barren ground Water features Water falls!
Fish, and a nice serene setting Bocce court
Volley ball, you can see... so very used Just open areas of green The pool
Great place in the desert heat I dunno if this is like Hugh Hefner like or just a grotto on its own VH1, behind the water
And of course, Cabanas
Then, there is a fairly substantial casino there.
Not bad, they tried to make a theme Slots, slots, more slots Sports betting, this is just way too much for me to keep track of
Center of the floor More slots

Other Stuff

Hallway between my tower and the casino More areas of the hallway
You're all bad, stand in the corner! The spa was actually open.  Very nice Hey, you didn't think I'd go 5 days in another city without wings did you?

Summary

Quite the resort. The gambling aspect wasn't a draw for me, but the clientele here was pretty upscale. Forget getting an upgrade, even at my level, and using suite night awards, no dice. You gotta buy it. Even with a "normal" room it was good and spacious and the bathroom was suite level. Also, they were servicing it every day like a normal time. Things felt almost like before.

Now you think "Holy crap, Covid!", well, they test everyone's temp every time they enter the property, which will catch at least some of it, and I did not get sick this trip. There were doing things right and it seems to work.

As there is no real other way to get here, get a car. Parking is plentiful and free, and you're so far out from everything else, you will want it anyways.



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