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JW Marriott, Surbaya Indonesia

Believe it or not, I flew to Surabaya expressly to stay at this JW Marriott. Yes, I am fixated aren't I?


I flew from Medan to Surabaya but through Kuala Lumpur (this was a bit of a misjudgment as I had to then get another visa on arrival after landing in the International Terminal which is a nightmarish distance away from the domestic terminal and access to the city, on a very poor road).

After an unpleasant conversation with Indonesia Immigration on having to get a new visa, and being the only person selected to have "extra screening", I was finally back in Indonesia.

A cab from the airport isn't that expensive, but it is a long drive. Traffic is abhorrent, just be prepared to wait and sit.

The Room

I could have checked in at the Executive Lounge, but man, I was tired, so I went to front desk. I was upgraded to a one bedroom suite which is astoundingly huge and way too much for me. I willingly took it anyways!
3D interactive room tour, use your mouse or fingers to move around and see other rooms.
The Floorplan for direct room click access on the blue spots.

Executive Lounge

A pretty large lounge with a lot of staffing. I had all my requests for cars and services handled quickly and easily here. Plus the evening drink service and food presentations are quite extravagant. There is even a smoking room attached for those that burn their lungs.


Quite a few places (5 maybe?) to eat and drink at. That meets Rob's threshold for resort level options. The international Pavilion, Chinese Tang, Japanese Imari, Uppercut Steak, Drinking Lobby, Bakery Surabaya Baking Company. Is that it? I think so.


Lots of things here, huge gym, massive pool area,

Festive Stuff

Holidays are a big business in Asia. Christmas (yes in a Muslim country) is a huge deal. Everyone seems to engage in it in some fashion. Part of that is gifting and parties.
Glaring image. The set of rooms around the red dot were mine What is this? Old school JW Bath Amenities? "Why yes it is! Very comforting (if not environmental) throwback to my earlier years of travel Breakfast food, of the local variety Deserts and sweets which starts pretty early compared to a lot of JW's For a light fare, or canapes, this is pretty extreme in the amount of food Alcohol is taxed highly in Indonesia, so this is a pretty wide range, even if it's not brands I have heard of Coke, at a Marriott. I will not complain at the lack of Pepsi Several areas of seating are in the lounge, allowing you the level of collaboration you may want The main place to eat, Pavilion. Huge breakfast spread Breakfast sushi abounds Pizza? Ok, we're getting crazy here Rendang beef is now my go to dish in Asia Taste the rainbow, of juices If you read my blog at all you know I got some of this ice cream! Jalan Pasar, another Indo specialty It doesn't get fresher than this for French toast First, I eat the meat Then I get the sweets A ridiculously magnificent bakery. TV show quality items The steak place. I'll have to come back for this one Uppercut's menus, the prices are reasonable actually Imari's menu, the Japanese place here. Very high end eating You just want to have a nice drink? Maybe afternoon tea? The Lobby Lounge is the place Open 24/7, and much more for strength training than cardio. Someone finally gets me Beautiful pool and pretty long also Yoga and wedding events area A show garden of local produce, ostensibly for the chefs, but obviously too little grown to accommodate all the need. Still cool All the things and upcoming events, this place really is top notch for a smaller city Gifts and events to partake in for the holidays Rather fancy, and yes, lots of alcohol options The wine shop, which has a very large portion dedicated to gift baskets so I put it here in festive holidaysweets","Buy and send all these sugary lovelies (or just eat them, I would) Interesting and imposing fountain wall The amount of this, and how garish, but still impressive


Now, this hotel is not expensive, but the level of service beats anything in the USA where it's 3-5 times the cost. The lounge is delightful, and as I say - at a JW with a lounge, yes, get a room that includes access because the benefits it brings are more than worth the cost.

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