My visit to the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids started off ominously: I attempted to check in to the hotel across the street after being dropped off there by the service. Fortunately, a short walk with my carry-on luggage was all it took to get me to the bright lobby of the downtown hotel. From there I would begin a two-night stay in a luxury hotel that would surprise and delight me.
Room with a View – and a Chaise
Beautiful photographs above the bed and a wall full of windows overlooking Grand Rapids welcomed me to my standard king guestroom. While the bed itself was outfitted with a pillow top mattress and plenty of pillows, it was the chaise lounge that beckoned to me to take a load off, relax a minute. Unfortunately, I had no time for indulging as I was due downstairs for a lunch meeting.
Six One Six is the hotel’s restaurant adjacent to the lobby and looks at first glance to only be able to accommodate a small group of guests. My concern is not seating, however, but food — and in that regard the restaurant shined. My working lunch took place over a California Reuben and truffle fries (a combination designed to send me back to that chaise in a carbohydrate coma.) The next two mornings I’d enjoy a breakfast bar featuring made-to-order eggs and omelets, fresh fruit, and steel cut oats (along with breakfast meat and potatoes for those with more forgiving metabolisms.) The service at every meal was exceptional.
JW Marriott still subscribes to the idea that luxury is about more than fine linens and marble bathrooms. Service is obviously an essential part of their philosophy and it shows in every encounter, from the turn down service you don’t see to the hospitable front desk staff that greets you each day.
The JW has partnered with ArtPrize to offer visitors a special package during the public art contest. The package starts at $249 per night and includes:
- Overnight accommodations for two
- Self parking in the hotel ramp
- Breakfast for up to 2 adults and children 12 and under
- One ArtPrize Value Bag per reservation (multiple night reservations would still receive one bag) which includes:
- ArtPrize official map
- ArtPrize official guidebook with discount coupons
- Two Metro transportation cards per reservation
- ArtPrize souvenir recycled bag
- Two ArtPrize souvenir wristbands
Find out more at http://ilovethejw.com.
Disclosure: I stayed at the JW Marriott as a guest of Experience Grand Rapids.