Quick review: J.W. Marriott Cancun
Opened in 2001, the JW Marriott property in Cancun is in the middle of a transition from rooms that are slightly dated, to more modern designs. But none of that spoils what is one of Cancun's most popular resorts. Here's a quick review of a recent five night stay there.
Pricing: As always it depends on when you book. Deals on basic rooms can be had for $250 to $350 a night. Our rate included a $250 resort credit for Marriott Rewards members which came in handy.
Pool and beach: The grounds are lush and the resort features one of the biggest pools in Cancun stretching the width of the resort capped off by a large infinity section. The beach is nice featuring palapas, chairs and even some beds. Chair hogs are a hazard, but even at noon there were still plenty available at the pool or on the beach.
Rooms: The JW Marriott is in the middle of a long-term room renovation of its 450 rooms. Some on our floor had been done while others were not. We got the more dated version but it was spacious, and well-appointed with a separate bathtub and shower.
Food: Pricey but good. Think $30-$40 for lunch and at least double that for dinner. A can of Tecate will cost you $4. If you’re lucky enough to get a resort credit, it can take some of the bite out.
Nearby: The overpriced and slightly underwhelming “Fred’s” is across the street with a menu heavy on seafood. Ruths Chris, Outback Steakhouse and convenience stores are an easy walk, or a short cab ride away.
Overall impression: An awesome property that scores high on review sites for good reason. The staff is friendly, the grounds are impressive and even the most basic rooms are comfortable.