The staff are authentically friendly and are always on hand to ensure that your needs are exceeded throughout your stay. It was apparent that all employees seemed to thoroughly enjoy their job, which let's face it, is a pretty good gig given the stunning location!
Unlike many Venetian hotels which feature over-the-top ornate decor, the JW Marriot Venice is all clean lines and minimalist chic decor, making it more akin to the type of hotel you'd expect to see in New York or Milan rather than Venice.
There is also an adults-only rooftop pool boasting sensational views of the Venice lagoon and a children's pool overlooking the olive groves to ensure that both couples and families alike are catered for.
During one's stay, the GOCO Spa isn't to be missed. This little slice of Heaven has a sauna, a Hamman and a seriously sleek pool with bubbling jets to ease your stresses and strains away. If it's all too much, simply recline on the loungers and watch the boats go by.
During the course we learned to prepare a salad of fennel, raspberry, green apple and feta; avocado cream with buffalo mozzarella, strawberry and basil; paccheri field of ricotta cheese with skin of orange and candied tomatoes; and beetroot sauce.
I loved the convivial atmosphere and left with a real sense of accomplishment (and a cute certificate of completion).
Overall, we had an amazing holiday and left with memories that will last a lifetime. For a breath-taking, envy-inducing break that will make your friends weep with jealousy, there really isn't any other place to stay in Venice.
Prices from (€334) (based on two sharing) for a Double De Luxe room.
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Taxis and Transfers
Private Transfers - €215 per way for up to 4 people with 6 pieces of luggage. This includes a representative meeting the guest at baggage claim/customs, a car transfer to Piazzale Roma terminal with luggage assistance and private boat connection to the Hotel (The journey takes approximately 35/40 minutes. Please be advised that between 8.00 pm and 8.00 am there is a fixed supplement of 20%.)
Private Water Taxi – Includes a private water taxi from the pier (10 minutes’ walk from the terminal) to the Hotel.
€130 per way, up to 4 people with 4 pieces of luggage. (Please be advised that between 10.00 pm and 07.00 am there is a fixed supplement of €15).
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A Summary of our experience at JW Marriott Venice
Most suited for: Couples or families are both well catered for here
Best bits: The maisonette, which was like a home away from home (albeit a bit - OK a lot - more glamorous than my home)
Worst bits: Absolutely none - we were blown away by our stay
Our experience overall
The property: ★★★★★
Food and drink: ★★★★★
Staff attentiveness/friendliness: ★★★★★
During this trip I was hosted by the lovely team at JW Marriott Venice. All words, opinions and images are my own.