This hotel is extremely busy. It's the only hotel of any note in the city, and therefore is packed.
A personal thing, I hate packed hotels.
Granted, there was also a wedding during my two day stay, which meant lots of kids running about too, but it was busy.
3 lifts to service all 28 floors - at peak time I waited a while. Luckily, my colleague got upgraded to Executive suite level, so he could take me to the executive lounge for food and drinks.
This was deserted!
The pool is great, the gym a little tired.
Even though I had breakfast included, I never went in as the crowds were too much.
I didn't sleep well, as the noise from the corridor just comes straight into the room through the huge gap under the door. That and the ability to hear the bathroom above being used was not good.
I have never stayed at a Marriott hotel before - and may not again after this experience.
However - location is great and the rates are not at all bad.
Food and drink in the hotel are extortionate - go out, it's cheaper and better.
For those of you who smoke, there is a dedicated internal smoking bar area on the ground floor, as well as smoking rooms.
Wi-fi is intermittent, but each room has an ethernet cable. It's not free unless you are a JW Marriott card carrier.
All in all, it needs some cosmetic work in the rooms (screw the toilet roll holder on properly, for example) and soundproofing.
I may upgrade next time and see what the quality of sleep is like then. But it seems a shame to have to pay more for the service a hotel is actually there to provide...a bed and sleep.
We'll see, I am meant to be back in October...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The JW Marriott Medan is the first International 5-star hotel in Medan, Indonesia. Each of our 287 new guest rooms boast breathtaking views, contemporary furnishings, luxurious bedding, 37" to 42" flat-panel TV and connectivity to plug and play iPods and other personal devices. Relax with a dip in the outdoor infinity swimming pool. Stay fit with a great workout on our new state of the art fitness equipments in our health club, open 24 hours daily. ... more less
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