JW Marriott Beijing Executive Level Room Review

2018-03-08T14:24:29+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Hotels, JW Marriott, Trip Reports|

JW Marriott Beijing Executive Level Room Introduction

When planning my first class trip to Beijing I had originally considered staying in one of the many luxury hotels available through American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts. Luxury hotels in Asia are so much cheaper than North America and Europe, and having stayed at the Fairmont Peace Hotel and Four Seasons Pudong in Shanghai, I expected the various properties in Beijing to really deliver. However, Beijing also has some very generously priced points redemptions, and I opted to go with the JW Marriott Beijing Executive Level room instead. Having lounge access for my 3-night stay (compliments of my American Express Platinum Card) was incredibly valuable, since it includes breakfast and evening snacks, and saved me a considerable amount of money compared to other luxury hotels where just breakfast would be included through FHR.

The JW Marriott Beijing is now a category 5 hotel, requiring 20,000-25,000 Marriott Reward points per night, however, on my stay it was still a category 4, and I was able to get my three-night stay at the reduced rate of 15,000 points per night, which was a bargain considering it included executive level club access.

JW Marriott Beijing Executive Level Room - 15,000 Points Per Night

JW Marriott Beijing Executive Level Room – 15,000 Points Per Night

My flight from Tokyo on ANA in business class was schedule to arrive shortly before 10pm, and I knew I would be exhausted after a very long day of travel, so I opted to book the hotel car, which came with a meet and greet service at the airport (also my first time at Beijing airport). The hotel provided a BMW 5-series sedan and charged approximately $160CAD for the service, which is expensive considering taxi prices, but well worth it for a seamless arrival.

I had talked to the concierge about arranging a private car for a trip to The Great Wall during my stay, but wasn’t sure about weather and asked if I could choose the date on arrival. He promised to meet me during check-in with an updated forecast, which he did, despite me getting to the hotel after 11pm. Talk about great service. The hotel exterior was grey and bland, and somewhat reminded me of the JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity.

JW Marriott Beijing Driveway

JW Marriott Beijing Driveway

At 10 years old, the hotel was starting to feel a bit dated, but still felt luxurious and well maintained. The lobby was decked out for the holidays with a large Christmas tree in the centre opposite the check-in desks.

JW Marriott Beijing Lobby Christmas Tree

JW Marriott Beijing Lobby Christmas Tree

JW Marriott Beijing Lobby

JW Marriott Beijing Lobby

There was no wait to check-in, and the friendly associate said I had been upgraded to the more premier ‘Garden View’ room with executive club access due to my Marriott Gold status.

JW Marriott Beijing Executive Level Room

I’ll be honest, there was nothing terribly exciting about this room. I wasn’t crazy about the colours, the bathroom felt a little bit bland, and the view was nothing special (I do wonder what the other less premium view offered). That said, there was nothing wrong with the room either. Although it was starting to feel dated, the carpet, furniture, etc were showing no visible signs of age.

The room was a standard layout, with a large king bed in the centre opposite a television and dresser, with an office desk in one corner near the window and a small sitting area beside the bed. The bathroom was just inside the entrance, along with a closet, which featured a nice amount of storage options.

JW Marriott Beijing Executive Level Room Bed

JW Marriott Beijing Executive Level Room Bed

JW Marriott Beijing Executive Level Room Sitting Area

JW Marriott Beijing Executive Level Room Sitting Area

There was a nice welcome amenity of fruit and cookies on my arrival, which was replenished each night during turndown.

Welcome Amenity

Welcome Amenity

JW Marriott Beijing Executive Level Room

JW Marriott Beijing Executive Level Room

The closet featured an in-room safe, drawers, and plenty of space to hang clothes.

JW Marriott Beijing Executive Level Room Closet

JW Marriott Beijing Executive Level Room Closet

Closet Storage

Closet Storage

Extra Pillows

Extra Pillows

In-Room Safe

In-Room Safe

The bathroom featured a separate soaking tub and walk-in shower, though I found the exposed toilet too close to the shower. There was also a vanity with a single sink and plenty of shelf space for personal storage. Amenities were by Aromatherapy and very nice quality.

JW Marriott Beijing Executive Level Room Tub

JW Marriott Beijing Executive Level Room Tub

Built-In Bathroom Television

Built-In Bathroom Television

Walk-In Shower

Walk-In Shower

Toilet Was Very Close To Shower

Toilet Was Very Close To Shower

Bathroom Vanity

Bathroom Vanity

Aromatherapy Amenities

Aromatherapy Amenities

Bathroom Amenities

Bathroom Amenities

Bathroom Shelving And Towels

Bathroom Shelving And Towels

Housekeeping was done twice daily, and they did a really good job throughout my stay. Evening turndown service includes a light refresh, along with slippers, water, and laundry request forms being placed by the bed.

Evening Turndown Service

Evening Turndown Service

Evening Turndown Service

Evening Turndown Service

Hotel Laundry Service

Hotel Laundry Service

JW Marriott Beijing Executive Level Room Dining

One highlight of this hotel was definitely the breakfast, which is complimentary for Gold and Platinum Marriott elites. Guests have the choice between eating in the executive level club, or buffet breakfast in the lobby. I tried both during my stay, with the buffet offering one of the most extensive selections I’ve ever seen, and the lounge offering a limited selection with more personalized service.

Club Lounge

The club lounge offered daily breakfast and a selection of appetizers and cocktails in the evening. Like most Marriott properties, the food was high quality, though the lounge was very busy during meal times. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Executive Level Breakfast

Executive Level Breakfast

Executive Level Breakfast

Executive Level Breakfast

Executive Level Breakfast

Executive Level Breakfast

Executive Level Breakfast

Executive Level Breakfast

Executive Level Breakfast

Executive Level Breakfast

Executive Level Breakfast

Executive Level Breakfast

Executive Level Breakfast

Executive Level Breakfast

Executive Level Breakfast

Executive Level Breakfast

Evening appetizers consisted of a selection of hot and cold items, along with complimentary wine, beer and cocktails. The lounge was absolutely packed during evening service, though I did stop in for a beer and a few snacks on a couple of the evenings, while I opted for room service on my last night, which was delicious and not terribly priced.

Executive Level Evening Service

Executive Level Evening Service

Executive Level Evening Service

Executive Level Evening Service

Executive Level Evening Service

Executive Level Evening Service

Executive Level Evening Service

Executive Level Evening Service

Well Deserved After Hiking The Great Wall

Well Deserved After Hiking The Great Wall

In-Room Dining Clubhouse

In-Room Dining Clubhouse

Buffet Breakfast

The buffet breakfast in the lobby was simply incredible, with a selection of western and Asian breakfast options, a salad bar, fresh juices and smoothies, and some lunch-type items. There was also a noodle bar and egg station, and service was impeccable, despite the restaurant being almost full.

Breakfast Buffet Seating

Breakfast Buffet Seating

Lobby Restaurant

Lobby Restaurant

Cute Christmas Decorations

Cute Christmas Decorations

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

Lobby Buffet Breakfast

JW Marriott Beijing Executive Level Room Amenities And Service

While there wasn’t a lot of ‘wow’ factor in the room, the service blew me away. All pre-arrival communication was answered quickly and thoroughly, including requests for airport transfer and a tour of the Great Wall. All staff I interacted with, from housekeeping to concierge, were friendly and professional, and clearly took a lot of pride in their jobs.

I was able to arrange a tour of the Great Wall through the hotel with an English speaking driver, and the cost for 8-hours was approximately $160 dollars, which I considered good value.

Enjoying The Great Wall Of China

Enjoying The Great Wall Of China

Bucket List Views

Bucket List Views

When I returned from my day trip I was surprised to find a framed picture with a hand-written note from the concierge, which was one of the nicest gestures I’ve ever received from a hotel (the driver took my picture at the entrance and must have sent to the hotel).

Above And Beyond Concierge Service

Above And Beyond Concierge Service

The hotel features a decent gym with modern equipment, and a nice indoor pool. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get many pictures as the area was always full of people, and I feel weird photographing public spaces with people in them, especially in fitness centres and at the pool.

JW Marriott Beijing Fitness Centre

JW Marriott Beijing Fitness Centre

Complimentary Water And Headphones

Complimentary Water And Headphones

Pool - Image Courtesy Of Marriott

Pool – Image Courtesy Of Marriott

JW Marriott Beijing Executive Level Room Bottom Line

I really enjoyed my time in the JW Marriott Beijing Executive Level Room. While the hotel is starting to feel a bit dated, especially when compared to some of the newer Marriott properties in Asia (check out a review of the Marriott Hotel Nanshan in Shenzhen here), it was  still a very nice luxury hotel. Furthermore, the service was on par, if not better, than my stays at the ultra-luxury Four Seasons Pudong and Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai.

Using points at this hotel is very good value, and will cost just 20,000-25,000 Marriott Reward points per night. If you’re considering a stay at this hotel, or any other Marriott property, I would consider getting one of the American Express Platinum cards for instant SPG and Marriott Gold status, which comes with room upgrades, late check-out, and guaranteed lounge access at participating properties.

Apply for The American Express Platinum Card and earn a 60,000 Membership Reward Welcome Bonus

Apply for The American Express Business Platinum Card and earn 75,000 Membership Reward points.

If you’re looking for a way to stay at this hotel on points, consider applying for either of the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards in Canada to earn enough points through the welcome bonus for a few free nights (Starwood transfers to Marriott at a 1:3 ratio). Both American Express cards are offering 20,000 SPG points for new cardmembers, which would be enough for a 3-night stay. Apply for both and earn enough points for an entire week (Marriott offers 5th night free on points redemptions)

Apply for the American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Card here

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I would definitely stay at this property the next time I’m in Beijing, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a luxury hotel stay using points!

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About the Author:

Champagne taste on a beer budget has always been reminiscent of Tyler’s travel style. Raised in British Columbia, Tyler has an unquenchable thirst for more adventure, which is fueled by leveraging airline and hotel loyalty programs to travel the world in luxury and style. Want to learn how you can travel the world on points, like Tyler? Check out the ebook for more expert advice.

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