JW Marriott Chongqing, Executive King Room Review

JW Marriott Chongqing, Executive King Room Review

By |2019-02-26T15:29:52+00:00September 20th, 2017|Categories: Asia, China, Hotel Reviews, JW Marriott|Tags: , , , , |

Update 2019-02-26: Please note that the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) American Express Card Canada is no longer available. It has been replaced by the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card. Get the details here!

Introduction:

After a great stay at The Marriott Hotel Chongqing the week before, and another week of restless sleeps on my university dorm bed, I had Tyler book me a room for two nights at the JW Marriott Hotel Chongqing!

The JW is a category 2 hotel, requiring 10,000 Marriott Reward points per night (or 3,334 SPG points per night), which is a fantastic deal (rates can easily hit $200/night at this property).

JW Marriott Rewards Redemption

JW Marriott Rewards Redemption – 2 night stay

Also, because Tyler and I both have Marriott Gold status courtesy of our American Express Platinum card, I was eligible for a free upgrade to the Executive Club floor with lounge access, including daily breakfast, evening snacks and complimentary cocktails!

I took the subway from the university in the afternoon and had no trouble finding the hotel. I still can’t get over how efficient the transit system is in China! The exterior of the hotel looks like any other business hotel, but the grounds were spotless clean!

Hotel Exterior

Hotel Exterior

Just Another Business Hotel

Just Another Business Hotel

The lobby of the hotel was beautiful, with a lot of marble and a very unique art feature on the upper walls.

Stunning Hotel Lobby

Stunning Hotel Lobby

There was no line at reception and I was checked-in within a few minutes. I was thanked for being a Marriott Gold elite and informed of my upgrade to an Executive King room.

No Waiting At Check-In!

No Waiting At Check-In!

While the exterior of the hotel was a bit bland, there was nothing ordinary about the inside. This felt like a true luxury hotel, and definitely a bit nicer feeling than the Marriott Chongqing from the prior weekend. The lobby elevators were fast, and I never had to wait more than a minute for a lift (always nice in a hotel with 450+ guest rooms).

The Lobby Elevators - Always Fast!

The Lobby Elevators – Always Fast!

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The Room:

The room felt very high quality, though not really my taste. I really preferred the more minimalist style at the Marriott Hotel, but couldn’t find much to fault with this space. Just inside the door was a large closet area and sitting bench, which opened into the main room.

Executive King Room Entrance

Executive King Room Entrance

Entrance With Nice Wood Detail

Entrance With Nice Wood Detail

The closet was large, and featured plenty of space to hang clothes and a few drawers. There was also an ironing board, in-room safe, and slippers/bathrobes.

Closet With Robes And Slippers

Closet With Robes And Slippers

Lots Of Storage Space

Lots Of Storage Space

Generous Size In-Room Safe

Generous Size In-Room Safe

The only temperature controls were located at the entrance, and were simple and easy to use. The Air Conditioning had no problem keeping the room cool during my stay.

Room Temperature Control Near Entrance

Room Temperature Control Near Entrance

The main room featured a king bed opposite a small work space and built-in television. There was also a comfortable seating area near the window with great views of the city, though not quite as nice as the river views at the Marriott. The bed was really, really comfortable, and had some of the softest sheets I can remember in a long time.

Executive King Room Bed

Executive King Room Bed

Alternate View Of The Bed

Alternate View Of The Bed

Great Pillows And Linens

Great Pillows And Linens

There were two bedside tables with lamps, telephone, television remote, alarm clock and notepad. There were also easy to use room controls and power outlets on each side.

Bedside Tabe

Bedside Table

Television Remote

Television Remote

Turndown service was done in the evening with light housekeeping. The bed always looked so inviting after they were done!

Turndown Service

Turndown Service

The lighting in the room was amazing, with a large overhead fixture (seems to be uncommon in a lot of hotels), along with floor lamps and other fixed lighting in the ceiling.

Really Great Lighting In This Room

Really Great Lighting In This Room

Opposite the bed was a small work desk and chair. I appreciated that office stationery and supplies were included, which is often missing at some luxury hotels.

Office Desk Across From The Bed

Office Desk Across From The Bed

Comfortable Work Space

Comfortable Work Space

Well Equipped Office Drawer

Well Equipped Office Drawer

The desk also housed the minibar and coffee station. I was happy to see an in-room coffee maker in this room, which isn’t as common in Asia as it is in North America it seems. The minibar was stocked with an assortment of beverages and a few snacks, and the prices were steep. Of course with lounge access, all of these items are available complimentary, so I didn’t really see the point…

Minibar Under Desk

Minibar Under Desk

Snacks And Glassware

Tea And Glassware

Snacks And Glassware

Snacks And Glassware

Minibar Price List (CNY) - Ouch!

Minibar Price List (RMB) – Ouch!

The in-room coffee was really gross, so I opted to get cappuccinos in the lounge during my stay!

In-Room Coffee - Not Best!

In-Room Coffee – Not Best!

The television was built into the wall just ever-so-slightly out of alignment with the bed, which was kind of poor design in my opinion. It was easy to watch TV from the sitting area near the window, but who wants to do that?! The selection of English content was limited to a few news and movie stations, though I didn’t plan to watch a lot of TV anyway. Wifi was just ok, with a VPN required to access any of the websites blocked by ‘the great firewall of China’, including Google, Facebook, and Instagram.

Television Aligned With Sitting Area, Not The Bed

Television Aligned With Sitting Area, Not The Bed

There was a nice welcome message on the screen, which is always a small detail I like (except when they get it wrong, like Tyler’s recent stay at The Marriott Hotel Nanshan in Shenzhen, China).

Personalized Welcome Screen

Personalized Welcome Screen

The sitting area near the window was comfortable with a large chair and table, and great views over Chongqing. During turndown each night I was brought a small bowl of fruit. Yum!

Sitting Area Near Window

Sitting Area Near Window

City Views

City Views

Fruit At Turndown Each Night

Fruit At Turndown Each Night

Last and probably least was the bathroom. Like Tyler, I’m a total bathroom guy and love when a hotel creates a wonderful spa-like retreat out of the space. Tyler had a wonderful bathroom at The JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity Hotel, but this space felt really small for a high-end property, and not aesthetically pleasing at all. There was a single sink vanity, a corner stand-up shower, a toilet in the middle of the room with a large soaking tub on the other side of the room. Also, like the Marriott Chongqing, I found the colours to be quite bland, and almost industrial (not in a good way).

Small Vanity And Corner Shower

Small Vanity And Corner Shower

Good Use Of The Small Space

Good Use Of The Small Space

No Separate Closet For The Toilet

No Separate Closet For The Toilet

Nice Shower With Hand And Overhead Fixtures

Nice Shower With Hand And Overhead Fixtures

Separate Soaking Tub

Separate Soaking Tub

Separate Soaking Tub

Separate Soaking Tub

The bathroom toiletries were very nice by Aromatherapy, and I loved the small touches like bath salts! There was also a drawer with all of the small amenities you might need, like shaving kit and toothpaste. There were plenty of soft towels available and complimentary bottles of water for brushing teeth.

Aromatherapy Shower Amenities

Aromatherapy Shower Amenities

Bath Salts - Nice Touch!

Bath Salts – Nice Touch!

Bathroom Amenities

Bathroom Amenities

Hand Towels And Tissue

Hand Towels And Tissues

Unlimited Complimentary Bottled Water

Unlimited Complimentary Bottled Water

The Lounge:

One of the great perks of being Marriott Gold (automatic status with The American Express Platinum Card or The American Express Business Platinum Card in Canada) is lounge access! Unlike most hotel loyalty programs, Marriott grants guaranteed lounge access to it’s mid-tier status customers at Marriott, JW Marriott and Renaissance hotels (resorts excluded). This trip to China was the first time I’ve used the benefit, and I’m sold!

The lounges in China are unreal, and nothing you would expect to find in North America (at a business hotel anyway). The seating is comfortable and luxurious, the food was delicious, and beverage selection was impressive, with complimentary cocktails, beer, and wine in the evenings. I spent a good amount of time in the lounge just hanging out, since it was a lot more spacious than my room and featured the same great views of Chongqing!

Executive Lounge Seating

Executive Lounge Seating

Executive Lounge Seating

Executive Lounge Seating

Executive Club Window Seating

Executive Lounge Window Seating

Executive Lounge Seating

Executive Lounge Seating

Executive Lounge Seating

Executive Lounge Seating

I ate breakfast in the lounge both days, and had evening snacks on the second night. The variety of food was good, and far better than I’m used to getting in North American lounges. The space did get busy during meal times, which made it hard to get good pictures of the food (but seating was never an issue).

Executive Lounge Food Spread

Executive Lounge Food Spread

Great Presentation!

Great Presentation!

Tasted Even Better Than It Looks!

Tasted Even Better Than It Looks!

Much Better Than The In-Room Coffee

Much Better Than The In-Room Coffee

Hotel Amenities:

I used the pool and fitness centre on both days at the hotel and loved both the spaces. Unfortunately, the pool was indoors and didn’t have the same dramatic view of the Chongqing skyline as the Marriott hotel, but was still very nice. One comment worth sharing is that swim caps are mandatory, which I guess is a thing in China?? While I don’t mind using one, I was taken off guard when a pool attendant ran after me yelling something in Chinese and waving a cap around. I eventually understood and was happy to see he was offering a complimentary one from the hotel.

Very Nice Indoor Pool - And Never Busy!

Very Nice Indoor Pool – And Never Busy!

Lots Of Seating

Lots of Seating

There was a nice garden area outside, which is always appreciated at city hotels. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t that great during my stay.

Garden Access

Garden Access

Outdoor Space

Outdoor Space

Nice Garden Area

Nice Garden Area

The fitness centre was fantastic, with a great selection of new equipment. Like the pool, the gym rarely had anyone using it, which is always nice. There were plenty of towels and bottled water available!

Fitness Room Access

Fitness Room Access

Bottles Water And Towels

Bottled Water And Towels

Lots Of Equipment

Lots Of Equipment

Nice Modern Machines

Nice Modern Machines

Stretching Area

Stretching Area

Bottom Line:

I loved this hotel! I doubt there are too many people itching to visit Chongqing, but if you ever find yourself here and want a luxury hotel at budget pricing, this is your place! At 10,000 Reward Points per night, this is a total bargain, especially with lounge access and an upgraded room with mid-tier status!

Overall, the service was friendly (except for the man by the pool aggressively waving his swim cap at me) and most staff had a good understanding of English, though there was a bit of a language barrier at times (should be expected in most areas of China). The rooms are very nicely finished with comfortable beds and functional bathrooms. Also, the hotel is located in a great part of the city with good dining and shopping options within walking distance, and easy enough access to public transport.

I’m starting to realize why Tyler likes to visit China so much! The value you get in redeeming your points here is phenomenal compared to North America. The current 50,000 American Express points welcome bonus on The American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card and The American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card would be enough for 15 nights at this hotel with lounge access if you picked up both cards. 15 nights, completely free with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks. Insane.

Update 2019-02-26: Please note that the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) American Express Card Canada is no longer available. It has been replaced by the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card. Get the details here!

If you ever find yourself in Mainland China and have Gold status with Marriott, I really wouldn’t consider staying anywhere else!

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About the Author:

Brad recently completed his Bachelors of Education at the University of British Columbia and is now enjoying his career as a high school teacher. When he’s not putting in long hours in the classroom, he relishes the chance to fly first class around the world with Tyler, or growing his tropical plant collection at home.

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