JW Marriott Parq Vancouver Hotel Executive Lounge Review

2018-09-13T19:09:41+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Hotels, JW Marriott, Reviews, Trip Reports|

JW Marriott Vancouver Executive Lounge for Marriott Rewards Members

While staying at the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver Hotel, we decided to check out the executive lounge. You can read my review of our standard room water view here!

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JW Marriott Parq Executive Lounge Seating

There was a variety of seating in the lounge with couches, tables and bench seating with 2 large flatscreen TVs. The spacious layout made for a comfortable atmosphere to pick a spot and work, or to enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres with some level of privacy.

Lounge entrance seating.

Lounge seating with TVs.

Our table and view of False Creek.

JW Marriott Vancouver Lounge Hours

All Day Snacks
Monday – Friday 6:30am – 10:00pm
Saturday- Sunday 7:00am – 10:00pm

Breakfast Buffet
Monday – Friday 6:30am – 10:00am
Saturday – Sunday 7:00am – 10:30am

Cocktails and Beverages
Monday – Friday 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday – Sunday 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Desserts
Monday – Friday 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday – Sunday 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Evening Appetizers/Hors D’Oeuvres
Monday – Friday 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Saturday – Sunday 5:30pm – 7:30pm

JW Marriott Executive Lounge Evening Appetizers/Hors D’Oeuvres

We decided to go down for evening appetizers, held from 5:30pm to 7:30pm daily. The presentation of the food was very well done. I’m easily impressed by anything served in canning jars, large Pyrex jars, or cast iron pans. It’s just timeless and presents well.

There was a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, and mini salads in canning jars, which was delicious.

Charcuterie board for evening hors d’oeuvres.

Charcuterie board

However, I was a little disappointed to see there where only 2 hot dishes available for dinner time – spicy chicken, and spicy vegetables. Hope you like spicy food, because if not, you’re out of luck! I personally enjoy spicy food, but I know plenty of people who don’t/can’t eat it, and would be quite disappointed with the selection. This was a major oversight with the menu planning. I was also surprised to see that there were no fresh veggies or larger salads to choose from, which would both be easy to prep and serve.

Spicy chicken. Only 1 of 2 hot dishes available for evening appetizers.

Spicy vegetables, the other hot food item available for evening appetizers.

I’m not a picky eater, so I made do, but I was certainly underwhelmed by the food selection, even though what I did have was fresh and delicious. There was an overwhelming amount of desserts, and sweet snacks like cookies, and candy available. Even though I admire the presentation, I just couldn’t help but be disappointed by the lack of main courses. Popcorn and gummy worms haven’t exactly been my idea of dinner, since I was about 7. I guess after experiencing the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Gold Lounge food offerings multiple times, my expectation of evening appetizers will never live up to their amazing selection.

Plenty of candy and sweets – not enough hot food items.

An overwhelming amount of sweet treats when all I wanted was something savory.

Dessert offerings.

Non-alcoholic beverages were available for free in the fridges below the counter.

Non-alcoholic drink selection.

Fiji water, non-dairy milk, and freshly pressed juice.

There was also a bartender on staff, with an array of wines, champagne, cocktails, hard liquor, and beer available for purchase.

JW Marriott Parq Vancouver Executive Lounge Bar

JW Marriott Parq Vancouver Executive Lounge Beverage Menu. (Click for a larger version).

JW Marriott Executive Lounge Breakfast Buffet

After the disappointing selection of the hot food items for the evening appetizers the night before, we weren’t sure what to expect for breakfast. However, it turned out to be a very complete breakfast buffet with with eggs, potatoes, breakfast meats, pastries, toast, yogurt, fresh juice, fruit, coffee and tea.

JW Marriott Parq Vancouver Executive Lounge breakfast buffet

Delicious and well presented breakfast spread.

Scrambled eggs and fruit.

Potatoes (not labelled that they were spicy) and shiitake mushrooms.

Bacon and chorizo breakfast meat.

Cereal, muffins and croissants.

Various pastries.

Selection of bread and toaster.

Oatmeal station with toppings.

Yogurt and milk.

Coffee and tea

Specialty coffee self serve machine.

The grapefruit, apple, orange, and kale juices could have easily been missed and deserves their own display instead of being tucked below the shelf with the water and pop. These little juices are organic, freshly pressed with no additives, and made in-house, complete with JW Marriott branding, and were delicious! I think it would look cute to have them in a bowl of crushed ice alongside the main course items.

JW Marriott freshly pressed organic juice made in-house.

The presentation was again, excellent, as well as the quality of the food. However, I was a little surprised that the potatoes were spicy, and not labelled as such. It would have been nice to know that beforehand instead of figuring that out a couple bites in. My grandma won’t eat spicy food, and although I enjoy it, I was trying to avoid it that morning as I couldn’t shake the lingering cold I had.

Sure enough, shortly after I was finished eating breakfast in the lounge, I felt a tickle in my throat that I knew was going to turn into a coughing fit. Rather than disturb other guests, I decided to quickly go back up to the room where I wouldn’t bother anyone with my annoying cough. The elevators are situated right next to the lounge, and while I was waiting for them, and trying not to cough profusely, one of the lounge staff proactively offered to make me a ginger tea upon my return. I didn’t get a chance to catch her name, but I was very appreciative and impressed by her thoughtfulness. This an example of the high quality service and attention to detail you can expect at the JW Marriott Parq.

Breakfast buffet setup.

JW Marriott Vancouver Executive Lounge Review Bottom Line

I wouldn’t be in a big hurry to return for evening appetizers because the selection of just wasn’t there, and certainly doesn’t compare to the Gold Floor Lounges at the Fairmont Hotels in Vancouver. However, I would recommend the lounge for the breakfast buffet, as the selection and quality of food was excellent (with the exception of the unlabeled very spicy potatoes which was not acceptable).

The breakfast selection was similar to my experience at the Four Seasons Whistler SIDECUT breakfast buffet which is a compliment to the JW Marriott Vancouver Executive Lounge.

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What’s Your Review Of The JW Marriott Parq Vancouver Executive Lounge?

Have you been to the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver Executive Lounge? Let us know your experience in the comment section below!

About the Author:

With a passion for tech startups, Britt has always loved being hands on with designing and developing websites. When she’s not at the computer, she’s probably enjoying time with her German Shepherds, Trevor and Stacy. From rustic cabins, to five star hotels, Britt is always ready for the next adventure. Want to learn how you can travel the world on points, like Britt? Sign up for an American Express Platinum card and get 60,000 bonus points and a $200 travel credit towards your next dream vacation. (Offer subject to approval and when you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months).

4 Comments

  1. Pete April 26, 2018 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Can anyone at the hotel visit the lounge?

    • Brittany Menard April 26, 2018 at 2:09 pm - Reply

      Hi Pete,

      The executive lounge is intended for Marriott Rewards members with Gold or Platinum status, or for those who have booked a club level floor at the hotel. Alternatively a pass can be purchased for $20 per visit.

      Thanks for visiting the blog!

      – Britt

  2. JRL September 22, 2018 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Lounge looks great – nice to see a points hotel in Vancouver with an executive lounge, even if the food selection left a bit to be desired. How does the Douglas next door compare?

    • Brittany Menard September 27, 2018 at 2:57 pm - Reply

      Hi Justin,

      Agreed! I would definitely visit the lounge again, and I plan to stay at the Douglas nextdoor to compare them soon! I’m also looking forward to using my Marriott points in Victoria (Inner Harbour) and Kelowna (Okanagan Resort). Have you stayed at either of those properties?

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