My year of Marriott Gold, destination: JW Marriot Houston Galleria
It’s April and we’re in Houston for one evening. We’re getting ready to board the Emerald Princess for our voyage to the beautiful western Caribbean and some of my favorite islands (Belize, Cozumel, and Rotan Honduras). For this Gold journey we chose the Marriott’s JW Houston Galleria. Newly renovated, 23 stories, and reported to have luxurious accommodations. Our anticipation is always heightened at the opportunity for Gold upgrades, we are hoping not to be disappointed with just a standard room. We really never know if we are going to be upgraded and usually just book a standard room and wait and see. So far our best upgrade has been the JW Miami. We were placed in a suite with wall to wall windows overlooking the incredible bay. It reminded us of a penthouse on the top floor complete with a marble tiled bathroom. It will be hard for anyone else to compete with that but we are in Houston waiting to see. Does Houston have what it takes to outdo Miami?
JW Marriot Houston Galleria is placed in one of the most famous shopping districts in the world only minutes to attractions like Minute Maid Park. You can walk to more than 200 exclusive stores that surround it. Fine dining and entertainment are only minutes away and we even managed to find a Catholic Church right around the corner for Easter Sunday Mass.
For our upgrade we were placed in a higher floor on the concierge level. We were too late in the evening to enjoy any of what they had to offer. The hotel features a state of the art fitness center with a view of the city. It was definitely nice and I enjoyed my elliptical program while gazing out into the city. The additional amenities we used were Starbucks in the morning. The barista was pleasant and enjoyable to talk with. Breakfast was the buffet restaurant where the management and hostess were outgoing and friendly. In the lobby lounge bar the service was sub-par and we eventually got our drinks from the bar. It was the only area I found of the hotel to be lacking.
Our room itself was spacious but not noticeably different or luxurious, it was on a higher floor. I have to say I didn’t pay too much attention to the down comforters, custom duvets or the rich cotton linens. All in all I enjoyed my stay but they really didn’t exceed my expectations or deliver the type of service we experienced in Miami. It is a great hotel in a great area. Perfect location for our Easter Day visit to Saint Michaels Catholic Church.