A Look Inside the JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai, India

by Janis on May 5, 2014

We recently disembarked from a cruise on the Seabourn Sojourn in Mumbai, India.

While we departed from cruise around 9 a.m., our flight out of Mumbai did not leave until 3:30 am the next morning. It’s very common, it seems, for flights to Europe or the U.S. to depart from Mumbai in the wee morning hours between 11 pm and 3 am.

JW Marriott MumbaiSince we needed a place to rest for the day, we booked a room at the JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai, located on Juhu beach overlooking the Arabian Sea.

Mr. Jones had stayed at this hotel a few years before on business, and knew that it was a luxurious property favored by business people and Bollywood celebrities, as well as being relatively close to the Mumbai International airport.

This hotel is not close to the cruise port. In morning traffic, the drive from the port to the hotel took about 1.5 hours.

JW Marriott MumbaiSecurity is tight at the hotel, with each car being inspected and sniffed by the dog before being allowed to enter the compound.

JW Marriott MumbaiThe hotel features a grand lobby that looks out over a lotus pond, the pool grounds and the beach. Seating for the Lotus Cafe fills this inside space.

JW Marriott MumbaiThere are multiple pools. This one features a large slide.

JW Marriott MumbaiThis is the main pool, very close to JuHu Beach on the Arabian Sea. While quiet on a Thursday, these venues are packed with locals on the weekend.

JW Marriott MumbaiChecking in around 10:30 am, we were given a nice upgrade to a suite – room 244.

JW Marriott MumbaiThe suite features a large living room with an oceanfront view, and large amounts of seating.

JW Marriott MumbaiThe suite also has a dining table, a desk, television and half bath.

JW Marriott MumbaiIn the bedroom, there is nice lighting and plenty of plugs on each side of the king bed. This is a very spacious bedroom.

JW Marriott MumbaiThe bedroom also looks out over the beach and ocean. For a completely clear view, you would want to book a room one floor higher in the hotel.

We appreciated the motorized shades that allowed the room to be completely darkened during the daytime.

JW Marriott MumbaiThe built in closets and vanity area is near the main bathroom.

JW Marriott MumbaiThe marble bath has a glass window looking out to the bedroom, which can be closed with a motorized shade at the push of a button. There’s also a separate shower adjacent to the tub.

JW Marriott MumbaiThe toilet is separated from the rest of the bathroom, but no door.

JW Marriott MumbaiFresh flowers in the suite were a nice touch.

JW Marriott MumbaiGuests with Marriott Platinum status or suite guests get access to the Club JW Executive Lounge. It’s on the top floor of the hotel.

JW Marriott MumbaiBeer, wine and cocktails are offered after 5:30 pm. It was an opportunity to try an Indian wine. This one was delicious.

JW Marriott MumbaiDrinking a glass of wine with appetizers in the Club JW is an ideal location to watch the sun set over the Arabian Sea.

JW Marriott MumbaiAs a result of the late night/early morning flight departures, the front desk is super-busy with guests checking out of the hotel around midnight.

Our Bottom Line on the JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai:

  • This hotel is an oasis from the intensity of Mumbai; it’s cool, calm, peaceful and luxurious.
  • Its location is a long drive from the cruise port and main tourist sites, but is only a 20-30 minute drive to the airport.
  • The Juhu Beach location is nice for sunning, shopping and being near Bollywood. Outside of the hotel, there is a Starbucks nearby.
  • The hotel staff is hospitable and gracious; however, they are not always efficient by Western standards.
  • Suite 244 is huge and spectacular.
  • The pool complex is spacious with multiple pools.
  • You never have to leave the hotel during a short stay. The hotel features five different restaurants, a bar/nightclub, a deli and a book/gift shop as well as other shopping opportunities.
  • We ate at the huge Lotus Cafe in the lobby area that overlooks the lotus pond. The buffet stations were featuring the tastes of Punjab, India, and we enjoyed a tasting our way through diverse Indian foods that were made to order at each station.

What’s your favorite hotel in Mumbai, India? Do you stay for business or for fun? Please share your thoughts in comments below. 

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