Review: JW Marriott Austin

a building with lights on

After flying in from Dallas on JSX and meeting some friends for dinner, we arrived at the JW Marriott which would be home base for our weekend of house hunting.


We booked our stay with cash, directly with Marriott Bonvoy, to help earn elite nights towards renewing my Titanium Elite status. The rate during our stay was around $290 which is on par with some of the nicer hotels in Downtown Austin.


The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown at the corner of 2nd Street and Congress Avenue, just one block off of Lady Bird Lake and not far from the Texas State Capitol. The driveway entrance is located along 2nd Street and is used for valet as well as rideshare pick-up/drop-off.

a group of people on bicycles on a street with a building in the background


The hotel offers self parking for $35 per day in the underground garage. Valet parking is slightly higher at $40 per day. Since the primary purpose of this trip was house hunting, we knew we would be in and out frequently so we decided to pay the extra $5 per day for the convenience of valet. Each time we requested our vehicle it was waiting for us by the time we made it outside.


When we arrived the lobby was buzzing with activity as there was a large conference taking place and the lobby bar was packed. With no one in line we walked up to the desk and we were quickly checked in and my Titanium status was recognized. I applied for Suite Night Awards at booking but they didn’t clear so I appreciated the fact that they did at least upgrade me to a corner room on the 23rd floor.

a large hall with a large screen and a wall with lights
people standing in front of a reception desk
a room with a chain link fence and people sitting in chairs

After checking in we walked past the lobby bar towards the rear of the hotel to the elevator banks and rode up to the 23rd floor and Room 2337.

a group of people sitting at a table in a room with a chandelier
a sign in a building
a bar with a bar and people sitting at the counter


Our corner king room was no different, from a footprint standpoint, than a standard king room. However, because of its location, it did have windows along two sides which allowed tons of natural light and great views. Immediately upon entering the room, there was a wardrobe and a nook with a coffee maker to the left. Past this was a desk that doubled as the TV stand.

a desk with a computer and a chair in a room
a door with a light on it
a coffee machine and a box on a counter
a tall building with a clock on top
a city with many tall buildings

Opposite this was a chair with an ottoman and a small table as well as the king size bed.

a bed with white sheets and a brown headboard in a hotel room

The bathroom felt fresh and modern and included a large walk in shower with single use toiletries.

a bathroom with a glass shower and sink
a bathroom with a picture on the wall


The Executive Lounge is located on the 5th floor and can be accessed 24/7 via keycard for guests with lounge access. The lounge consists of one large, long room that is broken up into various sections of seating.

a wooden double doors with silver handles
a room with tables and chairs
a room with a television and a table

At night, there are a few snacks set out along with beer and wine on an honor bar system where you fill out a card with what you self serve.

a group of wine bottles on a wood board
a bar with a television and drinks

During breakfast, the bar area is set up with a variety of cereals, pastries, yogurt and fruit.

a counter with a toaster and a jar of cookies on it
cereal in a dispenser
a table with fruit and yogurt
a table with food on it

Opposite this, on the island, were hot dishes including eggs, sausage and potatoes.

sausage sausages cooking on a pan
a metal pan with food in it
a pot of potatoes on a stove
a plate of breakfast with fruit and yogurt

In the middle of the lounge was another coffee and beverage station that also had tea and other non-alcoholic beverages.

a coffee machine and cups on a counter
a coffee machine with a screen and cups on a counter

We utilized this lounge after breakfast to get some work done and they had an assortment of snacks out throughout the day. Candy, trail mix, nuts, fruit and KIND bars were available.

a group of containers of candies and plates on a table
a group of bowls of fruit on a counter
a group of glass jars with food in them

The only issue with this lounge was the fruit flies on the breakfast buffet. The staff was working hard to keep them away but if anything was left uncovered for long they would come swarming.


The JW Marriott has a great location in the heart of downtown Austin. It is nice and new but, contrary to many of the other hotels in town, it just feels like a plain city hotel. We enjoyed our stay and would stay again if the price were right. Though all things being equal there are other hotels in town that I would prefer.

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