We spent the last night of our summer vacation at the J.W. Marriott, a Category 5 hotel, about a 15 minute drive from Las Vegas. Our entire stay was awesome. When I made the reservation, the Marriott Rewards Exclusive offer included free breakfast, a $25 resort credit, and free self/valet parking (which the hotel provides anyway). When we checked in, we were upgraded to a junior suite (800+ sq. ft.). The room had a gigantic free-standing armoire in the middle which separated the living area from the sleeping area. The armoire opened on both sides and the television could be turned in either direction. The living are included a sofa, 2 chairs, end tables, coffee table, and desk. A wet bar was on one wall. The bathroom was magnificent. A separate room within the bathroom contained a toilet and a bidette. A jacuzzi tub large enough for 2 occupied one side of the bathroom and a large shower stall occupied the opposite wall. A vanity with 2 sinks was on the third wall. Just outside the bathroom was a walk-in closet (bigger than 2 of our lodge rooms in Glacier National Park!) A safe was located in the closet. You could turn on the audio from the television in the bathfoom if you chose to. A ceiling fan was over the bed. Of course, the bed was comfortable and the linens were very nice.
The breakfast buffet was delicious. It costs $19 a person if it is not included in your room rate. A chef prepares freshly made omelettes and waffles. There are also roasted potatoes with onions and peppers, hash brown potatoes, bacon, and sausage links. Oatmeal, French toast, and assorted pastries are offered, too. Fresh fruit and an assortment of yogurt flavors were available. We talked to the Food and Beverage Restaurants manager during breakfast and she invited us to be her guest for dinner. We tried the prix fixe menu. I had Seared Mahi Mahi with jasmine rice and a sauce that was delicious. My husband had a grilled pork chop which came with a corn medley and fries. I had chocolate mousse cake for dessert and he had creme' brule. Everything was delicious. We were not hungry when we caught our red eye flight home. We used our resort credit to eat at the Irish Pub. I think there are 11 eating places within the hotel/casino.
We were also given a $10 credit (each) to use in the casino. That didn't last very long. We found a small non-smoking area of the casino.
The pool area is nice, but we never had time to use it. It was pretty empty. I didn't have time to use the spa either, but had free access to activities that were not charged for.
A multi-million dollar renovation is planned for the hotel which might include an additional tower. The hotel is showing some wear and tear and an update is probably past due.
We spent the afternoon (between breakfast and dinner) at Red Rock Canyon. It's a short drive from the hotel and well worth the drive. We also drove a little farther to Blue Diamond and got to see the wild burros who were "mowing" the residents yards.
We look forward to returning to this hotel. When we stayed there about 4 years ago, we checked out after the first night because we found the staff to be really rude. I am so glad we decided to give them a second chance.