Hotel Review: JW Marriott Mussoorie
JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove is a luxury resort located in the Himalaya. The hotel is not really easy to get to as there is neither an airport nor a train station nearby. Nevertheless, the long ride is totally worth the effort as the property is absolutely stunning. What makes this resort that amazing can be read in our extensive hotel review.
I’ve previewed JW Marriott Mussoorie more than a year ago. After seeing the pictures and the secluded location I was immediately intrigued by the property and had to book a stay while visiting India.
- Classification: Five Stars
- Room Category: Executive Suite
- Month of Stay: February
The property might either be reached by flying to Dehradun Airport or by taking the Dehradun Shatabdi from Delhi to the train station. If you are arriving at the airport, you need to take a taxi or the hotel car for another 2½ hours, while it takes approximately two hours from the train station.
The prices for the hotel car are steep, so taxis are the better option. We found a driver who would take us up to the JW Marriott Mussoorie from the train station for just 1.500 INR, which is an excellent price. Be sure to not pay more than 2.500 INR if you don’t want to overpay.
Executive Suite at JW Marriott Mussoorie
After the long drive, we were welcomed warmly with fresh iced tea and a towel.
The whole welcome experience was great and so was the upgrade. As a Marriott Gold Member I received an Excecutive Suite with views of the valley.
While I don’t give much on the naming of a room, I must admit that this particular suite at the JW Marriott Mussoorie was just stunning.
Located on the 3rd floor, we were not only to enjoy brilliant views on a large balcony, but also an incredibly amazing room.
Upon entering, you find yourself in the main room, which comes with a very large and extremely comfortable King Bed facing a flat-screen television and a little wardrobe with a coffee kettle on it.
Immediately to the left after the entrance is a working table with a proper chair. Next to the window, you can also find a couch and two armchairs with a coffee table.
The real highlights of the Executive Suite at JW Marriott Mussoorie are without any doubt the window front and the balcony, which also comes with some seating to enjoy the incredible views.
Other than that, the design of the suite is sleek, modern and stylish. But see yourself.
Bathroom at JW Marriott Mussoorie
I was already amazed by the stunning bathroom at JW Marriott Delhi Aerocity, but the one at JW Marriott Mussorie even outclassed that one. Something I rarely mention in hotel reviews are bathrobes. Yet, I need to do here as the linen bathrobes were so plush and comfortable that I was really intrigued to buy one (sadly, luggage restrictions made this impossible).
The bathroom itself comes with pretty much the same dimensions as the bedroom. Behind the first of the two entrances you can find the detached toilet to the right and one sink straight ahead. Following is a large wardrobe, where you can change and store your stuff.
This area is located in between the two sinks, which both come with all the equipment you may need. Further to the end of the bathroom, by the window, you can find both, a walk-in shower and a free-standing tub.
This area in particular is something that made my impressions of JW Marriott Mussoorie that amazing as the window front made it possible to enjoy brilliant views of the Himalayas while taking a shower or a bath. Isn’t that marvelous? It goes without saying that the Executive Suite came with high-quality toiletries by Aromatherapy.
Executive Lounge & Lunch at JW Marriott Mussoorie
Interestingly, JW Marriott Mussoorie comes with an Executive Lounge. Well, at least sort of. The lounge is located in one of the restaurants and is only open in the evening.
While this may sound like it is improvised, it is actually quite impressive. There’s no buffet or anything alike, but rather a menu with several options, which are cooked freshly upon your order. You may also enjoy one or another cocktail, some wine or sparkling wine.
Not only was the service extremely friendly at all times, but we were also asked whether we wanted any dishes not on the menu. Basically, the Executive Lounge (which is also physically stunning and comes with great views) is like a restaurant! Just for free as it is complimentary for Marriott Gold members.
We also had lunch at the Italian restaurant one day and enjoyed a very good freshly made pizza with a fresh breeze (the restaurant is located in the gardens) and nice views of the mountains.
Breakfast at JW Marriott Mussoorie
I don’t really like writing hotel reviews, which sound overly excited as I feel like the posts sound like advertisement.
Well, when it comes to the JW Marriott Mussoorie I must admit that I can’t really come up with a bad point. Especially when it comes to the food and beverages as not only the Executive Lounge, but also the breakfast were absolutely fantastic.
Not only was there an extensive breakfast with tons of local and continental options of the highest quality, but the service was out of this world. And with out of the world I mean incredible to a degree that I was nearly annoyed by how good it was.
The two mornings that we went for breakfast we were offered more than five special options from the kitchen at the table, the tables were cleared in seconds, we were offered help to bring stuff from the buffet to the table and so on.
Surely, you can also order freshly made hot options of your choice if you are not already full after the buffet and the additional choices you are offered at the table. Breakfast at JW Marriott Mussoorie was without any doubt one of the best experiences I ever had when it comes to food in the morning.
Pool & Gym at JW Marriott Mussoorie
If you are looking for something slightly disappointing at JW Marriott Mussoorie, it might be the recreation facilities. It’s not like the pool or the gym would be bad, but I just expected a little more.
For example, the pool is relatively small and suitable for a maximum of four people, the gym only comes with obstructed views of the mountains and worst of all: There are no loungers by the pool.
While there are two pairs of lounges on small balconies, you may not use them at all times as it can get quite cold up in the mountains.
It’s worth noting that the friendly employees went beyond to make our time enjoyable and heated up the sauna and the steam bath every time I even peaked into the area. I was even offered free personal training at the gym.
Activities at JW Marriott Mussoorie
There’s something else worth noting in the hotel review. JW Marriott Mussoorie offers the option to make one or another guided tour through the mountains (for a charge).
While the tour as such was quite nice and definitely an experience I would highly recommend, the prices are steep by Indian standards. We had an amazing guide, who was also working at the hotel and I immensely enjoyed his stories (he is from Nepal) though I didn’t mind splurging on the experience.
Nevertheless, it’s worth criticizing that the guides, who are contracted for each tour, only get a dime of what you pay the hotel for the tour. I feel like JW Marriott Mussoorie must either lower the prices of the tours or pay the guides more. With the situation as it is, I would rather recommend to contact guides in the area directly if you want to do a guided tour.
There is also a free local activity with chai tea and snacks every day at noon, a yoga session and a so-called “den” with tons of indoor games for kids and juveniles at JW Marriott Mussoorie.
Overall impressions of JW Marriott Mussoorie
It was a little tough to find much negative about JW Marriott Mussoorie, but I ended up not only writing extremely positive in this hotel review. Nevertheless, it goes without saying that I can just immensely recommend staying at the property.
While it’s quite an experience to get to the luxury hotel in the first place, you’ll definitely enjoy every minute. From the amazing rooms to the incredible food and beverage experience to the wonderful location and the beautiful views, JW Marriott Mussoorie is a unique hotel, which I can’t wait to return to!
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