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Hotel Review: JW Marriott Phuket

As I travel quite often for work, I’m going to keep a record of all the hotels I’ve stayed in, to serve as a reminder of what works and what doesn’t. It’ll make future bookings much easier.

Location: Situated on Mai Khao beach within the luxury resort cluster, about 20min drive North of the airport. It’s a great location if you plan to spend majority of your time in the resort, as the cluster is self sufficient. Not a good place if you want to explore phuket town as it’s quite far away. It’s located next to Mrs EOR’s favorite resort, Sala Phuket & spa.

Room: Has this old school Thai decor, heavy in Cherry wood tone and the floor is tiled. I prefer carpets as it provides a plusher feel and better sound dampening. The bed is firm and comfortable to sleep on, although the aircon smells musty even though I turned the temperature lower. Furniture in the room is dated, I’d say about 15-20yo, but this was probably the in thing when the place was built.

Gym: There’s a good number of treadmills and ellipticals here, however they look extremely dated, like first generation stuff. They are rusty and squeaky so I didn’t use them for long. The rest of the equipment is pretty standard with free weights and a wide range of machines.

The decor is wooden again, which has poor sound dampening, making the gym very loud with just a 1-2 people on the treadmills.

Breakfast: Kids friendly as I see mini portions for them and even kids plates. Offering is pretty standard with 2 omelette stations and 2 rows of hot food. Although not the best selection, it’s sufficient but they served the exact same food during my 2 night stay.

Pool: Looks very old school and there’s a small kids slide structure.

Activities: This is a kids friendly resort and there’s a huge kids play area, with a daily activity list.

Would I return: Not likely as I don’t like the hotel style and the place is dated, but it is a family friendly resort. I’d have to visit another similar resort to make a comparison.

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