JW Marriott Hotel in Bengaluru, India

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Updated: March 2, 2021
By Santorini Dave

• Location: Opposite Cubbon Park and next to UB City Mall.
• Hotel website: marriott.com
• Hotel phone: +91 (0)80 6718 9999
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Review of JW Marriott Hotel in Bengaluru, India.

The luxurious JW Marriott is located next to Cubbon Park and UB City Mall.

JW Marriott – So large, so swish, and so convenient.

Towering over the expansive Cubbon Park gardens, the Marriott is very fashionable and luxurious. The hotel and its rooms and numerous cafés and bars feature a design that is likably contemporary without being overly chic. Alongside the rooftop pool – one of the city’s finest – is a breezy café with a micro-brewery. Also, the fitness center is enormous and the spa, particularly impressive. The Marriott is adjacent to a fabulous mall (home to a top-notch collection of bistros and boutiques) and across the road from the parks that give Bengaluru the moniker, ‘Garden City’.

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JW Marriott – The Location

  • Address: 24/1 Vittal Mallya Road, in the inner city. On the corner of Vittal Mallya Road and Kasturba Road, facing a very busy junction.
  • Area: Shady and affluent district of company buildings and upmarket shops. Across the road from the city’s major park (Cubbon Park) and next to a world-class mall, UB City.
  • How to Get There: From the airport (35 km), take a metered taxi or arrange a pick-up with Uber or Ola (see below). Just as quick, and far cheaper, are the comfortable blue express buses (24 hours) that stop near the UB City mall, next to the hotel. About 4 km from the Bengaluru City (Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna) railway terminal and adjoining Majestic (Kempegowda) bus station.
  • Handy to: UB City mall. Cubbon Park.

JW Marriott – The Basics

  • Guests: Affluent tourists and business people from India and across the globe.
  • Views: Many rooms overlook the park just across the road. Others offer street views, which include the outdoor bistro area within the adjacent UB City mall.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None provided, perhaps surprisingly.
  • Extras: Guests in the suites have access to the Executive Lounge.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 (0)80 6718 9999
  • Email: Send an email through their website.
  • Website: marriott.com

JW Marriott – Amenities

  • Pool: Fabulous pool on the rooftop. Plenty of undercover terraced areas, and a café with a micro-brewery alongside.
  • Spa: The reception area itself at Spa by JW is as spacious as entire spas at most rival hotels. Excellent range of treatments. Also, massage lessons, steam room, and therapy baths.
  • Fitness Center: Plenty of the latest equipment, as well as sauna, steam room, and whirlpool. Fabulous views, and personal trainers available. Open 24/7.
  • For Families: Cots.
  • Other Facilities: Business center. Beauty salon. Money-changing. Travel desk.

JW Marriott – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: JW Kitchen – Bright, airy, and spacious, with suitably contemporary design. Buffets at breakfast and lunch, and extensive menu 24/7. Bar attached. • Alba – With window-side tables along a spiral platform. Leave room for their outstanding desserts. • Bar Uno – Next to Alba, on a mezzanine level. Intimate alcoves of chic furniture, and popular for tapas and its extra-long wine list. • Spice Terrace – Lovely pool-side bistro of colorful furniture on the rooftop. Contemporary Indian cuisine and micro-brewery attached. Dinner only.
  • Breakfast: Not included, but available for an extra charge.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7.

JW Marriott – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Rooms (some with Balcony) • Executive Rooms (some with Balcony) • Executive Suites • Cubbon Suites • List of all Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: Some rooms may allow smoking.
  • Best Room: With Executive Lounge access, the Cubbon Suites are the most spacious, and also offer superior views.
  • For Families: Some rooms and suites have connecting doors. Suites feature separate living/dining areas which can fit in 1 or 2 extra single beds.

JW Marriott – Local Transport

  • Walking: One of the nicest areas in the city for walking, especially past the mall and around the extensive parks just across the road.
  • Public Transport: The Namma (Bengaluru) Metro has limited services but does go to the main bus and train stations. The nearest station – Cubbon Park – is 1.5 km from the hotel.
  • Taxis & Auto-rickshaws: Very few taxis along the main road, so one is best arranged through reception. Otherwise, Uber and Ola are very common. For most trips around the city, auto-rickshaws are good enough, but drivers won’t use meters, so bargain hard.

JW Marriott – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars

  • Café Coffee Day – On the other side of the road from the hotel gates. Tasty coffee and light meals in a surprisingly spacious area.

About a dozen classy cafés and bars on the 2nd level of the adjacent UB City mall (100m). These 4 are clustered together:

  • Cafe Mangii +91 (0)80 2227 0098 – Pasta, pizza, and lots more in a likable open-air setting.
  • Sancho’s – Wide range of delicious Mexican food and an appropriate décor. Loads of fun.
  • Farzi Café – One in a countrywide chain of French-style bistros. Chill out with signature cocktails and live music.
  • Toscano – Very appealing setting, with authentic Italian food, wine bar, and daily specials.

A few other excellent cafés/bars are located 300m east along Vittal Mallya Road (away from the park), at a major junction:

  • The Biere Club – Colorful setting, affordable pub-style meals, and very happy hours. Popular for its micro-brewery and trendy DJs.
  • Bootlegger – Cozy and friendly, it competes by offering excellent happy hours.
  • Starbucks – Familar design and menu. On 2 levels, offering street views.

Nearby Shops

  • Next to the hotel is the huge and impressive UB City mall (100m) which is packed with boutiques and bistros. The stores are open daily from 10.30 am to 8.30 pm. The restaurants and bars are open from 11 am to 11.30 pm, and up to 1 am on Fridays and Saturdays. Even more places to eat, drink, and shop are located along the shady streets further east past the mall.

JW Marriott – The Hotel

The hotel is located in an affluent neighborhood and overlooks the parks in the area.

The Marriott towers over the parks across the road and is within a shady and affluent area of the inner city.

The hotel is very modern and luxurious.

The hotel is every bit as modern and luxurious as expected from this up-market chain.

JW Kitchen is open round the clock.

On the ground floor, the JW Kitchen is open 24/7.

JW Kitchen offers seating with garden views.

Some tables in the JW Kitchen offer views across the gardens.

The JW Kitchen's bar is very popular with affluent locals.

The bar at the JW Kitchen in the Marriott is popular among trendy locals.

The breakfast and lunch buffets at the JW Kitchen are very lavish.

The JW Kitchen provides lavish buffets at breakfast and lunch.

Bar Uno is located above the hotel lobby.

On a mezzanine level above the hotel lobby is Bar Uno.

Bar Uno offers intimate seating.

Bar Uno provides a number of intimate alcoves.

Alba bistro next door is renowned for its desserts.

Next to Bar Uno is Alba, another fabulous bistro, famous for its desserts.

Alba's tables are lines around a unique spiral platform.

Most tables at the Alba bistro are lined alongside a unique spiral platform.

The rooftop pool is one of the city's finest.

The rooftop pool is among the finest in the city.

The pool deck offers plenty of places to relax.

There are plenty of places alongside the pool to relax, including under cover.

The poolside Spice Terrace café serves drinks and meals.

The Spice Terrace café alongside the rooftop pool serves drinks and meals.

The Spice Terrace café also features a micro-brewery.

The Spice Terrace café on the rooftop of the Marriott also features a micro-brewery.

The gym is huge, and offers fantastic views.

The fitness center is among the largest anywhere in India, and the views are terrific.

The spacious spa is very luxurious.

The spa is as spacious and luxurious as expected.

Front-facing rooms have park views.

Rooms facing the front overlook the substantial parks just across the road.

Café Coffee Day nearby serves light meals and drinks.

At the junction over the road from the hotel gates, Café Coffee Day is an elegant and particularly spacious coffee shop that also serves light meals.

The world-class UB City mall is next to the hotel.

Next to the Marriott is the very impressive UB City mall.

Café Mangii at the mall is a classy bistro and bar.

One of many inviting bistros/bars along the 2nd level of the UB City Mall is Café Mangii.

Sanchez is a great Mexican restaurant at UB City.

Very close to Café Mangii, Sanchez offers a Mexican menu and décor.

Farzi Café at UB City offer great food.

Another excellent restaurant along the 2nd level of the UB City mall, Farzi Café is one in a countrywide chain of French-style bistros.

A major Starbucks outlet is located close by.

Only minutes on foot past the mall is a major junction, where a 2-level Starbucks is located.

Bootlegger offers very happy hours.

Almost next to Starbucks at the junction is the inviting pub, Bootlegger, which offers tempting happy hours.

The Biere Club is one of Bengaluru's finest pubs.

Opposite Bootlegger at the junction 300m from the hotel, The Biere Club is among the finest pubs in the city.

The streets in the area are pleasant and shady for walks.

The streets around Starbucks and The Biere Club are pleasant and shady.

The busy junction in front of the hotel is chaotic and noisy.

The junction directly in front of the hotel is chaotic, and crossing the road can be dangerous, even when using the pedestrian crossing at the traffic lights.

The large Cubbon Park is opposite the hotel.

One attraction of staying at the Marriott is the extensive Cubbon Park, just across the road.

Cubbon Park is very quite and pleasant.

Cubbon Park is a perfect respite from the frenetic traffic.

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