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Miami; JW Marquis or Marriott Biscayne?

Question asked by brightlybob on Sep 22, 2015
Latest reply on May 14, 2016 by razorbackfan

Me and the missus have fixed our much delayed honeymoon and have decided on 3 nights in Miami followed by a beach resort week utilising my 7-night travel package certificate. I've already asked for guidance on the 7 nights but felt like I needed some guidance on the Miami bit of the honeymoon.


We've already decided against the Miami beach properties as we want this part to be an urban break, the beach relaxing thing comes later. The Residence Inn, Springhill Suites and Courtyard brands are not honeymoon-ish enough and as we don't have a car the JW Miami is too far out. That leaves us with:


1. JW Beaux, I've excluded that as its not part of Marriott Rewards any longer. No night credit and no points... No thanks!!!! It is actually the top 4 floors of the JW Marquis. Rated number 1 on Tripadvisor


2. JW Marquis, at the southerly end of the downtown district and rated number 2 on TripAdvisor. Reviews vacillate between "The best hotel in America" /"Best hotel experience of my life" - no kidding, some of the reviews are astonishing - through to "Overated & Overpriced" with significant numbers complaining about the lack of elavators resulting in very lengthy waits and a poorly positioned pool that catches little sunlight.


3. Marriott Biscayne Bay, at the northerly end of the downtown district next to a marina and rated number 20 on TripAdvisor. It seems to be in a nicer area and is somewhat cheaper, but not enough to colour my choice. The reviews are mostly complimentary, whinges tend to be minor. It seems a solid hotel.


We are looking to enjoy Miami's downtown vibe and tourist attractions for this portion of the stay and would ideally like to be in easy walking distance of several bars and restaurants and easy reach of the monorail to help us get around. The difference in TripAdvisor rankings doesn't really bother me, but I'm kinda impressed by the many opinions that so hugely rate the JW. Is it really that exceptional? If it's location is inconvenient is the hotel as a big slice of Americana hotelier-ship actually worth the inconvenience. In short, Is the JW Marriott Marquis THAT GOOD?


So opinions please on these 2 hotels and while we're at it any "not to be missed" tourist attractions in Miami, or exceptional restaurants and bars we should try and fit in. All contributions gratefully received...