Hi does anyone know if as a Titanium If will get access to the Griffin lounge in the JW Marriott in Cabo
Unfortunately you cannot get into the Griffin Club without having a room in the Griffin Club part of the resort. Not sure what the fee is to upgrade from the regular part of the resort these days, but two years ago when we stayed there it was $250/room/night in addition to the points we used. No elite status will get you in there.
Some may not think it is a good value, but for us it has always been a great value. The breakfast, water, beer/wine, snacks during the day and the evening cocktail time with small bites/salads etc., made it a no brainier for us. The water bottles alone at the regular part of the resort at the time were $6 or $7 USD and we drank plenty of water during the day at the pool.
It is a very very nice relaxing spot the Griffin Club is so if you are interested in knowing more of it I believe you are able to search if online and get in contact with the resort directly to move over to the Club.
They follow the Ritz-Carlton model...
I’m afraid there are a few carve-outs to Marriotts Platinum lounge access, and the particular one that applies to your question is that elites don’t get free access to Marriott, Renaissance, Autograph or JW Marriott Resort Lounges. And the Cabo JW is of course classified as a resort, so it’s ‘pay to play’ at the JW Cabo Griffin lounge, I’m afraid...
Perhaps I need another cup of coffee to give me clarity, but I thought elites get FREE lounge access to Marriott and Renaissance lounges. (Not JW Resorts - like the one in Cabo)
I will be staying at a Renaissance this weekend in Phoenix and I assume I get free lounge access/benefits (e.g. breakfast). Am I incorrect? Thanks
brightlybob is a power user here and of Marriott, so I think the way he wrote it is confusing. He meant pure "resorts" in those brands, not your typical FS Marriott or Renaissance. Think Marriott Vacation Club or JW Griffin club, those are excluded from normal elite access to the lounges. It's the specialty brands that require additional cost or room level. Not the typical business level Marriott or what have you. I have had zero issues with C or M lounges at any brand aside from MVC or JW. I don't like it, but I "get it" ...
Thanks for clarification, which is what I thought I understood. But I did pop open a diet coke for a little more caffeine to get my brain working -
Sorry for any confusion there, lonnalinda, I was pointing out (in as few a words as possible) that the brands where you would expect lounge access namely Marriott, Renaissance, Autograph and JW Marriott are exempted if they are Resorts.
To be quite clear here the carve out exception is no free lounge access for elites at:
JW Marriott Resorts
However Plats and above do get free lounge access at all non-Resort hotels in those brands, so Marriott Hotels, Renaissance Hotels, Autograph Hotels and JW Marriott hotels do give free access to Plats and higher.
Finally, it is worth adding that most resorts don’t have lounges and because those that do charge everyone for access they are frequently a huge step up from the Stateside lounges we’re used to. Frequently large with a big scenic terrace offering a near constant smorgasbord of food including a wide ranging breakfast, Brunch, afternoon tea and varying hot Evening Buffet with late night desserts, all washed down by lengthy free alcohol hours. I’ve heard people say they could have happily ate all their food and beverages from the lounge without ever using the wider hotel restaurants. There’s even one Resort, I can’t remember which, where the lounge has its own private pool, truly a Resort-in-a-Resort!
Thanks for reply. I am sure everyone understood; although I was titanium and now platinum member, I am still learning the ins and outs of what is available and what is not.
Couple of years ago we stayed at the JW in Cabo (great hotel IMO) and we opted not to pay extra for the Griffin Club. But out of curiosity I looked yesterday at some of my notes and we did get vouchers for free breakfast in their restaurant as a titanium benefit. That said, when staying at resorts I tell myself not to expect much in freebee's just so I don't get disappointed. It's nice to know the rules of engagement prior to any hotel stay as I sure before joining this group I might have not received all that I should. "Ancora Imparo" - I am still learning.
Thanks again for clarification.
JW Cancun has a Club 91 where I think you must pay extra, as well.
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