Marriott International’s luxury brand, JW Marriott, has entered the Caribbean market.
The 150-room JW Marriott Santo Domingo opened on August 27th, 2014. It is located in the Blue Mall in the upscale Piantini financial district of the Dominican Republic’s capital city.
“The opening of this high luxury, sophisticated hotel marks an important milestone in the Dominican Republic’s tourism industry,” said Luis Emilio Velutini, president of FVI-Fondo de Valores Inmobiliarios S.A.C.A., Marriott’s partner in the venture. “With the thriving economy in the country and the success of the high-end Blue Mall complex, we are confident that this unique and visually stunning hotel will become a landmark in Santo Domingo attracting travelers and groups from all over the world.”
“Santo Domingo remains one of the most vibrant countries for new development in the Caribbean,” said Craig S. Smith, president of the Caribbean and Latin America, Marriott International. “We are thrilled to have partnered with Mr. Velutini on this project, and reveal our first world-class JW Marriott luxury brand hotel to the Caribbean.”
The hotel has nine event spaces including an 1,158-square-foot ballroom. Its food and beverage venues include the VERTY GO 101 lounge (a glass floored restaurant and bar that “floats” 101 feel above the street below–a first in the Dominican Republic); the Winston Grill & Patio, a fine dining resto overseen by Chef Sergio Delfino; the 12th floor Terrace Bar, a pool bar providing a panoramic view of the city; and the Lobby Bar, which has complimentary WiFi and was specially designed as a social and networking space.
The property has 113 deluxe rooms (59 king size, 30 doubles, 21 connecting and four premium corner), and 20 suites (15 junior suites and five master suites). Its Executive Floor (37) has 17 executive deluxe kings, 12 executive deluxe doubles, 2 executive premium corners, three executive junior suites, two executive master suites, and a 2,100+-square-foot presidential suite featuring high-end details such as an $8,000 Kohler bath tub with light therapy, massage and hydrotherapy.
Room amenities include:
- Highest speed wireless Internet available on market
- 46″ LCD TV
- Apple TV
- Embedded TV in the bathroom mirror
- Alarm clock with iPhone 5 and iPad docking station
- Nespresso coffee machine
- JW Marriott brand aromatherapy bathroom amenities
The opening of the property was attended Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina and the country’s Minister of Tourism, Francisco Javier Garcia.