JW Marriott opens its first resort in Orange County
Orange County in Southern California now has its first JW Marriott property, with the launch of the 466-room JW Marriott Anaheim Resort Hotel.
The JW Marriott Anaheim Resort Hotel has opened its doors to visitors in California, providing a luxury hotel experience for visitors. The property is located at the Anaheim GardenWalk, a stone’s throw from the Disneyland Resort and the Anaheim Convention Center.
Design inspired by local history
The hotel has 466 luxurious guest rooms, including 19 suites with quiet floors. Guests can expect barn door entrances to closets and bathrooms, along with spacious walk-in showers with freestanding bathtubs and vanities.
Mitzi Gaskins, vice president & global brand leader, JW Marriott, said: “We are thrilled to expand the JW Marriott portfolio into Orange County and create an entirely new luxury experience in Anaheim, California. The new JW Marriott, Anaheim Resort brings a modern, luxurious, and wellness-focused setting to Southern California travellers, inviting them on an enriching journey of relaxation with experiences crafted with safety and holistic wellbeing in mind.”
The rooms showcase modern art and augmented-reality technology, taking design inspiration from Orange County’s diverse agricultural history. This equestrian farming concept runs throughout the property, starting with a thin steel art installation at the entrance featuring a harvester planting a seed, which changes according to the viewer’s perspective. The modern décor also consists of handpicked marble flooring, a glass-blown chandelier, and nature-inspired honeycomb concepts.
A wealth of indoor and outdoor space
The venue is suitable for weddings and corporate events, thanks to the inclusion of 43,000 sq ft of indoor and outdoor function space, plus pre-function areas with floor-to-ceiling windows taking advantage of the California weather. The Grand Ballroom is 13,440 sq ft and can accommodate 1,400 guests, while there are 15 additional meeting rooms. The one-floor design, moreover, makes access convenient for all group sizes.
Social-distancing guidelines are implemented throughout the property, along with numerous extra procedures designed to increase guest safety, including amendments to cleaning practices, F&B programmes and staff uniforms.
The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool which features three large cabanas and two-day beds. And the nearby JW Garden, due to launch in the autumn, boasts an augmented-reality sculpture garden created by design studio Heavy.
The resort has an expansive fitness centre featuring Peloton bikes and advanced equipment, although this is temporarily closed. There are pop-up spa treatments throughout the property, plus a Yoga and Zen Room with a range of classes, while families are catered for through the Family by JW kids club, providing a wealth of games and activities.
Dining experiences are led by executive chef Amol Agarwal. Parkestry will open soon, acting as the hotel’s rooftop bar and lounge, offering a range of cocktail experiences. Citraculture is the indoor-outdoor lobby bar, open for outdoor dining with a temporarily limited menu that includes its signature meatball made of veal, beef, pork belly, smoked tomato, polenta, oregano and Parmigiano. And in the downstairs entrance space, JW Market will provide quick bites that can be enjoyed on the go.
Nusrat Mirza, the hotel’s general manager, said: “The JW Marriott, Anaheim Resort is presenting an unparallelled experience like never seen before. Not only elevating area offerings, but also presenting fresh, trend-forward settings to create memories, enjoy remarkable spaces, and experience one of the world’s most sought-after travel destinations in an entirely new and exciting way.”
The hotel is owned by a joint venture between Prospera Hotels and O’Connell Hotel Group.