The JW Marriott Surabaya is centrally located in downtown Surabaya, and is the perfect hotel from which you can base your city and day tours from. Security was tight when I arrived, and all vehicles were subject to additional checks as a precautionary measure.

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Stepping into the hotel, I could tell that the property needed some updating. Perhaps the use of warmer tones would have helped. Other than that, the counters were all properly staffed.

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Check in was swift, and after the customary verification of my identity, I was issued my keys.

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Heading up to my room, I was pleased to find my spacious room flooded in natural light, all thanks to the huge floor-to-ceiling windows.

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The layout of the room was a little unconventional. The bed was positioned facing the opposite side along the length of the room, where there was a working desk and a living area. The television was placed on a chest of drawers positioned in the centre of the room. That also meant that I had to rotate the television when watching in bed.

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The bathroom was spacious, but rather dimly lit, and it came with separate bathtub and shower facilities.

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I was fortunate to have awesome weather during my stay, and had the luxury of lazing and wading in the huge outdoor pool, which was hardly crowded at all.

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The gym was also fairly well equipped, although you would probably find newer equipment in other commercial gyms.

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The JW Marriott Surabaya will definitely make for a comfortable stay. Even when you’re out of ideas, the staff will be more than welcome to provide suggestions for a day tour or two, all in the comfort of the JW Marriott’s private car fleet.

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