Medan is the fourth largest city in Indonesia, and also the capital of North Sumatra. Located some 45 minutes from Kualanamu International Airport in the city centre is the JW Marriott Hotel Medan.
This high-rise upscale hotel is perfect for those visiting Medan for business or leisure, given its central and very accessible location.
Upon arriving at the property, I was thanked for my continued support as a Marriott Bonvoy Gold member, and was upgraded to a lovely corner room.
As it was already pretty late into the night when I headed up to my room, I found that my room was already turned down for me.
However, I drew the curtains open to better appreciate the large windows and the views beyond in this corner room.
Not a common sight for hotel rooms, but there were windows behind the bed, great for those who love waking up to natural light streaming in should you opt to leave the curtains drawn open.
On one side of the room were a couple of arm chairs and a coffee table, which were typical furniture of a room of this size.
At the front of the room was a large flat screen television, that, unlike in most newer properties, wasn’t mounted on the feature wall.
The work desk, being made of glass and tucked in one corner, didn’t seem to take up any space at all. It was also equipped with charging and AV ports too.
There was complimentary drinking water as well as coffee and tea available in the room too.
The bathroom was very spacious, with a large walk-in shower and a full length bathtub with a view.
It was a pity that the bathroom didn’t have a double vanity, but the sink area was still large enough nonetheless.
With a large wardrobe like this, there was no need to live out of a suitcase.
Here’s a look at the room during the day. Notice how much more spacious this corner room feels, with the large windows offering panoramic views of Medan.
I was also granted access to the executive lounge during my stay. I took the opportunity to visit the lounge late in the evening where it would be emptier. The floor area was large with loads of seating available throughout the lounge.
Of course, if possible do get a table by the windows during breakfast or cocktails for a more pleasant experience.
Drinks were available all day long, as well as light snacks such as nuts and chips.
Some literature was available for guests’ reading pleasure.
A small business centre was also available for use in the lounge, with a scanner and printer provided as well.
Expect a sumptuous breakfast spread during breakfast, with a live egg station, congee and condiments, as well as a variety of steamed and stir fried food items like dumplings and noodles or rice.
This is how the lounge looks like during the day, with panoramic views of Medan all around.
For evening cocktails, you’ll also find a decent selection of dishes and desserts to pick from, which when paired with a cocktail or two, would make for a lovely dinner while you admire the sunset.
Down at the lobby, you’ll find various restaurants and even a souvenir store.
Be sure to try the dim sum at Jade restaurant, which also serves up a decent range of a la carte items.
The Marriott Cafe also has a menu featuring items ranging from light bites to more substantial main course items.
Breakfast is served at the main restaurant, with a wider selection of dishes to choose from when compared to the executive lounge. However, as this venue can get a little crowded at times, the executive lounge will allow for a more private dining experience.
The property also boasts a fully equipped fitness centre and an outdoor swimming pool.
The spa is also located on the same floor, where you’ll find discounts for in-house guests for selected items on the spa menu on an occasional basis.
Overall, this property is great owing to its central location in Medan. More importantly, you’ll probably be able to find everything you need, from food to fitness, all within the confines of this property. The JW Marriott Hotel Medan would certainly be the obvious choice for business and leisure travellers visiting the capital of North Sumatra.