JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, Texas – Hotel Review
The saying “Everything is bigger in Texas” is perhaps better known than the state’s actual motto “the Lone Star State,” and it is in evidence everywhere in the state, including at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa. Located 20 minutes north of the city’s center, the 1,002 room resort and conference center was built in 2009 to cater to business and leisure travelers alike, and my impression as we approached the massive hotel on top of a hill was that of a modern day castle possibly rivaling the size of Mad King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein.
We arrived at the JW Marriott in the early evening, and once checked in I set off to find the room. This was a bit of an issue as the hotel is quite large and has five separate wings and, despite my stays in hotels large and small, had I not finally asked, I would have never figured out that room 2181 was on the ground floor.
My Golf View Luxury Suite consisted of two separate guest rooms, a large living and dining room, a vestibule hall with what I think was a desk, a large bathroom and a closet-like kitchen that is typically set up as a staffed bar, plus a separate bedroom adjacent to the suite. A comfortable L-shaped couch with chaise section provided a suitable area for entertaining, and to take in the views of The Players Club golf course below. A gas fireplace provides added ambiance. The best part, however, was the balcony, which spanned the length of the room (two sets of sliding glass doors flanking the fireplace). A sofa, lounge and set of outdoor chairs gave me a prime spot to enjoy the Texas sun and amenable November weather, while taking in the view over the golf course to the horizon.