Rising 28-storeys high above the largest city in Sumatra Island, Indonesia, JW Marriott Medan offers an excellent escape from the frenetic streets of North Sumatra’s capital. After all, it’s the first international five-star luxury hotel and the tallest building in the city. Hands down, it’s simply the best luxury hotel in Medan – one of Southeast Asia’s most underrated cities which doesn’t deserve its lackluster reputation.
Deemed only as a gateway, most travelers often bypass Medan for other destinations in North Sumatra like Bukit Lawang, Berastagi and Lake Toba. But by staying at JW Marriott Medan, I was able to appreciate the city more, discovering its multicultural attractions and excellent cuisine. I realized this underrated Southeast Asian city deserves as much attention as the other popular cities along the Strait of Malacca such as Penang, Melaka and Singapore. With a new modern airport at Kualanamu and emerging city skyline, Medan is fast becoming an emerging destination in itself.
JW Marriott Medan boasts of 287 guest rooms with breathtaking views of the city. They are furnished with in a contemporary design, fitted with luxurious beddings and all feature flat-panel TVs and plug-and-play connectivity for iPods and other electronics. For the health-conscious, the hotel’s 24-hour health club offers a fitness center and outdoor pool to stay fit. Guests can also rejuvenate at the Quan Spa with many choices of treatments. With the largest and pillar less ballroom in the city that can accommodate gatherings up to 1,200 pax, JW Marriott Hotel Medan is perfect for receptions, conferences or weddings. Six flexible function rooms are also available for any meetings or celebrations.
Rooms come with breakfast buffet for two at their ground-level restaurant, offering an extensive selection of Indonesian, Chinese and Western food. For lunch and dinner, all three restaurants in the hotel offer international cuisines and fabulous beverage selections.
How to Get There
JW Marriott Medan is located less than a kilometer from the main railway station of Medan, which is linked to Kualanamu International Airport, 45 minutes away (IDR 100,000 per way). If walking is an inconvenience, a motorized becak (rickshaw) can take you from the station to the hotel for a negotiated rate of IDR 12,000.