Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa

Lexington, Kentucky

The hotel

With its roots firmly in Bluegrass Country, this golf and spa resort’s wrapped in a landscape dominated by equine delights and Kentucky Bourbon Trail sights. Before you reach them, you’ll pass the hotel’s 18 hole golf course; designed by Rees Jones, son of legendary golf architect Robert Trent Jones, it comes with the near-mandatory 19th Hole, where breakfasts and light American lunches are served. Dining elsewhere at Griffin Gate Marriott Resort means prime steaks and seafood at JW’s, coffee and pastries at Starbucks®, and poolside refreshments at Top Deck. The pool bar accompanies the swanky outdoor pool and patio, but you also get an incredible indoor pool to swim in, with stunning views through its dramatic glass wall; and they’ve even thrown in a full-service spa for good measure.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Valet parking
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Restaurant

Where is it

In the Griffin Gate area of Lexington, not far from the Downtown district, the hotel is around 6km from Explorium of Lexington, with its interactive children’s fun, 8km from Kentucky Horse Park, and 15 minutes’ from Keeneland Race Track. It’s also close to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Hotel information

409 rooms and suites on 7 floors. All with air-conditioning, LCD TV with cable channels and premium pay-per-view movies, WiFi access*, alarm clock, telephone, coffee maker/tea service, hairdryer, and iron and board. Cribs, play yard, and rollaway beds available. Guest Rooms with 1 king-size or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

JW’s Steakhouse (steak and seafood menu, breakfast, lunch and dinner). 19th Hole (American light bites menu and bar, breakfast and lunch). JW’s Lounge (American appetizers, cocktails, and Kentucky bourbon, lunch and dinner). Starbucks® (with free WiFi). Top Deck (poolside snacks, sandwiches, and drinks, seasonal, lunch). Room service* (6.30am-12.00am). Local restaurant dinner delivery*. Outdoor pool (seasonal). Indoor pool. Whirlpool. Patio with fire pit. The Spa at Griffin Gate* (full-service spa with beauty salon and barber, steam room, and children’s and couples’ treatment options, reservations required). Fitness centre. Griffin Gate Golf Club* (18 hole golf course designed by Rees Jones). Sports court. Tennis*. Concierge. Babysitting service*. Valet/dry-cleaning services*. Laundry facilities*. Gift shop. Vending machines. ATM. Safety deposit box (at front desk). Complimentary WiFi. Valet parking* and self parking* (payable locally; subject to change).

*Denotes local charge

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Friendly staff, but facilities need updating

Jul 20, 2019 erinc337

My husband travels a lot for work and stays exclusively at Marriotts. He is an elite Platinum member. We use Marriott resorts for all of our vacations. Needless to say, we are loyal Marriott customers. This resort just didn’t meet our Marriott expectations. Although the staff was very friendly, the hotel is in need of updating. The a/c in the… Read more
My husband travels a lot for work and stays exclusively at Marriotts. He is an elite Platinum member. We use Marriott resorts for all of our vacations. Needless to say, we are loyal Marriott customers. This resort just didn’t meet our Marriott expectations. Although the staff was very friendly, the hotel is in need of updating. The a/c in the rooms doesn’t cool lower than mid 70s, the balconies on the rooms have moisture/mildew, and the rooms just feel dated. Also, the outdoor pool was filled with many bugs, including wasps. Other guests and I spent most of our mornings cleaning out the bugs (many of them wasps) so our children could swim safely. The both service and the breakfast and lunch buffett at the JW restaurant were very good. The food and service at the bar was not. Hopefully, with a few tweaks, this can become a 4-5 star resort in a beautiful area. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Delightful Spa Experience

Jul 16, 2019 Compass620271 Lexington, Kentucky

The Spa at Marriott Griffin Gate is a treat. The personnel are pleasant and accommodating. I had a facial and it was just right and very relaxing. They ask questions about your skin, allergies, etc. and after do not try to hard sell any products. The lounge area is quiet and peaceful.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Oldie but some good too!

Jul 16, 2019 Travlin_7 Atlanta

I had stayed here years ago while going thru Lexington. Quite honestly it can use a total over haul from power washing the outside to updating the rooms. It seems like it has fallen off of the restore list- which is unlike the Marriott brand. However- the staff could not be any nicer, from the concierge lounge (which does a great job for a… Read more
I had stayed here years ago while going thru Lexington. Quite honestly it can use a total over haul from power washing the outside to updating the rooms. It seems like it has fallen off of the restore list- which is unlike the Marriott brand. However- the staff could not be any nicer, from the concierge lounge (which does a great job for a resort) to the new lobby bar and the Spa. And this time I was traveling with my little dog- they were very accommodating to clean my room on request and even had doggie treats at the front lobby door. If you are doing a girls weekend with Spa, Horses and Bourbon- I found this to be a safe haven at the end of the day. The only "miss" this weekend was the Front Desk- she seemed pre-occupied although I was the only person at the check-in counter. I had asked to have the Manager contact me for a room request and this was never followed up on. Not the usual Marriott treatment of Elite members paying full price. Read less
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Jul 13, 2019 IUFUND Kentucky

Spent two nights in this great Lexington hotel. Upon arrival we found our room ready for us. Check in was a breeze. Before going out for dinner I asked the front desk to please check my air conditioner. Upon return we found that it had been checked and serviced. We stayed in the room the first night and asked early the next morning to be moved to… Read more
Spent two nights in this great Lexington hotel. Upon arrival we found our room ready for us. Check in was a breeze. Before going out for dinner I asked the front desk to please check my air conditioner. Upon return we found that it had been checked and serviced. We stayed in the room the first night and asked early the next morning to be moved to a new room. I must say that Lauren at the front desk went above and beyond to do all she could to resolve the situation. The new room at first was a bit warm as well. A maintenance man was on the elevator with me and asked if everything was okay with my stay. I told him my second room was still to warm and he said he had to attend a meeting and then would take care of the air in my room. I came back to the room an hour later to find him working on the air. That took care of it and I had a very cool night of rest. Long story to say, thank you to all staff for doing all they could to make my stay pleasant. A hotel of this size and age is difficult to keep up. They are doing a great job with what they are working with.Thank you. Read less
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Jul 12, 2019 virginiap675 Williamsburg

Stayed here for a conference. The staff is super nice and friendly. The rooms were clean and the breakfast in the hotel restaurant was top notch. Lexington overall is a great place to stay. Lots of things to do at the hotel and it is close to the interstate, Keeneland, the Kentucky Horse Park, etc.