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

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (387)
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  • Poor (51)
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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Location!

May 5, 2019 tlvsphr Grand Rapids, Michigan

This hotel was a great location for our weekend of horse racing (Keeneland), The Bourbon Trail (checked out 4 distilleries), Gourmet Dining (Holly Hill Inn) as well as golf and biking from the hotel - jumping off point for fun, lobby/restaurant area was nice, room comfortable, but bathroom was dated....Staff so very hospitable! They gave a… Read more
This hotel was a great location for our weekend of horse racing (Keeneland), The Bourbon Trail (checked out 4 distilleries), Gourmet Dining (Holly Hill Inn) as well as golf and biking from the hotel - jumping off point for fun, lobby/restaurant area was nice, room comfortable, but bathroom was dated....Staff so very hospitable! They gave a sample bourbon mini cocktail in the late afternoon, nice touch. It was the staff and the location that warranted the Very Good rating, not the room itself.... Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very disappointing - non-Marriott stay

May 2, 2019 desIndy indy

I had a two night stay at this property last weekend. I am a regular Marriott customer. I have Titanium elite status and stay at a Marriott brand several times a month. From the start, this was a bad stay. I was told upon reservation that I would get an upgrade, and my room was VERY small. The mobile key did not work. And they charged 35,000… Read more
I had a two night stay at this property last weekend. I am a regular Marriott customer. I have Titanium elite status and stay at a Marriott brand several times a month. From the start, this was a bad stay. I was told upon reservation that I would get an upgrade, and my room was VERY small. The mobile key did not work. And they charged 35,000 points a night, which was very high for this property. They proceeded to tell me the concierge lounge was not open the evening I arrived, and I was charge a $15 per day mandatory resort access fee for several things, none of which I could use. I was in town for a sick parent, so golfing,going to the horse park, bike riding, (all resort access activities) were not an option for me. I asked to have it removed initially and they said they could not. I had a barking dog across the hall from my room, the internet was down twice, the second night for several hours, I received no maid service on the second day, and the front desk staff was rude when I called them. The bathroom was so small you had to close the door to use the commode. Finally, a front desk supervisor got involved and removed the access fee and sent me several bottles of water. All in all, a very disappointing stay. I cannot recommend this property. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating What. A Difference

Apr 20, 2019 rsmith136 Frankfort, Kentucky

Planned a weekend get away and what a surprise. Worst stay and disappointment. Leaving after first night as noisy with kids and teens all night long, Whirlpool and steam room for females was broken, which we were looking forward to. Overall cleanliness was poor with needed repairs. Sad as this is what I don’t remember of this resort while… Read more
Planned a weekend get away and what a surprise. Worst stay and disappointment. Leaving after first night as noisy with kids and teens all night long, Whirlpool and steam room for females was broken, which we were looking forward to. Overall cleanliness was poor with needed repairs. Sad as this is what I don’t remember of this resort while visiting in my youth. Save your money and visit the Embassy Suites across the road. In fact will ask for a discount due to a change in out weekend plans. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating It could be a terrific property, but it is hampered by age

Apr 16, 2019 zjxtinpusher Live Oak, Florida

I'm not sure how old the property is now, but it was definitely there when I moved away 30 years ago. I found the maintenance to be excellent (better than my last trip) and everything was in good shape in our room, and most areas of the hotel. That said, they are still hampered by 80's vintage room sizes, well under the standard for a property… Read more
I'm not sure how old the property is now, but it was definitely there when I moved away 30 years ago. I found the maintenance to be excellent (better than my last trip) and everything was in good shape in our room, and most areas of the hotel. That said, they are still hampered by 80's vintage room sizes, well under the standard for a property that hopes to get $300 on a regular basis. They do have some larger suites, but get astronomical prices for them. There are some with balconies (but at premium prices) and the balconies are lifeless concrete and dirty furniture. I suspect they are largely used by smoking guests, even though smoking is prohibited on the property. Our room was a standard King with an excellent big TV (about 55" I think). It included access to Netflix and other apps (you must have a membership to view), and that was handy. Internet was mostly very good. There were no USB ports, and outlets were so-so, with two on the table lamp. Between phones (2), headphones (2) and laptops, more more outlets please. The room was tiny, though, by popular standards. They should join every other room, and make it all suites. We had the concierge club add-on, a gift from my brother. Breakfast was included, but it was very run-of-the-mill, but filling. More choices please. I did appreciate the cooler with cold drinks. The location of the club, at the far end of a hallway down from the pool, seemed like being sent to the back room. It was appointed nicely though, and had friendly attentive staff. We did room service one night and found it tasty but very expensive. These two middle agers could have easily shared the pasta dish. We didn't use the bar, or the restaurant. We did use the indoor pool (too chilly for outdoors, though we heard it was open) and jacuzzi. It was a great temperature for the current climate, and kept clean. There were plenty of (small) towels). Here is another issue though - Zero restrooms near or attached to the indoor pool. If memory serves, there is one outside near the pool, but who wants to run there when it's 39 outside. The lobby directed my party to public facilities on the opposite side of the lobby, likely a 500 foot walk all told, all on slippery marble and dripping kids. When I last stayed here, the indoor pool was under major renovation (and it shows). How do you do that kind of work, and not put in a restroom? There was a rumor that there might be one in the exercise room, but that door wouldn't open with our key. Our other major issue was noise. This AM at 439AM (ask me how I know), we got one of the many 'zaps' awake from equipment backing up outside. Our room was in the 350 range, so we weren't 'right over' the loading dock, but I would guess that all rooms near the end of the 350 hallway would have this same issue (250, 350, 450, 550, 650, 750). It didn't matter the time. More of a 'drive-thru' arrangement should be on the list of improvements you should dream of someday. Additionally, our room had an adjoining door, and the ladies next door came in each night at about 1230AM, and talked very loudly for 20 minutes or so. I'm not saying they were in our room, but I can confirm that Judy liked the Latino horse trainer a lot more than she liked the fireman dude. Maris wasn't sure about any of them. Self-park was free, but there were substantial charges for Valet. in one of the more annoying choices, they take many of the 'second closest' spots for Valet. Each night was a race to get spots on the close rows, to avoid having to go 5-6 rows deep. Another disappointment: There was a screw-up on check-in when the clerk accidently charged my "incidentals" card, negating the company card the room was charged to. I called when my card notified me, but the operator said I would have to come back to the desk. They had both cards on file. Why did I have to return? They said their system wouldn't allow it, but they never asked for cards at the desk. The company picked up the room, so I didn't balk at the rate, 3 c-notes deep. If I was paying, I wouldn't go over about $100 a night, with stronger competition readily available. Read less
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Apr 13, 2019 mick f Luckey, Ohio

We spent the weekend at the Griffin Gate Marriott last weekend and what a wonderful stay. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. The complimentary breakfast was topping on the cake. The hotel’s a bit dated but they keep it up nicely. I’d recommend if you’re in Lexington, stay at Griffin Gate. Oh yeah, there’s a real nice golf course there too.