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).

This hotel has a resort fee of $15 plus tax per room (per day (payable locally, subject to change)

Resort fee includes: - Bicycle storage - Internet access

*Denotes local charge

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Nov 17, 2020 love2travelIndy Indianapolis, Indiana

We stopped here for a stay on the way to Asheville. It was listed as a category 5. More like a 3. This was a great place in 1980. I generally as a rule stay in Courtyards so this should have been an upgrade but it was not. Room was fine its just the general exterior look as well as the lobby areas and parking lot need refreshed for sure.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Need new Housekeeping & Management

Nov 13, 2020 bstoreygard Stillwater, Minnesota

This Marriott was one our favorites many years ago, so we returned expecting the best and were very disappointed. The hotel was in the midst of “a major renovation” (sorely needs I might add), which we were not made aware of when we booked. Our upgrade status was not honored as “all the balcony rooms or suites were either occupied or being… Read more
This Marriott was one our favorites many years ago, so we returned expecting the best and were very disappointed. The hotel was in the midst of “a major renovation” (sorely needs I might add), which we were not made aware of when we booked. Our upgrade status was not honored as “all the balcony rooms or suites were either occupied or being renovated.” The balcony’s we saw were all in disrepair and filthy. We got a decent room, however, housekeeping had not properly cleaned the toilet under the rim (full of poop). We promptly reported that to the front desk and were assured it would be cleaned while we were out for dinner. Never happened- reported again, reassured again. Never happened. The second day we reported it a third time and it still never happened after a two day stay. Told them we were very upset by the lack of follow-through and expected at least an apology from Housekeeping if not some compensation. We were again assured as we left that the Housekeeping manager would contact us to discuss, which, of course, after three weeks has NOT happened. Suffice it to say, we will not be back again. I hope Marriott uppers see this review and will take serious action to recover this once fine resort. Read less
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Nov 6, 2020 rickys971 Minster, Ohio

We needed a nice place for a business meeting, and this place gave us all the the professional details that we needed. The on site bar with good food is open for business. They also have golf on site. During Covid a lot of places are challenged to provide services and this place does a good job. I would come back to this location.
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Oct 19, 2020 JacquelineEve Wellington, Florida

Originally had selected this hotel because it was a ‘category 5’ which is their highest level of standards. Was very disappointed to find that the hotel was very dated l, the room was small the bathroom ...could barely open and close the door due to being so tiny. All the furnishings were dated. We paid an upgraded fee to have views of the golf… Read more
Originally had selected this hotel because it was a ‘category 5’ which is their highest level of standards. Was very disappointed to find that the hotel was very dated l, the room was small the bathroom ...could barely open and close the door due to being so tiny. All the furnishings were dated. We paid an upgraded fee to have views of the golf course but only had views of the roof which was ugly. This was a very disappointing visit for a Marriott. Read less
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Sep 22, 2020 Jenndarich Lexington, Kentucky

I looked forward to this visit, but unfortunately this may be one of the worst Marriott’s I have visited. I was provided an upgrade upon check-in given my Bonvoy status. The upgrade was a concierge level room, which is frankly sad. The hotel room is dingy and out-dated. The air-conditioner doesn’t get cold enough. The toilet paper is the worst I… Read more
I looked forward to this visit, but unfortunately this may be one of the worst Marriott’s I have visited. I was provided an upgrade upon check-in given my Bonvoy status. The upgrade was a concierge level room, which is frankly sad. The hotel room is dingy and out-dated. The air-conditioner doesn’t get cold enough. The toilet paper is the worst I have ever seen period. There are positives: TV size, cable selection, comfortable bed, and water pressure. The lobby is pretty, the grounds and golf course appear nicely groomed. The food is average banquet food. Given this is supposed to be an upper-end Marriott hotel, this is not up to par. Read less