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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Massive Reno Ongoing - Beware

May 4, 2021 aliciast2 Lexington, Kentucky

We checked in for two nights while listing our local home on the market. Unwittingly, I didn't check reviews ahead of time because as locals, we're familiar with the quality of the hotel. However, we checked in and were met with a massive renovation of essentially all the common spaces within the hotel. There is no mention of this on their… Read more
We checked in for two nights while listing our local home on the market. Unwittingly, I didn't check reviews ahead of time because as locals, we're familiar with the quality of the hotel. However, we checked in and were met with a massive renovation of essentially all the common spaces within the hotel. There is no mention of this on their website, and based on other guest rumblings, we were not the only ones caught unaware. We were placed on the 3rd floor, near where the work was taking place, so everything is covered in dust and our in-room sprinklers were covered in plastic bags. Around noon each day, they started drilling into the masonry outside our room, which was untenable. My husband had to be moved to a different room in order to take a client call (since we were trying to work during the stay). We ended up checking out early b/c the drilling directly beneath our room scared our young children. The lack of communication about the project was disappointing. Our stay was lackluster at best. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Air conditioning does not work properly

Mar 27, 2021 stephenaK7043AG

We actually left the property and found another hotel because the room’s AC would not cool the room past 72 degrees. I couldn’t imagine it in the summer months. The property is pretty but most is under construction. Staff did issue a refund, but I had to call Expedia to actually get refund.
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Mar 22, 2021 bobcI5160DK Kettering

My wife and I were celebrating our 47 year anniversary and we booked the Griffin Gate, Concierge room to celebrate. We booked the room thru USAA Travel and looked forward to the weekend. When we arrived we were informed that the Concierge Room was not available due to their renovation efforts and we could not get an adjustment or consideration. … Read more
My wife and I were celebrating our 47 year anniversary and we booked the Griffin Gate, Concierge room to celebrate. We booked the room thru USAA Travel and looked forward to the weekend. When we arrived we were informed that the Concierge Room was not available due to their renovation efforts and we could not get an adjustment or consideration. They did put us in a different room that looked over one of the roofs onto their golf course. Just a standard room, no notice or any adjustment. We went to get some ice for the room and found that all the ice machines had no ice. The machines were all running but had no water hooked up. The concierge room was suppose to come with amenities of coffee and a light breakfast. We received tickets for breakfast but selection was limited. My wife swims every morning and was informed that the pool was closed for renovations when making a reservation after the second day. No restaurants at the location were open. This morning the water in the room was shut off without any notice because of their renovation efforts. We were unable to shower or prepare for the day because of that. The staff was pleasant and tried to be helpful but really were hoping that nobody asked them any questions because they knew as much as we did. We had stayed their last June, 2020 and no additional charges were added. This time we got a resort fee per day added to our bill although nothing was open! I lived in Lexington when this place was built. Not saying they should not modernize but proper advertisement and communication would make for happier consumers. Just a board in the lobby of what was open/working/planned work would have been helpful. Me? I have no plans to go back or recommend them for any event. Read less
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Mar 8, 2021 tendergras03 sarasota

The room was ok. Good water pressure. The air wasn't working. Made for a stuffy night. The hotel is going through renovations, which is fine but it's huge and honestly a little bit creepy. Not my cup of tea. I will say we ordered dinner from the restaurant. Very good club sandwich. Staff was nice.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful location and great service! Super clean and safe.

Feb 5, 2021 A M

We were driving from FL to OH and decided to stay here to rest for the night. The resort is going through some remodeling work, but the service was great. The resort is Very clean and staff going above and beyond with COVID-19 precautions to keep guests safe.