Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa

Lexington, Kentucky

Virgin rating

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

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (3)
  • Very good (3)
  • Average (2)
  • Poor (1)
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May 3, 2022 JoniB15 Ventress, Louisiana

As a longtime Marriott (now Bonvey) member, I’ve seldom felt the need to write a less than stellar review for a property. I’m doing so now in the hope that management will consider improvements. My daughter and I stayed 4 nights to attend the Land Rover Kentucky Three Day Event. Driving up from Louisiana, we spent literally hours attempting to get… Read more
As a longtime Marriott (now Bonvey) member, I’ve seldom felt the need to write a less than stellar review for a property. I’m doing so now in the hope that management will consider improvements. My daughter and I stayed 4 nights to attend the Land Rover Kentucky Three Day Event. Driving up from Louisiana, we spent literally hours attempting to get information about our stay. Online chat garnered no response. The automated response to phone calls yielded hang ups, endless on hold time and a circular loop of calls to various areas (front desk, restaurant, spa) that never reached a person willing to even listen to the question. We checked in online and stayed in room 549. Unfortunately, it didn’t get better at the hotel. We’re fine with carrying our own luggage, but never found a cart, parking attendant or hotel employee to assist in any way. Mobile keys did not function, and we got key cards eventually. The restaurant in the lobby will not take phone orders, requiring guests to shoulder shove in a crowded bar for food, and we never saw a host or hostess. There is a coffee shop in the lobby, open only in the morning, and they sell a limited menu of Starbucks products. Baristas were overwhelmed and discourteous. We had no housekeeping Friday, for which an apology note was slipped under our door. We’ve stayed in Marriotts through the past couple of years and can clean after ourselves, but the bath soap dispenser was empty upon our arrival and there were blood stains on several pillows. There was cleaning Saturday, but they returned stained pillows to the bed and left the shower gel empty. Summarily, the hotel was clearly understaffed for the weekend, and guests paid the price. We love the LRK3DE, and we are planning next year’s visit, but sadly, at this time, we cannot include this property in our plans. Read less
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Apr 22, 2022 Staci200 Nashville, Tennessee

This is a great hotel with wonderful service. The staff at this hotel goes the extra mile to please you and are extremely friendly. Very clean hotel and great bar. The hotel is updated and the rooms are very clean. This is a quiet hotel that has a wonderful staff Great place to stay. Will definitely be back.
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Apr 19, 2022 BusinessTraveler87 Minot, North Dakota

Good location for our Safe Tech convention. Nice property, bed comfortable. A little pricey for my taste but overall a decent value. Room was quiet. Would stay here again. Wish the hotel offered and airport shuttle, the one they recommended was too expensive.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Dirty hot tub

Apr 3, 2022 angelalS8658EQ Etown

The hotel lobby area and bar are very nice with lots of cozy spots to curl up with a cocktail and a book. Food at the restaurant was delicious and reasonably priced. We had the beer cheese appetizer, wedge salad and steak sandwich. All were delightful! My only complaints are the rooms are small and the poll/hot tub area was disgusting. The hot… Read more
The hotel lobby area and bar are very nice with lots of cozy spots to curl up with a cocktail and a book. Food at the restaurant was delicious and reasonably priced. We had the beer cheese appetizer, wedge salad and steak sandwich. All were delightful! My only complaints are the rooms are small and the poll/hot tub area was disgusting. The hot tub was filthy around the edges and there were patches of mold on the concrete from standing water. Yuk! It all needs a good bleaching!! Read less
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Mar 19, 2022 MsEditor2 Cincinnati, Ohio

Beware of AC issues. Quite a few in our group had very warm rooms despite adjusting the temps on the thermostat. Mine was set for 66 but it was humid and felt more like low 70s. Another in our party said temp never got below 78. This made for uncomfortable sleep. The staff were very nice and there are lots of places to sit and enjoy conversation.… Read more
Beware of AC issues. Quite a few in our group had very warm rooms despite adjusting the temps on the thermostat. Mine was set for 66 but it was humid and felt more like low 70s. Another in our party said temp never got below 78. This made for uncomfortable sleep. The staff were very nice and there are lots of places to sit and enjoy conversation. The renovation showed signs of subpar contractor work with spilled paint, faucets placed crooked, etc. also beware of the resort fee. Clean hotel otherwise. Read less