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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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (400)
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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.
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Feb 5, 2021 MADhummons West Chester, Ohio

My husband and I came for a return visit to Griffin Gate. The first night of our stay was in one of the older rooms that were in desperate need of remodeling. The older carpet, tub rather than a shower, dusty spaces in the room, and dirty windows were not what we're used to at Griffin Gate. After the first night, we requested to be moved to the… Read more
My husband and I came for a return visit to Griffin Gate. The first night of our stay was in one of the older rooms that were in desperate need of remodeling. The older carpet, tub rather than a shower, dusty spaces in the room, and dirty windows were not what we're used to at Griffin Gate. After the first night, we requested to be moved to the other side of the hotel. The rooms were like night and day. The newer remodeled room was clean, comfortable, decorated nicely, and much, much better than our first-night stay. I was disappointed that the person checking us in put us in one of the older rooms in the first place since the hotel was practically empty. The person at the front desk on the second night of our stay was pleasant and moved us to a much nicer room. This made our stay much more comfortable and pleasant. We love Griffin Gate and would love to continue coming back, but only if we are able to stay in one of the remodeled rooms. Hopefully, the renovations at the hotel will be done soon so that all rooms are as nice as the one we were moved to. Read less
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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
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice facility for business travel.

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.