JW Marriott Opens First Hotel in the Caribbean

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic—Marriott International Inc. continues to grow its JW Marriott hotel brand with the opening of the 150-room JW Marriott Santo Domingo.

The hotel is located in the upscale Piantini financial district and located inside the Blue Mall, which features several fine dining restaurants and high end shops such as Cartier, Carolina Herrera, and Louis Vuitton.

“Santo Domingo remains one of the most vibrant countries for new development in the Caribbean,” said Craig S. Smith, president of the Caribbean and Latin America at Marriott International. “We are thrilled to have partnered with Mr. Velutini on this project, and reveal our first world class JW Marriott luxury brand hotel to the Caribbean. This beautiful hotel brings the highest levels of accommodations and service to the Dominican Republic and is a great addition to the brand’s growing global portfolio.”

“The opening of this high luxury, sophisticated hotel marks an important milestone in the Dominican Republic’s tourism industry,” said Luis Emilio Velutini, president of FVI-Fondo de Valores Inmobiliarios S.A.C.A. “With the thriving economy in the country and the success of the high-end Blue Mall complex, we are confident that this unique and visually stunning hotel will become a landmark in Santo Domingo attracting travelers and groups from all over the world”.


The VERTYGO 101 lounge, the Dominican Republic’s first “floating” restaurant and bar, features a glass floor terrace rising 101 feet above the bustling city street below and offers a full menu of crafted cocktails and innovative food items.

Along with VERTYGO 101, the JW Marriott Santo Domingo also houses the Winston Grill & Patio, a sophisticated fine dining restaurant overseen by Chef Sergio Delfino that features Latin-American specialties with an Asian influence as well as an extensive international wine and cocktail menu.

The 150 rooms and suites will all include high-speed wireless internet, LCD TVs, Apple TV, embedded TVs in the bathroom mirrors, alarm clocks with iPhone 5 and iPad docking station, Nespresso coffee machine, and JW Marriott brand Aromatherapy bathroom amenities.

“Each JW Marriott delivers a warm, authentic, relaxed, and elegant environment that is unique to the luxury segment, and we are thrilled to open our doors for business and receive guests to experience this incredible new hotel” said Nigel Cook, general manager of the JW Marriott Santo Domingo.

The hotel also offers nine event spaces, totaling over 2,938 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, including the 1,158-square-foot ballroom.

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