Foyer of JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa, November 2003
JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, namesake of John Willard Marriott, Founder, Chairman & CEO of Marriott International is a luxury hotel chain. It competes with brands such as Westin by Starwood, Hilton & Conrad by Hilton as well as, to an increasing degree, luxury brands such as Four Seasons, Park Hyatt and Ritz-Carlton (also owned by Marriott Int'l.).
On August 5, 2003, the JW Marriott Jakarta was the site of a massive terrorist car bombing. The bomb exploded in a car in the hotel's entrance directly off the lobby, destroying the entryway, sending marble panels off the lobby walls (along with the near-annihilation of the lobby), and knocking off a large amount of glass panes on the exterior. Several guests inside their hotel rooms mentioned that the force of the blast knocked them over as a result of the entire building shaking. One guest also said that his window imploded into his bedroom and the force of the blast sent him flying from one end of his room to the other. Casualties included the deaths of several guards, as well as many guest injuries. The hotel put together a strong reconstruction team and successfully reopened with full-facilities before year-end.
On Friday 17 July 2009 at 07.45 a.m Jakarta time, a bomb exploded in the Jakarta JW Marriott hotel, destroying the first floor of the hotel. The explosion occurred 5 minutes after an explosion at the nearby Jakarta Ritz-Carlton. Latest reports indicate that 9 people died and 14 were injured in the explosions, with 6 of the dead from this Marriott hotel, 2 from the Ritz Carlton, while 1 died in the hospital.