The 450-room JW Marriott Hanoi’s striking glass and metal geometric design can be credited to the architects at Carlos Zapata Studio—its legend, to a dragon and a fairy. The hotel gives nod to “Descendant of Dragon and Fairy,” Vietnamese folklore about the doomed love between a water dragon and mountain fairy. After parting ways, the couple split their 100 children equally between them—the fairy heading to the north and the dragon to the south. It’s a common facet of Vietnamese culture to identify as a dragon or fairy descendant for this reason. The story is honored through the hotel’s dragon-shaped design and symbolic elements surrounding the entrance and local lake, making the property one of Vietnam’s top meeting locations.
Catering to groups and corporate markets, the 5-star hotel offers an atmosphere that is made for sharing ideas. Interiors are as equally stunning as the exterior, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, warm hardwood floors and high ceilings throughout that create a light and airy environment. An invigorating mix of white, cool and warm tones brings the outdoors inside—stylish and dramatic decor revs up creativity and a sense of possibility. Amenities abound—from private access to meeting facilities to convenient mobile check-in to all-day in-room dining, concierge and business center services.
Nearly 40,000 sf of traditional indoor/outdoor space is available to planners, including 17 meeting rooms and two pillar-less ballrooms. The suite-like Studio is a unique space for brainstorming sessions, with seven meeting rooms and LCD panels that surround a central living room. As nice and efficient as all of this sounds, it’s the unconventional spaces that really bring home the ‘wow’ factor.
At the top of the list is the JW Cafe, which holds room for 250 pax, with lakeside views of the city. The space includes red, orange and cream design elements that are accented by the cyan-colored water outside. Vietnamese, Cantonese, Korean, Japanese and Italian cuisines are available throughout the day. Another inspiring meeting space is the lakeside Crystal Jade Palace. Impressions of the city push their way through translucent floor-to-ceiling blue drapes that are accented by dark wood flooring for a dreamy ambiance. Signature Cantonese dishes are served in private and main dining areas for 130 pax. Or, book a themed coffee break to get the ideas flowing. Groups will want to check out the tranquil Spa by JW where traditional Vietnamese and Asian and treatments are carried out. There’s an entire lounge area dedicated to foot massages—the perfect way to end a day of meetings and events. The hotel also boasts the only ‘suspended’ swimming pool in Hanoi, via the cantilevered 8th floor that juts out from the building with 300 degree views of the city.
Located in the Central Business District and adjacent to the Vietnam National Convention Center, JW Marriott Hanoi is within close proximity to plenty of shopping, dining and cultural options. Nelson Chow, director of sales/marketing for the hotel personally recommends a walking tour through Me Tri and a journey to the top floor of Hanoi’s tallest building, Keangnam Landmark 72, for panoramic views of the city. Other notable group activities include excursions to the Temple of Literature, the Buddha cave for bird watching, and tours of the historic quarter.