JW Mar­riott New Delhi Ae­roc­ity


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BACK­GROUND Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional’s JW Mar­riott Ho­tel at New Delhi Ae­roc­ity is one of the largest prop­er­ties in Ae­roc­ity and was one of the first few to be in­au­gu­rated here.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? I reached the ho­tel within five min­utes of leav­ing the air­port — which it­self is quite a lux­ury in the cap­i­tal city. Bronze and golden shades, min­i­mal light­ing and a geo­met­ric-pat­terned mar­bled floor­ing are some of the el­e­ments of its lobby decor. Stretch­ing across the lobby is an en­am­our­ing glass in­stal­la­tion by San Francisco-based artist Ni­cholas We­in­stein, de­signed with 35,330 cus­tom­made glass tubes. The de­sign is smart and mod­ern and em­anates a sense of so­phis­ti­cated lux­ury.

WHERE IS IT? Walk for about eight min­utes to reach Delhi Ae­roc­ity’s metro sta­tion, while New Delhi and Gu­ru­gram are ac­ces­si­ble by car in about 45 min­utes. The prop­erty faces Indira Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port’s run­way, which is blocked by a wall due to se­cu­rity rea­sons.

ROOMS An iPod dock­ing sta­tion, a DVD player, an LCD TV, an in-room safe, a mini­bar, a co‘ee/tea maker, Mar­riott’s sig­na­ture RE­VIVE bed­ding and bath ameni­ties by Aro­mather­apy As­so­ciates Lon­don are pro­vided in all rooms. The 523 rooms of the prop­erty are di­vided into Deluxe rooms (42 sqm), Ter­race rooms (52 sqm), Club rooms (42 sqm), Ex­ec­u­tive suites (93 sqm), Lux­ury suites (84 sqm), King suites (80 sqm) and the Pres­i­den­tial suite (275 sqm). I stayed in an Ex­ec­u­tive suite that is dec­o­rated in grey and beige, and fea­tures dark ma­hogany pan­elling. There is a sep­a­rate liv­ing space and the work desk has a va­ri­ety of power sock­ets. The iPod dock­ing sta­tion con­nects eas­ily to any Blue­tooth de­vice and I played mu­sic through my iPhone dur­ing my time in the room. Guests stay­ing in cat­e­gories up­wards of the Ex­ec­u­tive room have ac­cess to the Ex­ec­u­tive lounge where I spent one evening host­ing a meet­ing.

FOOD AND DRINK The ho­tel’s F&B is its pride. Delhi Bak­ing Com­pany has some fan­tas­tic cheese­cakes while K3 brings to­gether three cuisines (North In­dian, Can­tonese and Tus­can) where I en­joyed hearty break­fasts. The Oval Bar houses ex­clu­sive liquor and its col­lec­tion of sin­gle malts is quite a treat. Akira Back, an out­post of the epony­mous Ja­pa­nese chef brings forth a Ja­pa­nese in­fused­with-Korean menu that pairs well with its col­lec­tion of sake and Ja­pa­nese beers. The tuna pizza and the jeju hi­rame cho­jang (a Korean fish del­i­cacy) are worth a try here. The ho­tel has re­cently opened another lounge bar called Play­ground.

MEET­INGS The ho­tel’s meet­ing space sprawls across 2,302 sqm of eight rooms on two lev­els. The ho­tel has a large pil­lar less ball­room fa­cil­ity (1,210 sqm), which can fur­ther be di­vided by sound­proof par­ti­tions. There is a pro­fes­sional event plan­ning team at the prop­erty.

LEISURE The ho­tel o‘ers the JW Fit­ness Club and a 939 sqm Quan Spa with five treat­ment rooms, spa-bath, steam and sauna, and an out­door, heated swim­ming pool ideal for chilly Delhi win­ters. I spent my morn­ings work­ing out at its ex­pan­sive fit­ness cen­tre.

VER­DICT Dis­cern­ing lux­ury for the so­phis­ti­cated busi­ness traveller. Ravi Lal­wani

The prop­erty faces Indira Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port’s run­way, which is blocked by a wall due to se­cu­rity rea­sons

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