JW Marriots five star hotel in Aerocity, New Delhi designed by Wilson Associates, stands out despite being in the heart of the hospitality district.
Standing out in a crowd isn´t an easy feat. Not for humans, not for hotels. Yet, despite its location right in the middle of the crammed hospitality district of New Delhi´s newly-built Aerocity, JW Marriott Aerocity stands out quite effortlessly. The first Marriott hotel in the capital, this 5-star establishment almost stares onto the runway. In fact, this made it necessary for the promoters to seek additional permissions for plan approval. The hotel, with 523 rooms, 8 meeting rooms, 24,068 sq ft of total meeting space and a Quan spa, took nearly two and half years to build. The Aerocity Marriott sticks to the brand´s luxurious contours and trademark black, white and brown colour palette.
The moment one steps beyond the security checkpoint at the entrance, the dreariness of the concrete pathway that leads into the hotel is forgotten. A colossal glass door opens into a lobby with all-marble flooring and beefy marble pillars that seem to rise out of white pedestals. At the centre of the lobby is a large glass table with brown wooden legs that resemble inverted funnels.
On one wall of the lobby, there is a rectangular sunk-in panel with variously etched and shaped circular metal objects. In the centre stands a small brown griffin, the JW Marriott logo. This legendary animal with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion is, interestingly, also the logo of Philadelphia Museum of Art, Vauxhall Motors and United Paper Mills. The lobby is lit by a ceiling light made from glass pipettes enclosed within dark metal rectangles.
Yellow orchids and grey marble pillars line the path from the lobby to the reception area. On a side table, cinnamon sticks and chrysanthemums come together in a beautiful flower arrangement. In front of the reception counter, two large wooden stumps with jagged edges serve as a seating option. The wall behind the counter has interesting metal etching set on wooden board. The ceiling lights mimic the white-on-grey rhombus of the marble floors. Exquisite silver and golden scabbards encased in glass provide the elevators an unusual arty touch.
Spread over six floors, the hotel has 493 rooms and 30 suites that include a Presidential suite. The standard rooms are a spacious 42 sq metres, and they sport the signature Marriot colours of brown, black and white. An aerial view gives a clear perspective of the room setting two long wings joined in the centre with another smaller wing, much like the alphabet A. In The Quan Spa, blue and green colours are arranged through lighting. Large wax lotuses floating in a small pond at the spa´s entrance and add intrigue to the dTcor.
World of flavours
All five dining options of the Marriot lie on the ground floor K3, Akira Back, Oval Bar, Pool Bar and Delhi Baking Company. K3 takes its name from the three open kitchens that serve Tuscan, Cantonese and Indian cuisine. To the entrance of the 350-cover all-day restaurant stand antique stone pillars with inscriptions in Devnagri. Brown rules in K3, as it does in the two-level Akira Back that takes inspiration from the old back streets of Tokyo and repackages it into a contemporary design envelope. There are only three Akira Back signature restaurants in the world, this being the only one in Asia. Delhi Baking Company, the coffee house, has coffee machines and packaged coffee as shelf-dTcor. Numerous tinted thick wooden slats come together to form a large painting; in another corner, rolls of vibrant-coloured rexine break the monopoly of brown. The JW Lounge has green high-backed chairs on which rest copper cush¡ons. Carved marble slabs stand on wooden tables and white clover-leaf like vases are set by the door. Bang opposite is another brown installation with uncanny resemblance to large chocolate scrapes that often come with a dollop of ice-cream. The Oval Bar is stylish, with generous overtones of brown and beige.
To view the most beautiful artefact in this hotel, you need to raise your eyes and crane the neck a little towards the JW Lounge ceiling. Here, a large white glass sculpture twists and twirls randomly, rising into long elongated loops in some areas and swooping down into tight coils in others. This masterpiece is created by Nikolas Weinstein and comprises of 35,000 custom-made glass tubes; each tube has 18 prismatic lines on the interior. Each glass tube is stitched onto a stainless steel aircraft cable to create the individual glass panels. The entire sculpture, which stretches 119.9 sq mt, was designed and fabricated in San Francisco, then collapsed and shipped to India. On site, nine men took 30 days to unfurl the sculpture and sculpt the artwork in the room.
With these touches of creativity enhancing the hospitality that the Marriot brand is famous for, JW Marriot Aerocity is the place that any discerning traveler to Delhi will make a beeline!
Project Architect: C P Kukreja Associates
Project Consultant: MEP Consultant, Apostle Design Studio
text: Preeti Verma Lal
JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi.
Tel: 011-4521 2121.