JW Marriott opens a ritzy new hotel near the international airport at Mumbai, bringing classy comfort to business travellers of the city.
The financial capital of India caters to millions of business travellers every year. Under¡standing the need for care, comfort and luxury that a these travellers demand, the newest JW Marriott Hotel brings all this and more to the city of Mumbai. Located near the international airport, the five-star hotel is opulent in every sense of the term - be it space, service or experience.
In a city that´s crunched for space, JW Marriott defines luxury in spatial terms. The hotel provides the guests with ample public and private spaces for meetings and relaxation.
´When designing for an international operator like Marriott International, we do not work with a set design brief. We try to introduce a new language to create a foundation for designing creative and aesthetically pleasing spaces that touch on the locale of the property, which is essential for the overall guest experience,´ state the design team at Peter Silling and Associates, Hong Kong, who have designed the property.
The majestic scale of the hotel´s dimensions is highlighted with a grand chandelier in the reception area, which is based on the concept of leaves descending on strings. The general public areas such as the lobby, the JW Lounge, the corridors and the gangways are kept roomy to enhance the effect of spaciousness. The colour palette of cream, white and grey is used across the hotel adding character and distinguishing each space from the other.
Speaking about the guestroom designs, the team says, ´The materials selected for the execution of the rooms allow the guest to experience a connection with the warm textures that creates a home-away-from-home ambience. The subtleness of the sari fabric used on the headboard brings in the only Indian influence; the rest of the room has an international feel.´
Saeid Heidari, General Manager, JW Marriott Hotel, Mumbai Sahar, says,´The rooms are large and spacious, with amenities that cater to a business traveller. The four fixture bathrooms have door panels that extend out to the rooms. Every room in the hotel denotes style and elegance while remaining highly functional.´
Another example of the spacious luxury of the hotel is the 10,350 sq ft ballroom. The Peter Silling and Associates team says, ´The ballroom was primarily designed with a balance between the quality of the architectural detailing and modern visual aesthetics. This is delivered through a bespoke chandelier design that we developed with the world renowned Czech company Lasvit.´ The ballrooms can be divided into three sections as per use. Apart from the banquet hall, the hotel has 11 well-appointed meeting rooms, thereby offering 56,000 sq ft of indoor and outdoor convention spaces.
The hotel also offers a well-equipped business centre with secretarial and admin support as well as meeting rooms and cubicles for business sessions.
The interiors of the F&B areas in the hotel add to the dining experience. JW Cafe is a multi-cuisine, 24-hour restaurant that flaunts chic, contemporary and ethnic design elements in tones of white, cream and grey. At the entrance of the restaurant is a bell curtain that piques the curiosity of diners making their way inside. Heidari adds, ´JW Cafe exudes great style with an artistic hanging chandelier above the bar. An open interactive kitchen adds an element for guest engagement.´
The JW Lounge is visually connected with the lobby. The designers say, ´The simplicity lies within the feature artwork column, which houses the alcoholic drinks for the night but during the day, appears as an alluring installation.´ The JW Lounge is equipped with a rotating bar and is the perfect place for casual meetings.
Lovers of Italian cuisine have another reason for rendezvous: Romano´s at JW Marriott. Offering authentic Italian fare, Romano´s also offers smoked whiskey and home brewed beverages. The ground level has the dining area with a view of the open kitchen, while the upper level hosts the bar and lounge as well as a cordoned off space for private dining. The bar is called a lab as it houses fun apparatus for cocktails and mocktails.
´The ambience of the restaurant was intentionally dark, much like walking into a theatre where the actors are the chefs. The bar is on the mezzanine level above the grand twin staircase. This upside down arrangement allowed further guest movement,´ elaborate the designers.
Chill out zone
The hotel also offers its business guests the much-needed relaxation at the spa by JW and the fitness centre. The spa comprises seven treatment rooms, including a couple treatment room and an ayurvedic one. Other amenities include a private jacuzzi, a dressing and make-up room and two steam and sauna rooms. The interiors of the spa are done up in soothing hues. The textured walls have a therapeutic effect while the dTcor of the treatment room appeals to the senses but doesn´t intimidate with its spaciousness. Apart from its extensive spa treatments, Spa by JW also offers Express Treatment Pods. The spa is expensive as apart from the treatment rooms, it has waiting lounges, private group seating areas and retail zones. It is the first spa in the city that is open 24 hours, making it a unique space for globe trotters.
The fully equipped fitness centre and pool also offer the guests space to unwind. The pool has a separate section for kids and ample lounge chairs.
Style and sophistication
Elaborating on the light installations in the hotel, the designers say, ´We worked closely with Lasvit to developed concepts for light installations, which were an integral part of the interior architectural design. The leaves of the Lasvit light installation in the lobby swirl down into the marble artwork bowl, which is carved out of a single block of solid marble.´
The designers regarded the ´organic representation of the public areas´ ceiling as the most challenging aspect of this project. The free form takes the shape of wind-swept clouds that made it a challenge in terms of drawing representations and site execution. However, the end result has turned out beautifully with the sculpted ceiling being an artwork in itself.´
According to Heidari, the close vicinity of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai (merely 1 km away) makes the new JW Marriott Hotel an ideal destination for business and luxury travellers. He says, ´Our endeavour is to provide our guests with authentic, crafted experiences reflecting our locale thereby enriching their stay with us. Every area of the hotel creates a sense of awe with various design elements right from the bell curtains at the JW CafT to the rotating bar at the JW Lounge.´ JW Marriott Hotel follows its strict global standards in terms of service and design. However, a distinct Indian flavour is incorporated with the use of jaali work, dress code and guest amenities, thereby making the Marriott experience a truly memorable one.
Architecture urban design: Kapadia Associates
Interior design: Peter Silling & Associates
Landscape architecture design: Burega Fernell
Text: Kanishka Ramchandani
Peter Silling & Associates Hotel Interior Design, Level 22 28 Hennessy Road Hong Kong.
Tel: +852 2523 9000.
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