A SLEEK ADDITION
The new JW MARRIOTT HANOI marks the
future of architecture in the sleepy capital,
famed more for its graceful colonial French
buildings and centuries-old pagodas.
The hotel, by contrast, is sleek and angular,
with a dramatically cantilevered top floor
meant to evoke the shape of a dragon—one
of the most important animals in Vietnamese
mythology. This floor, which juts out from
the building like a sleeping dragon’s head, is
reserved for a glass-enclosed swimming pool
with panoramic views of the city. Down in the
dragon’s belly is one of the largest spaces for
meetings in the country: a floor comprising
17 event rooms across 2,400 square meters.
Traditional touches abound. At the JW
Café, the smoked tuna platter and mushroom
quiches sit side-by-side with bun cha, a Hanoi
specialty of grilled pork served with rice
noodles and fresh herbs. Vietnam’s iconic banh
mi is also on the menu, but with duck confit and
goose liver terrine served on a flaky baguette.
It’s street food gone upscale—a fitting way to
dine in a monument to modernism. —J.B.
This page: The view from the new
450-room J W MARRIOTT HANOI.
Below: The French Grill restaurant,
left, and elegant lobby, right.