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BIG In Business

Offering a contemporary ‘big city hotel’ ambience, the impressive JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai is any business traveller’s dream, discovers Kishore Iyengar

Bestowed with the reputed JW branding, Mumbai plays host to this new icon in luxury - the 20th JW Marriott hotel worldwide and the first in India. The sheer expanse and imposing design of the hotel lobby makes for an extremely ‘royal’ first impression. However, the ‘no-nonsense’ ideology of a JW Marriott is very apparent in their surprisingly small but compact rooms. No frills and fancies, but a down-to-earth ‘Room That Works’ concept points to the businesslike intent of the hotel’s executive club rooms, an enormously well-equipped working and living space that heads the accommodation options on the hotel’s two executive floors. Equipped with dataports and modems for round-the-clock Internet access in each room, the property’s prime asset is arguably its executive floors. The expansive and elegant lounge offers some breathtaking views, and guests are treated to all the expected extras, in-room and otherwise. If that’s not enough, there’s a butler on hand to take care of just about everything else. More compelling reasons to fork out a tad extra on suite accommodation are the private check-in and check-out services, exclusive cocktail hours, conferencing and brainstorming alcoves and airport transfers.

A state-of-the-art business centre and hi-tech conferencing rooms are just some of the hugely-popular draws for corporate clientele. For leisure times, the hotel boasts a 12-store shopping gallery, while the three outdoor pools with beach access and a health club should satisfy most fitness buffs. This property hedges its bets by chasing the corporate market as aggressively as it woos the locals with several interesting F&B speciality outlets.

Located at a convenient distance from the Mumbai’s downtown business district and the international airport, the 358-room JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai is probably torn between making a statement in luxury and focussing purely on premier business clientele. Even though it ranks amongst the elitist hotels in the city, with almost nothing to compare with its sheer range of services and amenities, the room tariffs are probably an overstatement. With other arch rivals in the vicinity wooing the business traveller with competitive prices, it would be smart for the hotel to rethink its pricing strategy.

For reservations contact:
JW Marriott Hotel, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu Beach, Mumbai 400049. Tel: 91-22-6933000, Fax: 91-22-6933100