Marriott International has revealed plans to open a new hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam. The 450-room JW Marriott Hotel will be launched near the National Convention Centre in the Tu Liem district in 2012.
The new addition to the Marriott chain will be its third in Vietnam, with two Marriott hotels already in Ho Chi Minh City.
Ed Fuller, president and managing director for international lodging at Marriot said the attraction in expanding within Vietnam lies in its “commitment to long-term economic growth.” He continued: “Our robust market presence will provide a sense of familiarity for those considering a trip to Vietnam.”
The hotel will feature three restaurants, including an all-day buffet, a yet to be announced speciality restaurant and another serving Vietnamese cuisine. Guests will have use of a spa and fitness centre and an outdoor heated swimming pool.
The development is part of a larger complex, which will eventually see high-end residential apartments, office buildings and green recreational land surrounding the building.
Mr. Vu Quang Hoi, chairman of the owning company, Binh Minh Import Export Production and Trade, hopes that the hotel will “attract all the foreign delegates in Hanoi for conferences” through its business-orientated amenities which will include an executive lounge with a meeting room for small conferences, five additional meeting rooms and fully equipped business centre. There will also be a 1,000sqm grand ballroom and a smaller 450sqm ballroom.
Also in Hanoi, Sofitel has carried out a renovation and restoration of the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, which has become the first hotel in the Sofitel chain to be given the ‘Legend’ branding.
The 364-room complex features a restaurant, a new spa and gym, and the Club Bar. Personalized services includes limousine transfer and pillow and bath menus. Businesstraveller.com will be publishing more details on Sofitel’s new Legend brand in the near future.
Sofitel plans to follow its first Legend hotel with three further rebrandings: the Grand in Amsterdam, Holland, The Santa Clara in Cartegena, Colombia and the Old Cataract in Aswan, Egypt.
Report by Sophie Hirt