Booking at JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi with Marriott Bonvoy points
For this stay, I chose to use points from the Marriott Bonvoy program: 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for 5 nights (4 nights purchased with points = 1 night free).
That’s 12,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night instead of CA$214 + tax.
Using 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points saved me over CA$1,200 here!
Not bad when one credit card, the American Express Marriott Bonvoy card, can earn you 50,000 points!
Benefits of Marriott Bonvoy GOLD status
With Marriott Bonvoy Gold status, obtained through the equivalence of Marriott Bonvoy Gold status, itself obtained with my American Express Platinum card, I had various benefits such as:
- Free high speed WiFi
- Upgrade (from 1 room category)
- New Year’s Eve Cocktails
- Late departure / early arrival
- Access to the Executive Lounge (with breakfast)
Arrival at the JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi
The hotel is not located in the center of Hanoi, which may put some people off. Having spent 5 nights there, we did not find the somewhat off-center location disturbing! On the contrary. It’s a breath of fresh air compared to the noisy and hectic atmosphere of the city center. Count 20-25 minutes of cab / uber / grab to get there.
We arrived at night, and it must be said that the hotel “imposes”! It looks like a kind of liner! On the top floor that “overlooks the void” is the swimming pool, as you will see later.
Being a Marriott Bonvoy Gold member, we were not able to check in at the lobby. We were invited up to the executive lounge to do just that… over a glass of champagne.
This is a hotel that is obviously geared towards conventions. Imposing rooms are located on the garden level. Everything is visually very beautiful.
The room of the JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi
Here we are in the direction of our rooms. Overview of the elevators and corridors of the hotel.
Like our stay at the Marriott Skycity in Hong Kong, we had 2 connecting rooms… and therefore 2 configurations!
The first one with a king bed and a baby bed (note the size of the baby bed!)
The hotel is very new. We particularly appreciate the Leather and Wood accords. Everything is beautiful!
Everything is there: Nespresso machine, coffee machine, Hi-Fi.
The second room with two beds
The layout is a little different.
On the occasion of the new year, a little attention that delighted our children:
The bedroom and the bathroom are actually in the same room separated by a removable partition.
And I have to admit… the bathroom has a “WoW” effect when you enter the room!
The hall closet is also accessible from the bathroom. You will find bathrobes and slippers signed JW Marriott.
Here too, everything is beautiful and luxurious.
The two glass doors contain the toilet and a beautiful shower!
The toilet in the King room was a “Toto Washlet” (not in the room with two beds strangely enough). You don’t know? You will surely have the opportunity to try some if you go to Asia 😉
The heated pool is perfect for relaxing on rainy days!
Here are different views of it. As you can see, it occupies all the space “above” the void that can be seen on the first photo of this article:
All the latest equipment is present, as well as a room dedicated to group classes such as yoga sessions,
Right next to the Gym… a juice bar!
A spa is also available… but the treatments are quite expensive compared to the spas you can find in town.
The locker rooms
Between the gym and the pool are the men’s and women’s locker rooms. These are very well equipped: whirlpool, sauna, hammam. Everything is there!
The lounge executive
If you are a Marriott Gold member, you automatically have access to the Executive Lounge.
You can have breakfast, access throughout the day for drinks, or in the evening for alcoholic beverages and snacks!
Breakfast in the executive lounge
Breakfast is served in the executive lounge. I must admit that some mornings, the staff seemed a bit overwhelmed: you have to order some dishes or drinks that are not on the buffet, and they had a little trouble keeping up. It must be said that at the end of the year, many people were present in the exhibition.
The buffet was of good quality, but less gargantuan than the one we had in Hong Kong!
Here is a slideshow of the other dishes!
Variety and quality… all free with Marriott Gold status!
Evenings in the executive lounge
In the early evening, complimentary food is also available in the Executive Lounge. In addition to alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, various snacks and hot dishes are served. Here is “our aperitif” after a walk in Hanoi!
And a slide show of the buffet:
60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points or 20,000 starpoints for 5 nights at this JW Marriott Hotel in Hanoi… it’s really a great deal. The other option, on the Marriott Bonvoy side, is the Sheraton Hanoi. It costs about the same number of points: if it has the advantage of being close to the center, it looks quite old! In addition, at Starwood, you are not entitled to breakfasts as a Gold member.
So if you are visiting Hanoi, I definitely recommend this JW Marriott! A free shuttle bus can take you 3 times a day in the city center (and makes stops at the main attractions of the city).
Otherwise, you can take an Uber or a Grab (local equivalent), or a cab. It will cost you a maximum of 2-3$ CAD to go downtown! The proof is in my Uber transaction record on my American Express Cobalt card!