HOTELIVATE’S HOTEL OF THE MONTH
HOTEL OF THE MONTH – MARCH 2018
An unhindered view of the Aravali Hills for as far as the eye can see. A sleepy village below, dotted with traditional Rajasthani homes. The daunting stature of a warrior fort that nurtures a thousand tales, hidden in its alleys. There is something magical about this feeling of peace, serenity and quiet solace that one experiences – Truly, the Alila Fort Bishangarh takes your breath away!
A short drive from Jaipur or Delhi, this majestic resort makes a strong first impression as your approach it’s welcome area; organic vegetables & herbs growing in the vicinity. The resort offers a Mediterranean restaurant & bar (Haveli) by the poolside, a kid’s entertainment zone and a state-of-the-art gymnasium at the lower level. The fort itself is home to 59 luxurious guestrooms, an all-day-dining restaurant (Amarsar), a rooftop restaurant (Nazaara) offering generous portions of traditional Rajasthani cuisine in the table d’hôte format (Dinner only) and a tastefully designed Bar (Madhuveni). Spa Alila (housed in the dungeons of the fort) offers multifarious options of massages & treatments.
An assortment of activities available to guests (Camel-cart ride, cycling through the village, photography tour of the fort, Masterclass in Rajasthani cooking, et al) make their time that much more delightful at the property. In keeping with the minimalist and boutique lifestyle driven ethos of the brand, Alila Fort Bishangarh manages to offer all the elements of luxury without trying too hard to impress. Overall, a bold step by the promoters, this resort has made a timely and opportune entrance in the leisure hospitality space in India. It’s no wonder that this 200-plus year-old fort that opened its doors as the second Alila Resort in India about a year ago is already drawing strong attention of guests from both India & abroad.
Hotelivate rates this hotel as Magnificent!
Location: Easily accessible, yet nestled away – A BIG positive
Room Product: Spacious and exquisitely designed
F&B Offering: Delectable food, albeit limited offering
Service: Friendly, affable, personable and professional
Drawback: The peril of being labelled a great ‘one-time experience’ may make it arduous to attract repeat business
HOTEL OF THE MONTH – FEBRUARY 2018
The Oberoi, New Delhi in its new avatar is clearly the boldest statement ever made by any hotelier in this part of the world. This comes as no surprise, as even back in 1965, when the hotel first opened, it was the country’s most modern five star hotel. Biki Oberoi inherited a legacy, and this hotel allows him to leave one behind that would be hard to match up to. We have no doubt that The Oberoi New Delhi will achieve room rates that are amongst the highest the country has seen in any business hotel.
While the location and blue print have not changed, the rooms are a lot more spacious than before; instead of the previous 283, the hotel now has 220 rooms. In addition, the wall-to-wall windows, walk-in closets and four-fixture bathrooms, all make the accommodation radiate luxury. And, the fact that the hotel has made a huge investment in providing clean indoor air, is an added bonus if you are visiting Delhi! In terms of dining options, the hotel boasts a completely redesigned threesixty (all-day dining) and newly opened Omya and Baoshuan serving Indian and Chinese cuisines, respectively. What’s more, the open-air rooftop bar (Cirrus9) is refreshingly young, and promises to be one of the most happening destinations in Delhi. The Cigar Lounge and The Club Bar further add to the hotel’s diverse offerings. Not to forget the retail therapy guests can indulge in on the ground floor.
To those who miss the old lobby and the jali work, we say change with the times, just like this hotel has. The Oberoi, New Delhi will define luxury and be the benchmark for the next few decades.
Hotelivate rates this hotel as Exquisite!
Room Product: Contemporary and radiates luxury
F&B Offering: Jury is still out…try the bar on the rooftop, meanwhile
Service: The very best
Drawback: The fog and pollution are spoiling the views that the hotel has to offer
HOTEL OF THE MONTH – JANUARY 2018
This 302-room hotel in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex has finally come of age. Having opened in 2011, the property saw a few hardships in its initial years of operations. However, it has made a strong headway in the recent past and is fast becoming one of the most sought-after social hubs for Mumbaikars in that part of the city.
The hotel is distinctly French in flavour. As one walks into the lobby, the soothing French symphony offers both a sense of upliftment and tranquility. A look around the hotel further draws attention to its vibrant interiors – a delicate blend of sophisticated French art with elements of traditional Indian culture. Dining options are innovative and diverse – from Jyran, the signature restaurant serving cuisine inspired from the Northwest Indian Frontier Province, to Pondichéry Café, the all-day dining restaurant; and from Tuskers, the popular vegetarian restaurant, to Artisan, the stylish French Bistro – the hotel offers a plethora of choices for all tastes.
The hotel’s performance has consistently improved over the past 2 to 3 years, and it is assured to pick up greater momentum once the Reliance Convention Centre next door opens. Indeed, an impressive product offering coupled with superlative quality of service make the Sofitel Mumbai BKC a cut above its competition.
Hotelivate rates this hotel as Excellent!
Location: Strategic – in the city’s new CBD
Room Product: Seemingly French
F&B Offering: Lots of variety
Drawback: Lack of larger meeting spaces
HOTEL OF THE MONTH – DECEMBER 2017
This 395-room hotel in the heart of central Mumbai has finally come of age. Opened originally in 2013 as Shangri La, the hotel operated independently as the Palladium for a brief period thereafter, subsequent to which, it was rebranded as The St. Regis Mumbai – the brand’s first property in India.
In terms of performance, the property enjoys one of the strongest top lines that can be expected of a hotel this size and at this positioning, particularly due to its exclusive selection of F&B outlets, ranging from Seven Kitchens – the effervescent all-day diner, to By the Mekong – a culinary journey through China, Thailand and Vietnam, and Yuuka – the award-winning Modern Japanese restaurant, in addition to several bars and nightlife options. The hotel’s location next to Mumbai’s leading retail areas adds to its charm, along with its wide variety of social and banqueting venues. Besides being a fantastic product, what sets it apart from the rest, is the impeccable level of service experienced throughout the spectrum of the hotel.
Hotelivate rates this hotel as Excellent!
Room Product: Expansive
F&B Offering: Excellent
Drawback: Still Searching