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Cerulean Fantasy

Bar Palladio Jaipur in Hotel Narain Niwas Palace marries the opulence of Venice and the colours and motifs of Rajasthan, for a breezy, bohemian vibe. Bar Palladio Jaipur, the indigo blue and white fantastastical bar and diner at the luxury heritage hotel, Narain Niwas Palace, is as enchanting as the Rajasthani city’s fabled palaces and forts. The breezy cerulean and cream interiors, handpicked by owner Barb ...

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The Gentleman’s Den

The lush The Library bar at The Leela Palace hotels recreate an elegant era from the past. The plush The Library bar, which finds home in several of The Leela Hotel luxury properties—including The Leela Palace, The Leela Palace New Delhi, Chanakyapuri and The Leela Palace, Udaipur—is a bar that spells sheer luxury and refinement. The Library, a throwback to the times of the Raj, is also known as a ‘gentlema ...

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Raising the Bar

From watering holes for single travellers and those looking for a relaxed evening out, contemporary bars in hotels have transformed into destinations in themselves. By Madhulika Dash Traditionally, bars in hotels have always been formal spaces, attracting the well-heeled and well-travelled. They have worked like a salve for solo business travellers and are a perfect setting to clinch the big deals. In fact, ...

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Lavish Beds are the Ultimate Luxury

Hospitality brands are redefining the term “a good night’s sleep” using high-tech mattresses, feather-light pillows and a host of accessories that aid sleep. In the process, luxurious comfort beds have become a branding concept. By Madhulika Dash Circa 1990: Barry Sternlicht, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group, gets every single mattress manufacturer across the world to send in their best p ...

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Equestrian Wonder

The design concept of the Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel draws inspiration from the iconic Bangalore Turf Club that it overlooks. By Maria Louis What’s better than VIP seats at the races? Watching the excitement unfold from the lush confines of your very own five-star hotel room. Sure, you may not hear the gasps or see the dust fly as the gates open and the stallions charge – but when you can sit b ...

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Sunjae Sharma of Hyatt Hotels & Resorts talks about their growth plans in India

Hyatt Group of Hotels was amongst the first global hospitality majors to enter the hospitality segment in India. Thirty-five years and 30 hotels later, Sunjae Sharma, VP–India Operations, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts talks about his ambitious plans for the group, dealing with high attrition rates and the trends of the future. Which are the big growth markets for Hyatt in India? Hyatt’s journey in India began ...

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Experiential in-room dining is the new F&B frontier

From specialised private dining to a taste of local and seasonal cuisines and chef’s unusual preparations—in-room dining has emerged as the perfect marketing and revenue generating tool to upsell the F&B offerings, garnering loyalty and helping hotels ace the art of hosting. By Madhulika Dash Of the many charms of checking into Hyatt Regency Lucknow is the in-room Lucknow Gazette. This tiny 1980-styled ...

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How can the Indian hospitality industry transform into a Goliath?

Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President–South Asia, Marriott International, in a conversation with Deepali Nandwani talks about the bottlenecks facing the hospitality industry, the perception that India faces as a luxury leisure market, the might of the domestic traveller who is driving the industry, and the possible solutions to achieve exponential growth and help India attract well-paying, discerning global tra ...

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Hotelier India Awards 2018, Front Office Manager of the Year, Luxury to Upper Upscale

WINNER: Pratik Vashisht Front office manager, The Leela Palace Bangalore Pratik Vashisht, in the three years he has worked as the Front Office Manager at The Leela Palace Bengaluru, was helpful in initiating the use of a ‘Departmental Dashboard’ that lists the key performance indicators. Sharing the indicators has created a sense of ownership within the team and has enabled them to view the progress of the ...

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Hotelier India Awards 2018, Front Office Manager of the Year, Luxury to Upper Upscale, WINNER: Ashish Sharma

WINNER: Ashish Sharma JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity As the Front Office Manager of the hotel for over a year, Ashish Sharma has revolutionised the upsell system, introduced fleet changes, and implemented effective cost management for the setup. The hotel was averaging a monthly upsell of Rs 8 lakhs in 2016 and 2017. With introduction of the new incentive, the average monthly upsell has increased up to Rs 1 ...

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