The Most Expensive Hotel Built in India is Not Too Expensive to Stay At
This is one way to get attention for your hotel opening. The brand new Leela Palace New Delhi Hotel is sending out press releases attesting that it is the "most expensive hotel ever built in India." It's also the first hotel built from the ground up in the city in nearly 30 years.
So naturally, we're dying to know what's inside:
The 11-story, 260-room hotel features some of the city’s largest guest rooms, beginning at 550 square feet in size, dazzling Murano chandeliers from Italy, hand-woven carpets from Turkey and a $5 million collection of traditional and contemporary Indian art....
The 260 guest rooms include 18 spacious suites and the six-room Maharajah Suite, which includes its own private elevator, gym and spa room and use of a chauffeured Rolls-Royce Phantom. All rooms and suites are equipped with Bose iPod docks; Sony high definition LCD TVs with Blu-Ray compatibility; mirror television sets and spa mood lighting in the bathrooms.
There's also five restaurants on-site including an outpost of Le Cirque set to open in June and one of Japan's Megu restaurants will open in July. Rounding out the services are a 6,500 square foot ESPA, a heated rooftop infinity pool and an outdoor event space with a tropical garden. Hotel concierges are also on hand to arrange some ridiculuxe services like a private fitting with one of India’s top designers or a private jet trip to the Taj Mahal.
But fortunately, the hotel isn't just about excessive excess. The hotel is also designed for Gold LEED certification with a 24-hour gas-fired generator set, an in-house rainwater harvesting project and an in-house water treatment plant which will recycle 100 percent of the hotel's used water.
Another nice little surprise? Rates are quasi-affordable at the most expensive hotel ever built in India. Right now, the hotel is offering a special grand opening rate of about $325 a night.