Kempinski Ambience Delhi Opens With The Dalai Lama’s Blessing
We’re used to seeing fab hotels open the world over (and don’t get us wrong –- there’s still a thrill with every one) but not many can boast being blessed during their opening by the Buddhist spiritual leader and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Well, the Kempinski Ambience Hotel Delhi can make that claim for their newly-opened modern property in east Delhi's Shahdara district.
Literally meaning “door of kings” in Urdu, Shahdara is on the banks of the Yamuna River and was established in the 16th century. It’s the second oldest locality of Delhi after Chandni Chowk and is home to the popular Chhota Bazaar, the second oldest and one of the busiest markets in the city known for its spicy street food, if you dare to try it. Many attractions are found nearby including the Akshardham Temple, the Buddh International Circuit F1 Grand Prix Track, and the National Gallery of Modern Art.
The hotel has a substantial 480 rooms and suites in two towers that are connected by a sky bridge. Each tower has a dedicated entrance, pre-lobby, main lobby ('cause you can never have too many lobbies), concierge and fitness center. Décor is a calming up-to-the minute palette of greys, browns and whites with shocks of color thrown in for good measure.
Each room has wooden flooring, textured wallpaper and is adorned with modern artwork. A full entertainment system with Bose speakers, UK and US sockets, triple-play fiber integrated IP technology for you tech geeks, and a high def 40-inch LED screen are some of the additional features and –- get this -- all rooms offer a complimentary mini-bar, and all rates include a full breakfast.
Four restaurants are onsite and we were happy to hear that one of them, Dilli 32, specializes in Indian food (it bugs us when a hotel has restaurants that serve every cuisine but the local one), so if you want to satisfy your lust for Awadhi and Mughlai cuisine, this is the place. There is also the Cherry Bar where you can imbibe different cherry-flavored bevvies and other exotic cocktails that remind you you’re in the tropics.
The hotel also has a spa which includes a hammam and an ice fountain, a salon to get gussied up for a night out and two outdoor pools.
We found rates in April to be really reasonable at INR 8,000 ($148) for a large 398 sq ft Deluxe room.
[Photos: Kempinski Ambience Hotel Delhi]