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Swissotel Surprises With A Goa Resort This Spring

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  Site Where: Goa, India
January 10, 2013 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

We thought we'd covered it all when it came to the Swissôtels brand. Apparently not. Somehow the snuck in and added another hotel to their ever increasing portfolio and will be opening a resort hotel in the popular Indian coastal state of Goa this spring.

Unlike the business-centric aura that the brand is known for, The Swissôtel Goa is definitely aimed at the leisure set, with its location and layout. The town of Calangute is a popular year-round vacation spot in North Goa, just a one hour flight away from Mumbai and Bangalore and two hours from Delhi.

Instead of a regular tower, the 135 guestrooms and suites will be spread out among eight three-level buildings which will be set in a tropical garden filled with lily ponds and a courtyard pool. The lobby and rooms will also be designed using colorful works by the Indian artist Krishna Mehta. This reminds us of the lively patterns seen in the Swissotel Dresden property, which also broke away from the mold (just a bit) and gave some pizzaz to the Swissôtel name.

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Aman Exits New Delhi, But Coming To Venice And China

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  Site Where: Lodhi Road, New Delhi, India
January 3, 2013 at 9:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

Aman New Delhi

Following the news last summer that Aman Resorts opened a property in Greece, we have another quick update on this ultra-high end (and celebrity-friendly) group today.

As of February 1, Aman New Delhi will be rebranded as The Lodhi, leaving the Aman brand behind. You wouldn't expect it perhaps based on the hotel’s exterior, but the nine-story building contains just 31 rooms and eight suites, all in a very contemporary and subdued style. Each room comes with its own private terrace, while suites sprawl out over 1,800 square-feet. A lower structure contains an additional 14 Lodhi suites, and Lodhi Pool suites, with up to three bedrooms, have access to their own private pool (prices for these come with the label "on request").

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The Aayu Will Be Mumbai’s Highest Hotel (And Have Robuchon’s Atelier)

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  Site Where: Kohinoor Square, Mumbai, India
December 21, 2012 at 9:46 AM | by | Comments (2)

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times: being the tallest or highest hotel in the city / country / world is a much coveted label (hello, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai!), and if that means killer views can be had, we’re not complaining.

This time next year, Mumbai will have a new contender for its highest hotel title, when The Aayu Mumbai opens on the top five floors of Kohinoor Square’s Central Tower, the tallest commercial building in the city.

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Post-Shopping Idea: Try These Hotel Holiday Teas

December 20, 2012 at 6:06 PM | by | Comments (2)

We have been spending so much time on cocktail culture (well, it has been a rough few months), we figured we should be a little more balanced with our beverage coverage.

We started a bit by paying some attention to another one of our favorite pasttimes--afternoon tea. That can mean a simple cuppa for some of you--a jolt of caffeine to carry you through the day, or for more leisurely sorts, a more elaborate weekend high-tea filled with all sorts of yummy delights. We want to focus on that one--so much more fun, yes?

Now that chillier climates prevail in many parts of the country, the call for afternoon tea is in full demand and these hotels put out what we think are mighty fine spreads. We’ve seen quite a few people duck in to a hotel around the 4’o clock hour and chill over a demitasse of Darjeeling, a curried-chicken finger sandwich, and a jam-filled tart. We heartily approve.

Just remember, pinkie's up!

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Guess The Hotel Revealed: Wildflower Hall Himalayas

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  Site Where: Chharabra, Shimla, India
November 6, 2012 at 11:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

You guys are way too good at this! Here we were thinking we’d pick a more difficult to identify hotel, but no: both in the article comments and on Twitter (@HotelChatter) several of you got it right in no time, so we couldn’t wait until next week for our reveal.

The hotel we were hinting at was Wildflower Hall, an Oberoi resort in the Himalayas. Located in Shimla, in the far northwest of India, with Tibet and Nepal to the (south)east, the hotel sits at an altitude of 8,250 feet (2,500 meters) in 22 acres of forest. Formerly the site of Lord Kitchener’s residence, the current six-story building was constructed after a fire in the early nineties.

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India Gets Their First Fairmont Hotel

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  Site Where: 2 Riico Kukas, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, 303101
October 9, 2012 at 1:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

Those visiting the Indian city of Jaipur have even more reason to stay a little longer after a tour of Nehru Garden or the countless surrounding palaces and forts. Fairmont has just cut the ribbon on their first property in India and has payed a great deal of respect to the local flare.

The 'Pink City' of Jaipur plays a significant role in creating a luxurious feel anyone walking into the hotel. The design of the 5-star property is borrowed from classic Mughal Dynasty features that speak to the culture's opulence and extravagance. From the rooms to the bathrooms and back to each of the four dining options, the decor is a sensitive re-design of the traditional Mughal palace.

Each of the 255 rooms and suites feature hand-painted artwork and traditional Rajasthani decor. Now it may seem like the luxury might end there, but each shower and bathroom is a whole new world. Over-sized with a grand entryway, they can make any guest feel like Indian royalty, down to the traditional diamond and star patterned floor.

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ITC Opens World's Largest LEED-Certified Hotel in Chennai

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  Site Where: No. 63, Mount Road, Guindy, Chennai, India, 600032
September 24, 2012 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Looks like the old and new worlds are getting along just fine in India where ITC, India’s second-largest hotel chain, has just launched the Grand Chola in Chennai. This new hotel was designed and inspired by the architecture and traditions of the Chola dynasty, Southern India’s greatest maritime power of all time (interesting considering the hotel isn't on the water).

Towering columns and stairways, granite carvings and vast spaces are meant to make visitors feel like they’re in the presence of something bigger than themselves. It's a place that embraces the cultural traditions of the region’s past and sets out to transport guests back to a time where size and grandeur was a direct indication of wealth and power. The dramatic staircase at the entrance seems to scream "cash money millionaires", no?

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Fairmont to Open Its First Hotel in India in August

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  Site Where: 2, Riico Kukas, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
July 13, 2012 at 3:55 PM | by | Comment (1)

Looks like Andaz isn't the only brand heading for India: in August, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts will open the Fairmont Jaipur, its first in the country.

Perhaps best known for its historic Canadian hotels like the Royal York in Toronto, The Plaza in New York and Savoy in London, there are a number far-flung places where you can find Fairmont as well, including the Fairmont Norfolk in Nairobi, or the Fairmont Zimbali in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

And from next month, it's adding a 255-room hotel in Jaipur, the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan, southwest of New Delhi. Dubbed "the Pink City", Jaipur is a planned urban development dating back to 1727, and particularly famous for its architecture, with a number of spectacular forts and palaces that remain today. Its nickname originates from a visit by the Prince of Wales in 1876, for which the city was painted pink in celebration (no, really).

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The Best Hotel in the World, According to DVF

Where: Lake Pichola, Udaipur, India
March 26, 2012 at 10:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

You know what the beautiful thing about celebrity Twitter accounts is? Oftentimes, they actually are controlled by the celebrity, and we—the listening public—get to know what they really think. Very occasionally this even includes hints on hotels. Last week, Dita Von Teese shared her favorite Paris address, and this week it's designer Diane von Furstenberg with her favorite hotel...in the world?

She tweets:

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40 Nights and 12 Dreams Planned For India

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  Site Where: India
January 20, 2012 at 10:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

Dream and Night hoteliers Sant Chatwal and his son Vikram Chatwal are in the process of bringing their lifestyle hotel brands to India. In a biiig way.

Last we heard, Hampshire Hotels & Resorts, which manages all the Chatwal properties, was being taken over by Wyndham (yeah, it all gets a little confusing after a while, doesn't it?), which was going to help take the brands "to the next level." The way we see it, Chatwal was so pleased with the success of Dream Downtown, he just couldn't wait to bring a little (or a lot) of that same sexiness to Indian hotel guests. Aiming to pump out 52 new hotels over the next five years (40 Nights, 12 Dreams), now Hampshire/Wyndham just have to convince Indian investors and franchisees to share the 'dream' (get it?).

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Hotels in Asia Do Traditional Christmas with a Twist

December 22, 2011 at 4:40 PM | by | Comment (1)

Christmas merriment isn't reserved for countries in the global west, though Europe and North America certainly have cornered the market on gingerbread houses and chintzy decorations.

In far reaches of the world, hotels cater to a clientele of locals, expats, and tourists alike who enjoy their fair heaping of tinsel and egg nog. Today we're focusing on three Asian hotels spreading yule tide joy in spades, some sticking to tradition, some contributing their unique cultural touch to the holiday.

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It Would Be a 'Mission Impossible' to Break Into Tom Cruise's Hotel Suite in New Delhi

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  Site Where: Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi, India, 110023
December 5, 2011 at 1:59 PM | by | Comments (2)

It must be very good indeed to be Tom Cruise (your feelings about Scientology aside.) That's because while in India promoting his latest "Mission Impossible" movie, Tom stayed at the country's newest and most expensive hotel, The Leela Palace New Delhi in the city's diplomatic enclave of Chanakyapuri. And of course, he wasn't sleeping in a standard room.

No, Cruise rested his head in the hotel's Maharaja Suite which is billed as a "palace within a palace" and has six rooms, 24-hour butler services, spa rooms, a Jacuzzi, walk-in wardrobe and a private gym. The suite is also equipped with bullet proof glass and a private elevator, making it a Mission Impossible indeed to break into this hotel suite. Oh and the suite also comes with the use of a Rolls Royce Phantom. Some guys have all the luck.

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