INDIA is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the world, drawing from a rich history of opulence and aristocracy. These days, five-star accommodation in India is leaning the way of contemporary luxury to better suit the connected traveler, juxtaposing plushness and practicality with form and function.
Some of the most exciting luxury properties in key areas fall under the Conrad brand, Hilton’s premier offering that promises a more inspired stay to well-heeled guests while still adopting key brand values: stylish, inventive, adventurous, and contemporary.
Here are two Conrad properties shaping the course of luxury travel in India.
Conrad Pune is the Hilton’s first luxury property in India, and a landmark structure in the city’s central business district, what with it being close to major corporations, key government institutions, and affluent residential neighborhoods. As a bonus, premier shopping, dining, and entertainment options are mere moments away.
Being popular among business travelers and event planners, the hotel sports a 20,000 sq ft space with a grand ballroom and a dedicated automobile elevator for car lunches. As to be expected from a trusted brand like Conrad, all 310 luxurious smart rooms and suites are both plush and practical, and are also some of the largest in the city. Each room comes with a 40-inch HDTV, an espresso machine, and a luxurious marble bathroom with walk-in rain shower.
After a day of exploring or meetings, adjourn to Level 2 – the exclusive rejuvenation floor – equipped with an outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and a full-service Conrad Spa and salon. Meanwhile, the poolside café, Kabana, is the perfect setting to devour classic Western dishes alongside refreshing beverages.
The in-house restaurants are a melting pot of Asian cuisines: Coriander Kitchen is great to pick up a casual lunch in a market-style food court setting; the more elegant Zeera serves up grilled seafood and vegetarian delicacies accompanied by fine wines; head to Koji for the best of Japanese, Chinese, and Thai cuisine; and the very chic Masu Bar features a large sake wall and is great for post-dinner cocktails.
It’s only fitting that Conrad Bengaluru is set to open in Bengaluru, with reservations currently open for arrival on January 28 and beyond. Overlooking Ulsoor Lake and nestled on the edge of the iconic M.G. Road with access to some the city’s business, art, and entertainment districts, the hotel is poised to be the one of the most sought-after luxury hotels in Bengaluru.
Bengaluru attracts important figures in tech from the international arena, and suitably, the hotel’s meetings and events facilities are more than up-to-mark. Delegates and event planners can choose from multiple meeting rooms equipped with audio-visual facilities, or book the lavish ballrooms – including the Grand Ballroom that fits 675 – that can be made up to work around their theme of choice.