Category Archives: Hotels

Second ibis hotel in Chennai opens

AccorHotels has announced the opening of its third hotel in Chennai city- ibis Chennai City Centre. Located on the city’s arterial and historic, Mount Road, the 155-room property is a short drive to Chennai airport and within close proximity to several shopping and entertainment attractions. This is the third AccorHotel in Chennai city followed by ibis Chennai SIPCOT and Novotel Chennai SIPCOT in 2014. ibis Chennai City Centre offers modern, comfortable and well equipped ibis rooms, a restaurant, a lounge and bar area, The Hub. “The opening of the ibis Chennai City Centre is a strategic milestone for the ibis brand in India. Offering consistency, quality and affordability, the brand combines the ultimate comfort of modern and well-equipped rooms with the highest level of service for business and leisure travellers. The opening of ibis Chennai City strengthens our brand presence in Chennai and adds to the growing ibis network of 12 hotels in the region,” said Jean-Michel Cassé, Senior Vice President, Operations, AccorHotels India. J.B. Singh, President  & CEO, InterGlobe Hotels, said, “Chennai has a growing demand for quality affordable rooms, and the ibis brand innovates constantly to illustrate its values of modernity, comfort and availability. The opening of ibis Chennai City Centre further consolidate the strategic partnership between AccorHotels and InterGlobe with the aim to enhance the ibis network growth in India.”

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Global Hospitality Conclave 2016 concludes

Around 120 delegates made the 3rd Global Hospitality Conclave 2016 (GHC) a full house. Delegates not only reminisced fond memories of Oberoi Centre of Learning & Development (OCLD) days, but met up with old friends as well. Different sessions deliberated new ideas to better hospitality in India. Ajay Bakaya, Chairman, Organising Committee, GHC, 2016 said, “It’s an Oberoi alumni event, which started in 2014, and has grown in size and stature in last three years. We have people who are going to come in from all over the world. Wine expert from Toronto, Financial expert from US, we have a professor from Cornell in the USA. Also, there are people who have come in from Kenya and Uganda, and are handling hotels in these regions.  It’s a great gathering of people who have graduated from OCLD. The first batch graduated in 1966. It is now 50 years of graduated batches. In fact OCLD is celebrating fifty years this year. It’s a wonderful event, for us it’s a great event to interact with people who were our superiors, our peers or our subordinates. All come together to exchange ideas, camaraderie, exchange bon-homie.”.   The conclave saw three panel discussions. The discussion on ‘Competing on Analytics: The Power of Big Data’ conducted by Chekitan S. Dev, was very well received. The panellists for the same included—Sanjay Rishi, President, One India, Partner Consulting Group and Network Partnerships, ANZ       American Express; Sukanya Misra, Group Head, Advisors South Asia, Centre of Excellence, Mastercard; Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman , Microsoft Corporation India,  and Prasanjeet Baruah, Head Auto, Financial Services & New Businesses, Facebook. The power of Big Data was very well received. Presence of Rakesh Sarna, MD …

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Now, OYO Rooms in Malaysia

Ritesh Agarwal, Founder & CEO, OYO Rooms, has revealed in his blog that the budget hotel aggregator has now started its operations in Malaysia. Citing the achievements of the company in 2015, he said, “A small team at OYO worked very hard last 3 months to launch OYO in the international market. And after a December of stealth testing, I am happy to announce that you can now officially check into an OYO in Kuala Lumpur. We are all very excited and as always with a city launch, you can see the visiting card photo!” With this move, the startup company has made its entry into the international market. It now eyes “travel markets across the worlds that have the same characteristics as here in India – trust deficient, unorganized and love for travel,” he wrote on the blog. After Malaysia, the company plans to take OYO to all such markets this year.

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Radisson Udaipur opens with 56 rooms

Radisson Udaipur has opened its doors to welcome guests visiting the City of Lakes. The hotel is located in the heart of Udaipur, situated along the city centre at the Lake City Mall of Riddhi Siddhi Group. Raj Rana, Chief Executive Officer, South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, said, “Radisson Udaipur  is our second hotel in the city of Udaipur and we are honoured to be partnering with Riddhi Siddhi Group for this beautiful addition to our portfolio of 75 operational hotels and 45 under various stages of development.” Shyam B Gupta, Managing Director, Riddhi Siddhi Group said, “This is our first hospitality venture in India and we are happy to have tied up with Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.” Radisson Udaipur features 56 well-appointed rooms and suites with central heating and cooling. All rooms have amenities like workstation, cordless phone, LED satellite television, tea/coffee maker, electronic safe and Dove amenities. In addition, all rooms feature free Wi-Fi internet access for guests to keep connected, whether for work or play. The hotel has flexible meeting spaces including a banquet hall measuring above 3,000 sq. ft., one multi-cuisine restaurant, a Lounge Bar, 24-hour In-Room dining service and a Fitness Centre. The All Day Dining restaurant – Season’s Café at the hotel, serves mouth-watering Indian and continental cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as drinks to cap your day. To wrap up a day of meetings or sightseeing, guests can enjoy a relaxing dip in the swimming pool or sweat it out at the gym or relax and watch a movie.

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147-room Hyatt Place opens in Goa

Hyatt Place Goa/Candolim is the latest Hyatt-branded hotel, which has opened in Goa. The 147-room hotel brings the Hyatt Place brand’s intuitive design, casual atmosphere and practical amenities to the Goa area. With the addition of this property, the Hyatt portfolio in Goa grows to three properties, including Park Hyatt Goa and Grand Hyatt Goa. “The opening of Hyatt Place Goa/Candolim is a significant milestone for the Hyatt Place brand as it continues to expand in India and across the globe,” said Kurt Straub, Vice President, Operations (India), Hyatt. This is the fourth Hyatt Place hotel to open in India, joining Hyatt Place Hampi, Hyatt Place Pune/Hinjewadi and Hyatt Place Gurgaon/Udyog Vihar. Ideally located in the heart of North Goa, the property is in close proximity to the state’s beaches, including Candolim Beach, Calangute Beach and Fort Aguada, as well as popular entertainment and nightlife destinations. “The Hyatt Place brand is designed to offer seamless experiences suitable for both business and leisure travellers. We know that our guests will appreciate the comfortable and functional amenities offered at Hyatt Place Goa/Candolim,” said Sanjay Patti, General Manager, Hyatt Place Goa/Candolim.

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Now pay through Paytm, cash pick-up & IVR for V Resorts

V Resorts has come out with a slew of payment options to make booking a vacation seamless. One can now make payments via Paytm Wallet, cash pick-up service and IVR Payment.  The company has a list of upscale properties in some picturesque locations such as Sattal, Ramgarh, Kullu, Sariska, Nashik etc., each designed to provide the traveller with the best holiday experience. Booking a hotel is a task in itself and most often than not end up leaving the customer haggled. With the introduction of new payment options, V Resorts ensures that your vacation begins the moment you place a call to them.

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Refurbished Gateway Hotel Gir Forest opens

The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest, located just outside the popular Gir National Park has re-opened its doors for guests. Set in an idyllic setting, the property is perfect for a relaxing holiday. Farhat Jamal, Senior Vice President -Operations(West India) & Africa, Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces said, “We are pleased to welcome guests once again. It is the ideal time of the year to watch the majestic Asiatic lion and wildlife or indulge in a cultural expedition to interesting historical places like Junagadh and Gondal.” The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest, is a nature lover’s getaway. With its rich surroundings of dry deciduous and tropical thorn forests, the hotel faces the Hiran River to offer a picturesque and serene setting, away from the bustle of the city.  Home to the Asiatic lion, the Sasan Gir Forest is one of the only two natural habitats of this subspecies around the world. The latest census recorded the lion count in Gir at 411.  The leopard, jungle cat, rusty spotted cat, cheetal, sambhar, four-horned antelope, wild boar and hare are also easy to spot here, along with over 200 species of avifauna. Also integral to the experience will be the jungle safaris, the hotel will provide in an open Gypsy. For those who prefer a cultural expedition instead, the hotel is also close to various temples such as the Somnath, Banej and Kankai Temple, and historical destinations such as Junagadh, Gondal and Rajkot.

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Now, V Resorts Black for luxury stays

V Resorts has launched a distinct V Resorts Black collection, which includes properties that are ingeniously designed to blend with the environment, the buildings aesthetically sculpted to fit the natural contours of the hills or plains. Some resorts are built using reclaimed wood and stone from old dilapidated British Era barracks, while others are built around the forest areas to accommodate the existing foliage. Each experience is curated to delight the guests – from bush dinners by lanterns in the wildlife reserves, to breakfasts served on private decks overlooking a quiet stream. The guests are escorted through their journey by a private butler, dedicated to serve them during the course of their stay. The local chefs prepare food inspired by traditional cuisines – Jungli Maas or a Rathathani Ker Sangri, Grilled Rainbow trout in Manali, Bhang ki chutney / Aloo ka gutka in Uttarakhand, Lobsters Kohlapuri in Maharasthra and many more. Each meal can be experienced under the stars, or while picnicking amidst vineyards, pine forests and the like. Entrenched within the concept of local experiences the Black collection of resorts also houses beautifully crafted local products made by the village artisans – hand knit woolens from Umang – an all women’s initiative, beauty products from SOS Organics and homemade jams, herbs and other delectable’s from V Resorts very own Old Forest.  

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