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The Grand Hotels, Palaces and Resorts India

The Grand Hotels, Palaces and Resorts India

Promoted by Bharat Hotels Limited, The Grand Group's portfolio of five-star hotels includes the InterContinental The Grand New Delhi, InterContinental The Grand Mumbai, InterContinental The Grand Goa Resort and InterContinental The Grand Palace Srinagar, as well as The Grand Ashok Bangalore, The Grand Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur and The Grand Temple View Khajuraho.

The company's first venture, InterContinental The Grand New Delhi, a 460-room five-star deluxe hotel, is strategically located in Connaught Place, in the heart of India's capital city, opened its doors in October 1988. The looming, 25-story structure features a triple-tower facade and offers spacious deluxe rooms, suites and Club InterContinental rooms. Four specialty restaurants serve up everything from Indian cuisine and Asian-inspired fare to contemporary European food. Whether it's business or pleasure that brings travelers to New Delhi, guests of the hotel can take advantage of its extensive banquet and meeting facilities, business center, swimming pool, health club, salon and shopping arcade.

Following on the coattails of its New Delhi success, The Grand Group opened a heritage resort in Srinagar in 1998, which became the InterContinental The Grand Palace Srinagar in 2001. Once the palace residence of the Maharajas, the hotel has been fully restored to its original grandeur, which complements its position overlooking Dal Lake.

When guests aren't lounging in one of the hotel’s 45 Palace Suites, 57 Palace Rooms or 10 cottages, they're likely to be found sampling its dining or entertainment venues, or partaking in leisure facilities that include an indoor heated swimming pool, a well-equipped health club (it features a gym, sauna, steam room, whirlpool and massage services), a beauty parlor/barber shop and a shopping area. Athletically inclined guests can sharpen their skills on the tennis courts or the putting green, or simply enjoy the scenery while strolling the hotel's spacious walking lawns. Golf, cycling, trekking, fishing and photography are only a few other outdoor adventures offered here.

The 368-room InterContinental The Grand Mumbai, which counts among its inventory 21 serviced apartments, is conveniently located near Sahar International Airport, making it an easily accessible destination for well-heeled travelers. The hotel's 30 suites, 106 Club InterContinental rooms and 232 deluxe rooms are outfitted with the latest technologies to keep guests well connected throughout their stay, while six dining and entertainment venues—among them Trendz (contemporary world cuisine), Baluchi (kebabs and curries), WOKS (Oriental and Chinese fare) and lounges/bars Beluga and Sutra, not to mention the movie theater Box Office—promise to keep guests entertained and thinking about anything but business during their stay. For important meetings and milestone celebrations, InterContinental The Grand Mumbai also offers extensive banquet facilities, a state-of-the-art business club, health club, outdoor swimming pool and salon.

Sporting 255 suites on 85 acres and with nearly a kilometer of beachfront, InterContinental The Grand Goa Resort is positioned next to the fabled Arabian Sea. Here, globe-trotting guests can sample a variety of international fare, whether at the eclectic Canacona, the Mediterranean-style Sirocco, SeaBQ for barbecued specialties or Corta's, the hotel's beach shack, for simple, tasty fare. Among the hotel's myriad leisure facilities are a Double 'T' nine-hole links-style golf course, watersports facilities and health-and-wellness services at Rejuve—The Spa in addition to a freeform swimming pool and squash and tennis courts. Business travelers are guaranteed a successful professional event thanks to the hotel's conference facilities, which can host 25 to 800 guests.

Sprawling landscaped gardens welcome guests to The Grand Ashok Bangalore, a 186-room hideaway set on 10.33 acres on Kumara Krupa High Grounds. The Grand Ashok Bangalore's central location in the heart of the city's main commercial and shopping district lends itself to a well-rounded getaway for business and leisure travelers alike. Views from the hotel's 18 suites, 21 Club Rooms and 147 Deluxe Rooms include an 18-hole golf course. Two specialty restaurants and the 24-hour Coffee Shop keep guests' appetites sated, and the bar is the perfect place for a nightcap. Ideal for hosting large, lavish events, The Grand Ashok Bangalore's banquet facilities can hold up to 5,000 guests. When relaxation or adventure comes calling, guests can find both in the outdoor swimming pool, a beauty parlor and barbershop or tennis courts. Health- and wellness-minded clients can luxuriate in Rejuve—The Spa, a holistic, two-story center for fitness, rejuvenation and healing.

Boasting panoramic views of the Aravalli hills from atop a hill on the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake, The Grand Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur, built in 1911, has been carefully restored and offers modern luxuries. Here, guests choose from 55 Deluxe Palace Rooms and Luxurious Suites. Other facilities include ethnic restaurants and stylish bars, as well as the Banquet Hall for functions of up to 120 persons. Sprawling lawns frame an outdoor swimming pool, the largest in Udaipur. The hotel's staff are happy to arrange a number of customized experiences for guests, be it a romantic spa retreat or a cultural excursion.

The Grand Temple View Khajuraho is the closest hotel to the Western Group of Temples, the main tourist attraction of its temple town (it's just 200 meters away). The contemporary hotel is accented with rich and exotic embellishments. Its 47 rooms and suites completed a refreshing renovation in February 2007, and international dining options, modern conference facilities, a holistic spa, a large swimming pool and rolling green gardens render the hotel an idyllic respite for business and leisure alike.

Properties currently under construction and set to open in 2008 and 2009 include The Grand Great Eastern Kolkata, The Grand Resort Bekal (Kerala), The Grand Ahmedabad, The Grand Chandigarh, The Grand Jaipur, The Grand Noida and The Grand Fort Dubai. The company also has plans for Hyderabad, Amritsar, Pune, Gulmarg, Chennai and other major locations.


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