The LaLit New Delhi

Business Traveller (India) - - TRIED & TESTED -

BACK­GROUND The LaLit Suri Hos­pi­tal­ity Group, an en­ter­prise of Bharat Hotels, owns 13 hotels in­clud­ing the recently launched The LaLit Lon­don. The LaLit New Delhi opened in 1988.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? The 28-storey build­ing is a promi­nent one in Con­naught Place. Wind­ing path­ways lead to the en­trance. Very high ceil­ings make the lobby look roomy. There’s a lot of art across this space, es­pe­cially The

Raj, an in­trigu­ing piece by M.F Hus­sain, above the re­cep­tion. In­dian mytho­log­i­cal stat­ues also dec­o­rate the wall be­low this art­work. There’s a lot of space to lounge on the left, while the right side of the re­cep­tion leads to the 24/7 restau­rant and lifts. Art is a big part of the ho­tel; a ded­i­cated Art Junc­tion that dis­plays works of over 5,000 artists is on the first floor. Cu­rated by renowned artist Naresh Ka­puria, the col­lec­tion of oil, char­coal and wa­ter­colour paint­ings here is im­pres­sive.

WHERE IS IT? In Con­naught Place, about 45 min­utes from the air­port. Gu­ru­gram is about an hour away, al­though this varies as per the time of the day.

ROOM FA­CIL­I­TIES I stayed in the Deluxe King room (40 sqm) that faces the street. A well thought of lay­out makes this base level cat­e­gory a steal for a busi­ness visit to the cap­i­tal. I was wel­comed with choco­lates and a cheese plat­ter, which I rel­ished on the lounger be­side the French win­dow. A work desk faces the bed equipped with a cou­ple of power sock­ets on each side. Next to the work desk is a tele­vi­sion (40-inch) panel with a DVD player. The king bed with fluffy pil­lows made for a rest­ful sleep. A marble bath­room with a shower cu­bi­cle faces the closet and is si­t­u­ated af­ter the en­trance. Other ac­com­mo­da­tion cat­e­gories are Lux­ury rooms (41 sqm), Ex­ec­u­tive Club rooms (40 sqm), Pre­mier rooms (40 sqm), Corner suites (74 sqm), Busi­ness suites ( 74 sqm), Ex­ec­u­tive suites (100 sqm), Lux­ury suites (134 sqm) and The LaLit Legacy suite (289 sqm). Wifi

is free and all rooms come with a mini­bar, a pil­low menu, in-room din­ing and par­quet floor­ing. RESTAU­RANTS AND BARS

I en­joyed a sump­tu­ous meal at Baluchi, its sig­na­ture In­dian restau­rant. Paired with wine is its “Naan­ery Ex­pe­ri­ence”that of­fers freshly baked spe­cial­ity naan bread with in­ter­est­ing dips. One of my favourite pair­ings was gi­lafi kulcha (chilli bread with toma­toes, cheese and onions) with AOC Ven­toux Do­maine Lapigeade “Les Sables” 2014 red wine. De­bauch­ery con­tin­ued with mush­room galauti (minced mush­room patty), nalli ni­hari (aro­matic mut­ton with gravy), daal Baluchi (sig­na­ture prepa­ra­tion sim­mered overnight) and chicken biryani. Flavours of pan kulfi — the restau­rant’s iconic dessert — stayed on my palate for a while af­ter the meal — as promised by the chef. I also en­joyed din­ner at The Grill Room that in­cluded a goat cheese tart, quinoa salad and a Nor­we­gian sal­mon fil­let that was a per­fect medium rare. Break­fast was at the pre­vi­ously men­tioned 24/7 restau­rant. There is also Le Petit Café, The LaLit Boulan­gerie, Woks (Asian cui­sine), Kitty Su (night­club) and 24/7 Bar. BUSI­NESS AND MEET­ING FA­CIL­I­TIES With 3,154 sqm of meet­ing space, there are a num­ber of rooms that cater to all kinds of event re­quire­ments. Some of them are Crys­tal Ball­room (1,385 sqm), Quo­rum (board­room) and Re­gal (527 sqm). LEISURE FA­CIL­I­TIES Re­juve — The Spa, an out­door swim­ming pool and State of the Art (fit­ness cen­tre) where I spent my evening.

VER­DICT Great busi­ness ho­tel with a host of leisure fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing a few mustvisit restau­rants.

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