WHERE ART MEETS LUX­URY

ROSEATE HOUSE, DELHI

India Today - - COVER STORY -

On en­ter­ing Ae­roc­ity, one sees a net­work of ho­tels and malls, al­most like a res­i­den­tial colony for those who live a life in tran­sit. One among many such ho­tels is Roseate House, erst­while Dusit D2, stand­ing tall in so­phis­ti­cated brown with a painfully sim­i­lar ex­te­rior to its brethren board­ing spots. But Roseate House is spe­cial. It’s got the in­te­ri­ors of a ho­tel built with a mod­ern, 2016 de­sign aes­thetic; the fur­ni­ture is neat and part of the min­i­mal em­bel­lish­ment and the colour tone is a sub­tle beige and brown, with a hint of grey. The space is “per­ceived as a book”, and has an in­ter­est­ing, but not over­pow­er­ing labyrinth of art­work and lith­o­graphs by Thukral and Ta­gra. It’s un­clut­tered, fuss-free and doesn’t im­pose re­gal­ity and largesse, but de­liv­ers on taste and lux­ury.

The rooms are an ex­ten­sion of the rest of the ho­tel; sim­ple but splen­did, con­tem­po­rary but com­fort­able. On the top floor is an in­fin­ity pool; it doesn’t over­look any­thing spec­tac­u­lar, but it has stud­ded lights built in, which trans­form the pool into a glo­ri­ous con­stel­la­tion. On the third floor is the ho­tel’s only (cur­rently) func­tional restau­rant, named DEL, af­ter the Delhi air­port code. The menu changes with each meal, but its con­tents re­main in­no­va­tive and con­sis­tently de­lec­ta­ble. We strongly rec­om­mend the Ying Yang (Ja­pan), a prepa­ra­tion of pa­prika prawns served with sum­mer squash puree, as­para­gus shav­ing, Goma-Dare dress­ing and Kombu chips. Oth­ers high on our en­dorse­ment list were the Gosht aur Guc­chi Pu­lao; the scal­lops and the ex­cep­tional break­fast buf­fet, which seem fairly stan­dard un­til you nav­i­gate the sheer va­ri­ety of op­tions and the depth in taste.

Roseate House is all about the lit­tle de­tails, it’s a re­fresh­ing mix of art and ar­chi­tec­ture, the food is in­spired and orig­i­nal, yet brings with it the com­fort of the fa­mil­iar; the op­u­lence lies in its tact. And if all this wasn’t enough by way of nov­elty, the ho­tel has a fully func­tional movie the­atre called Up­stage.

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