ITC Ko­henur

Business Traveller (India) - - TRIED AND TESTED HYDERABAD HOTEL -

BACK­GROUND This is the In­dian lux­ury chain’s sec­ond prop­erty in Hy­der­abad and its 12th in In­dia. It is named af­ter the fa­mous — or in­fa­mous — Ko­hi­noor di­a­mond, which was, ap­par­ently, mined in the re­gion.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? The first thing you will no­tice about the ITC Ko­henur is its mod­ernist, al­most sur­real struc­ture, quite dif­fer­ent from the more cor­po­ratelook­ing build­ings in the neigh­bour­hood. The ar­chi­tec­ture out­side, with its jagged de­sign, as well as the in­te­ri­ors, are ex­plic­itly in­spired by Hy­der­abad’s di­a­monds. The stylish lobby, bathed in nat­u­ral light, fea­tures a mas­sive chan­de­lier, with 800 pieces of crys­tal. Loom­ing over the re­cep­tion, is a beau­ti­ful in­stal­la­tion of glass and lac­quer ban­gles, another lo­cal spe­cial­ity. In­ter­est­ingly enough, there is a separate drive­way and en­trance for the events and ban­quet wing of the ho­tel.

WHERE IS IT? It is lo­cated at the heart of Hy­der­abad’s cor­po­rate hub, HITEC City, and an easy 40-minute drive from the in­ter­na­tional air­port. Hop across the street to Inor­bit Mall, which houses most ma­jor in­ter­na­tional re­tail brands and loads of F&B op­tions.

ROOMS ITC Ko­henur’s ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions are spread across 271 rooms, in­clud­ing 9 suites, as well as 27 ser­vice apart­ments for long stays. I check my­self into an Ex­ec­u­tive Club room on the 14th floor, and in­stantly no­tice the di­a­mond mo­tifs, sub­tly in­fused into the un­der­stated pas­tel-hued decor of the room. At 46 sqm, this is one of the largest en­try-level rooms I’ve seen in a while. I judge the qual­ity of a busi­ness ho­tel by the num­ber of power points and this room de­liv­ers on all counts. I am thrilled to see that my bed­side con­sole not only has power points but also USB ports, which is no longer a lux­ury but a ne­ces­sity. Add to that, high-speed In­ter­net and a Smart TV, with one-touch ac­cess to Net­flix. You can even stream con­tent from your phone to the TV. The ho­tel’s brand of re­spon­si­ble lux­ury and eco-friendly ini­tia­tives are ev­i­dent through­out my room. Plas­tic bot­tles are re­placed by the ho­tel’s own glass bot­tles, from the in-house bot­tling plant. Eco-friendly ma­te­rial used in bath­room amenity and laun­dry pack­ag­ing, as well as en­ergy-sav­ing light fit­tings.

Plas­tic bot­tles are re­placed by the ho­tel’s own glass bot­tles, from in-house bot­tling plant.

FOOD AND DRINK When it comes to good food ex­pe­ri­ences, the ITC Group needs no in­tro­duc­tion. The chain’s sig­na­ture In­dian restau­rant, Dum Pukht, is rein­ter­preted in a more lo­cal con­text as Dum Pukht Begum’s, re­viv­ing Hy­der­abadi cui­sine, served in an op­u­lent set­ting. Al­ter­nately, you can in­dulge in mod­ern Chi­nese fare at Yi Jing but not be­fore a round of hand-crafted cock­tails at the elab­o­rate Pea­cock Bar, by the lobby.

MEET­INGS Pri­mar­ily a busi­ness ho­tel, ITC Ko­henur is well-equipped for the MICE and wed­dings seg­ment. In ad­di­tion to its mas­sive ban­quet hall, the ho­tel also fea­tures, nine meet­ing rooms. The Dec­can State room is Hy­der­abad’s pil­lar-less ban­quet room, comes with a gen­er­ous pre-event space, for cock­tails or buf­fet layouts. The ho­tel also boasts two out­door events spa­ces.

LEISURE Don’t for­get to book an ap­point­ment at the Kaya Kalp - The Royal Spa, which is spread across three floors. While the spa does of­fer a host of in­ter­na­tional treat­ments, it largely spe­cialises in Ayurvedic well­ness rit­u­als.

VER­DICT Highly rec­om­mended for busi­ness trav­ellers to Hy­der­abad, es­pe­cially if you want to stay in the vicin­ity of HITEC City. Ri­aan Ja­cob Ge­orge

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