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