The year may not have started on a good note, but there is a positive side! When you’re ready to pack your bags again, there are plenty of other destinations and stays to choose from.
A number of hotels have opened in the last months of 2021, and many interesting hotels are expected to open this year. From an art boutique hotel in Kochi, some beautiful new properties in Sikkim, the first Hyatt Regency hotels in Rajasthan and Uttarakhand to a unique shipping container compound – there will be a huge variety.
Hotel openings in India that fascinate us!
When you check into this quaint art hotel at The Postcard Hotel in a building over two centuries old, you are not entering a room but a “gallery”. Indeed, each of its five rooms presents works of art and installations by different artists.
Kapil Chopra, Founder and CEO of The Postcard Hotel, says, “Each section is carefully designed to tell its own story, whether it’s the rooms, the heritage jewelry or even the intact exterior walls. The experimental gourmet restaurant, Aah, serves local specialties with a contemporary twist. The hotel group is expanding; they opened The Postcard Hideaway, Netravali in Goa and have hotels in Mashobra, Amritsar, Tirupati, Ranthambore, Uttarakhand and Maravanthe Coast in Karnataka.
Image: Courtesy of The Postcard Mandalay Hall
One of a kind in Agra, this hotel is built using shipping containers with the idea that recycling keeps the world eco-friendly. It starts with four units – a roughly 320 square foot room that’s been remodeled from the shipping container, and a much larger private garden with outdoor seating that overlooks sprawling green fields. There’s no restaurant, and it’s all about casual dining here with meals served in your garden and farm-fresh delicacies on the menu, in keeping with the hotel’s focus on sustainability. In this unique property, which plans to expand to more than a dozen containers, the focus will be on outdoor spaces. It will open at the end of February.
Image: Courtesy of Tree of Life Ecotainers
Say hello to Ramada, the first international hotel brand in the capital of Sikkim, Gangtok, which opened its doors in the last month of 2021. The hotel has 57 rooms in eight different categories and those who love beautiful views can register in those facing the mighty Kanchenjunga. Your time here can be action packed! It houses the largest casino in the country spread over two floors with 32 live gaming tables and slot machines. There is a rooftop temperature-controlled infinity pool, spa, and two restaurants including a rooftop bar and a poolside restaurant.
Image: Courtesy of Ramada by Wyndham Gangtok Deorali Hotel & Casino
Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels Limited has set foot in Madhya Pradesh with this 99-room luxury hotel in Indore. There are six room categories to choose from, including the Presidential Suite. The hotel group brings some of its popular and familiar brands here such as Aura – the spa offering a range of treatments and Aqua, the open-air bar that sits by the pool with terrace seating and cabanas. A great place for aperitifs, the island bar here serves cocktails and grilled, Lebanese, Italian, and Asian barbecue dishes. Some Place Else is the indoor bar offering finger food. As for main meals, head to the all-day dining Epicenter restaurant, which serves a range of cuisines.
Image: Courtesy of the park
The first upscale hotel in the city famous for its hot peppers is the Welcomhotel By ITC Hotels, about an hour from Vijayawada Airport. The hotel rooms are furnished with local arts and crafts and there are three dining options including the bar named Swizzle. The hotel’s restaurant, Peshawari, which offers northwestern cuisine, offers all its specialties, including the famous Dal Bukhara. When you want to savor the local cuisine, order the WelcomSthalika thali at the WelcomCafe all-day dining restaurant which brings together all Andhra specialties on one platter. The hotel has a ‘K By Kaya Kalp’ spa, a 24-hour gym and a swimming pool with stunning views of the city.
Image: Courtesy Welcomhotel By ITC Hotels, Guntur
Very soon, the pink city will be home to another magnificent luxury hotel. The Hyatt group is opening a 245-room hotel this year, which will be the first Hyatt Regency in Rajasthan. The hotel will have 34 suites, including a royal presidential suite. When the hunger pangs hit, you’ll have a choice of two options – Shrot – which offers regional specialties and The North Club which will take you back to colonial India. Both restaurants will also offer wellness and vegan selections. In addition to a bar and a delicatessen, the hotel will have a gym, a swimming pool and a spa.
Image: Courtesy of Hyatt Regency Jaipur Mansarovar
If you want to soak up magnificent views of the Himalayas, then this stunning new Taj Group hotel built along a mountain slope about an hour from Gangtok fits the bill as each of its 50 rooms overlooks the Himalayas. .
There is a zen garden and streams running through the property as they soak up nature in the literal sense. There’s a heated pool for bathing even when it’s freezing and the signature Jiva Spa is where you can indulge in a range of treatments. The on-site restaurant Mynt serves local Sikkim dishes as well as Indian, Continental and Pan-Asian dishes and the cocktails at the bar, Wink, include those made with local Sikkim liquor. For those who like to explore the mountains, there are a number of hikes around the hotel.
Image: Courtesy of Vivanta Sikkim, Pakyong
The country’s first Radisson RED hotel is bold and stylish. There are pops of red throughout the hotel — from the lobby, rooms, fitness center, to bathrooms, which really makes it look chic. Each room is equipped with selfie spots, digital screens and king-size beds. Redhaba is the signature multi-cuisine restaurant with also a private dining area. The Jigger Bar has live music on the weekends and makes great cocktails, while Lavo&Go is where you can grab a coffee and a quick bite. This 154-room hotel is a 12-minute drive from Chandigarh Airport.
Image: Courtesy of Radisson RED Chandigarh Mohali
Surrounded by Malsi Forest and located in the foothills of Mussoorie, this 263-room luxury resort will open in the first half of this year, making it the first Hyatt Regency hotel in Uttarakhand. The hotel has 24 suites including a presidential suite and four great F&B options including a rooftop lounge that serves Tibetan pasture platters and North Indian cuisine. The spa offers a range of treatments and there’s also a rooftop infinity pool, workout studio, and salon. The little ones have been catered for with the ‘Camp Hyatt’ program where there is personalized check-in for them and a range of activities like craft projects, pottery, kite flying and treasure hunts .
Image: Courtesy of Hyatt Regency Dehradun
If you want to experience true Bengali culture, head to this 33-room boutique hotel designed as a Bengali ‘Raajbari’, built around a courtyard. There are Bengali touches and vintage artifacts all over this property, from a Durga idol, a horse-drawn carriage, paintings from the Bengal School of Arts to Bengali food and music. True to its name, The East India Room Restaurant serves British Colonial and Zamindari cuisine. At tea time, head to Loafer’s Cafe and enjoy a traditional Victorian-style afternoon tea. The Swig Bar & Lounge offers single malts and vintage cigars. The Outhouse has a spa, gym and swimming pool open 14 hours a day.
Image: Courtesy of Raajkutir, Kolkata – IHCL SeleQtions
After launching ibis Mumbai Vikhroli, India’s largest ibis, last year, the hotel group is preparing to open another in Thane. The 186-room hotel slated to launch in the second half of this year will have artwork with Maharashtrian depictions both in guest rooms and in its vibrant and cheerful public spaces. The hotel is going to have a gym, a restaurant, a banquet hall and also an automated parking tower.
Image: Courtesy of ibis Thane
Located in a city best known as the “Wine Capital of India”, this sprawling new 224-room hotel is nestled at the foot of the Pandav Caves. All 18 suites have private balconies. They take food pretty seriously and offer four dining options that cover everything you could possibly want. The Smoked Vine serves Asian, Robatayaki and Western dishes, The Tuscan Room is the Italian restaurant, The Orient House is the Chinese restaurant and Le Bistro is the Indo-Parisian restaurant. At the Atman Spa, you can choose from Western, Oriental and Ayurvedic treatments, while a 24-hour gym, salon, Pilates room, squash court and temperature-controlled outdoor pool ensure that there are enough options for sports enthusiasts.
Image: Courtesy of Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Nashik