By Sourish Bhattacharyya
BEFORE the flurry of openings of the Aerocity hotels begins, Gurgaon is all set to see the formal opening of a five-star hotel managed by the family that owns the 77-room, four-star property, The Hans New Delhi, at Connaught Place. Anya Gurgaon, on the increasingly busy Golf Course Road, will have a L’Occitane spa, making Gurgaon the seventh Indian city where the $3billion global wellness brand will mark its presence with its Mediterranean-themed product.
The hotel, whose name means ‘different’ in Hindi/Sanskrit, is being launched by Misha Vadera, Managing Director of Hotel Hans Private Limited, who has been quoted in the media as saying that the existing two Hans hotels in New Delhi and Puri will also be re-branded as Anya after renovations. Vadera, a Hindu College alumnus, has also said that his group is in affiliation talks with Small Luxury Hotels (SLH).
|Inside a deluxe room at Anya Gurgaon, Gurgaon's newest|
five-star hotel on the busy Golf Course Road
Anya Gurgaon will have 15 suites and 102 rooms. Each room comes with a 40-inch LED television, enhanced work desk lighting, tea and coffee maker and Wi-Fi connectivity, with the club room and suites getting the additional benefit of L’Occitane amenities, complimentary airport transfer (two for suite guests) and ironing of two shirts, one-hour free use of a meeting room, and all-day access to the club lounge. The residents of the highest-category Anya Suite have been promised the L’Occitane spa experience in their room, which comes fitted with a Jacuzzi, like the other categories of suites.
Hans New Delhi, despite its tired look desperately in need of a makeover, is popular with business travellers because of its advantageous location. Its Italian restaurant, Caramello, too, gets crowded, especially during lunch time because of its easy-on-the-pocket buffet. Anya Gurgaon is definitely a couple of notches higher than the Connaught Place property and its biggest draw promises to be Amaltas, the L’Occitane spa.
The Gurgaon hotel doesn’t seem to have a standout F&B destination, though it has a speciality Italian restaurant, a 24-hour eatery, a patisserie and a bar. For all intents and purposes, it is a corporate traveller’s hotel that plans to stick to the business of selling rooms in a market that is seeing supply outstrip demand and as a result, a favourable rate correction taking place.