There is an immense amount of history in India, which has existed for thousands of years. This history has been recreated throughout the ITC Hotels of India so that those who visit can experience a little of what has gone before. At the ITC Maurya, the ITC flagship hotel in India, this history is displayed throughout the hotel, and the experience begins the moment you step inside.
As you walk through the central lobby of the ITC Maurya you are transported back to the times of Ancient India, to the Golden Age of the Mauryan Dynasty in the third century B.C.
The central dome of the lobby has been recreated in the style of a Chaitya (Buddhist hall) with the surrounding walls containing a beautiful 3000 square foot mural created by Krishen Khanna, one of India’s leading painters. Also in the lobby is a series of paintings on glass by M.F. Husain, which illustrates Kautilya’s “Arthashastra” written in Mauryan times.
You can experience India’s rich cultural heritage on every floor with exclusive works by some of India’s finest artists including Tyeb Mehta, Akbar Padamsee, Swaminathan, A. Ramachandran, Krishen Khanna, Sanjay Bhattacharya and M.F. Hussain, who were commissioned to paint canvases on the Mauryan theme before the hotel opened in 1975.
The rich cultural experience extends through to the many restaurants available where you can sample some of the best cuisine in India, with the ITC Maurya housing two of the top restaurants in India, namely Dum Pukht and Bukhara, as well as others including the West View (where if you stay during the IPL you can even dine with some of the players) complete with its terrace herb garden.
Yet the hotel is not just about an amazing culture that is on show in the hotel. The ITC Maurya endorses responsible luxury, with the hotel being declared as the world’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum rated hotel by the US Green Building Council.
Innovation by the hotel in ensuring environmental sustainability is incredibly important to the team, and it doesn’t end there.
To ensure the safety of single female travellers at ITC hotels, guests are able to request rooms in the EVA area of the hotel (a whole floor at the ITC Maurya). Female guests who select this option have added security features including an escort from the airport, female butlers and security, and an interactive doorbell.
The added security, however, does not compromise on comfort. The EVA floors have a special Tea Service which is delivered daily to the floor by a female member of staff specifically designed by the Chef.
All the rooms in the ITC Maurya are designed with the guests in mind, incredibly comfortable beds, spacious rooms, luxurious bathrobes and large bathrooms in all the rooms. The ITC One rooms offer Pure Rooms that are hypo-allergenically treated for those of us that are sensitive, as well as providing a 24 hour butler service, access to the Luxury Club including daily cocktails and Hors D’oeuvres, as well as many other added benefits.
There is so much more I can say about the ITC Maurya, it is an incredibly well designed and thought out hotel at the pinnacle of innovation and customer service. A hotel I cannot recommend highly enough.
ITC Maurya, New Delhi
Diplomatic Enclave, Sardar Patel Marg,
New Delhi 110 021, India
+91 11 26112233
Natalie Manning stay was courtesy of ITC Hotels