The Oberoi Gurgaon is luxe-business heaven. Its lobby and largest restaurant are contained in a glass box, divided by strips of shimmering steel, overlooking a royal-blue lake-large pool and pea-green living wall. Set in nine acres, it’s glamorous and contemporary, and rooms are among the city’s biggest.
The nearest airport is Indira Gandhi, New Delhi, about 15 minutes’ drive (traffic permitting). Gurgaon is a modern satellite town south of Delhi, and full of offices, malls, restaurants and large hotels. Central Delhi is a half-hour Metro trip (the nearest station is a few minute’s walk); it’s an hour-and-a-half by car. The Trident Gurgaon, the Oberoi’s sister hotel, is next door, so you can use its facilities as well.
Style & character
Shimmeringly grand and elegant; the Oberoi has the kind of glamour usually seen at awards ceremonies or in perfume ads. Most people are staying here on business, but there’s a sense that you’re at leisure. Vast, contemporary flower arrangements, chrome, glass and marble, are complemented by furnishings of that mix pale serene and earthy colours with accents of rich red. An in-house Gucci store sets the tone.
Service & facilities
There are myriad staff, all of whom greet you as you pass, from the cleaners to the concierge. They’re attentive without being annoying. All guests have 24-hour butler service (trained by the UK Guild of English Butlers – who knew!?). There’s also a 24-hour spa and gym, and yoga and fitness classes. The outdoor pool is an Olympic-sized 55 metres. Chauffeur service is via the fleet of BMWs.
- Fitness centre
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
Rooms are all flooded by natural light through huge plate-glass windows. The smallest are the deluxe rooms at 58 square metres, which overlook the concrete towers of Gurgaon, and are furnished in natural tones, with modern artworks on the walls. All rooms have king-sized beds, a freestanding bath and separate rainfall shower. Luxury rooms are the same size, but overlook the hotel gardens. Suites are larger still, with sofas in the sitting areas and more vast windows, this time overlooking the swimming pool or the centrepiece reflection pool, which is lit by flaming torches at night.
Food & drink
Creative Indian restaurant Amaranta serves classic dishes presented in different ways. The innovative chef, Tejas Sovani, works with a team of six expert regional chefs. Fresh fish is flown in from the coast daily. The tasting menu is a conceptual journey, with nine courses and wine pairing. Threesixone° has views out over the swimming pool and living wall through chrome and glass and five open kitchens showing off the Japanese, Chinese, Italian and Indian food preparation. There’s also a patisserie, and masculine-chic cigar lounge and piano bar with more views over the green wall and deep-blue pool.
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