Gurgaon’s Trident feels like a contemporary take on a Mughal palace, with pale, red-sandstone domes. It has acres of space and surrounds a reflection pool, where flaming torches flicker above its surface as darkness falls. The soaring domes make for dramatic spaces within and without.
The nearest airport is Indira Gandhi, New Delhi, about 15 minutes drive, depending on traffic. Gurgaon is a modern satellite town south of Delhi, which contains many offices, malls, restaurants and large hotels. Central Delhi is about 30 minutes by Metro (and the nearest station is six minute’s walk away), it’s an hour-and-a-half by car.
Style & character
This is a wow-factor place, with flaming torches, domes and waterways, designed by Thai architect Lek Bunag and covering seven acres. It’s a five-star hotel where you’re cushioned from the outside world, but has an outstandingly unique style and character. It’s a popular business hotel, but the design and space makes it feel like a resort.
Service & facilities
Extremely attentive staff are anxious to tend to your every need, with concern for your well-being on a level that could only (possibly) be matched by your mum. There’s an outdoor pool, fitness centre, good spa, and free yoga classes in the morning. A Mini Cooper car and driver is available free of charge for short trips.
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Rooms have contemporary furniture with mid-century clean lines, and are decorated in calm, earthy tones and dotted by Indian artefacts. They’re all on one level and have high ceilings. The best have views through huge arched windows to the central ornamental pool, giving a wonderful sense of serenity (others have garden views). However, all rooms are spacious, with king-size, extremely comfortable beds, and a desk. Suites have two to three rooms, all with large windows. Showers are powerful, toilets are separate from the bathroom and there are bathtubs and Kama toiletries provided.
Food & drink
Under a dramatic, soaring red dome, Cilantro has a global menu, and you can choose from a buffet or try à la carte. Stand-out dishes include lamb chops and authentic fresh pasta. The rich chocolate desserts are also a highlight. For a more intimate lunch or dinner, Indian restaurant Saffron is smaller, with soft lighting. Strikingly white-and-red Konomi serves contemporary Japanese cuisine.
There is a spectacularly designed bar with dramatic central stem, another impressive space where you can try cocktails or sample something from the international wine list. Breakfast is a huge buffet feast in Cilantro, where you can have freshly cooked eggs or pancakes as well as select fruit, pastries, cured meats and cheese, cereals and so on.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Adapted rooms and wheelchairs available.
The Trident is great for families as there’s plenty of space and a pool. There’s also a special children’s brunch on Sunday.
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