ITC Kohenur, Hyderabad | A New Perspective On A Timeless City
When it opens in June 2018, ITC Kohenur will stand as the perfect embodiment of the new face of an ancient city, overlooking the picturesque Durgam Cheruvu (Secret Lake), an oasis of calm and cool.
The first luxury hotel in Hyderabad’s cutting-edge HITEC city, where new technology shines the light of innovation across the globe, ITC Kohenur’s neighbours are game-changers like Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and Google. The opening brings ITC’s luxury portfolio to twelve hotels in nine cities in India.
ITC’s ethos is to have only ‘Hotels that Define the Destination’ in their portfolio – injecting a sense of place and destination into each hotel. This newest addition to the collection is no exception, with its architecture inspired by the priceless, legendary 13th century diamond, the Kohinoor, known in Persian as Koh-e-nur, or Mountain-of-Light – widely believed to have been found in a mine close to Hyderabad.
Utterly contemporary, yet full of texture, the hotel’s light and airy interiors subtly celebrate the brilliance of diamonds throughout. Gorgeous local art pieces give a sense of place: from the shimmering lobby installation made from the famous Hyderabadi bangles; to intricate Bidri metal handicraft work from Karnataka, in South West India; elaborate gold and silver Zardozi-Persian embroidery, originally used to embellish royal tents; and pearls – a nod to Hyderabad’s long history as a trading centre for pearls and diamonds.
ITC Kohenur’s 271 rooms and suites in the city are set to be some of the largest in the city, all inspired by the fabulous Jewels of the Nizam – sapphire, emerald, turquoise, amber and amethyst. Wellness Rooms feature Vitamin C showers, in-room exercise equipment; indoor plants that improve air quality; guilt free minibars with artisanal produce (a collaborative initiative with local producers); Swasthya menus, tried and tested for improving quality of sleep, and wellbeing associates to guide and cater to specific needs. The expansive Grand Presidential Suite will be the largest suite in the area, with floor to ceiling views of the lake, a large balcony, dining room and private gym.
The Peacock Bar is the place to unwind, under a stunning bas relief plaster peacock on the ceiling adorned with intricate tekri (glass work) in the azure, emerald and golden bronze tones of the peacock. SKY HIGH on the top floor, is the place to see and be seen – with views of the Hyderabad skyline and the historic Golconda fort.
ITC has a formidable reputation for its restaurants, and ITC Kohenur will certainly live up to expectations: keeping the ancient tradition of Dum cooking alive and well The Begum’s Dum Pukht will serve dishes from Hyderabadi Royal household, in a resplendent setting redolent of the homes of Hyderabad nobility. An ITC signature restaurant and winner of the Golden Fork Award. Ottimo is also a much-loved ITC restaurant, for delicious regional Italian food. Look out for the classic Italian Fiat mounted on the wall of the bar! Yi Jing’s menu will draw from China’s Sichuan and Cantonese repertoire and the Golconda Pavilion-24*7 offers Indian and European food, all day long.
Like all ITC hotels, ITC Kohenur will be a place to meet for social and business occasions, offering an inspirational choice of calm, contemporary spaces for events, all supported by the latest technology. ITC Club Privé is a new concept: a members’ only private club on the 12th floor with private dining rooms, al fresco seating, meeting room and ‘Modern India Mosaics’, a contemporary Indian restaurant. The Upper Crust Lounge at lobby level is a peaceful haven for Residents of the hotel only.
Guests will also appreciate the three-storey signature Kaya Kalp The Royal Spa – set to be one of the most comprehensive in the city, with Ila products and five treatment rooms including the Couples Suite, with peaceful views of the Durgam Lake. Kaya Kalp spas are deeply rooted in traditional Indian wellness philosophies. Relaxing massages and ancient Ayurvedic rituals create an experience that is meaningful to each person at a spiritual level. Kaya Kalp also offers western style therapies using luxurious products.
Living up to the company’s core philosophy of ‘Responsible Luxury’ ITC Kohenur will have impressive sustainable credentials: a passive solar design strategy has been integrated into the architectural design, along with state of the art equipment and controls to reduce overall energy consumption. The building is 100% Led lit, and features green walls and roof, efficient building orientation, glazing and shading and variable primary high efficiency chillers. Like its sister hotels, ITC Kohenur is expected to receive is LEED Platinum and GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) certification with a few months of the official opening.