STAY: THE PARK HOTEL, HYDERABAD
So I vacationed in Hyderabad (of my own volition) and ended up loving it! When deciding where to stay, it didn’t take me too long to decide on The Park, a luxury design hotel that’s also green enough to be LEED gold certified.
Quite a striking beast of a hotel, the Skidmore Owings and Merrill designed The Park Hotel Hyderabad has a contemporary facade of perforated metal and a beautiful courtyard with a sort of infinity pool overlooking the Hussain Sagar lake. It has two lobbies apparently mimicking the entrances at Hyderabad’s old forts. Its various restaurants and relaxation areas are attributed to a number of famous designers and a kitschy, eclectic lot of furniture and sculptures are scattered around the hotel. Sometimes the mishmash works, sometimes it doesn’t. Either way, it’s anything but boring.
But it was my room that had me really charmed. After a long soak in a perfect bathtub I spent an hour in a soft cotton robe pouring over The Park’s Chronicles of the Deccan, a Play Clan illustrated storybook of Hyderabad’s history with nifty tips about what to see and do in the city. So nicely done.
For me, it’s always the little details that make a hotel stay enjoyable so I appreciated the matching illustrated signage, notepad and postcards (see some of it here), the fruit bowl, the jewel printed coffee cups, and artwork that included framed traditional Andhra leather puppets. An extra nice touch: a treat of kalakand sitting neatly inside a little silver dish.
Also, two thumbs up for a fantastic breakfast spread and easy access to public transport. I’d definitely stay again.
An aside: The Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport was also designed by SOM. Here are some cool WIP pictures I stumbled upon today.