If you are a transit passenger with a long waiting time at the Delhi airport is not something you should dread! Thanks to the sprawling hotel complex, Aerocity, there are a number of 5-star chains promising to make your stopover time comfortable. The rising number of hotels in the area is, of course, also good news for business travellers and for anyone looking for event space near the airport.
Adding luxury and elegance to the area are two hotels: Pullman New Delhi Aerocity and Novotel New Delhi Aerocity. The brands, owned by Accor Hotels, offer a total of 670 rooms.
BlueSkyDreamers took a quick look at both of these hotels during the recent launch party. Here are our first impressions:
If the sales person wasn’t taking us through the property tour, we wouldn’t know where Pullman ended and Novotel began. Connected internally, the hotels have a wonderful synergy. It’s a first for Accor Hotels to offer such integration. The brand positioning is, of course, different: while Novotel is a midscale hotel, Pullman is all about luxury.
Pullman: Glitzy. Peacock. Two words come to your mind when you enter this swanky hotel. It’s definitely plush. The muse for the interior design is a peacock. So you see turquoise blue and all ‘peacock’ hues dominating the colour scheme. But whats stuns you the most is the raindrop-shaped chandelier in the lobby. The Peacock Ballroom is equally attractive. We found the rooms’ colour scheme a tad dull though. The rooms are soundproof.
Novotel, on the other hand, is a little business-y in its looks. Targeting business as well as leisure travellers, it has a total of 400 rooms including suites, multipurpose convention space with 11 meeting rooms, 5 boardrooms and claims to have one of the largest ballrooms in Delhi NCR. Lotus inspires the interior of this hotel.
Food & Drinks: The restaurants at Pullman have interesting names. (We shall individually review the restaurants later and tell you the reason why they are named so!) There’s PLUCK, a modern European restaurant. Honk will serve street food from Southeast Asia.The Tea Deli will offer tea with European food. Pling is the bar offering indulgence in form of wines “including the most expensive ones”. Novotel offers cafe cuisine at Food Exchange and drinks at the Quoin Lounge.
Events: That’s what these hotels are focusing on. With a pillar-less ballroom of over 12700 sq ft and convention spaces spread over 40,000 sq ft, the hotel is equipped to host large corporate events and weddings.
Leisure: The hotels have gyms and a common pool. The Woo Spa at Pullman offers a range of relaxing therapies.
We’re reminded of our memorable stay at Novotel Vishakhapatnam. You can read about it here. Have you stayed at a Novotel or Pullman anywhere in the world? Share with us your experience. We’d love to hear from you.