A plush peek inside – ITC Kohenur, Hyderabad
Bookmark ITC’s 12th luxury property – ITC Kohenur in Hyderabad on your next visit. And feel like a nawab!
Located in the heart of HITEC city, ITC Kohenur is named after the famed Kohinoor diamond believed to have been mined from Golconda, just 10 kms away from the IT hub. With a coverage area of 920 square metre, the 271-room hotel is spread over three floors and built with a whopping investment of Rs 775 crore. The starting price of a guest room is Rs 11,000 and goes up to Rs 3.5 lakh for suites that overlook the picturesque Lake Durgam Cheruvu.
The Inside Story
The architecture and interior take inspiration from the hotel’s name. The lobby has a crystal-clear glass façade and glass-cut chandeliers. Shiny local art featuring Bidri, Zardozi and Pearls deck the public areas. Geometric diamond patterns and intricate detailing grace the banquet rooms, floor tiles, the lush landscape and the water bodies.
More than half the rooms have been designed to overlook the freshwater lake. Among the 271 luxurious rooms, there are nine palatial suites, nine corporate meeting rooms and one versatile banquet room to host events. Outdoor venues like the Pearl Deck and the Golconda Greens are also a perfect space for thematic parties and corporate dos. You can enjoy a rejuvenating evening at the Royal Spa. But if you want a surge of adrenaline, explore the Golconda Fort, Qutb Shahi Tombs, Chowmahalla Palace and the Charminar – within a 20-km radius of the hotel.
You can expect the same culinary excellence here as it is at other ITC hotels. For those looking to devour world cuisine, there are restaurants that serve flavors of the Far East and Europe, and connoisseurs of Indian gastronomy can lap up a lavish spread from the time of the Maharajas.
The Dum Pukht Begum serves age-old recipes preserved from the times of the Hyderabadi royalty. Decked in rich tapestry and adorned with old-style artwork, the restaurant’s old-world interior is subtly charming. Try the Shahi Nihari, the iconic Dum Pukht biryani and desserts garnished with a gossamer of gold and silver.
The Golconda Pavilion restaurant is another ‘gem’ to go to. This cheerful round-the-clock eatery serves both Indian and international cuisine with an inventive take on classic recipes. We recommend its elaborate buffet that’s set in a spacious ambience.
For those who want to savour something Oriental, there’s Yi Jing. You will be pleasantly surprised to find a medley of tastes and textures in a contemporary culinary interpretation of the Chinese culture. From Chinese paintings to Bonsai, it boasts a stunning ambience.
Head to The Peacock Bar to indulge in a lovely evening with friends. Its glass wall overlooks the garden and pool while the interior is decked with elegant chandeliers and peacock motifs. Its extensive collection of aged spirits and fine beverages will keep bringing you back! The soon-to-be-launched Ottimo Cucina Italiana, ITC’s signature pan-Italian eatery is a must-visit for people who love a perfect pairing of food and wine.
Skypoint – another restaurant that is yet to be unveiled promises to live up to the standards of all the other ITC restaurants. This rooftop bar will overlook the city skyline and have an outdoor sky garden.
Another Neighbourhood Jewel
Less than 15 km away, the ITC Kakatiya Hyderabad is an oasis in the multi-business brand’s treasure trove. Located at Begumpet, the 188-room hotel is an imposing edifice of timeless luxury that pays an apt tribute to the great Kakatiya dynasty of Andhra Pradesh. Its ode to the empire is evident as soon as you step into the hotel. You are greeted by a marble chequered board in the lobby featuring bird motifs and geometric patterns from the era. Exquisite pillars and figures capturing the glory of the Kakatiyas adorn the interior. The region’s best-known weaves – kalamkari and ikat – have been used in the hotel’s bedding and other textile elements.
Some of its beautiful suites overlook the serene Lake Hussain Sagar. Even the swimming pool is designed like a lake surrounded with rocks and palm trees. The abundant greenery and open spaces will encourage you to explore the outdoors. If that doesn’t entice you, its famous succulent kebabs and Hyderabadi Biryani, is sure to set you off on a superb culinary trail.
What’s next? ITC Grand, Goa
By September, ITC is expected to open its first luxury hotel in Goa, as it takes over the Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa. The sea-facing, 252-room property is undergoing renovation to reflect the standards of the ITC. Close to the Arossim beach in Cansaulim, the resort will have five suites and nine restaurants to give holidaymakers a taste of luxury, as they soak up the Goa sun.