New food and beverage model will be taken up in the second phase
Indian Hotels Company (IHCL) has taken up a major renovation of its business hotels across the country.
Based on detailed consumer research studies on the needs and lifestyle of its guests, the company, which owns the Taj brand of hotels, has made changes and enhanced both product and service experience through its key hotels.
The renovation work was started last year, said Jyoti Narang, Chief Operating Officer - Business Hotels, Indian Hotels.
The first phase of renovation had created a contemporary new room design. Till date, this room template had been rolled out in Taj Business Hotels in Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Vizag and Chandigarh. The process would continue over the next few years, she added. Banqueting facilities at Taj President, Mumbai, and at Taj Residency, Bangalore, were also renovated.
In the second phase, Ms. Narang said, the hotels would be taking up a new food and beverage model. It would have `high energy bar' concept like `Distil' in Taj Connemara, Chennai. It had already opened `Ice' at Taj Residency in Bangalore and `Lava' at Taj Chandigarh in Chandigarh.
Early next year, it would be opening a similar bar at Taj President in Mumbai.
The Taj Hotels had so far spent nearly Rs. 100 crore on the overall renovation business and hoped to spend more.
As it was continuing the food and beverage phase, Taj Hotels was now ushering in a new paradigm coffee shops.
The Verandah at Taj Connemara was the first new 24/7 coffee shop. The concept of this new coffee shop includes a contemporary mix of cuisines and an open plan kitchen.
There would also be `do it yourself' options such as juices and other breakfast items.
Ms. Narang said for speciality restaurants too, there was a new template. The new `Hip Asia' at the Taj Connemara was the first of the new restaurants followed by Dera in Taj Chandigarh.