The Luxe List 2010, India: Park Hyderabad, Hyderabad

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One of India’s major IT hubs, Hyderabad makes an appropriate address for the country’s most cutting-edge hotel. From its angular, computer-modeled facade—said to emulate the metalwork found in the jewelry collection of the erstwhile Nizams of Hyderabad—to its 270 sleekly outfitted rooms, the latest venture by the Park Hotel Group is as forward thinking as can be, with eco-credentials that include LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification. Service standards are a work in progress, but there’s nothing to detract from the quality of the cooking at the Verandah, which serves updated local fare like Hyderabadi biryani and aloo vepudu curry with crostini. The restaurant is connected to the nightclub below via a translucent “stair tube” that passes through the swimming pool, a novelty that seems right at home at this highly original property

22 Raj Bhavan Rd., Somajiguda; 91-40/2345-6789; theparkhotels.com; doubles from US$329

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