Marvel at the building’s unique angular shape, the cut-glass chandeliers and jewel-tone palette of the 271 guest rooms (which include nine sprawling suites).
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ITC Hotels’ second property in Hyderabad takes its name and inspiration from the Koh-i-Noor, the legendary diamond that once rested in a vault in nearby Golconda Fort. The results are undeniably impressive, from the building’s unique angular shape to the cut-glass chandeliers and jewel-tone palette of the 271 guest rooms (which include nine sprawling suites).
Elsewhere, hundreds of golden bangles hang suspended from the ceiling behind the reception in a tribute to the city’s Laad Bazaar, while inlaid bidri metalwork covers the pillars in the Golconda Pavilion buffet restaurant. All this sumptuousness is complemented by nifty in-room touches such as iPads for controlling everything from lights to TV, discreet valet cupboards, and Vitamin C showers.
The food, too, impresses. Regional Telangana and Andhra cuisine is the highlight at Golconda Pavilion, but be sure not to miss the kebab-laden royal cuisine of Hyderabad’s erstwhile Nizams at the opulent Dum Pukht Begum’s. Also on hand is a 900-square-meter spa—the perfect place to recuperate after a day exploring Golconda Fort, the Qutb Shahi Tombs, and the city’s other historical sites.
91-40/6766-0101; itchotels.in; doubles from US$160.
This article originally appeared in the October/November 2018 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2018: ITC Kohenur, a Luxury Collection Hotel”).