Wednesday, 31 October 2012

From Gwalior to Kerala, Heritage Hotels go Beyond Rajasthan

-     TripAdvisor honours Top Heritage hotels in India

-     Rajasthan becomes official heritage state with 18 out of 25 best heritage properties from the state.
TripAdvisor ®, the world’s largest travel site, today announced the winners of its 2012 Travellers' Choice® Awards for Heritage Hotels. The list includes the top 25 heritage properties in India, based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions of travellers from India and across the world.

Commenting on the significance of these awards, Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor India said, “The TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for heritage hotels are special as they honour hotels which represent India’s rich past and heritage. These properties preserve a part of our history and recreate the magic to be shared with all.  He further added, “Not just from across the country, but travellers from halfway across the world come to enjoy Indian hospitality in these hotels where they can also experience the charm and grandeur of our rich history.”

Rajasthan, which has 18 of the winning 25 properties, emerges as the undisputed destination for heritage properties while unique hotels from Madhya Pradesh to Maharashtra, Gujarat to Kerala have made their way to the winners list as well. 

While Rajasthan gives you the chance to peek into the lives of onetime royalty, you can’t miss the colonial influences including the British and those of early of Dutch & Portuguese traders, which mark the design of some of these buildings. From erstwhile palaces/residences, home to royal families and maharajas, to colonial style cottages and Victorian shipbuilding yards, these hotels flaunt myriad architectural influences, tracing our history along the way.  

Six hotels from the Taj Group bagged an award while two Samode Hotels properties also made it to the list. Commenting on this win, Deepa Harris – Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces said “We are honoured that six of our properties have found pride of place amongst the top 25 TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Heritage Hotels in the country. Our iconic properties are special and unique and these awards are a wonderful reaffirmation from travellers of our commitment to maintaining the best in world hospitality always.”

And it's not just the chain hotels that have made it to the list; smaller, standalone and boutique properties have also wowed guests and made their mark among the best.

Vijo Job, Managing Partner, Emerald Isle - The Heritage Villa (ranked 7th in the list) said “This is a matter of great pride and honour for our hotel. This award is special as it places our hotel amongst the best and most renowned hospitality brands/ chains in the country today.”

Top 10 of the Travellers’ Choice© Heritage Hotels Award winners:
     1.    Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
     2.    Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
     5.  Samode Palace, Jaipur
     6.   Ratan Vilas. Jodhpur
     8.   Rohet Garh, Rohet
     9.    KTDC Lake Palace, Thekkady

For the complete 2012 Travellers’ Choice Awards for Heritage Hotels winners and more reviews, opinions and candid holiday photographs, go to Check out some amazing photographs of these places taken by TripAdvisor travellers at Top Heritage hotels



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