Lots of people go to India to find simplicity in their lives. And some don’t. The Leela has recently opened its latest hotel in New Delhi and, according to hotelchatter.com, it’s the most expensive hotel to ever be built in India and also the first to be built from the ground up in the city in 30 years. Photos of the hotel can be seen here.
The Leela Palace New Delhi, with its 260 guest rooms — including oversized suites of 550+ sq. ft. and a gargantuan Presidential suite at 4425 sq. ft. — is also the first “green” hotel to open in India. As stated in Conde Naste Traveller, it was built in line with Gold LEED certification requirements, an “internationally recognized ‘green building’ certification system.” Meeting these standards means that the building is as environmentally sustainable and energy efficient as it can be.
Other features of the hotel:
- 24-hour butler service
- complimentary airport transfer in limousines
- 5 restaurants and one bar
- hand-woven carpets from Turkey
- $5 million Indian art collection
- rooftop infinity pool
The Maharajah suite includes use of a Rolls Royce, a dedicated elevator, and bullet proof glass (who, exactly, is staying here?). Part of its greening efforts include a rainwater harvesting system and an in-house water treatment plant which recycles 100% of the hotel’s used water.
Maybe the Maharajah suite isn’t exactly affordable, but relatively speaking, at a starting price of $325/night to stay in the most expensive hotel ever built in India, maybe it’s worth it to splurge for a night or two?