News #IBA2020: These Domestic Hotels Won This Year, Thanks To Your Votes!

#IBA2020: These Domestic Hotels Won This Year, Thanks To Your Votes!

In a neck-to-neck competition, these domestic hotels stood out of the lot and won accolades for their services and care at #IBA2020.


By Bayar Jain Published on Nov 27, 2020, 01:00 PM

#IBA2020: These Domestic Hotels Won This Year, Thanks To Your Votes!

As domestic travel starts to pick up the pace, Indian hotels are ensuring each stay comes packed with even more luxury, comfort, and safety than before. In a neck-to-neck competition, these hospitality chains and brands have stood out of the lot and won accolades for their services and care at this year’s reader’s choice Travel + Leisure India & South Asia’s India’s Best Awards. Scroll down below to see which domestic hotels garnered the maximum votes!


Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport 

Located merely five minutes from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in the capital, Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport is hard to miss. Its 261 rooms and thematic suites offer contemporary interiors that set benchmarks in design, comfort, and convenience ensuring guests an unparalleled experience. One can even host a conference for up to 800 people in the Crystal Hall, which comes with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and can be further split into several rooms for breakout sessions and small-group meetings.

Park Hyatt Chennai 


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Be it a board meeting, a conference, or a social gathering, Park Hyatt Chennai assures its guests seamless corporate experiences. Located just 15 minutes from the Chennai International Airport, the hotel overlooks the Guindy Forest Reserve and boasts 940 square metres of function space. Each of the 200 guestrooms and suites features elegant interiors and all amenities, and the stylish Apartment Gallery comes with state-of-the-art equipment promising an unforgettable experience to the luxury business traveller.


Alila Fort Bishangarh, Jaipur 

Alila Fort Bishangarh is a 230-year-old heritage fort-hotel tucked away in Rajasthan’s Aravalli Hills, just four hours from Delhi and one hour from Jaipur. The hotel’s combination of rugged, untouched parts of the original warrior fort and carefully reconstructed royal residential spaces recreate the authentic grandeur of Shahpura royalty. Long after serving as a watch during battles and subsequently falling prey to ruin, the fort was eventually restored to its former glory in a project that spanned 10 years and finally opened to visitors in 2019.

Samode Palace, Jaipur


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The history of Samode Palace, Jaipur goes back 475 years. Conceptualised in 1985 by Rawal Raghvendra Singh and Yadavendra Singh, the luxury palace hotel is a perfect example of Rajput-Mughal style of architecture and features stately corridors, frescoed walls, and ethereal audience halls that bring together elements of Rajasthani decor, contemporary style, functionality, and luxury. The unique design is further enhanced by its rugged surroundings and expands horizons for travellers while respecting local ways of life. 


The Oberoi, Mumbai  


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The Oberoi, Mumbai is the ideal address for bleisure travel. Suites with ocean and city views, an extensive business centre with board rooms and meeting rooms for up to 20 people, and impeccable service–all blend together to make every event here a success. Its chic Eau Bar with an outdoor deck and a range of well-crafted cocktails promise you a good time. The hotel also has a spa offering signature wellness therapies, a well-equipped fitness centre, and a temperature-controlled pool to unwind after a long day. 

The St. Regis Mumbai 


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Experience bespoke cuisine, wellness, and lifestyle, along with personalised service and urban luxuries at The St. Regis Mumbai. With amenities like high-speed Wi-Fi access, on-call butler, and 24-hour room service, the property makes sure your work goes on uninterrupted. It is an ideal pick for large-scale conferences, custom receptions, and business meetings, with 22 event spaces and rooms for up to 1,000 guests. The dining venues offering a range of cuisines, an all-day lounge bar, a pool, and the Iridium Spa make it perfect for both business and leisure travellers.


Ahilya by the Sea, Goa  


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Tucked away in a quiet corner of North Goa’s Dolphin Bay, Ahilya by the Sea is set in a family home surrounded by understated elegance. Its nine tastefully decorated rooms are spread across three independent villas and feature handpicked artworks. Combining old-world Goan charm and Balinese influences, this boutique stay is where you can enjoy finer things in life – relax by any of the two pools, enjoy board games, feast on coastal delicacies, and take long strolls in the lush gardens or by the beach.

Mihir Garh, House of Rohet


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The boutique hotel of Mihir Garh is home to nine exclusive suites, each offering more than 158 square metres of opulence–think private jacuzzis, plunge pools, spectacular views, personal courtyard, modern amenities, and traditional touches like hand-crafted fireplaces. Numerous alcoves, lounges, and common areas commanding spectacular views have been designed to experience intimacy. A tribute to all things Rajasthan is famous for, Mihir Garh also offers opportunities for village safaris, royal picnics, and dinners under the night sky.


The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

The Oberoi Udaivilas stands tall on the banks of Lake Pichola in the City of Lakes and is spread across 30 acres of verdant landscape, making it the perfect venue for fairy-tale weddings in Rajasthan. While their luxe suites adorned with jharokas, restaurants catering to all tastes, and the indoor and alfresco setups add a dash of opulence to cocktail receptions and weddings, the property’s efficient and intuitive team makes sure that every event is world-class and hassle-free. 

Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty

Overlooking the serene backwaters of Lake Vembanad, Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty brings your dream wedding to life with their passion to celebrate small details and magnificent moments. Located at the crossroads of local culture and global influences, the resort offers 264 guestrooms, with its four private luxury villas taking centre stage. The venue spaces together constitute 3,000 square metres. There are also three helipads, and a pool bar ideal for a cocktail party—all of which make it the ideal venue for opulent weddings.


The Leela Group

For over three decades, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts has been on a journey to provide its guests with unparalleled luxury at nine award-winning addresses. The brand is an epitome of true Indian hospitality and is imbued with a distinct aesthetic that is inspired by the country’s traditions, heritage, cuisine, and artisanal craft. From lending a helping hand to COVID-19 frontline workers through various initiatives to introducing the SURAKSHA programme for guests in the post-COVID-19 world, The Leela Group is always one step ahead.


The Lodhi, New Delhi


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An urban oasis located in Lutyen’s Delhi, The Lodhi is spread across nearly seven acres near the extensive parkland of Lodi Gardens. A member of The Leading Hotels of The World, it offers some of the largest rooms and suites in the city with most featuring private plunge pools and expansive balconies. The hotel’s dining scene is considered amongst the finest in the city, and the world-class spa here comes with an exclusive hammam. Additionally, its dedicated Les Clefs D’Or Concierges creates tailored excursions and experiences in and around Delhi.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore

The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore has received global recognition for delivering legendary hospitality and best-in-class service. Located in the heart of Bengaluru, the five-star property believes in crafting personalised experiences, offering exclusive amenities, and fusing the modern and traditional. These reflect in its 10 dining venues, the 1,579-square-metre wellness retreat, rooms and suites, and 1,858 square metres of private banquet spaces. The hotel also curates experiences like cycling tours of the city, visits to the local Mysore silk weavers, and day tours to a vineyard for an exclusive wine and cheese session.


Alila Diwa Goa 


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Spacious rooms, an infinity pool, a separate pool for kids, kid’s club and teen zone, and a mini theatre, make Alila Diwa Goa ideal for a family getaway. One of Hyatt’s luxury lifestyle resorts located in South Goa, it has received the GBAC Star Accreditation for establishing a cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention programme. The Diwa Club here has introduced the ‘Kid’s Passport’ programme where each little guest gets a passport that resembles a real one. It encourages kids to indulge in activities and collect stamps that can be exchanged for gifts.

InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort 


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Situated along the scenic coastal highway amidst casuarina groves, the beach resort is a paradise for familiesGuests can choose from its 105 rooms including ocean-view suites, dine at three award-winning restaurants, and enjoy an exclusive kids’ facility along with an ongoing staycation offer that lets kids under 12 years of age stay and dine for free. Allow their dedicated concierge service to plan the perfect city outing for your family or let their trained staff babysit the kids as you enjoy a relaxing time at the spa.


ITC Grand Bharat, Gurugram 


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A sanctuary for holistic well-being which takes you through a soothing journey of the mind, body, and spirit, Kaya Kalp – The Royal Spa at ITC Grand Bharat aims to provide luxury spa experiences through exotic indigenous therapies, ancient Ayurvedic rituals, and international healing practices. The spa specialists identify individual body types and suggest specific treatments from an array of therapies and massages. Additionally, the ‘Swasthya’ cuisine at the hotel is crafted to help guests in making healthy dietary choices.

The Roseate Ganges Rishikesh 


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The Roseate Ganges, nestled in the Garhwal Hills of Rishikesh is a balm for the body and soul. The resort offers 16 well-appointed independent villas and a Presidential suite, each opening to a private balcony looking over the Ganga valley and the forest. Trek to the white sand beach for early morning yoga or meditation session. Experience local cuisine from the Garhwali and Kumaoni home kitchens and novel interpretations of international flavours at Chidya Ghar. Signature treatments at the Aheli spa are designed to cleanse, nourish, nurture, heal and rejuvenate. 


ITC Hotels 


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ITC Hotels embraced the credo of ‘Responsible Luxury’ more than a decade ago and has since been constantly upping the ante by offering impeccable service draped in luxury without compromising on sustainability. The properties under the brand’s umbrella welcome you to experience the architectural grandeur of ancient dynasties and the culture of different parts of India while enjoying luxury, guilt-free. ITC Hotels is also the largest chain in the world to have the maximum number of LEED Platinum certified properties. Meeting global standards of hospitality, its hotels offer the most opulent residences with state-of-the-art facilities, renowned signature cuisines, and award-winning wellness experiences. 

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Bayar Jain

Bayar Jain

Senior Content Manager

Equipped with a degree in Sociology (Honours) from the University of Delhi and a postgraduate diploma in English Journalism and Mass Communication from Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai, Bayar enjoys sharing stories of people, places, and different cultures. When not typing her travel tales, you can catch the hobbyist photographer capturing ..Read More

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