The Leela New Delhi- A Majestic City Palace


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Embark on a memorable journey and immerse yourself in the rich, diverse and vibrant Indian culture with the Leela Palace New Delhi.

The hotel offers a tailor-made Delhi experience with an extraordinary tour accompanied by local experts. The Leela Palace New Delhi is ideally located at Chanakyapuri, in close proximity to the Diplomatic Enclave, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Prime Minister’s residence, the Secretariat, leading Business Districts and historical monuments.

The majestic hotel infuses classic and contemporary themes with grandeur, incredible art pieces and a staff that can do no wrong. It has 194 grand, premier and royal rooms, 42 royal clubrooms with a dedicated Butler and access to the Royal Club lounge and amenities aside from 18 suites.

The hotel has the largest rooms in the city that start at 550 sq. ft and are equipped with the latest technology, a stunning and award-winning infinity swimming pool overlooking the city, gym, ESPA spa and an array of spectacular restaurants. Megu, their specialty Japanese restaurant, is a must-visit for Sushi lovers and those who love artisan food.

Jamavar, the signature Michelin Starred Indian restaurant, same as the one in London offers a royal feast. Celebrating the famous 16th century Jamavar shawls of Kashmir, semblances of the intrinsic paisley pattern of the shawl can be found at each Jamavar restaurant at The Leela. The enigmatic chefs and staff ensure a majestic experience.

The Leela has one of the finest and fastest growing collections of contemporary art and revived artisan craft. Curated by Madhu Nair, Director-Design & Operations, the collection includes works of Indian artists who have created works that have found their way into private collections in prominent museums around the world.

Established in 1986, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, owns and operates nine award-winning properties in major cities and magical leisure destinations across India. It has been voted number 7 among Top 20 Hotel Brands in the World in a global readers survey conducted by Travel and Leisure USA. For three years in a row, The Leela received top rankings on quality, location, service, restaurants, and value offered by its properties.

The Stay More Save More offer is tailor-made to maximize the comfort of travellers staying for a minimum of three nights and more. It includes accommodation in one of the largest rooms in the city, with a sumptuous breakfast spread at The Qube, laundry services, one-way airport transfer in a limousine and a host of hotel services on the house.

Early Years

The Leela story begins with its founder Late Capt. CP Krishnan Nair, and a deep hunger that fuelled his ambitions. Born into a poor agricultural family in Kannur District of Kerala, India, Capt. Nair joined the Free India Army in his mid-20s. He met Leela, the daughter of a successful handloom owner, who went on to become his soulmate, a life-partner and the leading lady in all his business ventures. After marriage, he resigned from the Army in 1945 and joined the handloom business, working his charm into the handloom industry, the world over.

Capt. CP Krishnan Nair took over as the CEO of the Producers-Consumers Cooperative Society in Malabar, where the handloom industry was going through troubled times. Convinced that India had lost much of its arts and crafts in weaving during the colonization period, Capt. Nair prioritized the revitalizing of the dying handloom textile industry in the country. In 1951, he started the Leela Lace, a company that pioneered the fabric called ‘Bleeding Madras’, which went on to become one of the most sought after material in USA. He engaged with the best in the business and the long list of coveted clients included designers such as Liz Claiborne, Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren. Soon, his business grew. And as Capt. Nair’s travels increased, so did his exposure to some of the most hospitable and luxurious hotels of the world. He was greatly impressed by the high standards of hospitality at some of the iconic hotels of that time. During several interactions with General Managers of these hotels who would host him over lavish meals, he understood the finer nuances of what it took to make a luxury hotel.

So, well into his 60s, with the innumerable crowning achievements of his earlier venture, he decided to embark upon his true calling in life – a journey into the world of luxury hospitality. A born achiever, he quickly set the footprints of an empire comprising of luxury hotels in India that would excel in comfort and offer global benchmarks in service whilst maintaining the traditional warmth and grace of Indian hospitality.