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Top 10 Hotel Chains In India That Changed The Face Of The Hospitality Industry

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Hotel Industry is a crucial element of the Indian economy and has been mostly ignored by people when it comes to starting their brand or their venture. But to their surprise, this industry garners revenue 365 days without much manpower and is a luxurious business to be in. This article talks about the top 10 game players in the Hospitality Industry and most precisely the luxurious hotel chains in India. Their present-day stretch, speciality, capacity and the pioneers, this article reveals it all. Today we are discussing the top 10 hotel chains in India.

The Grand Hotel Industry

India, the paradise of cultures and cuisines, the wonderland of the world’s seventh wonder – The Taj Mahal, a myriad of 38 world’s heritage sites, is one of the world’s largest tourism markets. Indian tourism market is expected to reach 35 trillion by 2029. Even after the advent of Pandemic, the Government is trying its best to help MSMEs revive and grow extensively as tourism accounts for 8.0% of the total employment in India. And the backbone of this industry is the extensive and dense network of hotel chains which run through the nation.

Yes, it’s true! We are talking about the luxurious multi starer hotel chains in India which bring trillions of revenue to the nation and cater audience across the globe for their best in class hospitality and facilities. You will be surprised to know that revenue per room for a deluxe 5-star hotel room was 107 USD in the fiscal year 2019. This makes it interesting to know who are these billionaires which have been changing the face of Industrialism and precisely have made the art of Hospitality today’s renowned HOTEL INDUSTRY. Today we are talking about the luxurious hotel chains in India which provide the best comfort to their guests. Not only the guests, but these hotel chains are also a dream for many HM students to get jobs and start of their careers into this vast hotel industry.

Top 10 Hotel Chains in India

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts

The Free Indian Army Captain with his roots in Kannur, Kerala, who laid the foundation of one of the best luxurious 5-star hotel chains in India – The Leela; Late Capt. CP Krishnan Nair did it all. Named after his wife, the Leela is a range of nine award-winning lux hotels spread across key destinations in India, which is currently being owned by Brookfield Asset Management. During his handloom business, he had to meet high profile people which made him visit some of the luxurious hotels in the world, those days. He was always fascinated by their high standard of hospitality and the nuances of dining they offered. So at the age of 65, Capt. CP Krishnan opened the first-ever luxury hotel near Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport – the Leela Mumbai in 1986 and has been awarded National Tourism Award for being the highest-grossing foreign exchange earner. The Portuguese inspiration – The Leela Goa, the great Mysore Palace inspiration – The Leela Palace Bengaluru, the royal Rajasthani heritage – The Leela Udaipur, Chennai’s only modern palace – The Leela Chennai, the remembrance of Sir Edward Lutyens – The Leela Palace New Delhi or the upcoming aesthetic The Mahatma Mandir Convention and Exhibition Centre by The Leela, the brand has incorporated the royal heritage, traditional warmth and the charm of modern age architecture in its range of hotels. Each of them has been aesthetically designed with luxurious rooms and suites, superlative lounges, 24 hours fitness centres, exotic spas, pillar-less halls and much more with a capacity of more than 300 rooms. Truly the dream of Capt. CP Krishnan has come to life, reliving the royal Indian heritage each day at The Leela.

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and ResortsImage Source:- The Leela

ITC Hotels

With over 100 hotels in more than 70 destinations, ITC Hotels is India’s third-largest hotel chain in India and is one of the luxurious hotel chains in the world. The Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Kanpur, Sanjiv Puri, founded ITC hotel chains in 1975, as a part of ITC Limited group of Industries which later signed a franchise agreement with Marriott International to operate as part of its Luxury Collection. Mr Puri is a pioneer who established the best hotel chain which continues to pursue Responsible Luxury by empowering India in terms of employment & economy. ITC hotels have categorised it as a range of hotels under four distinct brands namely Marriott’s “The Luxury Collection”, Welcomhotels, Fortune Hotels & WelcomHeritage. They have reconstructed plenty of palaces, forts, Havelis & royal homes which were degrading with time. They have been instrumental in preserving historical Indian Grandeur and Opulence while offering best in class modern hospitality services in terms of their branded cuisine – the WelcomCuisine, Kaya Kalp Spa, ITC Green Centre, excellent accommodation or their Platinum LEED certificate which makes them the Greenest Hotel Chain in India.

ITC Hotels is India

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Lemon Tree Hotels

Lemon Tree hotel chain is the largest mid-priced hotel chain in India and ranks amongst the best luxurious hotel chains in India with 82 hotels, more than 8100 rooms in 50 different cities across the nation. Founded by Patanjali (Patu) Keswani, Lemon Trees operates under the label of 7 brands: Aurika Hotels and Resorts (upscale), Lemon Tree Premier (upper midscale), Lemon Tree Hotels (midscale) & Red Fox by Lemon Tree Hotels (economy), Keys Prima (upper midscale), Keys Select (midscale) and Keys Lite (economy). The brand keeps up their promise of exclusive hospitality by high-class professionals they have and offers stylish features & excellent services. They focus on a healthy “triple bottom line” which aims at maintaining sustainability between planet, people and profit and has helped them achieve Leadership in Energy and Design (LEED) gold certificate. It’s a matter of fact that today, 16% of employees are those Indians who were opportunity deprived by some means before and it holds as a testimony that not just being the most exclusive hotel chain in India, they are also the most responsible hotel chain in India.

Lemon Tree hotel chain is the largest mid-priced hotel chain in India Image Source:- Lemon Tree Hotel

The Oberoi Group

Padma Bhushan Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi, also known as “Corporate Hotelier of the World” succeeded the lineage of one of the oldest and largest luxurious hotel chains in India – The Oberoi Group, established by his father Rai Bahadur Mohan Singh Oberoi in 1934. An opulent hospitality chain with 31 luxury hotels and 5 cruise ships in 5 countries, the Oberois have proven their mettle worldwide. Their hotel chain has two brands – Oberoi Hotels & Resorts and Trident Brands, which launched India’s first modern five-star, world-class hotel – Oberoi Intercontinental in Delhi. Whether it’s their spas, bars, catering or management, everything is a style of excellence that they have been passing on generation after generation. Oberois were the first to employ women in hospitality and now have a team of 12,000 people. Even after the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack in The Oberoi Trident, they didn’t stop and continued to deliver what they believe, an experience that lasts with you forever.

The Oberoi GroupImage Source:- Oberoi Hotels

Neemrana Hotels

Neemrana hotel chain is a bit different from what we have discussed before. Neemrana Hotels is an Indian organisation that restores the heritage sites and transforms them into hotels. It was founded in 1991 by Aman Nath and Francis Wacziarg, a former French diplomat and Indian resident. Their interest in heritage architecture led them to buy Neemrana Fort and later they transformed the ruins into a colonial-style hotel with 12 rooms. Today they own 18 hotels in 13 different locations including the Baradari Palace, Piramal Haveli, Tijara Fort-Palace, The Glasshouse on the Ganges and have even restored the famous Pataudi Palace. The “non-hotel” experience that they offer allows you to relive that era with the works of local artisans and traditional craftsmen. Neemrana is an exquisite hotel chain which offers one in a lifetime experience.

Neemrana HotelsImage Source:- Neemrana Hotels

The LaLiT

The LaLiT is a luxury hotel chain of 12 hotelsImage Source:- The LaliT

The Residency Group of Hotels

The Residency Group of Hotels is a confluence of luxury, business and boutique hotels in South India, namely Chennai, Coimbatore, Puducherry and Karur. Its hotels are a range of 5-star hotel chains in India along with other multi starred hotels. The brand is owned by Appaswamy Real Estates Ltd. under the flagship of Ravi Appaswamy. What makes this hotel chain different is their themed restaurants and bars & its food and beverages options for which they have many times topped Times Food Guide. Their advanced and intrusive hospitality, guest-centric approach, leisure and banquet facility gives you a more personalised deluxe experience and leaves a long-lasting impact. If you are looking for some new-age hotel experience then Residency Group of Hotels is the right pick for you.

The Residency Group of Hotels is a confluence of luxury, business and boutique hotels in South IndiaImage Source:- Goibibo

Sarovar Hotels & Resorts

Sarovar Hotels & Resorts is the hotel chain which stretches throughout India with three premium brands: Sarovar Premiere and Park Plaza – the upscale (5-star) segment, Sarovar Portico and Park Inn – the midmarket (3 to 4 star) segment, Hometel – 3-star to budget. Anil Madhok, the pioneer of Sarovar Hotels & Resorts, laid its foundation in 1994 after he garnered his experience from The Oberoi Group. He has a Lifetime Achievement Award by Hotelier India and it’s visible in the hospitality of this premium hotel chain. They offer affordable luxury to chic boutiques with value-driven excellence in more than 85 hotels over 55 destinations and hence fit well in between the luxurious 5-star hotel chain and the affordable 5-star hotel chain of India.

Sarovar Hotels & ResortsImage Source:- Sarovar Hotels

Indian Hotels Company Limited

Indian Hotels Company Limited is the first hotel chain in India that was ever established. Established by the Industrialist Jamsetji Tata in 1899, with 121 years of experience, IHCL has 196 hotels in 12 countries across 4 continents, with over 20,000 rooms and 25,000 employees. Truly a magnificent and the most luxurious hotel chain. It opened the first luxurious hotel of India – The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai – the site of 26/11 Mumbai Terrorist attack. Apart from their luxurious hotel chains, they also have midscale hotel chain Ginger Hotels and the upscale one namely The Gateway Hotels and Resorts and Vivanta Hotels. This legacy hotel chain now comes under the Tata Group and has Jungle Safaris as well. With time they have been flourishing more and more; from being a brand in India to being the Asia’s largest hospitality brand and now have launched SeleQtions, a named collection from IHCL. IHCL truly is a gourmet experience hotel chain in India.

Indian Hotels Company Limited is the first hotel chain in India that was ever established. Image Source:- ihcltata

Oyo Rooms

Oyo Rooms, a start-up of 2013 which is today’s largest hotel chain in India, covering mostly the leased and franchised hotels, homes and living spaces. It is an affordable and budget hotel chain. Ritesh Agarwal, an intelligent CEO, who cracked the hospitality market with more than 10 billion funding from China as of now, has expanded globally with thousands of hotels and millions of rooms just in India. Oyo Townhouse, Oyo Home, Oyo Vacation Homes, Palette, Oyo Life, Yo! Help are some of the features and facilities that the brand offers. Things that attributed to its success were budget-friendliness, easy agreement and mobile application. Though Oyo has been accused of scandalous controversies of breaching customer privacy, rape incidents, and mismanagement by the staff, Oyo is still catering its popularity and has invested in Hooters Casino Hotel of USA and acquired Amsterdam based Leisure Group last year, 2019.

Oyo Rooms, a start-up of 2013 which is today’s largest hotel chain in IndiaImage Source:- Oyo Rooms

Where are you staying NEXT?

Now that you have read the magnanimous game-changers of the Hotel Industry, you might be curious to experience a few of their hospitality or might even have got motivated to build one of your hotel chains. The stigma behind the success story of most of these hotel chains was their vision and determination that not all looked for expansion but everyone focussed on excelling whatever they were good at. They analysed the changing trends, taste of the modern audience and customised their hotels to give their guests personalised experience. And most importantly all of them kept the authenticity of heritage India alive as it’s the driving force of Tourism in India. So you may decide where you are staying NEXT, either in one of the hotels of the above luxurious hotel chains or in the hotel of your hotel chain. The choice is YOURS!


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