Grout (the cement between tiles) seldom gets the credit it deserves and has probably never been discussed before on Tripadvisor - but it is important. The reason I say this is because the craftsmanship that goes into good grouting demonstrates the attention to detail and quality finish you expect in the very best hotels. The Leela Palace falls into this category. The ambiance is lavish, almost opulent, and the rooms have been finished to exquisite detail, right down to mini TVs to fall asleep to as you relax in a full size bath. And that is where you will notice (or probably not) how good the grout is.
The reason I am hung up on grout is that last week I reviewed the Lotte in Moscow and gave it 5 stars even though the tiling was poor and they had left in the spacers.
The Leela I am rating 4 even though the finish quality is better (all other things being equal). Why? Because you get slugged for paying extra for wi-fi. In this day and age there is no excuse for high end hotels to be doing this.
Otherwise this place will not disappoint.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Leela Palace New Delhi at Chanakyapuri is located in the exclusive Diplomatic Enclave and has room sizes starting from 520 Sq ft. The hotel is close to the seat of government and houses four specialty restaurants and three bars, a multilevel spa with a fully equipped fitness center and the city's only rooftop temperature-controlled swimming pool. The hotel offers complimentary broadband access of 10 mbps for its club guests along with breakfast, five complimentary food & beverage presentations round the clock, round trip airport transfers by a BMW fleet and complimentary use of meeting rooms upto 2 hours. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Leela Palace New Delhi Hotel New Delhi