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Five star slow down

entertainment Updated: Dec 28, 2011 02:22 IST
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Spending New Year’s eve at a five-star hotel may have been an unaffordable luxury for many till a few years ago, but the market conditions coupled with the preference of the young crowd to throng the more happening pubs, has changed all of that. This year, five-star hotels in the city aim to lure customers by offering deals at prices that are almost at par with the stand-alone restaurants.



HotelAt Agni in The Park and Dublin at ITC Maurya, the New Year’s eve package is for Rs 8,000 per couple, that includes free flowing premium beverages and snacks. While Shiro, a stand alone club located inside the premises of Hotel Samrat in Chanakyapuri, is charging Rs 25,000 per couple for a similar fare.



"We have brought down the cost mainly because of competition from stand alones," says Debjeet Banerjee, director, food and beverage, The Park. "The idea is to let people enjoy. We don’t overcharge by inflating the prices on New Year’s eve," says Manisha Bhasin, senior executive chef, ITC Maurya.



Kitty Su, the nightclub at The Lalit, is charging couples Rs 12,000, the same price as the standalone nightclub Hype in Central Delhi. "Five stars can afford to slash prices as they have 5-6 restaurants that take a larger crowd. We can only sell a set number of tickets, so it’s more exclusive," says Saurabh Khanijo of Kylin Premier in Vasant Kunj, which is charging Rs 9,999 per couple.



"Youngsters prefer nightclubs as five stars have more restrictions and are formal," says Vikram Bhalla, GM, Tivoli Garden Hotels, which is charging couples Rs 10,000. Some hotels are going out of their way to make their offer tempting. Aman New Delhi, a five-star hotel sent us details of a New Year’s package for Rs 21,500, including a three-night stay and complimentary massages for a couple. However, they later informed that the package may be under revision.



Stars head elsewhere

Star-crazy Delhi still has no big stars lined up to perform in the Capital on New Year’s eve. The line-up for the city features some known faces — actor Tanushree Dutta at Country Club, Minissha Lamba and Udita Goswami at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Geeta Basra at Radisson Blue and rapper Hard Kaur at Tivoli Garden Hotel. However, the Capital will miss out on bigger stars.



Mallika sherawat

Performing at Tulip Star,

Mumbai, charging Rs 2 crore



Vivek Oberoi

Performing at Country Club, Mumbai,

charging Rs 30 lakh



Ranveer Singh

Performing at Aamby Valley (near Pune),

charging Rs 50 lakh



Veena Malik

Performing at Dubai,

charging Rs 25 lakh

The going rates in Delhi
FIVE STARS

ITC Maurya, Club Dublin:
Rs 8,000 per couple

The Lalit, Kitty Su
Rs 12,000 per couple

The Taj Mahal, Rick’s
Rs 4,500 per person

STAND ALONES

Jynxxx, Nehru Place
Rs12,000 per couple

Olive Beach, Chanakyapuri
Rs 8,000 per couple

Harem, Garden of 5 Senses
Rs 12,000 per couple

Talk to us
If you could afford to go to a five star for the same price as a stand alone, would you? htcity@hindustantimes.com