Deciding the concept and USP of a five star hotel’s décor is a tricky thing. Every hotel wants to look lavish, exhibit modernity, splendour and yet look different from others. Not many succeed and end up going overboard. The Claridges Hotel at Surajkund, however, has successfully managed the difficult task of achieving artistic aesthetics with minimalism… in a look that is delightful and not over the top.
The hotel-resort is located in the green belt of Surajkund area that falls in Faridabad. One surprising thing is that instead of entering from the conventional straight-from-the-porch glass doors, the guest entry is through a panel on the left which opens into a relatively smaller reception counter than one is used to seeing. It later strikes you as an intelligent utilisation of the space in the front as an extended corridor, also housing the confectionery and patisserie counter.
As you enter the lobby, the first thing that strikes you is the ample use of bright colours, quite a trademark of the P Interiors & Associates (PIA), the noted interior design agency from Bangkok, that has done up the place. There is a big blown glass mural on the left wall of the lounge area, depicting multi coloured flowers, all made of fine imported glass. We are told that while the bigger pieces of the installation were imported, the smaller ones were made locally.
The other side of the ‘Art Lounge’, as the hotel calls it, overlooks the central courtyard. The concept behind this courtyard is very interesting… this is one area that’s visible from the terrace of all the rooms, the all day dining restaurant and the beautifully done up bar, and is essentially a small lawn with lanterns and musical fountains that add a dreamy touch to the ambience in the evenings.
Azure or the Blue Bar in the hotel has a very contemporary look to it, with lounge seating, soft blue lighting, laser cut door panels and hanging laser lights on the wooden ceiling. There are two other highlighting features of the décor and ambience— the very welcoming infinity pool next to the proper swimming pool (there is also a separate kids pool which is spacious than the usual) and the display of superb artwork and sculptures from artists all across the country.
There is the beautiful blown glass mural by Rashmi Dey, limited edition serigraphs in the business centre by Thota Vaikuntam and exquisite terracotta sculptures by Shyamal Roy, among others.
In the days to come, the hotel expects to unveil its signature Indian restaurant Dhabha, with a rustic rural décor, and a world class spa with a contemporary feel. With a blend of traditional and modern in its ambience, Claridges Surajkund has good reason to hope for becoming a fine option for a business-leisure getaway.