'Bikki' Oberoi rebuilds his pet property
The 81-year-old Chairman of the Oberoi Group, P R S Oberoi, better known as Bikki Oberoi camped in Mumbai for days to supervise the restoration work of The Oberoi at Nariman Point.mumbai Updated: Apr 22, 2010 01:16 IST
The 81-year-old Chairman of the Oberoi Group, P R S Oberoi, better known as Bikki Oberoi camped in Mumbai for days to supervise the restoration work of The Oberoi at Nariman Point.
It was the first hotel Bikki had developed as a young hotelier and he was deeply attached to it.
On Saturday, The Oberoi, Mumbai, will reopen for service 17 months after terrorists attacked the south Mumbai property on November 26, 2008, and reduced it to a skeleton of a building.
"The chairman was deeply involved and he even selected the colour of the marble flooring and every minute detail of the rooms and restaurants," said a senior official requesting anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Though care has been taken to ensure the décor of the hotel matches with the best hotels around the world, maximum importance has been given to security.
"It is a mix of visible and invisible security measures," said Liam Lambert, president, Oberoi Hotels and Resorts.
Two international security consultants have been roped in and the Oberoi Group now has a Chief Security Officer.
The number of security personnel at the Mumbai property has increased from five to 50. Security personnel guard each floor of the hotel, round the clock.
Security at the entrance has been increased as has the number of close circuit television sets.
The hotel, which has been a luxury hotel since its inception, will continue to be a premium hotel for an exclusive clientele.
Every guest will enjoy 24-hour butler service and rooms have been priced between Rs 22,000 to Rs 25,000 a night.
Suites will cost between Rs 65,000 to Rs 3 lakh a night.
Two guests have already checked in and 37 will come in on April 24.
More than 600 employees are getting ready to welcome more guests.