In the fast moving travel and hospitality industry, Pullman is the latest entrant catering to the luxury traveller. And right next to it is the brand’s other offering Novotel.
Word, videos and photos: Ambica Gulati
Under AccorHotels’s umbrella, the 100th Pullman is operational in India. Located next to the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi at Aerocity, AccorHotels has also positioned its other brand Novotel next to it.
The two hotels are interconnected and share a common swimming pool and courtyard. Coming together in the shape of the alphabet E, they also share the herb garden and the Woo Wellness Spa and Salon. Another common area is the convention space which is more than 40, 000 sqft with pillarless ballrooms measuring 12,719sqft. These can be partitioned into three separate halls. The courtyard with its wooden seating is another area to hold outdoor meetings and shows.
What’s different between the two hotels
The gyms are different, as are the rooms and the architecture. The multi-cuisine restaurant at Novotel is more of a buffet offering while Pluck at Pullman is the fine dining culinary space. But guests at both the hotels can choose their dining options.
Membership for the gym and spa would be open for visiting guests also.
Designing the dancing peacock
Unique to Pullman is the dancing peacock theme and the interior done by Singapore-based Merriem Hall Designs. The dance of the peacock during the rains is what you get to see in the 6,000 hanging lobby lights. But more interesting is the use of colour across the upholstery and in the décor.
The skywalk leading to Café Pluck, the 24X7 coffee area, is an interesting staircase with the feel of walking through an open area.
Following the sounds of nature, the lux-lounge has been named Pling which is the sound of the falling raindrop. It showcases a selection of wines with the signature ‘Vinoteca by Pullman’ concept.
And there is Pluck, the flower-themed restaurant, offering fine dining multi-cuisine. The USP of these two restaurants is their cutlery. The glasses used for water are designed angular. The cutlery at Pluck comes from Guy Degrenne whose roots go to 1948 when its founder, Guy Degrenne, gave a second life to armour-plating of tanks left over the battle of Normandy in 1944. The recycled steel was used to produce the first matrices for stainless steel cutlery, an innovation in itself. At the entrance of Pluck is the tea wall, Tea Deli.
And then there’s the signature Asian bistro, Honk, with indoor and alfresco seating, offering Asian inspired street food cuisine.
Pullman has 270 rooms. There are wide working desks, Bose sound link II and complimentary Wi-Fi and bathtubs. The corridors of Pullman are wider as compared to Novotel which caters to the mid-size segment. And the price difference between the two hotels is between Rs 2,000-3,000. While a standard room at Pullman costs Rs 9,999 plus taxes, it is Rs 7,999 plus taxes at Novotel.
Novotel New Delhi Aerocity
Novotel is 400-key hotel with a unique Moncierge concept. There is also a Mac station which is free for guests. Through Moncierge (which means My Concierge), the guests can browse and find all they are looking for—travel options, places of interest and more.
Le Club AccorHotels, the group’s multi-brand loyalty programme gives perks to members such as welcome drinks, room upgrades, free nights, priority check-ins and late check-outs and more.
The walk ended with a lunch curated by Chef Ajay Anand-Chief Culinary Designer at Pullman Novotel. The four course menu with a mix of ingredients and dishes was an exquisite example of what the guests will experience at Pluck. Check the video tour.