The ninth Taj hotel in Kerala will launch in the first quarter of 2018 under The Gateway brand in Kochi. This is the second Taj property in the city, after Vivanta by Taj — Malabar, Kochi.
The 130-key property is being built within proximity to Kochi’s IT hub, Infopark, and the 246-acre smart city in the Kakkanad region.
For this project, Tata Group-owned Indian Hotels Company has signed a management contract with Muthoot Hotels and Infrastructure Ventures. A Taj official says, “This initiative into the burgeoning [Kerala’s] markets is a key aspect of the domestic expansion strategy. Kochi has been in the forefront of rapid growth of corporate traffic, industry and the retail revolution coupled with a booming entertainment business. The strategic location and timing of the project are key factors in establishing our presence in this important market”.
Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces has also announced the launch of Taj Swarna in Amritsar. The 166-key property, including nine suites, is scheduled to open this month, on January 15.
The hotel is reflective of the fusion of art, history and culture of Punjab, and is a mix of modern design with finishing touches from traditional influences.
Taj Swarna has also announced two inaugural promotions — the first entails a 10 per cent discount at Jiva Spa and restaurants within the hotel. The second promotion — The Golden Temple Tour — includes the above mentioned 10 per cent discounts, as well as a half day tour of Amritsar.
Both promotions require a minimum stay of two nights, and are valid from January 14 until May 31.
Taj Swarna has one all-day multi-cuisine restaurant — Grand Trunk; The Chinese Room serves Asian food; The Peg is a lounge that houses single malts, boutique rums and exotic Cuban cigars.
Guests can rejuvenate and relax at The Jiva Spa and Salon, the fitness centres, as well as the swimming pool that is accompanied with a Jacuzzi.