The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, one of the scenes of Mumbai’s terrorist attacks in 2008, has reopened its Heritage wing after extensive restoration.
The hotel’s Tower wing (which escaped the attacks unscathed) was reopened in December 2008 (see online news December 18, 2008), but it has taken considerably longer to restore the fire-damaged Palace Wing.
The works have been undertaken by designers Lissoni Associati, Milan, BAMO, San Francisco, LTW Design Works, Kuala Lumpur and James Park Associates, Singapore, and include the restoration of the Taj Club rooms, Grande Luxury rooms, and individually-themed Grand Suites. Restaurants and public spaces, including Sea Lounge, Golden Dragon, Harbour Bar, Wasabi by Morimoto, and the Ballroom have also been renovated.
Commenting on the reopening, Mr. Raymond Bickson, managing director of Indian Hotels Company Limited said, “Today, we have fulfilled our promise of rebuilding the Taj to its former glory. The Taj Mahal has always reinvented itself and its storied past which makes it the icon that it is. The Palace Wing has been lovingly and painstakingly restored, and we now offer our guests an even more customized experience.
“It is a befitting tribute to the spirit and resilience that is The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai and the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the hotel. As India celebrates its 64th year of independence, we warmly welcome our guests, old and new, to the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.”
For more information visit tajhotels.com.
Report by Mark Caswell