Lemon Tree hotels was incorporated in 2002 and operated 27 hotels across 16 cities in India. The group is divided into three brands namely Lemon Tree Premier (premium), Lemon Tree Hotels (midscale) and Red Fox Hotels (budget). By 2018, Lemon Tree Hotels aims to touch an inventory of 8,000 rooms (they are currently at 3,000). They are heavily invested into corporate social responsibility and about 13 per cent of their employees are individuals with special abilities.
WHAT’S IT LIKE?
I stayed at their upscale property, Lemon Tree Premier at Gurgaon’s Leisure Valley. As the name suggests, a whiff of lemony-freshness welcomes you at the reception. The decor is simple but uses bright colours to add a sense of zest to the ambience. Plants are placed at strategic locations in the lobby. Their restaurant and bar are on the ground floor itself. A lift takes you to the hotel’s 81 rooms and suites.
WHERE IS IT?
Lemon Tree Premier is in the heart of Gurgaon’s commercial centres; Udyog Vihar is about 6km, Global Business Park about 6km and DLF Square is about 2 km away. The international airport is a 25-minute drive and the railway station is an hour away (in Delhi).
Lemon Tree Premier has Business rooms which are divided into Superior rooms (26 sqm), Deluxe rooms (22 sqm), Executive rooms (24 sqm), Studios (30 sqm) and Executive suites (37sqm). The hotel also has a differently abled room for its special guests. The Executive suite (37 sqm) that I stayed in had a separate living room and bedroom with an attached bathroom. The layout is smart and empty spaces were used well. A workstation in the living room faces the window and a microwave is fitted near the sofas. The suite also features an LCD television with DVD player, an in-room safe and a mini-bar. The hotel provides complimentary wifi to its guests.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
Citrus Cafe — their all day dining restaurant serves a multitude of cuisines. While they specialise in Indian cuisine, their “ghar ka khana” menu (means home-food in Hindi) serves home-styled meals to Indian business travellers. The hotel’s bar — Slounge is a casual place for an informal meet. It’s also the preferred choice of corporate travellers that want to unwind with a pool table, playstation and some commercial music.
BUSINESS AND MEETING FACILITIES
Lemon Tree Premier houses a conference room (92 sqm) that can accommodate 40 and a meeting space called Tangerine Grand (328 sqm) that fits 150. Both the rooms are equipped high-speed wifi, a surround system, LCD projector and a DVD player. A business centre with iMac terminals and complimentary wifi is also available to guests through the day.
Primarily a business hotel, Lemon Tree Premier offers basic amenities to guests, nothing too extravagant. A fitness centre, spa and swimming pool are a part of the property. A guest relations officer can guide you through the facilities. Lemon Tree Premier also has fleet of premium vehicles for those looking for transport options in the city.
A convenient, no-fuss option for the serious corporate traveller.
PRICE: Internet rates for a midweek stay for business room in March started from ₹6,997
CONTACT: 48-52, Leisure Valley, Sector-29, Gurgaon, Haryana – 122002; +91124 4480200; www.lemontreehotels.com