Bharat Hotels Limited is known as India’s largest privately owned hotel company and also the fastest growing hospitality group.
Headquartered in New Delhi, the company started its first hotel in 1988 under the dynamic leadership of Founder Chairman Mr Lalit Suri, who had spearheaded the Group’s unprecedented expansion plans, till he passed away in 2006. Rapid expansion and consolidation of its leadership position continues under the equally dynamic stewardship of Dr. Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson & Managing Director.
All hotels were operated under the brand of The Grand Hotels, Palaces & Resorts till November 19, 2008, when the company re-branded as ‘The LaLiT’ for its top line hotels, under The LaLiT Suri Hospitality Group which has seventeen luxurious hotels, 3600 rooms in the five-star deluxe segment - Eight Operating hotels and nine under development.
Established in 1982, the company opened its first and flagship hotel in 1988 – a 457 room 5-star deluxe hotel at Barakhamba Avenue, Connaught Place, New Delhi. The complex also has two prestigious commercial offerings, The World Trade Centre and World Trade Tower.
Known as India’s largest privately owned hotel company and also the fastest growing hospitality group, Bharat Hotels now has Seventeen luxurious hotels, 3600 rooms in the five-star deluxe segment - with Eight operating hotels and Nine under development.
All hotels were operated under the Grand Hotels, Palaces & Resorts till November 19, 2008, when the company re-branded as ‘The LaLiT’ for its top line hotels, under The LaLiT Suri Hospitality Group.
The company has also been associated with internationally renowned hospitality groups like Holiday Inn Hotels (opening Asia-Pacific’s first Crowne Plaza Hotel), The Hilton Hotels and InterContinental Hotels Group - IHG (with whom it still operates its Mumbai and Goa hotels). The experience gained from these international companies, has been consolidated into its unique service offerings - which provide ‘Limitless Hospitality’ with a distinctive Indian feel. Today, not only does Bharat Hotels have an enviable bouquet of destination properties in India but now exports its expertise overseas (with projects under development in Dubai and Thailand).
Bharat Hotels second property started in 1998 with the opening of the 115-room the ‘Grand Palace’ in Srinagar, which is a spectacular heritage hotel and the former residence of the Maharajas.
On November 30, 2001, the company signed a deal to operate and manage the 186-room, Hotel Ashok in Bangalore on a management contract from ITDC, under approval of the CCD (Cabinet Committee on Disinvestment, Government of India). The hotel now wears a contemporary new look and is know as The LaLiT Ashok Bangalore. In early 2002, Bharat Hotels successfully bid for two more ITDC properties – The 55-room Laxmi Vilas Palace in Udaipur, which now operates as The LaLiT Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur, along with the 47-room property in the temple town of Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh - The LaLiT Temple View Khajuraho, which has also been completely renovated as a top line boutique hotel.
In 2003, two hotels were opened, as new builds - in Mumbai and Goa. The 255 ‘all suites’ super luxury resort, with its very own golf course - InterContinental The LaLiT Goa Resort and the 368 room InterContinental The LaLiT Mumbai, in India’s commercial capital Mumbai, which boasts of Asia’s largest atrium lobby.
In November 2005, the Company successfully bid for the prestigious 168-year-old ‘Great Eastern Kolkata’. Built in 1840, during the Britsh Era – is presently under careful restoration and will re-open shortly as - The LaLiT Great Eastern Kolkata.
In April, 2007, work commenced on the company’s properties in Jaipur and Bekal. The LaLiT Resort & Spa Bekal is operational since November 2009, while projects Chandigarh, Ahmedabad and Noida are developing on schedule.
On May 02, 2007, Bharat Hotels announced its first overseas project – The LaLiT Grand Fort Dubai, in collaboration with Nakheel of UAE; the ground breaking ceremony for which has taken place on October 26, 2008.
In early 2008 – an existing resort was taken over in Koh Samui (Thailand). The resort is presently undergoing a complete renovation, and expected to open for guests over the next year. In September 2008 Bharat Hotels Limited also announced properties in Amritsar and Dehradoon.
Bharat Hotels added another feather in its cap in 2010 by being the first hotel company to launch a 5 Star Deluxe hotel in God’s Own Country - Kerala. The Group’s eighth hotel The LaLiT Spa and Resort Bekal is a 44 room property - a top of the line luxury beach resort set up on 26 acres of virgin stretch of northern Kerala in the lap of Arabian Sea.