lebua Lucknow awarded ‘Heritage Hotel’ status by Indian Government

lebua Lucknow, a spectacular luxury retreat located in Lucknow in the central Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, was recently classified as a “heritage hotel” by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

Set amidst lush green lawns, the sprawling bungalow had been carefully restored to retain the Art Deco style of architecture fashionable in the first half of the 20th Century, while its unique blend ofmodern hospitality and traditional ethos ensures each guest experiences the rich ‘Ganga-Jamuna’ culture of the city.

The “heritage hotel” status is awarded to buildings constructed prior to 1950 and whose architectural features have been retained as much as possible and are indicative of the local place’s culturalspecialties/traditions.Each of lebua Lucknow’s 41 rooms and suites also pay subtle homage to the Lakhnavi heritagesynonymous with an ostentatious lifestyle nutured in sprawling kothis and havelis of the past. Rangingranging in size from 180 to 500 square feet, each room has been accessorized with carefully restoredvintage furniture, handcrafted artwork, and provincial embroidery. Combined with indulgentamenities and modern conveniences such as air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite & cableTV, coffee/tea making facilities, an in-room safe and bathtub they offer a haven of luxury and comfort.Three food and beverage outlets offer guests a variety of dining choices. The royal cuisines from threeerstwhile princely states of India come together at Azrak, which get its name from the Arabic word forblue – color of royalty. The menu is a magnificent tribute to dishes of Awadh, the land of Nawabs,Hyderabad, home to the Nizams, and the desert state of Rajasthan.

Paying tribute to the year the bungalow was built, 1936 is Lucknow’s finest Italian restaurant. Guestscan dine alfresco in the courtyard or in the restaurant with its exposed brick walls and treesreminiscent of an Italian trattoria. Using the finest Italian ingredients, the chefs have created arepertoire of outstanding dishes for an authentic Italian culinary experience.

The Lounge Bar offers an extensive selection of cocktails, from the classic to the exotic, a sensationalrange of martinis, margaritas and mojitos, and an exquisite collection of malts, scotches, other spiritsand after dinner drinks. A small menu of classic and contemporary bar snacks is also available. Otherfacilities include the Baradari Ballroom that can accommodate 225 guests, a fully equipped businesscenter and meeting facilities, a swimming pool, and a fitness center.

With its central location the property is easily accessible, and is only 14 kilometres away from bothinternational and domestic airports; the city itself being just over an hour's flight from New Delhi.Boasting of a rich tradition of culture, art, poetry, music and food, the bustling city of Lucknow, alsoknown as the “City of Nawabs”, is a fascinating blend of ancient, colonial and oriental architecture withits wide boulevards, extraordinary monuments, British Raj-era buildings, and beautiful parks andgardens. It rose to prominence under the Nawabs of Avadh, who were patrons of dance, music and theculinary art, and is famed for its food, intricate Chikankaari embroidery and Adab and Tehzeeb(manners and hospitality). Where better to experience the fabled hospitality of this legendary city, thecultural capital of north India, than at the luxurious lebua Lucknow.

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