OBEROI taps American interior designer for makeover of its flagship property in New Delhi

The Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi

Talking to The Economic Times, Mr PRS Oberoi confirmed his company tapped renowned American interior designer Adam Tihany.for the makeover of its flagship The Oberoi New Delhi, India’s first five star luxury hotel

Tihany, who has designed the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas and Geneva, the Westin Chosun in Seoul and the Joule Hotel in Dallas, will redesign the hotel’s bedrooms, suites, lobby and some public rooms. According to Tihany Design ‘s website, the designer will use a modern interpretation of Sir Edward Lutyens influence of Indian architecture in his design concept for the iconic hotel. The renovation of the Oberoi New Delhi will begin this year and end sometime in 2014.

Opened in 1965 as Oberoi Intercontinental, it was the first hotel that MS Oberoi built-he had acquired hotels prior to this-and it matched latest international standards for luxury and service. It redefined luxury hospitality for the country’s hotel industry and introduced several firsts including twin-sharing, wake-up calls, health clubs, ice makers, flower-arrangement rooms and maids, according to Bachi Karkaria’s biography of the late Oberoi, ‘Dare to Dream: The Life of M.S. Oberoi’. The hotel was also the first to hire female housekeeping staff in the country. PRS Oberoi says he expects the 46-year-old hotel to continue to be primarily a business hotel after the redesigning.

He says he may reduce inventory to make way for more suites, but will not add more rooms. Most of the restaurants will only be renovated. And there may not be too many changes in the spa, the new swimming pool and luxury retail spaces. Oberoi says the cost of the renovation is yet to be finalised.