October 11, 2018
Royal palaces of the Taj take the lead at the Conde Nast Traveler US Readers' Choice Awards 2018
Five Taj Hotels featured on the coveted 50 Best Hotels in the World List
Mumbai: The Indian Hotels Company (IHCL) iconic brand Taj has stood a firm favourite at the annual Conde Nast Traveler US Readers’ Choice Awards .
Five Taj hotels ranked among the 50 Best Hotels in the World with Hyderabad’s ‘Mirror in the Sky’, Taj Falaknuma Palace, at number four . It was followed by Rambagh Palace, once home to the revered Maharani Gayatri Devi; 270-year old Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur, set amidst landscaped Mughal gardens; and the world’s sixth largest private residence Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur. Taj’s flagship hotel The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, also featured on the list.
Speaking on the occasion, Puneet Chhatwal, managing director and chief executive officer, IHCL , said “It is a proud moment for us to have the iconic Taj palaces recognis ed by our guests. Intrinsically bound with the country’s history, Taj has long been heralded as a custodian of Indian heritage. This recognition is a testament to our commitment to offering our guests a highly personalis ed experience amplified by the grand scale, rich history and majestic design of these landmark hotels.”
With the most hotels included from one singular brand, Taj led the category of Top 20 Hotels on the Indian Subcontinent, securing eight positions with Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad, ranking number one, followed by Rambagh Palace and Jai Mahal Palace in Jaipur, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, and The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai. Additionally, Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur; Taj Bengal, Kolkata; and Taj Lands End, Mumbai, were recognis ed as well.
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives, featured on the list of the 50 Best Resorts in the World and Top 20 Resorts in the Indian Ocean. Whilst The Pierre, New York, ranked amongst the Top 40 Hotels in New York City.
Almost 5 million readers of the US publication participated in the Readers' Choice Awards survey which ranked hotels and resorts from across the world based on a variety of criteria including service, facilities, design, and food and beverage quality.