Gone are the days when mixing work with pleasure was against ethics. Today, the modern business traveller is ditching the old rules, and indulging in some serious fun during business trips for bringing in that much-needed work-life balance. While many hospitality brands in the capital, too, have started responding well to the idea of ‘bleisure’ now, the iconic hotel, The Lodhi, has been offering unique experiences combining business with leisure to its guests since forever. By Sushmita Srivastav
Set amidst seven acres of lush land in the heart of New Delhi, The Lodhi is the ideal ‘bleisure’ destination in the state capital, for it has on offer endless experiences to unwind after a long tiring day. Arrive at The Lodhi to say goodbye to all your work woes as you check in to any of their plush rooms or suites with most categories featuring private plunge pools and expansive balconies. Spacious sitting areas, custom writing desks, ultra-high-speed WiFi, and 4K smart TVs with screen mirroring and Bluetooth connectivity are some of the features that make each key of this honey-coloured urban sanctuary fit for business travellers.
Making sure that all your business needs are attended well, the hotel has a boardroom and a business centre with state-of-the-art facilities. The in-house laundry here operates round the clock, offering express suit pressing service in 25 minutes and dry cleaning service in just three hours. Services like shoe shining, or arranging for a barber or an aesthetician in the comfort of your room, is just a call away.
From local specialities to international spreads, The Lodhi’s culinary scene is counted amongst the finest in the country. Feel free to pick any of the restaurants and lounges for a business meeting as all of them are popular social epicentres in the capital. Let the celebrated chefs curate ‘cuisine to order’ especially for you as per your taste, required calorie count or dietary specifications. At the recently launched Italian restaurant, Perbacco, Michelin Star Chef Adriano Baldassarre has curated an expedited 20-minute executive lunch priced at INR 2,000 for the business clans.
Give yourself a rejuvenating break in between meetings as you head for a relaxing massage at the world-class spa with hammam that remains open till midnight. There’s also a stylist-curated salon, state-of-the-art gym, a 50-metre lap pool, yoga on-call service, Pilate classes, a spinning studio, three tennis courts, and two squash courts with dedicated trainers. If leaving the room for fitness doesn’t cut it for you, workout at your own pace in your room with the newly introduced, ‘Gymbox’, an innovative system for total body workout.
The Lodhi’s world-accredited Les Clefs d’Or Concierges helps organising day-long trips to Agra, tailor-on-request shopping with a 24-hour delivery option, and even chartering a private jet. Make the most of your stay as you get to drive past some of the main highlights of Delhi, including Rashtrapati Bhawan and India Gate, on request for a rather scenic route on your way to the hotel from the airport or a business meeting.
Rooms starting at INR27,000 plus taxes per night; book here.