A striking new hotel to mark Delhi’s big anniversary

It really is the New New Thing in town

Happy centenary to Delhi. It was in 1911 that George V announced the shift of India’s capital here from Calcutta, and celebrations will roll out all year (culminating on December 11, the anniversary of the Delhi Durbar).


So the opening of The Leela Palace Kempinski New Delhi (www.theleela.com; from £409) last month was timely; and from the massive stone elephants flanking the entrance to the downright-slick Qube restaurant (pictured) to the 260 all-mod-cons-stuffed rooms and suites (and the circa-£220m budget), it is by all accounts the New New Thing in town – which should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the taste, business acumen and determination of its owner, powerhouse-about-town Captain CP Krishnan Nair.

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