Kempinski Ambience: Now that South Delhi and Gurgaon are fast reaching saturation point, the one area that is left for major development is East Delhi. Always referred to somewhat dismissively as Jamuna paar; the other side of Delhi’s river is finally coming into its own. The latest development is the setting up of Kempinski Ambience in East Delhi, on the outskirts of Shandara.
Because of the infrastructure of Commonwealth Games, the proximity to the Agra Expressway and the largest banquet facilities in the entire country, Kempinski Ambience has, in the couple of months since its inception, become a lodestar of sorts for the wedding and conference market. You see, it is possible to visit Agra, see the Taj Mahal at dawn, drive back to Delhi (from East Delhi to Agra is a two-hour drive), visit the Akshardham Mandir and return to the hotel, with most of the day free for other activities. A two-minute walk away from the hotel is the Cross River Mall. The Shanaya Spa, a bright all-day diner Knosh, a South East Asian restaurant, Mei Kun and an Indian restaurant whose name – Dilli 32 – dictates its range of dishes.
Considerable thought and planning has gone into the building of this monumental hotel with 480 rooms. There are two blocks: a tower block and a hotel block, with near identical facilities in both. Three walkways on three levels connect the two, including a yoga terrace. The banquet halls that come complete with satellite meeting rooms, private chambers, small offices and an enormous kitchen have their own separate entrance and are accessible from both tower blocks. “Our biggest advantage,” says Manish Nambiar, Hotel Manager, “is because we have no rooms blocked for airline crew etc, we can provide close to 1,000 beds and space for 6,000 guests for a wedding or conference.”
1 Central Business District, Shandara, Delhi 110032, Ph: 0114908 8888