The staff of The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai join hands with the Dabbawallas to share a meal with the less priviledged at certain identified institutions
In the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks at Taj Hotels in India in 2008, Ratan Tata, chairman of Indian Hotels Company Ltd, was confident, if not insistent, that the incident would not weaken the country's or hotel's brands future. "When we open the heritage wing and do whatever it takes to get back its old glory; we will send a stronger message – a message that strongly resonates among all of us that we can be hurt, but we cannot be knocked down," he said that December.
Now, 20 months later, India celebrates its 64th Independence Day as the iconic Taj Mahal Palace re-opens its doors to the restored Palace Wing in Mumbai. Tata’s promise to the world wasa compelling force behind Taj Group’s commitment to resurrecting the luxury hotel.
"The Palace Wing has been lovingly and painstakingly restored," Raymond Bickson, managing director of Indian Hotels Company Limited, said at a press conference. "It is a befitting tribute to the spirit and resilience that is The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai; and the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the hotel."
An extensive restoration by internationally acclaimed designers, Lissoni Associati, Milan, BAMO San Francisco, DesignWilkes, Malaysia and James Park Associates, Singapore was carried out. The Taj Club rooms, Luxury Grande rooms, themed Grand Luxury Suites have been filled with precious art and state-of-the-art technology that encapsulates a slice of history, legend and romance.
The reinvigorated Palace Wing comes with a warm arrival arrangement as guests will experience the personalized Palace Butler Service. The Palace Lounge will be a private retreat exclusively for residents of the Palace Wing. Taj Club rooms and suites come with chauffeur-driven Jaguar transfers.
Even when the hotel was closed, world leaders and dignitaries continued to stay with at the Tower Wing of the hotel. Through the last couple of years, the hotel has also been the venue for several events and celebrations. The restaurants and eateries which have been renovated include Sea Lounge, Golden Dragon, the Taj Ballroom, the Harbour Bar and Wasabi by Morimoto.