The Leela Palace Hotel at Chanakyapuri in the heart of Delhi started with a bang with room-tariffs hitting the roof. Two high-end restaurants – Le Cirque and Megu added to the hotel’s reputation but you cannot fool a discerning customer for long. So what is it about Leela Palace that is misleading? It is the the address!
The Leela Palace states its address as Chankyapuri, Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi. It should say Netaji Nagar instead of Diplomatic Enclave and I have verified this information with the post and telegraph department. A squatter settlement just metres away housing more than 2000 people adjacent to The Leela Palace was demolished. Residents of the Netaji Nagar slum were furious at being thrown out of their homes and now The Leela Palace Hotel even shies away from using the very name – Netaji Nagar in its address. The words – ‘Diplomatic Enclave’ conjures an image of Delhi’s lush green environs that Maurya Sheraton and Taj Palace enjoys. What is the view from the rooms at The Leela Palace? Well all you get to see are the government quarters of Netaji Nagar and underwears and petticoats that are spread-out to dry from those quarters. The discerning customer who is willing to pay the mega-bucks can be fooled once but not twice and this has hit The Leela Palace at New Delhi very badly.
The other news that is making the rounds of the hospitality industry is that the Nairs are selling-off The Leela Palace Hotel at New Delhi. The groups sudden expansion has led to liquidity crunch and had often been bailed out by their influential industrialist friends. Buzz is strong that Peninsula Hotels Group of Hong Kong are the prospective buyer as the group is looking to spread its footprint in India.
On 25th August 2011 Fashionscandal.com brought you the news that DLF is planning to sell off Aman Resorts minus the Aman Hotel in Delhi to the Malaysian Goverment. You can read the earlier post here: http://wp.me/p1C8a1-Co
However the latest development states that LVMH is most likely to acquire Amanresorts International Pte from DLF Ltd. that owns and manages 25 small luxury resorts worldwide. DLF is seeking to raise as much as US$ 2.2 billion through asset sales to repay debt, according to its latest annual report.
LVMH announced in April 2010 of its plans to foray into luxury property developments on islands in Oman and Egypt under the Cheval Blanc brand. The first Maison du Cheval Blanc hotel was built by LVMH Chairman Bernard Arnault at the French ski resort of Courchevel in 2006. The buying out of Amanresorts International Pte. is part of LVMH’s growth plan. DLF, which acquired Aman Resorts in 2007 for $400 million has got offers from bidders that range from $400 million to $450 million.
However fashionscandal.com always manages to get to you these hush-hush news!
Sonam Kapoor bought a Salvatore Ferragamo Stingray Razza Long Clutch from the Ferragamo Store in DLF Emporio in New Delhi and for, which she was scrupulously overcharged by Rs.15,000 by the Store management. I mentioned about Sonam getting fleeced by Ferragamo, India in this Blog but Soam didn’t care to bother. Agree she’s making enough money to ignore a paltry 15 grand but on the hindsight, possible that she kept mum because she bought an Exotic Stingray clutch, which may not be a legal thing to do.
It’s not just Salvatore Ferragamo that may be selling Exotic Leather Goods. I myself saw premium De Grisogono watches in Stingray Leather Straps.
If this is all illegal, we must bring it to the notice of the authorities.
“I agree we shud not point fingers at individuals but it is also important for us not to cheat on our customers. Vimal, Prasanna & Ashish together have been cheating a lot of customers. They raise prices of products and sell to customers to meet budget. Sonam Kapoor had bought a clutch from the Delhi store for which the price was increased as the team was told that she would not get to know. They hve been doing this with a lot of their VVIP clients like Richard Madhok, Gaurav Khullar etc and it is sad as no luxury brand would do a thing like this. She would sell exotic leather in the store and tell the press that they are only press samples. She used to pick up store pieces from the Bangalore store and keep for herself. It is better not to have a management rather than have people like them who kill the brand.”
If anybody who is reading this can find out from Sonam how much she payed for the clutch she picked up from Salvatore Ferragamo at DLF Emporio in New Delhi, I will personally check if she was made to pay more and then take up the issue with Ferragamo bosses.
Also selling products made out of Exotic Leather is ILLEGAL and it needs to be verified upon.