Luxurious hotel rooms can start to feel constrained if travelling on business for longer trips, and many big cities throughout India have seen an upsurge in serviced apartments, driven by a growth in multinationals located there and a rising mobile population.
The trend started with independent serviced apartment companies, not usually offering restaurants but assisting with delivery of provisions and menu items to cook in the apartment. Now some hotel chains are pushing into the space, with Hyatt Regency Pune, Leela Ambience Hotel and Residences and St. Regis Mumbai already offering luxury apartments.
Guests in these often multi-bedroomed ‘residence’ apartments with living areas and often with kitchen facilities can access everything that the hotels are offering, from restaurant food, housekeeping and security services to spa, gyms, pools and parking facilities. Some even offer butlers, master chefs to create a personalised menu, childcare centres for working parents and personal trainers, showing the home and hotel have become one.
Now Four Seasons is looking to enter this market in collaboration with the Embassy Group in Bengaluru, with a scheme opening in 2018 offering 109 residences, with juice bars, Olympic-sized pool and shopping plazas.