For a boutique hotel tucked away in a tiny — albeit, posh — corner of Delhi, The Manor is fairly well-known. Of course, a large part of its fame came from Indian Accent, known to be one of the country’s best restaurant. While chef Manish Mehrotra moved to a larger premises in The Lodhi Hotel in 2017, The Manor itself was closed for a makeover. It has now emerged, with a lot of fine-tuning and a pared-down aesthetic.
“The Manor opened as an inn in the 1950s, and then underwent a complete makeover in the ’90s. When it opened again in ’99, it was with Vinay Kapoor and Shirley Fujikama (of multidisciplinary design firm u+a) at the helm. The hotel changed hands a couple of times after that, but with this reopening, Vinay and Shirley are again our principal promoters,” says Akshay Chawla, general manager at The Manor.
The hotel has been partially operational since January this year, with the rooms, fitted out with new furniture and a beige-and-grey minimalist theme. “The previous room design featured heavy furniture, which was the trend 20 years ago, and had wall-to-wall carpeting. So while some of the old elements have been retained, like the layouts of the bathrooms (with new plumbing and fixtures) and the woodwork, the furniture has been fully replaced and the carpeting has been removed to show the new terrazzo tile flooring,” says Chawla.
In the space that was once occupied by Indian Accent in the hotel block is a new restaurant called In-Q. Helmed by chef Aditya Jha, formerly of the Oberoi, New Delhi, and Gaggan, Bangkok, the new place, like its predecessor, serves progressive Indian cuisine. The lifestyle block of the property — which used to house Zehen Spa — has been completely overhauled. The ground floor will soon see the opening of a casual, all-day cafe called Noci Caffe and Cucina, serving small plates, wood-fired pizza and coffee. The first floor houses the fitness centre, STUDIO60, and the aesthetic clinic, ISAAC Luxe, both of which are operational, while the second floor will soon have a new spa called House of Ayurveda, by the Kairali Ayurvedic Group.
Chawla says that some space has also been carved out to house art galleries. “While those who stay with us will be guaranteed privacy and the sort of intimate setting that they experience in boutique hotels all over the world, the lifestyle block is where we hope to encourage other guests from outside to come and hang out,” he says.
The Manor, 77, Friends Colony West, New Delhi