These charming boutique hotels are making local flavours hip again

Kamna Malik / November 1, 2017

Local materials and old world charm

We’d like to prolong our stay at these charming hotels displaying equal parts traditional and modern aesthetics. Featured in ELLE DECOR India, these projects showcase the “Made in India” philosophy by integrating native materials with local culture.

Photography by Tanuj Ahuja

Lakshman Sagar Resort, Pali
Designed to give an authentic Rajasthani experience, the interiors are an amalgamation of materials like brass, lacquer, Bhilawara stones, granite, etc. Grain scoop lampshades, sieve and plough lights, bangle table legs, tavas for soap trays – each decor element telling a story of its own. The beige living room in one of the cottages, with bursts of neon colours, is inspired by the local garb. Niches in the wall hold dolls, bangles and replicas of everyday things,


Photography by Bharath Ramamrutham

Hutheesing Haveli, Ahmedabad
This renovated palace in Ahmedabad pays ode to the culture, styles and traditions of the bygone era of Gujarat.  A thoughtful colour scheme has been implemented throughout the residence, each having a particular significance. For example, yellow and red in the veranda signify fire and sun, while the feminine bedrooms feature mauve and the masculine rooms are dressed in blue. 


Photography by Amit Mehra

Raichak on the Ganges, Raichak
Designed as a visual recreation around the life of Bengali landlords, this project evokes nostalgia. Symbols like tick-tock switches, gramophones, and bookshelves bring in historic references, while photographs of Rabindranath Tagore, hand-painted scripts and covered tomes accentuate the interiors.


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