Personally, I love a heritage hotel. There’s just something about historical buildings that draws me to them. It almost feels like the past speaks through the walls at you! Although this particular hotel was built in 1995, the architecture and design reflects that of the colonial era.
Before I came to India, I’d never heard of Lucknow but it turns out that this city has a colourful past. The Nawab’s (a title given to a ruler) ruled the kingdom of Awadh (which Lucknow used to be a part of) in the 18th and 19th centuries. A lot of the monuments and palaces built and left by them still stand in Lucknow and you can visit them today. How cool is that?
Anyway, I’m not going to bore you with a history lesson here but the Vivanta by Taj have reflected a lot of the cities heritage within the hotel. The colourful architecture in Lucknow was something I fell in love with and when I came back from a busy day of sightseeing, I still felt like I was there when exploring the rooms – with the added bonus of AC of course!
The best thing was there breakfast room. It was perfection. The room was a beautiful shade of blue and chandeliers hung from the ceilings. Such a great place to spend a morning.