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TAJ HOTELS RESORTS & PALACES SHINES IN THE CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLER GOLD LIST 2012

Thursday 15th December 2011

December 15, 2011 : Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces has received recognition for three of its properties in two different categories in the UK's Condé Nast Traveller Gold List 2012.

The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai was included in the Best Hotels for Location category (Asia), while Blue Sydney received the same accolade for the Australasia and South Pacific region.

Considered by the Gold List judges to have one of the best hotel locations in the world, the Taj Mahal Palace boasts stunning views of the Gateway of India and the harbour beyond. Following a meticulous restoration of the Palace wing in 2010, this flagship for the entire group is an icon of India.

Blue Sydney also joined the list thanks to its enviable position nestled between the famous Opera House and harbour, and the shops of Paddington. The property occupies a converted factory and features 100 contemporary rooms and a WaterBar with bed-sized ottomans.

Meanwhile, Taj Falaknuma Palace which opened in Hyderabad last year was a brand new entry in the category for Best Hotels for Ambiance and Design in Asia. The hotel's extensive 10- year restoration was praised as a tribute to the skills of the local artesans involved, who have brought this famed home of the Nizams back to its former glory.

Highlighting the best hotels in the world, the annual Gold List is compiled by Condé Nast Traveller's editors and travel experts, using six criteria including ambience and design, location, food, rooms, leisure facilities and service. It is published in the January 2012 issue of the magazine.

About Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces (www.tajhotels.com)
Established in 1903, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia's largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 93 hotels in 53 locations across India with an additional 16 international hotels in the Maldives, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury. For over a century, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, the iconic flagship has set a benchmark for fine living with exquisite refinement, inventiveness and warmth. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India's premier business house.

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