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Taj Hotels Lead Conde Nast Traveler US Readers’ Choice Awards; Only Hotel Group with Three Hotels in 50 World’s Best

Mumbai, October 24, 2017:  Three Taj hotels have been ranked among the 50 Best Hotels in the World by Condé Nast Traveler US Readers' Choice Awards 2017, the most hotels included in the category by any singular, global brand.

The Taj hotels listed among the 50 Best Hotels in the World include the captivating heritage Rambagh Palace, Jaipur built for a Maharani’s favourite handmaiden and once home to the revered Maharani Gayatri Devi. The ‘living’ palace Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur opened its gilded doors in 1943 and in its heyday was the largest private residence in the world. The current-day Maharaja Gaj Singh II still lives in a wing of this Art Deco architectural masterpiece, creating a truly unique sense of regal hospitality and service for guests. Taj Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi, the favourite luxury city hotel of visiting diplomats and dignitaries, was also listed among the 50 Best Hotels in the World; from its landmark location in the heart of New Delhi’s diplomatic quarter, the hotel celebrates local culture by blending the timeless warmth of Indian hospitality with modern-day luxury.

Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris also led the Top 20 Hotels in India list with seven Taj Hotels listed – the most hotels included from one singular brand. All three of the hotels in the 50 Best list ranked within the top five in India, followed by Taj’s iconic palaces: the ‘mirror in the sky’ of Hyderabad – Taj Falaknuma Palace; 270-year-old Taj Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur set amidst landscaped Mughal gardens, a newcomer on the Best in India list; the world’s most recognizable residence, Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur; and Taj’s flagship hotel The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai.  

Five additional hotels by Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris were ranked among the top hotels across the UK, Africa, Asia, USA and the Middle East.  

Chinmai Sharma, Chief Revenue Officer, Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris commented, “We are delighted to be recognized among the best hotels in the world by Condé Nast Traveler, as part of this prestigious list. At the heart of the Taj experience is our guest – everything we do begins and ends with them. We thank all the guests who voted for us. We look forward to welcoming them back at the Taj !”

Internationally, the all-suite Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites ranked thirteenth in the Top Hotels in London category and is located just steps from Buckingham Palace and Mayfair.

With an ideal location for business or pleasure, Taj Cape Town was ranked on the Top 20 Hotels in Africa list.  The hotel boasts elegant architecture that combines old and new and offers breathtaking views of buzzing downtown.

Located in the heart of the business bay area, Taj Dubai ranked third out of fifteenth on the Top Hotels in the Middle East category. With close access to the colorful Dubai nightlife scene and business district, the hotel offers multiple restaurants and bars that have become culinary destinations in their own right.

Taj Tashi Thimphu, Bhutan ranked seventh of twenty-five in the Top Hotels in Asia category. This luxury hotel in the Thimphu Valley is a unique fusion of Bhutan’s Dzong architecture and modern design, truly capturing the essence of Bhutanese art and architecture.

The Pierre, an iconic New York hotel, ranked forty-eight in Top Hotels in New York category. This historic hotel combines its beautiful heritage with contemporary sophistication and modern amenities.

About Condé Nast Traveler US Readers' Choice Awards

More than 300,000 readers of the US publication participated in the 30th Readers' Choice Awards survey which ranked hotels and resorts from across the world based on a variety of criteria including service, facilities, design and food and beverage quality. Setting another new annual record for 2017—readers submitted millions of ratings and more than 100,000 comments in order for The Condé Nast Traveler team to create the final list of winning favorites.

About Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris

Established in 1903, Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris is one of Asia's largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 98 hotels in 61 locations across the globe, including presence in India, North America, United Kingdom, Africa, Middle East, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan and Nepal. 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 Palaces Resorts and Safaris is part of the Tata Group, India’s premier business house.

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