Situated in the heart of Pune, the architecture of Le Meridien pays homage to India's rich heritage. The hotel features arched windows, jharokhas and classic details that are reminiscent of the impressive wadas of Pune and the old world charm of Rajasthani architecture. The pale hued palette enhances the classical expression of the facade.
The design development of the hotel was quite an absorbing process. The site kept on enlarging with time as the original promoter kept acquiring extra land on the periphery. Further, the project saw a change of over three hotel operators during the entire design process and each one of them had their own distinct vision for the project. Nevertheless, the basic conception always remained classical with contemporary interior elements.
Rich materials and luxurious proportions in the interior spaces reflect the architectural theme of a classically inspired design. The architects also visited the famous Raja Kelkar Museum in Pune to draw design inspiration. This museum houses some of the most unique artefacts and art of the region; which were carefully studied and incorporated into the design of the hotel. The flooring patterns were derived from the traditional artworks. One of the most fascinating elements of the interior are the carpets, inspired by the famous Maharashtrian Paithani sarees. The inlay works and the upholstery were also imbibed from traditional handicrafts.
The 9-storey structure encompasses 176 rooms: 111 are standard rooms, 50 royal clubrooms and 15 suites. The royal clubrooms are exclusively located on the 5th and the 6th-levels with the royal club lounge located on the 5th-floor. The hotel has an open rooftop with a bar on the 10th-floor.
Architect Hafeez Contractor
Le meridian, Pune The front view.
The entrance lounge
The flooring patterns are derived from traditional Maharashtrian art.
Detail of the entrance way.
Interior spaces enjoy a classically inspired design.