After three decades of establishing a laudable benchmark for hospitality in Baroda (now Vadodara), Surya Palace was recently reborn as the Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace. On the occasion, the city was buzzing with guests drawn from the art and business fraternities. While the facade sported a new name, its interiors remained unchanged – save for a sprucing up of the old rooms and an injection of new art to revive its contemporary spirit.

Strategically located in close proximity to the city’s business district and corporate hub, it is the first Grand Mercure to be launched in the state of Gujarat. Featuring 146 well-appointed guest rooms, including five suites, a fitness centre, open-air pool and a wellness centre, the interior design is infused with contemporary aesthetics while carrying on the hotel’s legacy of celebrating the rich culture, art and heritage of the city. Staying true to its brand individuality, the rooms of this much-loved hotel are deeply influenced by seasons of the year and vibrant Indian festivals through paintings and a vivacious colour palette. An appreciation of art and a commitment to elegance are woven into the design.

The sculptures in the porch by Nagji Patel, a well-known artist; represent Sayaji Rao (the king of Vadodara) with his two wives ChimnaBai I and ChimnaBai II. The two installa-tions next to the wives symbolise the two banyan trees of the city. These installations are carved out of a single stone.

Another statement design installation at the entrance beau-tifully represents the five elements of the universe – earth, water, fire, air and space. The remarkable pieces are designed by the well-known Japanese artist, Mia Uchi.

The lobby of Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace is a medley of art-deco and cultural inspirations. Works by prominent artists have been used in the magnificent lobby, representing the best examples of art and culture.

The intricate batik work on the reception counter is made on discarded wooden blocks which were used to print fabrics in the cultural city. The designs are curated by Shagun Mehra.

Author : BY MARIA LOUIS

SAY HELLO TO THE GRAND MERCURE VADODARA SURYA PALACE, WHICH REFLECTS THE CITY AND ITS CULTURE

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