Leela Samson

Leela Samson
Photo Credit: The Hindu Photo Archive

India's famous Bharatnatyam dancer talks about her favourite hotel

Mridula Gandhi
January 21 , 2015
01 Min Read

OT: Favourite hotel in the world?
Leela Samson:
Neemrana Fort-Palace on the Delhi-Jaipur highway.

OT: Last visited?
Leela Samson:
In 2004, for three to four days over Christmas with the family.


OT: The experience?
Leela Samson: The location is great — hidden by the Aravallis, atop a smallish hill that looks down on an endless expanse of land below. A steep winding road leads to the fort, from where you can survey the surrounding village with its picturesque little galis and the Rajasthani landscape beyond — dry and mysterious. The rooms are all different. The décor is a blend of traditional Indian and colonial styles and every nook and corner has an element of detail that is fun. A lot of them have private balconies or terraces, which afford views of the hills and countryside. We had several rooms among us, so we explored and loved each one.

In the centre of the property is the pool, which provides an excellent vantage point for scenic, green views stretching to the horizon.

The service is efficient and polite.

OT: The food?
Leela Samson:
All their meals are buffets and include a variety of Rajasthani and French dishes, which makes for a great combination. There is no big emphasis on fancy presentation or complicated cooking — just simple, homey food.

OT: The hotel’s ‘USP’?
Leela Samson:
It’s different.

OT: Repeat visit?
Leela Samson:
Will do when life allows it.

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