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Farah Khan

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The Indian film director and choreographer enjoys both luxurious as well as small old-world hotels

Lata Khubchandani
October 13 , 2014
02 Min Read

OT: Favourite hotel in the world?
Farah Khan: I've stayed at some wonderful hotels during my travels abroad but I must admit that in terms of hospitality it is the Indian hotels where you get the best service. I love the hotels in Rajasthan. I've stayed at several in Jaipur and love everything at these heritage hotels — the large rooms with antique furniture, the Rajasthani food. The royal service they manage to give guests is especially pleasing.

Goa is another favourite holiday destination for me, where I love staying at the Taj — the service, ambience and the relaxation it offers is wonderful. I personally love large luxurious rooms in hotels. That gives you the right feel for a holiday. But I enjoy the boutique hotels in Goa too and love the French and Thai food served at these hip small hotels.

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Which reminds me that I also fancy small, old-world hotels — the kind you find dotting the Scottish countryside. I stayed at one of these when we were shooting for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

OT: If you had to name one...?
Farah Khan: Well, I've enjoyed staying at the Dorchester in London and several hotels in New York just as much but these are good, fairly standard hotels. In 2006, I was to attend the MTV Awards and was staying at the W hotel in New York, which faced Times Square, and that was a fun experience. This is a funky place, a boutique hotel where nothing is standardised. Its art house feel was wonderful. I stayed there for 10 days and would love to go again.

Since you're pressing for specifics, I'll name another! In Cairo, I loved the Mena House, run by the Oberoi group — every room faces the Pyramids and it's breathtaking. It takes some getting used to — every time you look out of the window you see the Pyramids. You have to pinch yourself to believe that you are actually seeing these sights. I enjoyed my stay there, and found the hospitality wonderful. Then again that may be because the manager was Indian and the food was lovely.

OT: Repeat visit?
Farah Khan: I'd love to go again with my kids but now I'll need three suites for my kids [triplets] and their nannies. I am dying to visit these hotels again but I'll wait till my babies are a little older and can enjoy them.

 


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