Valley hospitality sector gets new charm: The Renaissance

State-of-the-art hotel offers tailor-made destination for high-end tourists


Srinagar, Nov 1:  A blend of traditional Kashmir and modern architecture, Valley has got a new premier property: The Renaissance, a state-of-the-art hotel at Sonawar, here.
 Equipped with world-class facilities and latest technology, The Renaissance is a “tailor-made destination for high-end tourists as well as for the locals.” 
 Constructed over a sprawling 2200 square feet area, The Renaissance has 21 luxurious rooms with all the modern facilities. Besides, the hotel has one Royal Suit, separate restaurant and cafeteria.
 “The Renaissance is more than a compilation of wood, bricks and cement. It is a result of immense planning, dedication and professionalism,” said Rauf Bakshi, one of the two partners of The Renaissance.
 “You name, it has it! The Renaissance is studded with a sophisticated heating system, beautiful interior design.  Everything from paper napkins, paintings, towels to sugar sachets is customized,” he added.
 “The Renaissance is outcome of our dedication and hard work. We were tirelessly working from 2009 to 2012 to make our hotel stand out from the rest of the tourist accommodations,” Bakshi said.
 Bakshi said they will focus on providing better services to the guests. “Just starting the Hotel is no big deal, you need to give the quality services so that whenever the tourists visit Kashmir they make it sure that they will stay at our place.”
 Bakshi who left his banking job to focus on the project, said: “My father (Pervaz Bakshi) has helped me at every step, he himself designed interiors of the hotel and also my brother Salim Bakshi had been very much involved in every aspect of the hotel.”
 “Actually it was the idea of my father to start our own hotel. We had a piece of land at Sonawar which we thought to be viable for tourist accommodations, as it is near to city centre Lal Chowk,” he recalls.
 “But there were many hurdles which we had to overcome. In 2010 for major part of the year we could not continue with the construction work due to unrest,” Bakshi said, adding that it was their will and dedication that saw the hotel completing in the minimum possible time.
 Bakshi who has studied in Delhi said that he always wanted to do some business in his homeland. “I have worked outside the state, but I always wanted to do something in my homeland. And now hopefully our hotel will prove to be a successful venture.”
 He said that my focus will be to provide better services and at the same time create job avenues for locals. “I don’t believe in recruiting outside people. Since we have talented educated youth here, why not provide them the opportunity instead of banking on outside professionals.”
 Bakshi said they have already recruited more than 20 staffers and “n coming days we will recruit more.”
 He added: “I don’t believe in creating pomp and show that is why I have kept the opening of the hotel as low key affair and didn’t invite any dignitary for inaugurating the hotel.”

 The Renaissance Hotel has a Royal Suit at its top floor. Equipped with modern facilities, the suit has two bedrooms, a kitchen and drawing room and attached bathrooms, with LED TVs and round the clock cable transmission.
 Besides, every room in the hotel has attached bathrooms with bathing tubs with round the clock hot and cold water facility. Besides, every room is equipped with Digital Set up for uninterrupted transmission of cable channels. 
 The hotel has a modern kitchen developed as per the most hygienic standards.
 The restaurant in the hotel has a capacity to host 45 individuals at a time and also the cafeteria has similar capacity. The hotel has a spacious parking slot.
 Partners Rauf Bakshi and Salim Bakshi said: ‘We have offered good salary to our employees, besides all other perks that a government employee gets,” said Bakshi brothers
 They said: “We have built separate quarters in the backyard of the hotel for our employees so that they don’t feel any inconvenience. Basically, when we talk about better services, we need to first keep our employees who are the essential part of our business, comfortable and stress free,” they said. 

Lastupdate on : Thu, 1 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 1 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 2 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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