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Welcome to history: How royal dwellings turn into luxury hotels

Forbes India

October 2017

Transforming storied heritage residences into luxury hotels is all about striking a balance between conservation and commercial requirements

In properties like the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, the royal family stays on the premises. Restoration artists work closely with them while redoing the estate.

In a restoration job that lasted almost a decade (the hotel opened in 2010), the Group hired architects Rahul Mehrotra & Associates to carry out a conservation survey of the palace and the London-based integrated design firm WATG, led by chief architect Nick Poynton, to create an architectural design.

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