The Leela group of palaces, hotels and resorts recently opened The Leela-Gandhinagar Hotel in Gujarat. It is the first-ever 5-star hotel in India to be built on top of a railway station in Gandhinagar. The redevelopment of the existing railway station as well as the construction of the five-star hotel had begun back in January 2017 and was unveiled and inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi.
Positioned in the airspace above the railway tracks of the station, the hotel has two exclusive curved ramps that are about 750 metres long. These ramps also provide entry and exit points towards the Vavol village, which is located behind the station. The hotel will not suffer from disturbances from the trains below as it is insulated against vibration and noise coming from the railway station.
The hotel has 318 rooms out of which four are presidential suites that are exclusively for the PM and other dignitaries. All of the rooms overlook Gandhinagar, Mahatma Mandir and Vidhan Sabha.
The hotel has two restaurants – Citrus Junction and Diya. Citrus Junction is an all-day diner that serves Japanese, Oriental, Indian, Continental, Italian and Middle Eastern cuisines. Diya on the other hand is an Indian specialty restaurant serving only local vegetarian delicacies.
There Moksha lounge is open to all guests to relax and enjoy quick bites and delicious mocktails. The Royal Club Lounge, on the other hand, is available to guests staying in the Club Rooms and Suites. It offers a range of meals including Tapas that include a combination of Continental, Indian, Oriental, and local Gujarati cuisines.
The hotel also has a luxurious spa to help guests relax and rejuvenate. The spa offers a global selection of treatments including Thai and Balinese to Ayurveda, as well as other Western therapies.