The Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs in Punjab has selected Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels Limited to upgrade and operate Ran Baas, part of Qila Mubarak, in Patiala as a heritage hotel.
Built by the first Maharaja of Patiala Baba Ala Singh in 1763, Qila Mubarak stands in a 10-acre complex in the heart of Patiala city. The sprawling complex houses the Qila Androon (inner fort) or main palace, Ran Baas the guesthouse and the Darbar Hall. The majestic fort is an outstanding example of a synthesis of the late Mughal and Rajasthani architectural styles.
Ran Baas was the guest house for the Maharaja of Patiala’s guests and will now be developed into a 28-room luxury boutique hotel reflecting The Park Hotels’ design ethos, and its quintessential hospitality experiences. The palace will have an all-day dining, bar, spa, and multiple indoor and outdoor banqueting spaces with The Park’s Anything But Ordinary services.
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“I am delighted that we will bring Ran Baas back to life as a jewel-like heritage hotel under the Park Collection. Punjab is special for us as the roots of Apeejay Surrendra Group are in Jalandhar. We are thankful to the government of Punjab for entrusting us to partner with them to make Ran Baas a showcase for Punjab, nationally and internationally,” said Priya Paul, Chairperson, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels Ltd.
“We are honoured to add the iconic Ran Baas to our collection of heritage hotels which include The Denmark Tavern and The Park Chettinad. We are equally pleased that Zone by The Park, Amritsar would open in the state within a few months to cater to a new audience. We look forward to more openings and growth in the region,” added Vijay Dewan, Managing Director, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels Ltd.
The Park Collection has hotels in Goa (The Park Baga River and The Park Calangute), and heritage hotels, The Denmark Tavern in Serampore, and The Park Chettinad.
Ran Baas hotel is slated to open in 2022, post-restoration.