Mercure goes into bat for new Lucknow site

Accor’s upper midscale brand, Mercure Hotels, is increasing its Indian footprint with a new signing in Lucknow.

Scheduled to welcome guests from April 2024, Mercure Lucknow Ekana Sportz City will be strategically located next to Ekana International Cricket Stadium, offering convenient access to the city’s major attractions, business districts, and transportation hubs.

Refreshing amenities

The newly signed hotel is under development by Meghalaya Hotels Pvt Ltd. Boasting 110 rooms, the property will feature an all-day dining restaurant, offering an array of local and international cuisines. Moreover, a lobby bar will provide a setting for guests to unwind and enjoy refreshing drinks.

One of the hotel’s notable attractions will be its Terrace Bar, where guests will be able to see city skyline views while sampling the beverage selection.

The modern facilities at the onsite spa and fitness centre will include massages and beauty treatments amongst other wellness services.

Contemporary design

Aniruddh Kumar, vice president of development, India and South Asia for Accor, said: “We are very excited to share the news of our partnership with Meghalaya Hotels Pvt Ltd to introduce the prestigious Mercure brand to Lucknow. This vibrant city, celebrated for its profound cultural heritage and thriving business environment, offers an ideal setting for our partnership.

“The opening of Mercure Lucknow marks another milestone in Accor’s journey to redefine the hospitality landscape in India. The hotel’s contemporary design, coupled with its excellent amenities and strategic location, sets the stage for a notable stay for every guest.”

Preferred choice

China Sanyasi Raju Grandhi, owner of Meghalaya Hotels Private Limited, added: “We are pleased to announce our partnership with Accor with the introduction of the Mercure brand to the city of Nawabs, Lucknow.

“With our commitment to providing unparalleled service and exceptional guest experiences, we believe that Mercure Lucknow will soon become the preferred choice for business and leisure travellers alike.”

Indian pipeline

Mercure has hotels in more than 60 countries around the world. In India, parent company Accor currently operates 58 properties under the Raffles, Fairmont, Sofitel, Pullman, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Mercure and ibis brands.

The group has a strong pipeline of 25 Indian properties currently under development, including Raffles Jaipur, delivering 200 luxury keys this November; the 205-room Fairmont Agra, arriving in this northern city in Q1 2025; and further south, the 105-key Novotel Bhopal will open in 2026.