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Faletti’s Lahore, The Vintage Hotel of Pakistan
Munaza Kazmi

Lahore! The city known for its imperial history, flawless architecture, and majestic past. Apart from the celebrated Mughal architecture, there comes a variety of British and Italian masterpieces.

Faletti’s Hotel Lahore is one of the leading, build on Italian architectural designs, artistic hallways, lush green garden and centuries old trees, enjoying a history of more than hundred years, and located on 24 Egerton Road, Lahore, nearby Mall Road, a decent distance from Lahore airport and motorway terminals. Moreover, the best choice if you’re planning to explore the city, since its located in the center of Lahore, in close proximity of Old City, Data Darbar, Wagah Border and other places of attraction.

Faletti’s Hotel is woven into the fabric of Lahore City, in a way that it has long reigned as city’s most iconic and instantly recognizable hotel.A matchless address for business, a splendid setting for society weddings, scene-stealing backdrop for showbiz, and a beloved retreat for family holidays.

Moreover, the hotel has a great value of historical importance, since it is the oldest hotel of Pakistan, established in 1880, before partition, until the 1970s, the most prestigious, playing host to politicians, celebrities and heads of state.

History:Initially, the hotel was established by an Italian named Andrea Faletti, who was interested in making a decent accommodation for travelers and businessmen. However, reasoning his lavish and extravagance living, Faletti entered into debt, and eventually sold out some of hotel’s shares to Oberoi, who ran the hotel till 1965, however leading the political scenarios the fate put the hotel into the hands of PTDC, however its name stayed the same.

Next, the government owned the hotel till June 2004 during which time it functioned more as office facilities with an occasional event being held on and off on the premises, and under the privatization commission opened bids on the hotel a number of times. Finally,privatization took place on July 1, 2004, of which result the hotel handed over two years later to a UAE-based company, on the condition that the name of the hotel would not be changed and that its ethos would be preserved. Till December 2012, for massive renovation work the doors of the hotel remain shut. However, a soft opening of the newly restored hotel took place on 1stJanuary 2012, while the hotel became fully operational from June 2013. It is indeed praiseworthy that in a country where its tangible heritage is plundered with impunity and where even the residence of the Quaid has not been preserved for posterity, Faletti’s owners have all been mindful of preserving the hotel’s history and not just its name.

 Rooms & Suits : 

Executive Room: The Executive rooms at Faletti’s reflect impeccable standards, furnished in a timeless blend and inspired by the Regency Era. Designed luxuriously with comfort, fulfilling the requirements of both, the business as well the leisure traveler. The comfortable king-sized beds covered in snow white linens offers restful sleep, with round the clock service is on-call to assist the guests.

Royal Suite: Details inspired from elegant Regency period, rich furnishing and complimentary amenities welcomes the guest into this Two Bedroom suite. Offering separate living and dinning areas, these suites depict amalgamation of modern interior with delicate preservation of vintage.

Justice Cornelius Suite:This suite was named after Justice Alvin Robert Cornelius, who graced the hotel with his presence for over 40 years till his demise. This luxurious suite has been refurbished whilst embracing luxury on a grand scale; with solid teak wood floors polished to perfection, an exquisite lounge area, bedroom with a king-sized bed and a private dressing area with walk-in closet space. Moreover, one of the distinctive features about this suit is, it’s one of a kind wallpapers modeled library, adjacent to the large desk where Justice Cornelius wrote countless judgments.

Junior Suite: The suite features a comfortable open sitting area and a king-sized bed. The décor delicately blends elegant details with state of the art. The bathrooms feature marble paneling and a rejuvenating glass shower.

Deluxe Suite:Here you will find separate Bed and Lounge areas, perfect for having that private business session or entertaining guests. The décor combines relaxed airiness with lush furnishing.

Ava Gardner Suite: This Two-bedroom suit is Faletti’s largest and most luxurious. The famous actress stayed in the suite while her movie, “Bhowani Junction” was being filmed in Pakistan. This enormous suite displays a perfect combination of 19th Century and contemporary sophistication. The Ava Gardner Suite embodies ineffable luxury and being considered the perfect residence befitting royalty. Offering two bedrooms, a living area, walk-in closet, dresser, and a separate Dinning area. Moreover, the guests can take pleasure from the flowery views of the garden right in front.

Quaid-e-Azam Suite: Perhaps it’s the most prestigious residence of the hotel since, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Father of our Nation resided on 14th July 1929 whilst defending the case before the Lahore Hight Court. The suit has been refurbished and conserved, keeping in view the classic layout of the period; honoring the memory of Quaid by preserving the room exactly as he would have preferred. The suit offers teak wood flooring, a study area and a private living area.

Cafe de BRANDO

Café De Brando at Faletti’s Hotel is a peaceful haven of serenity, where you will find the atmosphere is chic and delicious food.

Nearby the entrance you would enthralled to find out the celebrated personalities who in past time might have seated where today you are, let’s say The King of Romance Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor and many more.

Apart from restaurant the hotel has two vintage banquet halls, preserved in exactly the same manner and two new additions.

Concludingly, there are very few hotels in Pakistan preserving our heritage. Faletti’s is leading of them.

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