Away from the watchful gaze of the monarchy, Parisians in 18th century France huddled in cozy coffee-houses and cafés. Over piping hot cups of coffee, an eclectic mix of people would meet to discuss politics, life and culture. As German sociologist Habermas noted, it was the city’s bustling café-culture that brought down an oppressive regime and ushered in the French Revolution.
Cut to 21st century India, where the archaic Section 377 continues to criminalise same sex relationship between consenting adults. With LGBTQ activists rallying vociferously in legal corridors for justice, a conversation for change is also brewing in cafes and restaurants.
Headquartered in New Delhi, the company opened its first hotel here in 1988 under the dynamic leadership of Founder Chairman Mr. Lalit Suri, who spearheaded the Group’s unprecedented expansion plans.
Rapid expansion and consolidation of its leadership position continues under the enterprising stewardship of Dr. Jyotsna Suri, who took over as Chairperson & Managing Director in 2006.
All hotels within the group operated under the brand The Grand – Hotels, Palaces & Resorts. It was re-branded as ‘The LaLiT’ on November 19, 2008 as a tribute to the company’s Founder Chairman Mr. Lalit Suri.
The company offers twelve luxury Hotels, Places & Resorts and two mid market segment hotels under The LaLiT Traveller brand offering 2261 rooms.