It is rare that a hotel does not clutter up its spaces with art, artefacts and curiosities. Visitors, after all, see art as a differentiator, and hotels are usually great repositories - whether the Taj Mahal in Mumbai or ITC Maurya in New Delhi. Is the Grand Chola an aberration?
The hotel's designers have opted for a minimal look and the expanse of space as the prime design element. While the carvings and motifs are non-intrusive, there are at least a few artworks from the group's collection that can be spotted in occasional spaces.
These include three Husains, the only "master" in the hotel's collection so far, while Thota Tharani with five paintings and S G Vasudev with one make up the only southern representative in the selection. The other artists represented hear are mostly from the capital and include Paramjit Singh, Naresh Kapuria, Manisha Gera Baswani, Gopi Gajwani, Kanchan Chander, Vinod Sharma and others who, merit aside, lend no particular flavour to what could have been a sangam of southern art - whether traditional or contemporary.