It remains one of the most
decorated hotel chains in the world
with many of its group hotels bagging
various awards and
M S Oberoi was born in Bhaun, Punjab .During the partition
of India, Punjab was divided between Pakistan and
India, Bhaun became part of Pakistan. When he was six
months old, his father, a contractor in Peshawar, died, leaving
his mother with few resources. After attending schools in his
village and nearby Rawalpindi he passed the Intermediate
College Examination in Lahore, but was unable to continue
attending classes because of lack of finances. Instead, he
learned typing and shorthand and, in 1922, started his hotel
career with a low-paid of INR 50 as a billing clerk position
at Shimla's The Cecil. He was working there as a bellboy.
Within two years he assisted the Cecil's manager, Mr.
Clarke, in purchasing The Carlton Hotel (renamed Clarkes) in
Shimla, and ten years later, in 1934, upon Clarke's
retirement, he gathered all the family resources to purchase
As India became independent, M. S. Oberoi
built additional hotels, while expanding his
base holdings. In 1948, he established East
India Hotels, now known as EIH Ltd., whose
first acquisition was the Oberoi Grand Hotel
In 1965, in partnership with international
hotel chains, he opened the Oberoi
Intercontinental in Delhi, India's first
modern five-star, world-class hotel.
The Oberoi Group, founded in
1934, employs about 12,000 people
worldwide and owns and manages about
17 hotels as oberoi, 10 as trident, 1 each
for clarks & maidens as of 2013. Other
activities of the group include airline
catering, management of restaurants and
airport bars, travel and tour services, car
rental, project management and corporate
Oberoi Hotels & Resorts are synonymous the world
over for providing the right blend of service, luxury
and quiet efficiency. Internationally acclaimed for allround excellence and unparalleled levels of
service, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts have received
innumerable awards and accolades.
A distinctive feature of the Group's hotels is their
highly motivated and well trained staff who provides
exceptionally attentive, personalised and warm
service. The Group's luxury hotels have established a
reputation for redefining the paradigm of luxury and
excellence in service amongst hotels around the
The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambore has been ranked the
world's best hotel by Travel and Leisure Readers Poll for 2010.
In addition to this, The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra has been
ranked the 5th best in the world, The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur is
ranked the 13th best in the world and The Oberoi
Udaivilas, Udaipur has been ranked the 4th best hotel in the
world. The same poll ranks them as the top 4 in Asia. Oberoi
Hotels and Resorts has been ranked as the Best Hotel Chain
outside United States in 2007 and the Best Hotel Chain
outside the United Kingdom in 2008. Trident Hotels has been
ranked the ‘Best First Class Hotel Brand’ at the Galileo Express
Travel World Awards for four consecutive years since 2004.
The Oberoi, Mumbai has been ranked as the 'Best Business
Hotel in India' by CNBC Awaaz, Travel Awards 2008.
Trident hotels are five-star hotels that have established a
reputation for excellence and are acknowledged for offering
quality and value. These hotels combine state of the art
facilities with dependable service in a caring
environment, presenting the ideal choice for business and
leisure travellers. At present there are ten Trident hotels in
India. These are located in Mumbai at Bandra Kurla and
Nariman Point, Gurgaon (Delhi National Capital
Region), Hyderabad, Chennai, Bhubaneshwar, Cochin, Agra, Ja
ipur and Udaipur. The Oberoi Group also operates a Trident
hotel in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah.
The Maidens Hotel, Delhi, also Oberoi Maidens Hotel, and
originally, Maiden's Metropolitan Hotel is a heritage hotel in
the Civil Lines section of Delhi, India. Opened in 1903, it was one of
the earliest modern hotels in Delhi, and situated in the Civil
Lines, where all European style hotels were situated and the officers
of British Raj stayed.
The original hotel (Metropolitan Hotel) was jointly run by two
Englishmen, the Maiden brothers, from 1894 onwards, and in its
present location by one of them, J. Maiden, from 1902 onwards. In
the early 20th century, the hotel was widely considered to be the
best hotel in Delhi. At the time of the 1903 Coronation Durbar held
by Lord Curzon to celebrate the coronation of Edward VII as Emperor
of India, the Metropolitan Hotel was the most sought after hotel
accommodation in Delhi and the most expensive.
Today it is part of the Oberoi Hotels & Resorts chain.