India's Lemon Tree Hotels - A Refreshing Concept
The Lemon Tree Hotel Company Today
Fresh, fun & spirited Lemon Tree Hotels are India’s fastest growing chain of upscale business and leisure hotels – the perfect choice for today’s discerning traveler looking for high quality accommodation.
Founded in September 2002, this award winning Indian hotel chain currently operates 3 brands Lemon Tree Premier (upscale), Lemon Tree Hotels (midscale) & Red Fox Hotels (economy). The chain currently owns/operates 27 hotels in 16 cities aggregating 3000 rooms with 3500 direct employees. This speedy growth has currently made the group the 3rd largest by owned rooms with venture capital participation from the US based PE firm – Warburg Pincus, the Dutch Pension Fund Manager – APG, the India based Real Estate Fund – Kotak Realty Fund and the Japanese financial institution – Shinsei Bank.
By 2018, Lemon Tree will own and operate over 8000 rooms in 60 hotels across 30 major cities of India including Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Goa, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Muhamma (Kerala), Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune, Shimla, Trichy, Udaipur and Vadodara to name a few.
The group designs, builds, owns and operates all its hotels to ensure a consistent guest experience across all hotels.
The group offers three brands to meet hotel needs across all levels:
1. Lemon Tree Premier
Lemon Tree Premier Upscale segment
Lemon Tree Hotels Midscale segment
Red Fox Hotels Economy segment
The plush and spacious interiors at Lemon Tree Premier take the zing up a notch. This chain of upscale business and leisure hotels elevates the Lemon Tree experience while retaining the same freshness, quirkiness and energy that Lemon Tree is well known for.
Lemon Tree Premier pampers the style conscious and upbeat traveler with its personalized services, premium in-room amenities, award winning restaurants and fun experiences.
2. Lemon Tree Hotels
Lemon Tree Hotels are the only midscale business and leisure hotels that uplift your spirits at the end of a long day. Like the fruit they are named after, Lemon Tree Hotels are fresh, cool and sparkling with zest.
Cheery greetings, a friendly smile and a whiff of the signature lemon fragrance welcome you at Lemon Tree. This stylish business hotel with fresh and bright interiors refreshes you with its witty humor and spirited environment.
Lemon Tree’s ‘close to home’ comfort helps you unwind with its smart in-room amenities, vibrant café, recreation bar, pool and fitness center. All this, at an unbeatable value.
These two brands offer:
3. Red Fox Hotels
• An exciting range of dining options:
• Citrus Café (all hotels) the bright and inviting 24x7 (most hotels) coffee shop offers an eclectic Indian and international menu
• Slounge (select hotels) the recreation bar, offers a fun memorable way to chill and have a spirited night out
• Republic of Noodles (select hotels) the award winning pan Asian restaurant offers the best of popular food from Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia and Myanmar
• Kebab Theater (select hotels) brings you traditional mouth watering kebab delicacies from provincial cuisine across India
• A fitness center (Life Fitness equipped), a refreshing swimming pool (where available) and a rejuvenating spa-Fresco (where available) promise to keep you feeling as fresh-as-a-lemon.
• A well equipped business center and meeting rooms make business on the move more productive.
Red Fox Hotels welcome you with its fresh bold interiors as well as crisp and clean rooms. These economy hotels delight you with its unbeatable value and reliable safety standards. Here friendly smiles and a lively environment go hand in hand with professional service.
The business facilities at Red Fox include hi-speed WiFi, Cyber Kiosk, Clever Fox Café, an efficient meeting room, a well-equipped gym and laundry service.
Hotels that are young at heart, Red Fox let you be yourself whether you are working on your laptop or winning a game of carom in the lounge. Add tothis, Clever Fox Café’s scrumptious food and the hotels' ‘close to home’ environment - these hotels become the first choice for price conscious travelers.
LTH is run by a group of experienced hotel professionals who have worked with leading luxury hotel brands and across industries including Consulting, FMCG, Banking and Insurance, Telecom, Automobiles and offshore business processing.
Learning and Development
The company has implemented a rigorous plan for learning and development in order to deliver on its brand promise and has developed tailor-made content and training processes for LTH that are world class as well as benchmarked across industries.
Wealth Creation Opportunity
Notably, LTH is the first hotel company in India to offer significant wealth creation opportunities to its employees through a broad based employee stock option program.
Lemon Tree focuses on delivering a healthy ‘triple bottom line’ i.e. Planet, People and Profit through its sustainability initiatives.
Current efforts include energy efficiency and conservation; water efficiency and conservation; use of CNG instead of LPG; use of green building material; planting of trees and shrubs on hotel premises; building hotels in accordance with Universal Design concepts - for greater access for differently abled people and building our hotels to Leadership in Energy and Design (LEED) Gold Standards.
In the medium term to long term, we will focus on wind power; agro power i.e. burn agricultural waste; recycled water for AC cooling tower (target replacement of fresh water by 15-20%); heat pump for energy conservation; solar photo voltaic (PV) system for lighting; extensive use of LED light fittings (post cost reduction); geo thermal energy.
We are very focused on our culture and on keeping our people engaged. Lemon Tree Hotels have been ranked five years in continuation (2011 | 2012| 2013| 2014 | 2015) as one of the Top 100 Great Places to Work For in India by the Great Places to Work Institute and Economic Times. It has also been ranked as the Top 2 Best Companies in India for its Unique Initiative/ Programme in hiring Persons with Disabilities(PWDs) by GPTW Institute in 2015. LTH is an equal opportunity employer and actively invites job applications from people with disabilities. The company ethos is that persons with disabilities must be provided the same opportunities as others to realize their full potential. By creating an environment in the organization that allows them to deliver their best, LTH is able to play a part, however small, in social inclusiveness and nation building.
Lemon Tree has defined the goal as mainstreaming
‘Opportunity Deprived Indians’ i.e. ODIs into its workforce. ODIs include:
Employees With Disability (EWDs):
• Speech and Hearing Impaired (SHI)
• Orthopedically Handicapped (OH)
• Going forward, also Visually Impaired (VI), Low Vision (LV)
People who belong to Marginalized Sections of Society:
• Communities who do not get employment opportunities easily i.e. North Eastern States, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, etc.
• Widowed or abandoned/battered women
• Below the poverty line (BPL) individuals
• Individuals from economically weak families
We currently have ~15% Employees with Disabilities (EWDs) in our team, of the total staffing across India, who are either hearing-and-speech impaired, orthopedically handicapped or have Down Syndrome. They work across different areas of our hotels e.g. Housekeeping, Kitchen Stewarding and Food & Beverage Service. The goal is to grow this percentage substantially over the next 10 years and make ODIs a central part of our company. The work done in this area has been continuously recognized and rewarded at a national level (details below).
Our main focus is on being best-in-class in our cost structure, both in building and operating hotels. This will enable us to offer the best Return on Capital Employed to our investors, over the long term.
Awards and Citations
The Lemon Tree Hotel Company has been awarded several citations and awards consistently, testament to the outstanding value and experience we provide to our employees, guests, partners and society.
You may refer to our Awards Page