A decade of hospitality: Islamabad’s opulent Serena Hotel is 10 years old

Published: March 11, 2012

Serena Hotel celebrated its 10th Anniversary with traditional folk dances, diverse cuisine and other activities on Sunday. PHOTO: MYRA IQBAL/EXPRESS

Serena Hotel celebrated its 10th Anniversary with traditional folk dances, diverse cuisine and other activities on Sunday. PHOTO: MYRA IQBAL/EXPRESS Serena Hotel celebrated its 10th Anniversary with traditional folk dances, diverse cuisine and other activities on Sunday. PHOTO: MYRA IQBAL/EXPRESS Serena Hotel celebrated its 10th Anniversary with traditional folk dances, diverse cuisine and other activities on Sunday. PHOTO: MYRA IQBAL/EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: A large crowd gathered to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Serena Hotel on Sunday.

To greet the guests, dhol-walas clad in traditional attire, drummed out beats while dancing in the parking lot. The guests were led on the red carpet to the gardens, where food stalls served oriental cuisine with delights such as kulfa faluda, taka-tak and chaat. One side of the garden served fresh juices, oriental and Japanese food items such as salads and wok-fry noodles. “It feels like a carnival with excellent food,” said Jamal Khan, a guest.

Handicrafts from all over the country were put on display, while musicians and performers from Pakistan National Council of the Arts and International Promotion of Arts and Culture kept the audience captivated. They presented cultural dances, with props like swords in tow. Children lounged around face painting booths and watched a puppet show while the women browsed through the in-house shopping arcade.

Tania Arianda of Serena Management told The Express Tribune that they had been working for the past one month to put the event together. Serena Hotel General Manager Peter Hill said, “ [The hotel] has come a long way from commissioning of a small hotel in the northern areas of Pakistan to this flagship property. The journey has been rewarding.”  The guest list included diplomats, politicians and heads of United Nations agencies.

Reader Comments (3)

  • Nadir
    Mar 11, 2012 - 9:34PM

    Joy! Another bubble of elitism celebrates a decade of overpriced services and underpaying wages.

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  • Yasir Mehmood
    Mar 11, 2012 - 10:43PM

    Ah…had the privilege of attending a conference last month without an entry pass enjoyed free food there.

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  • Hassan
    Mar 11, 2012 - 10:54PM

    @Nadir:
    Five star hotels all over the world are expensive and pay low salaries to their staff because their job is no rocket science. Try to appreciate something. Be glad that someone is ready to invest in our country in such terrible economic and security conditions.

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