The ITC Maurya on Sardar Patel Marg is a city icon! Marking the entrance of Delhi's diplomatic area, the hotel has grown to be a part of the city's cultural and historical landscape. I, too, have often stared at the pagoda-like structure of ITC Maurya and wondered about the royal treatments its guests are privy to. So, on my stay at the grand icon, I was more than happy to have my expectations surpassed. Despite the heights of luxury that it contains, ITC Maurya managed to make me feel at home. From the warm and welcoming staff to its Mauryan dynasty inspired interiors that are steeped in history, the ITC Maurya is a pinnacle of Indian hospitality. The remarkably modern amenities do not vanquish the pride ITC Maurya takes in India's powerful past.About the propertyThe muted exteriors of ITC Maurya had me completely unprepared for the explosion of colours, symbols and murals inside. After checking in, it took only a glance of the lobby to put me under the spell of the majestic mural of Krishen Khanna. The mural was painted on-site and depicts the circuitous nature of life. Watching me completely enchanted by the artwork, a staff member came ahead and told me, "Look for yourself in the mural." Slightly confused, I asked him what he meant, he said that it is believed that if looked closely, everyone can find themselves reflected in 'The Procession of Life'.