Luxury Stays In India (Personal Experiences By CEO & Editors) – Part 3

Note: This is the third part of ReviewItIndia.com series “Luxury Stays In India”.

Whenever we Indians think of a lavish and luxury holiday, we think of places outside of India. But India is full of surprises. Why to go abroad when you can find what you are looking for in our own country? Our CEO has taken upon himself to go and find such places in India with our editors. In this ever growing list of such places, the count has reached 50 plus (in 3 parts of this series so far)!

So many places in India itself where you can enjoy a luxury holiday. However there is a twist. Touted as a luxury holiday destination, many of these places do not meet the criteria of a luxury stay due to the lack of efficient service and various other factors. So here you will learn only the truth about the luxury stays in India. No hype, no selling and no partnerships, we are spending our own money to explore these places to bring out the real truth for you. Its not curated from the web, these experiences are personal experiences.

The first & second part of this series covered 20 + 20 = 40 luxury stays in India. Here are more for you, exposing the big names and real truth behind them so you as an Indian consumer can make better choices.

 

41.The Taj Mahal Hotel New Delhi

With iconic brand of five star hotel in iconic place of India and in an iconic building, you expect a regal stay. We had huge expectations from this property and we were almost ready to give it top spot in our list for luxury stays in India even before experiencing it as the brand Taj with a palace in its management in a central Delhi location cannot go wrong, right? But the shock started as soon as we entered. First of all, no one, absolutely no one was there to open gates for us. We pushed it and went inside with no one to guide us to the reception. All this when we had them arrange the airport pick up in a luxury car for 5 times the price we could have got with a cab or outside travel agency. So they knew we were coming but no one was there to even open gates for us. We saw few desks a bit way when we went inside and then went there for check in formalities. The check in was quick however it was not a very warm welcome for which the duty manager did send a sorry message in the evening with pastry and a rose flower but the mood was set. We went out and in and out and in and every time the experience was same, no body bothered. The saving grace was the gracious F&B manager who was the only one trying to make our stay good. Even though they knew we were staying during a special occasion, nobody apart from the F&B manager greeted us. When we ordered in room dining late at night, he came with the candle light set up and complimentary deserts to make it a night to remember for us. Apart from him, everything else was not of any standard let alone the Taj standard were expecting. And then in morning when we went for the breakfast and wanted to ask the restaurant manager something, he was busy talking to someone else and asked us to wait outside of the restaurant! Can you believe this? He later apologized but the damage was done. The worst luxury experience you could get would be in this hotel. Highly recommended to avoid unless you have no other option.

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42.The Gateway Resort Damdama Lake Gurgaon

Situated at an hour drive from the main Gurgaon, this is a place situated away from the hustle and bustle of NCR region and one can go here to experience a bit of peace away from the daily hectic life of the urban area. The staff were good, the facilities were OK and the food was great. However apart from the property nothing else to do around it (the famous Damdama lake is not maintained well and is not a place to go and relax). Overall a relaxing stay for a day or two for luxury travelers in NCR.

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43.Taj City Centre Gurugram

A complete business hotel in a crowded city where no one actually cares for you. We went there expecting a great and calm stay amid the chaotic traffic and city of Gurugram only to find that its a property good only for business stays and meetings. If you expect a luxury stay with service, it would be too much. The check in was quick and the suite had a good view of the city from the bathtub. The food was good and the F&B people tried to serve us well. Nobody cared to ask for our feedback during stay or checkout and the worst part was that we had asked them to arrange a car for airport transfer but when we arrived at the gate with our luggage nothing was there. We went to travel desk who did arrange something for us ultimately before we missed our flight but he was not ready to listen to our feedback about this. For the first time, a Taj employee just left us with our car without listening to what were complaining about. This ruined the mood and the whole experience. Definitely not recommending this property for luxury travelers. But if you have a business commitment in the city and looking for a place good enough for meetings, a quick nap and good food, this could be the option.

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44.MAYFAIR Lagoon Bhubaneswar

Situated in the posh locality of Bhubaneswar city, this property is an experience in itself. The rooms are on ground and first floor situated among lush greenery and a lagoon in between. There is also a temple on site. The staff is quick and try their best but some lack the training in maintaining the high standards for a five star experience. Rooms are OK but could be a lot better for the price they charge. Overall a nice option for luxury travelers for a quick stay in the city.

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45.MAYFAIR Spa Resort & Casino, Gangtok

Labeled as the only luxury hotel in Gangtok, this place by the looks and location can challenge the best luxury resorts of India but the service is not anywhere close. The check in takes time, the room service or house keeping won’t come until you remind them by phone few times, the rooms are not centrally heated and one can feel the chill inside, the staff at restaurant takes no interest in serving you and no one except one or two people care to know to about your feedback. May be we visited at a wrong time but if you are paying so much for luxury, you expect a luxury stay. Definitely not worth the money they charge.

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46.MAYFAIR Himalayan Spa Resort Kalimpong

Giving good views of hills from the hill town of Kalimpong in West Bengal, this property looks aged. The rooms are nothing to write much about except the views from some rooms in sections of the property facing the hills. Again in this Mayfair property as well, there is no central heating and the heater they provide is not enough in winters. The bathroom can make you ill with cold. The food was not up to mark for a five star hotel and the staff while trying their best could be trained better. The welcome was great and so was the timely arrangements for pick up and drop. Overall a disappointing experience for luxury travelers.

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47.Mayfair Waves Puri

Situated just on the sea beach of Puri, this Mayfair property is opposite of its sister property Mayfair Heritage. The rooms are modern as compared to the sister property cottages and some provide a great sea view from the balcony. The staff listens to you and try to make your stay good but in terms of overall comfort of stay and luxury rating, they fall behind. The main culprit is the restaurant where nobody even care to serve you water let alone the food items you request. A disappointing F&B experience would be the main reason for not recommending this property for luxury travelers.

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48.The Tree of Life Resort & Spa Jaipur

Around one hour drive away from the pink city of Jaipur in Kukas, you get this hidden gem. When you compare this to the big luxury chains of hotels, you will definitely find shortcomings but if you look at this property with fresh mind, everything works well for a luxury traveler. There was a delay in getting us our pool villa so we were offered to take lunch and also later another villa to freshen up. Thereafter when we entered our pool villa, we were pleasantly surprised by the awesome decoration to welcome us for celebrating our special occasion in the property. The villa was very spacious including the bathroom but the pool in the backyard was even more good. We had a great time in there. And then they offered complimentary foot massage to us in our own villa which was great too. The special private dining arrangements they made around the main pool and the next night in our backyard were great experiences with good food. Overall we can recommend this for luxury travelers if you are only looking for peaceful stay away from the main pink city.

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49.The Rangers Reserve Corbett

Situated around forest area inside a secluded spot, this place is hard to reach but when you do, you will feel like standing amidst nature with a luxury home of yours. The rooms are comfortable with everything required for a good stay. The staff is courteous (though could be more professional) and food is really good even though expensive but that is acceptable at such a remote place. Please keep in mind there are no mobile networks available here and hence you are totally cut off from the outside world except the television and landline phones. If you wish to enjoy a peaceful jungle stay in the lap of nature without outside world disturbances, this is definitely the place to be. Overall a good option for luxury travelers in Corbetter area.

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50.Clarkes Hotel Shimla

Located just around the mall road of Shimla, this luxury hotel of the old era makes you feel royal with its room and suites along with the old world ambiance and charm which is still maintained in this hotel. The view of the city from your room is good and you can always visit the mall road anytime without worrying for traffic or anything else. No matter what the temperature outside, you will not feel cold inside your cozy room or suite. The food is great, staff is good and the overall stay would be good if your main purpose is to visit the hill city of Shimla. Recommended for luxury travelers for Shimla city.

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51. Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Mysore

One of the 2 options for luxury travelers in city of Mysore, this Radisson property is good for a quick stay. While service levels left much to be desired at all fronts (F&B, Front Office, Travel Desk, Room Service), it was still value for money stay if you manage to get a good deal. We cancelled our second stay here because we expected much better as an option for luxury travelers.

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52. Evolve Back, Coorg (Previously Orange County Coorg)

Coorg is a beautiful hill station in south India in Karnataka. Its beauty is enhanced when complimented with a luxury stay. Having previously experienced Taj property in Coorg, this time we decided to spend our time at another famous for luxury traveler property known as Evolve Back, Coorg. The trip was planned in detail with the coordinator from their Bangalore office and even then, the associate taking care of us in the property itself did not know much about our schedule until I asked to talk to their Bangalore office and get things arranged. Beautiful property, good private heated pool in front of our cottage, great room service and house keeping but something felt amiss. May be no warm welcome at arrival or hectic checkout was the reason but for the price you are paying, you certainly expect better standards. So when in Coorg, the Taj would win the race for luxury travelers.

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53. Evolve Back, Kabini

Situated on the banks of river Kabini, this resort is one of the luxury stays option in Kabini. Better welcome, better facilities and better staff as compared to their Coorg property. They have lots of experiences for travelers although most are chargeable if you wish to enjoy it at your own pace. Then they also take you to the boat and canter safari in the nearby tiger reserve and national park. They manage to get their own guide in however vehicle or boat is shared with the tourists of the other resorts. This is a government setting s they cannot do anything about it. Food could have been better. The private heated pool here was amazing too. Its not a value for money neither a resort where you will feel like a king but it does enough to be an option for luxury travelers in Kabini.

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Luxury Stays In India (Personal Experiences By CEO & Editors) – Part 2

Note: This is the second part of ReviewItIndia.com series “Luxury Stays In India”.

Whenever we Indians think of a lavish and luxury holiday, we think of places outside of India. But India is full of surprises. Why to go abroad when you can find what you are looking for in our own country? Our CEO has taken upon himself to go and find such places in India with our editors. In this ever growing list of such places, the count has reached 50 plus (in 3 parts of this series so far)!

So many places in India itself where you can enjoy a luxury holiday. However there is a twist. Touted as a luxury holiday destination, many of these places do not meet the criteria of a luxury stay due to the lack of efficient service and various other factors. So here you will learn only the truth about the luxury stays in India. No hype, no selling and no partnerships, we are spending our own money to explore these places to bring out the real truth for you. Its not curated from the web, these experiences are personal experiences.

The first part of this series covered 20 luxury stays in India. Here are 20 more for you, exposing the big names and real truth behind them so you as an Indian consumer can make better choices.

 

21.Taj Kumarakom Resort & Spa, Kerala

Nestled around the backwaters of Kumarakom in Kerela, this property promises you a great relaxing time. However, the cottages and rooms are in need of maintenance, they look old with not enough lighting even though the surroundings are good and calm. The junior staff tried their best however the upper management looks uninterested in ensuring a good stay. For their billing mistake, they even threatened to recover the amount from the junior level associate who initially serves you in room and restaurant whereas mistake in billing was done by the front office staff. Never heard of this before, it was really surprising experience and we ultimately paid even after checking out. Not an enjoyable experience. And this is one of the Taj properties we do not recommend to our users.

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22.The Oberoi Bengaluru

A calming presence in the middle of a crowded city, The Oberoi Bengaluru looks luxury upon arrival. Rooms and suites are equipped with tablets that allows you to control many in room things and also order in room service or open the door lock or view outside the room. A bit small compared to the other Oberoi property suites but considering its a city hotel, its acceptable. Service is good, staff is OK however they miss the real intent that you can get in other Oberoi properties. With Oberoi, we expect the best however this property falls short on overall experience but its still a good option for a luxury stay in Bengaluru.

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23.Ri Kynjai – Serenity By The Lake (Umiam Lake Near Shillong)

Giving spectacular valley and lake views, this resort like property is situated on the banks of the Umiam lake just before the Shillong hill station when coming from Guwahati. For people looking for a luxury stay around Shillong, this might be the only option however for the amount they charge, apart from view, everything else could be made a lot better. The wooden cottages are in need of some maintenance with so many insects inside it along with some electrical points not working. Even though they have a good housekeeping team, we did find dust layers on many things in our cottage. This may be the exception however when you pay for a luxury stay, you expect luxury. Overall can be an option with a view you will not get anywhere else in the crowded Shillong city but definitely not a luxury option.

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24.The Oberoi Sukhvilas Spa Resort, New Chandigarh

Situated outside of Chandigarh in a green belt, this pretty new property of Oberoi group gives you a good option to have a luxury stay besides Chandigarh, a city which is connected by frequent flights from different parts of India. Its also a great option for locals to have a getaway from usual city life. There are rooms and luxury tents in property and some tents have their own private pool. The ipad/tablet technology of Oberoi Bengaluru and New Delhi is also here and tents are similar to the one you can find in Oberoi Vanyavilas in Ranthambore but with more modern fittings. Food is good and staff is also there for you all the time. Overall a good option by Oberoi for luxury stays around Chandigarh.

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25.Jiva Resort Cherrapunjee

Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya still does not have lots of options for a luxury stay however this property is an option with some great views of the valley and with clouds coming directly to you in rainy season, you will feel great staying here except few things that keeps this property from scoring good for a luxury stay. First, no mobile connectivity except Jio which is also not great, Wi-Fi by hotel may or may not work, the staff tries but lacks proper training in everything and most importantly, the restaurant is a mess with delays and no service complaints during breakfast. If they can improve these things, definitely this property will be a good option for anyone looking for a luxury stay in Cherrapunjee.

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26.Taj Ganges Varanasi

Located in the heart of the crowded and holy city of Varanasi, this Taj property along with its sister property Taj Nadesar Palace looks great for a luxury stay. However except for the service at restaurant and food, everything else needs improvement. Wifi never worked for us, front office desk lacked the efficiency and had us waiting for checkout for an already cleared bill. The drivers could be better selected for the in house cars. Rooms are nothing to write about but its OK considering the crowded city. Overall, if you are looking for a luxury stay in Varanasi, you can give this property a miss.

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27.Radisson Blu Hotel Indore

Our suite at the upper floor gave a good view of the clean city Indore. It was comfortable and had every basic requirement covered for a good stay. The service at the buffet breakfast could have been better and they seemed uninterested in listening or asking for feedback during stay or checkout. Part of a typical global chain of business hotels, this property can work for you if you are looking for a comfortable stay at a good location in Indore. For luxury, look elsewhere.

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28.The Leela Palace Chennai

Located close to sea beach in Chennai, this luxury property of The Leela is definitely close to a real palace! Among the amazing luxurious suites and rooms, we had one grand suite overlooking the backside of the hotel and the rough waters. Everything was great in suite and welcome was even more good with cake in room, decorated bed & bathroom along with our photo frames everywhere in the suite, photos for which they asked in advance. Truly a palace experience. And while the buffet spread of huge, service here was a bit lacking. But this can be ignored considering how much royal you will feel after stepping into this luxury property of The Leela chain of hotels. Good option for a luxury stay in Chennai city. And if you wish to stay a bit out of the city, look at the below option.

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29.Taj Fisherman’s Cove Resort & Spa Chennai

Looking for a luxury stay or getaway away from main Chennai suburbs? Look no further than this Taj property. Situated on the covelong beach, this property is approximately 1 hour drive from Chennai International Airport but still takes you far away from the maddening rush of the Chennai city. With rooms and cottages getting the cool sea breeze, it was a great to get away from the heat of the city as well. With some private cottages overlooking the sea with your own private garden, its a rare luxury experience around Chennai and even though the sea and beach is rough and not completely private, its cool to have long walks alongside sea at early morning or evening or even night. Staff was great and attentive. Even the in house drivers and cars were very good. Everyone ensure a good stay including the F&B staff. Highly recommended for a luxury stay or getaway from the city.

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30.Diphlu River Lodge (near Kaziranga National Park)

Situated nearby the world famous Kaziranga National Park in Assam, this property is at the banks of seasonal Diphlu river and hence the name. The hut like cottages are situated above the grounds giving you staying in a jungle like feeling and some have river view for which the rate is extra (which is not worth it in our opinion). The advantages of the place is that you are half an hour away from start of safari and they have in house jeep and naturalists to take you there every morning and evening which is all inclusive in the cost. The food is also inclusive and served at the bar cum restaurant in another hut built over the grounds alongside river view cottages. The service staff is great and living in a natural setting really gives you peace. The cottages are OK, not so modern but manageable with even an AC for summers and heaters for winters. And the staff comes up when you go for dinner and makes your bed and keep warm water bags in beds to keep it warm for sleeping in winters which is a great way to try and ensure a good night sleep for guests. In the staff service they score as a five star property however, food while tasty and good can be an issue for some as you cannot order your choice or get anything in room. Also, the cottages can be improved and modernized for the tariff they charge. The safari experience can also be improved with a naturalist and a separate driver. Overall you might feel its too costly for what you get. So while its a good option near Kaziranga but there are cheaper value for money options nearby and for someone looking for luxury, this may not fit the bill completely except the lower staff service which is definitely comparable to luxury properties and stays.

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31.The Leela Raviz Kovalam

Search for a luxury Kerela vacation and you will see this Leela property with images of pool and rooms overlooking the mighty sea. The club rooms and suites are the ones where you can view this splendid scenery. The rooms in the other block do not afford these views. There is a private beach which is just a small area hotel has reserved out of the public beach for its customers. This does not make it private and even the beach is also not that great. Add it to the delay in service like no one comes to pick you up from beach entrance to your rooms (despite many requests by us and the beach guard) so you need to walk uphill to reach your rooms on the cliff along with the garbage and rush of the public nearby on beach makes the beach experience pretty ordinary. Then there are delays in the room service orders and even the private butlers looks disinterested in serving the customer. The rooms are OK but seems too old even with the great sea view. The welcome arrangements were great but if the overall stay is not near a luxury experience, this cannot be recommended as a luxury destination.

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32.Taj Green Cove Resort & Spa, Kovalam

Much better experience than the the Leela property in Kovalam. This Taj property feels like a tropical hidden place for luxury lovers. Even though you can only view the sea and not actually go on to the beach from within this property, its a very good experience walking along the private gardens overlooking the sea in evening. The food is great and the staff tries their best even though in the rush they could do better service management. They also have a presidential 2 floor private pool villa where we stayed and enjoyed every bit of it. If you need a luxury stay in Kovalam, this is it. A stay in the private pool presidential villa at Taj Kovalam will make you feel like king.

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33.Taj Corbett Resort & Spa, Uttarakhand

A Taj property in Ramnagar along side Jim Corbett National Park should be a great way to enjoy a fun filled wildlife vacation. However, if you are looking for luxury in Corbett, this is not the place. Its OK overall but definitely not a luxury resort. Rooms seem old (this property was under some other management before Taj), food is strictly OK, staff is good at F&B trying their best with what they have, front desk could have been better but the biggest let down was the safari. Every naturalist seemed uninterested or focused on some particular group of people they must be knowing. The biggest and best experience of jungle resort should be its safari. They need to hire better people for it. Overall the stay at this property will make you only say its OK all around, nothing great and definitely nothing for someone looking for a luxury stay.

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34.Taj Swarna Amritsar

One of the newest property of Taj group, this is more like a business hotel rather than the great experience it could have been along with Golden temple and Wagah border visit. The rooms are quite cramped so if you wish a good in room stay, you must book a suite (executive or presidential) which is good. The staff seemed strictly business oriented and could have been more proactive in making stay more comfortable. The food is a let down considering its part of Punjab state where you get lip smacking north Indian food. So if you wish to enjoy a luxury stay in Amritsar, this property while looking good, scores just 3 stars out of 5.

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35.Lemon Tree Hotel, Dehradun

The only good option for luxury travelers in the city of Dehradun, this property is just OK. The best part is that its in the same building as of a good shopping mall so you can step out anytime to do shopping, get variety of foods and even view movies in the theater of the mall. The rooms are OK for a comfortable stay and food is also good. The staff tries their best but could have been better. Still, the only option in the city for a good stay for someone looking for luxury.

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36.Hotel Swissôtel Kolkata

The only property of Swissotel chain of hotels in India, this five star hotel is very nearby the airport offering a comfortable transit stay for luxury travelers. The rooms and suites are good however the staff service can be improved, seems way too professional without actually caring about customer’s comfortable stay. Also its part of the City Center 2 shopping mall so you have plenty of options for shopping and eating. A good transit option nearby airport for luxury travelers however if you need five star service and closeness to the main city, look for some other option.

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37.Taj Bengal Kolkata

Another option in Kolkata for luxury travelers is Taj Bengal Kolkata. However situated in Alipore, the traffic can hamper you a lot if you have to go a bit away from the area or even if your flight is during day time. That is not a mistake of Taj. When you step inside, no one is there to welcome you or guide you to the reception area for check in formalities. You open the door and walk in yourself to try and find the area besides the gate itself. Then the check in process is quick. The whole property seems aged. Staff also seems reluctant to help or make your stay better. The all day dining experience is not exactly what you would expect from such a big brand. We had a suite and while it was comfortable, it does not match the standards of the even older Oberoi Grand Kolkata. So if you are looking for a luxury stay in Kolkata, stick to the Oberoi Grand.

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38.Renaissance Lucknow Hotel

Situated besides Taj Mahal hotel in Lucknow, this five star property is a modern alternative to the royal Taj hotel along side it. The corner suites even though a bit cramped to be called suites, provide good views of the Ambedkar Park on one side and Gomti riverfront on the other. The bed is comfortable and you have everything for a comfortable stay in your room. Now if they just started taking customer feedback more seriously, this property would top the luxury stay list in Lucknow. However, the staff at the front desk is not interested in listening about your feed back anytime during your stay or during your checkout. During check in also, you don’t get a warm welcome except for the guards at the gate. They need to hear what their customers are saying to get better. Overall an option for luxury travelers but can be skipped for another option.

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39.Fairfield by Marriott Lucknow

Standing tall opposite the new high court of Lucknow, this sister property of Renaissance hotel above provides better service even though its ranked lower. The fact that staff listens to you and work hard to rectify the issues and tries their best to ensure your good stay makes this property our top choice for luxury travelers in Lucknow. The rooms are OK however the service is fantastic and whatever complain you have, they will ensure its resolved quickly once you let them know. Lower staff seems lacking the training but tries their best. Overall a great option in Lucknow.

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40.Vivanta Guwahati, Assam

When the capital of Assam got this Taj property, we felt the need to check it out for luxury travelers as Guwahati is basically the gateway to the beautiful north east of India. The check got delayed by an year or so but when we visited, we had a good impression. We had a suite overlooking the mountains however due to the recent constructions, the view has been spoiled. The suite was spacious with all the amenities needed for a comfortable in room stay. We also felt safe with the security on gate during some protests that were happening in Guwahati. The food and staff were good. Overall we had a good stay if not great. This property can be considered for luxury stays in Guwahati.

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So that was it for the second part of this series. In our next part, we will continue to look for properties for a luxury stay in India. Stay tuned for real truth behind some of the biggest properties in India including the The Taj Mahal Hotel New Delhi & Mayfair Lagoon Bhubaneswar.

 

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Luxury Stays In India (Personal Experiences By CEO & Editors)

Whenever we Indians think of a lavish and luxury holiday, we think of places outside of India. But India is full of surprises. Why to go abroad when you can find what you are looking for in our own country? Our CEO has taken upon himself to go and find such places in India with our editors. In this ever growing list of such places, the count has reached 50 plus (in 3 parts of this series so far)!

So many places in India itself where you can enjoy a luxury holiday. However there is a twist. Touted as a luxury holiday destination, many of these places do not meet the criteria of a luxury stay due to the lack of efficient service and various other factors. So here you will learn only the truth about the luxury stays in India. No hype, no selling and no partnerships, we are spending our own money to explore these places to bring out the real truth for you. Its not curated from the web, these experiences are personal experiences.

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1.The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort, Ranthambore

The stay, the staff, the jungle safari and the elephants at premises, everything is luxury here. No matter which time of the year you go to this property, you will feel relaxed and pampered throughout your stay. Special mention for the General Manager Ratna Ji, who leads from the front and keep the staff on their toes.  Highlights of the luxury you can expect at Oberoi Vanyavilas:

– Pick Up & Drop From Sawai Madhopur Railway Station With An Associate Of The Hotel Escorting You

– Personal Welcome By The General Manager & Almost The Whole Staff

– Beautiful Decorations By House Keeping & Gifts For You And Your Family

– Awesome Food Of Your Choice In Your Own Luxury Tent

– The Best Safari Experience Of India, We Had A Small Bird Joining Us During The Snacks We Had On The Jeep In The Jungle

– Staff At Your Service Always, No Matter What You Need They Will Get It For You!

So if you are thinking of staying in Oberoi Vanyavilas for a luxury stay in India, do not think twice. Go ahead and enjoy the luxury in India. You can find editorial review of the property on ReviewItIndia.com and you can share your review of the property as well to help others and make money for life.

 

2.The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata

Everything grand is what we can use to describe this luxurious property in 2 words! Led ably by the General Manager Sumit Joshi Ji, this property will make you fall in love with the Oberoi Hospitality.  Located just between the crowded and famous new market in Kolkata, you will feel like stepping into a different world once inside the property. No noise, nothing from the outside world in your room. One of the best places to stay not only in Kolkata but in India, the Oberoi Grand will pamper you so much that you will not like to leave.

Being a city hotel, there is a scope of improvement in few aspects but with a General Manager like Joshi Ji, this place will surely provide you with a luxury stay you would have never imagined in India. Go ahead and let us know on ReviewItIndia.com your review of the property to help others and make money for life.

 

3.Wildflower Hall, An Oberoi Resort, Shimla

Situated at 8250 feet, its one of the very few luxury resorts at that height in India. Superb staff led by Mr. Ankush ensures no stone is left unturned for your comfortable stay at the property. Away from the hustle and bustle of Shimla city, this hotel provides a very fine option for people looking for luxurious and relaxed stay at a hill station. No matter the season, the property has its own charm in every season. In winters, the green all around gets covered with snow and in summers, you will feel like you are amid a forest on a hill! The indoor temperature controlled pool along with an outdoor Jacuzzi with mountain views add to the charm of the hotel.

We had a great time in this hotel during winters while it was snowing all around. The warmth of staff kept us safe and provided us with almost everything needed for a comfortable stay during harsh snowfall outside. So do not think twice, go ahead and enjoy the time at Wildflower Hall, Shimla. Have you already stayed? Please let us know your review of the this property on ReviewItIndia.com and you will not only help others but will also get a chance to make money for life with your helpful review.

 

4.The Leela, Goa

Wish to get a relaxed beach holiday away from maddening crowds of people on beaches in India? Yes, Maldives is the option but that is too far! Look no further than The Leela Goa in India itself for a luxury beach holiday where the private beach and its clean surroundings will make you feel like having a beach holiday abroad. Located at Mobor beach in south Goa, this Leela property will take your breath away with its beautiful set up. Here its not as happening as north Goa but it has its own charm. Imagine sitting with your partner in your room facing lagoon or in your own private pool with villa, going to enjoy the beach whenever you feel like for as long as you like with no disturbance, enjoying the the romantic dinner in any of the restaurants on site and just spending quality time with your loved ones. Its a feeling that you have  got to experience once in your lifetime.

Our private pool villa had one of the best butlers we ever had in any of the properties in India. From the moment we checked in, he was there for us every minute taking care of our every requirement. And in case he was not there, he had someone else there for us! Then the private pool facing Sea was amazing and even though we could just hear the sea and not actually see it, it was fascinating experience. So if you love beaches and wish to have a luxury beach holiday in India, look no further than the Leela Goa.

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5.Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa, Goa

One of the four Taj properties in Goa is located on Sinquerim beach in Candolim, North Goa. Staying in one of the cottages overlooking Arabian sea is an experience you will cherish for long. Staff is great and take care of your every need. You can head to the beach and enjoy one of the most happening beaches of North Goa. The food is also good and the fresh sea food is the best you will get in India.

Not too far from the Goa airport, this Taj property is a great option for a luxury beach holiday in India. Have you stayed in this property? Do let us know your views on ReviewItIndia.com to help others and make money for life.

 

6.Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa

One of the four property of Taj in Goa located on Benaulim beach in South Goa. This property will give you a relaxing luxury holiday away from hustle and bustle of North Goa happening beaches. The beach of this property though not private is pretty well maintained by the property associates and gives you a calm feeling while taking a stroll on the beach anytime of the day. The staff though not as good as one you can find in Taj Fort Aguada, does enough to make you feel good.

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7.MAYFAIR Palm Beach Resort, Gopalpur

Apart from Goa, you can head to Odisha as well in India for a luxurious beach holiday. Now here you won’t find any Taj or Oberoi but a previously owned by Oberoi property now acquired by Mayfair will pamper you just like any Taj or Oberoi! Located at Gopalpur in Odisha you will have an almost private beach, amazing support staff at the beach, private temperature controlled pool villa and amazing food. The gem of a general manager we have seen in India, Mr. Saroj, leads from the front and ensures that every single guest goes out happy after their time at MayFair Gopalpur.

While the staff and facilities can be improved further, the passion and level of commitment shown by the GM is enough reason for us to recommend this property for a luxury beach holiday in India. Do let us know what you think of this property after your stay on ReviewItIndia.com and make money for life with your reviews.

 

8.Taj Fisherman’s Cove Resort & Spa Chennai

Perfect for people near Tamil Nadu for a luxury beach holiday in winters, this Taj property can also be experienced during summer. Even tough your drive to the resort would be a very hot experience, the property on the beach will welcome you with soothing winds from the sea. In evening you can have great time near sea or in your backyard garden of cottage overlooking the sea. From lot of dining options, you can even have a private dining experience in your own cottage backyard. Staff is courteous and helpful to make your stay good. Overall can be considered for a luxury beach holiday in and around Chennai.

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9.The Lodhi, New Delhi

If you are in New Delhi and looking for a luxurious escape from the city life or looking to celebrate a special occasion, look no further than The Lodhi at the Lodhi road in New Delhi. Centrally located, by staying here you can also easily experience main attractions of Delhi. And if you are not in mood to go out, you can chill in your own private pool inside your room! Every room is of same category with just the difference being the floor (the highest floor room being the most priced). Staff goes out of their  normal routine duty to ensure a pleasant time at the property. Consider this, for a normal charger missed in the room during checkout, they sent it the same day to the other part of Delhi! No courier, no other work by their staff in that area and we did not even ask them to get it to us! That’s some service. Highly recommended place for a luxury stay in New Delhi.

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10.Vivanta By Taj, Surajkund (NCR)

Located in a green area near the famous lake in Faridabad, this Taj property is so near to Delhi yet feels like far away from the maddening rush of the capital of India. If you don’t have time to go far away on a holiday or looking for a luxury getaway around Delhi and NCR, this Taj property is one the great options. From getting pampered by staff during your stay and in the great SPA, you have also choice of unique experiences to celebrate any special occasion with your loved ones. Barefoot dining by the pool with love of your life is an experience that will create memories for life for any occasion. And then there is also a renewal of vows experience that you can have with your better half to celebrate that special day of your life. And all this comes at a relatively cheaper price as compared to other luxury hotels in Delhi NCR. So if you are looking for a luxury getaway around in NCR without burning a hole in your pocket, this Taj property should be your choice.

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11.JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa

Mussoorie is known as queen of hills and Marriott tried to create a perfect luxury destination in the queen of hills. We say tried because 2 of our experiences at this property were completely opposite. May be pressure of more guests or some internal issue caused this but still its not what we expect from a Marriott property charging premium rates for the stay.

Located away from the city chaos, you will feel a sense of calmness as soon as you arrive at this property. Our first visit was in monsoon in July and it was amazing! From clouds entering our balcony and then the room in the suite to eating food exactly as per our preferences, we had a great time. We returned in late November to see more guests this time around and probably that may be the reason the service level degraded. Even though the stay was part of a special occasion and room was decorated for it as per our requirements while booking, not a single staff cared to wish us throughout our stay! We had 2 private dining experiences and the first one had people clicking photos around us, nobody was there to ensure our privacy! And then in the second, we had to ask for a staff to be there among us to keep other guests from ruining our private dining experience.

And lastly, on the day of checkout, we called thrice asking for someone to help us with the luggage and no one came for half an hour! We had to drag our luggage by ourselves in order to avoid missing the flight from Dehradun.  On the positive side, the housekeeping was great and did everything we asked from them. Few people in the F&B staff were also great and tried their best to ensure a good experience for us but overall the second stay was a disappointing one.

Now considering the overall reviews of this property on the Internet, you can still take a chance for a great luxury holiday at this property. May be our second stay was a one off and would not be repeated with any other guest.  If possible, select monsoon season to visit this property which makes it a more magical experience. And do let us know about your experience at ReviewItIndia.com to help others and make money for life.

 

12.Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa, Coorg

Two words to describe the beauty of this Taj property – completely heaven! Situated among 180 acres of rain forest in the hill station of Madikeri town in Coorg, the arrival experience is something you need to see to believe. So close to clouds, so close to nature and the view from the reception area is breathtaking in itself! Then for someone looking for luxury, there are private pool villas overlooking the lush greenery of the rain forest. The pool is temperature controlled, inside your villa with glass roof so no matter what the weather is, you can chill in your pool with your loved ones and enjoy the view outside! If that is not enough, order room service which serves hot meals round the clock. And then there are restaurants on property with views to die for! Doing breakfast among clouds is something one can never forget.

The staff is courteous and does all required of them however the warmth is missing somehow. But with property as beautiful as this, we can ignore the other small details. When in Coorg, try and experience this property once. For a repeat, we are not sure. Do let us know how was your experience with this property on ReviewItIndia.com to help others and make money for life.

 

13.Radisson Jass Shimla

Looking for a five star experience in Shimla without spending too much on room tariff? The Radisson Jass Shimla is a good option. Nestled on a hill top offering splendid views of the Shimla city, this hotel has everything you need for a good holiday, that is, a comfortable room with good bed, good views of city, attentive staff, good enough food and close proximity to the main part of the city attractions as well as transportation. There are few separate blocks in the hotel and you have to get out and in of each block to reach restaurant and reception which can be an issue for people with mobility problems. You can ask them to shift you to a closer block or call reception to have someone escort you everytime you go out of your room which they happily did for us.

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14.The Gateway Hotel Ambad Nashik

One of the few five star properties near Shirdi Sai Baba temple, this Taj property does a great job in maintaining high standards in every aspect. Located in between 20 acres of lush green gardens, the property will give you a relaxing time in Nashik. Even if your sole purpose is to visit the Sai Baba temple in Shirdi, its recommended to stay here. With a good driver and SUV from the hotel, you can easily be on your way in early morning to visit the temple. And then you can use your next half of the day or evening to visit other attractions around Nashik. The hotel also offers 24 hours room service and relaxing SPA. From check in to checkout and even before checking in, the staff does a great job taking care of you and your stay. A recommended hotel in and around Nashik.

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15.Radisson Blu Agra Taj East Gate (Now Mansion Grand Agra)

Recently rebranded to Mansion Grand Agra, this Radisson property gives you a five star experience so close to the city’s main attraction which is the Taj Mahal. Easy on the pocket, the suites in the hotel gives  a distant view of Taj and provides you with very comfortable living and bed room spaces. Staff is quick and efficient. Food is good and hotel can arrange your Taj Mahal tour. With nothing much to do in the city apart from visiting the iconic Taj Mahal, having a good hotel definitely helps in having you a luxury holiday in Agra. This hotel does that for you without too much cost.

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16.The LaLiT Great Eastern Kolkata

Situated in the middle of the city center, this Lalit property gives you a great luxury stay experience in Kolkata. From picking you up from station or airport to ensuring you reach back to station or airport for your further journey on time, everything is so well taken care of by their each and every staff including front desk, house keeping and even drivers. With one of the best hotel staff in India, you will have no complaints with the service. Views are nothing to write about from rooms and suites but that’s due to the location and not a hotel fault. If you need a good relaxing luxurious stay in center of Kolkata, The LaLiT Great Eastern Kolkata is a good option.

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17.The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

A luxury holiday in the lake city is what this property offers you. Situated just around the banks of Udaipur famous lake Pichola, its completely royal look will definitely make you go wow. Upon arrival, you will be escorted from one side of lake to another towards hotel by boat on lake pichola making your arrival experience majestic.  And then apart from private pool villas, you have semi-private pool rooms offering stunning views of the lake and its surroundings. The staff of any Oberoi hotel will give you an excellent service and this hotel is no different. Overall no matter which season you chose to be here, you are going to have a lot of fun filled holiday.

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18.Taj Bangalore (Opposite Kempegowda International Airport)

This property of Taj by many can be seen only as a transit hotel nearby or rather just opposite of a big international airport. However, that is a myth. This property offers a perfect place to stay beside an airport in Bangalore where you can avoid the hectic traffic of the city and can visit Bangalore city or near by areas without crossing main congested areas of the city. Its a perfect place to host corporate events as well. Staff level is mixed, some is great and some will feel lacking in service but overall this is a Taj property that can give you a great time during your stay.

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19.Taj Bekal Resort & Spa, Kerala

By looking at the website and location of this Taj property, it feels like a hidden gem. A beautiful, clean and quiet beach along with your own private pool villa is something anyone should cherish. And then there are backwater activities provided by the travel desk that ensures you enjoy your time in this property. However, hidden gem seems somewhat neglected. Staff is good enough but it feels like they could be better. The picture of private pool villas looked amazing but in reality, the pool was dirty, the outside furnishings and bathroom was in need of refurbishment and even the entry gate (of the villa) is something that feels pretty old and outdated. With just 2 hours drive away from the Mangalore airport, this property can truly be a star for the Taj group with some better care. Overall, a once visit if you have no other option.

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20.Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Cochin

Situated just besides the Cochin harbor, this Taj property provides an excellent and luxurious option to stay in Cochin. The rooms are somewhat small but offer good views of the harbor and its surroundings. And then you have the option to use the hotel’s own Yacht to organize private tea cruise in evening or breakfast in the morning or anything else you like on a per hour basis. If that is not enough, the staff and chef is ready to pamper you for a private dinner on the deck just on the water where the Yacht gets parked. Its something you and your loved ones will cherish for long. You can also get speed boat transfers for your further journey ahead in Kerela. Overall, a recommend property when in Cochin.

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So that was it for this post. In our next part 2, we will continue further in search of luxury stays in India and will expose the real truth behind some of the biggest properties in India including The Oberoi Sukhvilas Spa Resort, New Chandigarh & The Leela Kovalam Kerela.

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The Leela Goa – Peaceful Stay At A Beautiful South Goa Beach

The Leela Goa Editorial Review, Rated (4.5 / 5) By Our Editors

The Leela Goa
The Leela Goa (Photo Courtesy: Google Images)

The Leela Goa is one of the best beach resorts in India offering a private beach for guests staying at its property. The property itself looks stunning and like a lush green island.

Booking Process
Its easy to book this hotel directly through their website or from third party websites. If you do book from a third party website, make sure you confirm your booking with the hotel before your arrival to ensure your booking from third party has been confirmed to the hotel. Booking can either be prepaid with discounts or with credit card holds. We booked directly from the website with credit card hold. It was a quick and easy process.

Arrival & Check In
We arrived at the Goa airport around 1 PM and had their representative greet us at the exit and take us to our BMW for transfer to the resort. It took around 1 hour to reach the property and as we were travelling in the monsoon season, we witnessed a lot of greenery on our way to resort. Once there, we were greeted by their front desk staff, welcomed with flowers and a welcome drink and then assigned a butler who took us to our pool villa in an ecart where the check in formalities were completed.

Rooms
They have rooms and suites facing lagoons in their property which looks very great especially in the monsoon season. And then there are club suites and villas with their own plunge pools overlooking their lush green gardens. From our pool villa we could hear the sea but could not see it. Overall, it does not matter where you stay in this property as ultimately you will be spending most of your time at the beach.

Beach Experience
The Leela Goa provides direct access to mobor beach which is just a bit ahead of the cavelossim beach if you are coming from north goa. It basically is part of the cavelossim beach only. This beach is one of the top beaches of Goa to spend peaceful time with your loved ones. Here you cannot find the hustle and bustle of the the north Goa beaches but it has its own charm. Ideal for relaxing and swimming. There was one guard of the property guarding the access gate from hotel to beach as well as advising the people to not venture deep into sea as during monsoons there are very high tides and swimming as well as other water sports is prohibited.





Food
A let down considering everything else. While I understand the cooking is influenced by the Goan style, a five star property charging more than 50,000 a day from us should have cooking staff catering to all kinds of cuisines. No matter what I demanded, I was disappointed in all days I was there. Disappointed not in service but in taste of food requested. We did not take buffet breakfast so cannot comment on its quality but we had a bite at one of their restuarants which again was slightly better but not great.

Services
They provide e-cart/buggy drop and pick up to the beach access point which is great because not all of the times you would prefer walking. They also had a lovely breakfast set up done in our villa outdoor area in all days we were there which was great. We have had newspaper on time everyday and a fast Internet access. They also provided us with a DVD player and few movies DVD set upon request. They also have a SPA where you can have good and relaxing massages and facials. Then there is an on site ayurvedic expert/doctor who can assist you in selecting the right ayurvedic massage or treament for you.

Staff
The moment we were assigned a butler, he became our point of contact for everything. He was a Bengali gentlemen with great sense of care for his guests. He took us promptly to beach by the buggy anytime we asked and arranged for the reverse pick up as well on a call. He set up the breakfast outdoor like he is doing it for his own family member. From start to end, he gave us a great service and reminded us a British era butlers. Other than him, we came across few other staff as well who were pleasant and happy to help you. Overall a thumbs up in staff quality in this property.

Verdict
Go this to The Leela Goa for a peaceful and luxurious stay where you can stroll on the beach forever which is one of the best beaches of Goa and then spend time by the pool if you wish to or take a good massage. Our editors give it (4.5 / 5)

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The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata – Central Hotel In City Of Joy

The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata Editorial Review, Rated (4 / 5) By Our Editors

The Lalit Great Eastern, Kolkata
The Lalit Great Eastern, Kolkata (Photo Courtesy: Google Images)

The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata is a five star property situated in heart of the city of Joy, Kolkata, nearby the Hooghly river.

Booking Process
Its easy to book this hotel directly through their website or from third party websites. If you do book from a third party website, make sure you confirm your booking with the hotel before your arrival to ensure your booking from third party has been confirmed to the hotel. Booking can either be prepaid with discounts or with credit card holds. We booked directly from the website with credit card hold. It was a quick and easy process.

Arrival & Check In
We were picked up at the Howrah railway station by their chauffeur on time within the platform itself which was great. It took around 30 minutes to reach the property. We were welcomed and the check in formalities were completed quickly. The lobby was great though view from the room is nothing, manily because its situated in heart of the city where nearby only old buildings are there.

Rooms
We stayed at their highest category room which was a suite though it consisted of only one large room, it was good. As it was pretty cold and we were with our baby, they provided us room heater too on asking. Room was comfortable with a metal piller just besides the bed adding to the decor of the room.

Food
The food was good, no complains there. Everywhere in Kolkata, you get the eastern touch in the food items no matter what it is so its no reason for complain. We dined in room only mostly and they provided all the required food for my baby as well gladly. They also have all day dining restaurant on site providing all type of food along with a restaurant serving grilled items and a tea lounge and a bakery.





Services
They have a SPA and a salon on site along with a gym and pool. Their concierge desk can help you with the city transfers and tours. They provide free in room fruit basket along with newspaper on demand.

Staff
This is where the Lalit property scores the most points. They are among the top when it comes to staff quality. Each one I met was eager to help with a smile and they go out of their way to do everything to make our stay comfortable. When you have these kind of people as your staff, your property has to be among the best no matter where it is and the facilities.

Verdict
Its a good property if you have to stay at the middle of Kolkata as traffic of Kolkata makes it pretty hard to travel from one place to the other within the city limits so in that sense if you have to be in the main city, this is the best place to be. The staff is top notch and the service is great. Rooms are comfortable and not costly as well. Our editors give this property (4 / 5)

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The Gateway Hotel Ambad Nashik – The Best Stay Around Shirdi

The Gateway Hotel Ambad Nashik Editorial Review, Rated (4.3 / 5) By Our Editors

The Gateway Hotel Ambad Nashik
The Gateway Hotel Ambad Nashik (Photo Courtesy: Google Images)

The Gateway property of the Taj group at the Ambad, Nashik is a five star property surrounded by 20 acres of lush gardens.

Booking Process
Its easy to book this hotel directly through their website or from third party websites. If you do book from a third party website, make sure you confirm your booking with the hotel before your arrival to ensure your booking from third party has been confirmed to the hotel. Booking can either be prepaid with discounts or with credit card holds. We booked directly from the website with credit card hold. It was a quick and easy process.

Arrival & Check In
We arrived by train in Nashik (Nasik Road Railway Station) and as the pick up was arranged by them, their travel desk person was in constant touch with us and even though train got delayed, we had a prompt pick up by their chauffeur and a quick drive led us to their beautiful property. Despite train getting delayed, we were early around 10:30 AM for check in and even then they had 2 rooms ready for us! While they failed to provide inter connecting rooms due to the early check in, we got the rooms which is good. Check in process was quick and they needed IDs of all the adults as the case with most of the hotels and then took no time to escort us to our rooms. We were also provided with a welcome drink.

Rooms
Our rooms were good however seems in need of some maintainance with window locks of one room not opening as well as room lock itself were not opening most of the times and we had to call front desk to get them a new key again and again. It was frustrating however the bed and the bathroom was good. We had a good bath and a good sleep.





Food
We dined in room. The food is not as good as it could be however I believe that’s more due to the Maharashtrian culture and the way they prepare the food at that part of India. Due to this, we ventured out to a north Indian restaurant nearby and had a great meal there. However the hotel itself has 3 on site restaurants along with a bar which one can use during the stay to dine and wine.

Services
When staying here, you get free high speed wifi Interrnet along with newspaper of your choice in the morning. They also have a fitness center and a business center. The in house travel desk is quite good and arranged for our pick up and drop along with tour to the Sai Baba Temple in Shirdi along with a near by temple. The car was good, the driver was knowledgable and the overall experience was great.

Staff
Staff was great though our checkout took some time due to the slow service. And most of the times when we had the issue with the room key, someone from the front desk just ran to us with a new one and as this happened multiple times, I appreciate their quick help. Along with this, we were in talk with their front desk and travel desk for assistance during our stay and they were super pleasant to deal with and I appreciate all of their staff, hopefully they keep it up.

Verdict
Nashik, being the holy town famous for being nearby Sai Baba Temple (Shirdi), has loads of stay options but you won’t find one as good as this property. While its a bit far from the Sai Baba temple but you won’t feel that when they promptly take you up at 4 AM in the morning for the morning aarti. It was a good experience and our editors give it (4.3 / 5)

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Radisson Jass Hotel Shimla – Comfortable Stay In The City

Radisson Jass Hotel Shimla Editorial Review, Rated (3.5 / 5) By Our Editors

Radisson Jass Shimla
Radisson Jass Shimla (Photo Courtesy: Google Images)

 

Radisson Jass Shimla is one of the finest hotels in Shimla where you are sure of good service, tasty food and comfortable sleep. Let’s dive deep into this hotel starting with the booking process.

Booking Process
Its easy to book this hotel directly through their website or from third party websites. If you do book from a third party website, make sure you confirm your booking with the hotel before your arrival to ensure your booking from third party has been confirmed to the hotel. Booking can either be prepaid with discounts or with credit card holds.

Arrival & Check In
We arrived at Shimla railway station at around 5-6 PM and despite having confirmed pick up from railway station, no one was available to pick us up. Upon calling the hotel, they sent the car for pick up within 30 minutes but it was disappointing to wait for confirmed pick up in a cold December evening.
So we hopped on to the vehicle and reached the hotel in around 20 minutes. We were welcomed with hot towels and a very good hot welcome drink while waiting for the checkin formalities. Check in was smooth and we were escorted to our room by a smiling executive.

Rooms
The room was nice and comfortable with view of the city which looked stunning in night. It had comfortable bed, mini bar and work desk along with 2 standard sofa seating arrangement. The bathroom though small was good. They offer different categories of room so judging by the one we stayed in, rooms seems to be comfortable without any issues.

Food
So we dined in room mostly due to our travel though they offer free buffet breakfast and they have one in house restaurant “Café Valley Vue” as well. Food was a bit overpriced as per the standard but order taking and delivery were swift and quality was OK. So overall as per our experience, OK for food but that depends on what dish you order and which chef prepares it so you may find some great dishes out there as well.





Services
We had Internet access without any issues during our stay, they also offer complimentary newspaper every morning and they have a fantastic multi-tier outdoor pool as well offering great views while you dip in. They also have a travel desk which can arrange your sight seeings or transfers. They also have a steam room along with a good SPA service “Sansha Spa”.

Staff
Every staff we encountered were smiling and willing to help. We called in every time for someone to escort us to the reception and then back to the room once we’re back just to check their staff service and they did this smiling everytime. Also drivers are knowledgeable and courteous. But beware of the outside drivers/cars the hotel driver arranges for you. We had once asked the driver to arrange a car for us. These outside cars are OK but their drivers are only looking for money as they have to pass the commission back to the hotel driver so this was a downside but to be honest, the outside car did cost us less than the one from the hotel fleet so obviously such service is expected for the price as Shimla is a very tourist place and all the tour operators, car drivers, hawkers, vendors, shopkeepers, etc. are looking to make money off the tourists all the time.

Verdict
If you are looking for a good and comfortable stay at competitive prices then this is the one property you can book without hesitation. Yes, our stay could have been better but there is nothing you’re going to miss here. Just confirm everything with the hotel in advance and remind them twice if you depend on them for your pick up.

Our editors give this property (3.5 / 5)

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Radisson Blu Agra Taj East Gate – Value For Money Stay When Visiting Taj Mahal

Radisson Blu Agra Taj East Gate Editorial Review, Rated (4 / 5) By Our Editors

Radisson Blu Agra Taj East Gate
Radisson Blu Agra Taj East Gate (Photo Courtesy: Google Images)

Radisson Blu Agra Taj East Gate is a five star property having 200+ rooms and suites with infinity pool at the rooftop offering Taj Mahal views.

Booking Process
Its easy to book this hotel directly through their website or from third party websites. If you do book from a third party website, make sure you confirm your booking with the hotel before your arrival to ensure your booking from third party has been confirmed to the hotel. Booking can either be prepaid with discounts or with credit card holds. We booked directly from the website with credit card hold. It was a quick and easy process.

Arrival & Check In
We arrived at Radisson Blu Agra Taj East Gate at around 1 PM and were greeted at the entry by their executives with flowers. It was a great welcome experience. While we waited for the checkout formalities, we were served with welcome drinks.
The check in process was quick and we were escorted to our suite by their front desk executive who provided short description of the property and our suite.

Rooms

Radisson Blu Agra Taj East Gate Room
Radisson Blu Agra Taj East Gate Room (Photo Courtesy: Google Images)


Our suite had one big living space along with a separate bedroom and a balcony with grass and patio. The balcony also provided a far view of The Taj Mahal. The bed was good for a relaxing sleep and bathroom with tub provided us some good bath time.

Food
We dined in room for dinner as well as breakfast. They also have one indian speciality restaurant along with one all day dining cafe and a sky lounge. The food preparation was good with enough quantity and good taste. Overall a good experience with the food.

Services
You get free Internet wifi access when staying here along with your choice of newspaper in the morning. They also have a SPA and business center along with a fitness center. They also have a travel desk that can arrange Taj Mahal tours for you as well as pick up and drop to Agra railway station or to Delhi.

Staff
From the entry to the checkout, we encountered staff who were polite and ready to do anything for you with a smile. However, we asked in advance to arrange for a candle light dinner in the room but all they could do was provide us with candles and matchstick already placed in advance by house keeping during evening turndown to light them up ourselves with the food. This was the only disappointing thing we encountered.

Verdict
In Agra, if you need a comfortable stay with good food, this property is the right choice. Its not a luxurious stay but a good stay with you being near the Taj Mahal for which most of the tourists visit Agra. With some more improvements, this will be even better. So our editors give it a (4 / 5)

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Oberoi Vanyavilas (Ranthambhore) – Experience Luxury Like Never Before In India

Oberoi Vanyavilas (Ranthambhore) Editorial Review, Rated (4.9 / 5) By Our Editors

Oberoi Vanyavilas (Ranthambhore)
Oberoi Vanyavilas (Ranthambhore) (Photo Courtesy: Google Images)

The Oberoi Vanyavilas Ranthambore is a premium luxury five star property in the deserts of Rajasthan nearby Ranthambore National Park. Its one of the preferred premium choice of luxury travelers looking to visit the national park.

Booking Process
Its easy to book this property directly through their website or from third party websites. If you do book from a third party website, make sure you confirm your booking with the hotel before your arrival to ensure your booking from third party has been confirmed to the hotel. Booking can either be prepaid with discounts or with credit card holds. We booked directly from the website with credit card hold. It was a quick and easy process.

Arrival & Check In
There are 2 options to reach the hotel. Either you fly to Jaipur and take the 3 hours drive to the property or you can arrive by train to the Sawai Madhopur Railway station which is a quick 20 minutes drive from the property. We arrived by train and were promptly picked up by their representative. This was the first time in India we were escorted by the actual associate of the property who not only dropped us to the hotel car but also came along with us describing about the place and the property during the drive. And the same process was repeated after checkout where the associate actually waited on the late train to arrive and put us in our 1st AC cabin before saying good bye. It was such a nice gesture and we really appreciated it.





On arrival at the hotel reception, we were greeted by the hotel manager personally and provided with the welcome drink while check in formalities were completed shortly after. We were escorted to the room (a tent) which was nicely decorated and as we were celebrating a birthday, it was filled with baloons, cake and birthday messages. Obviously, we felt at home right from the check in.

Rooms
There are only tents in the property and limited by numbers to 21 at the time of our visit. However, tent is only the name but in reality, it was as good as any other five star property suites we have been to. Spread along 20 acres the whole property has only limited number of tents which will feel like you are living in a jungle. There is four poster bed in the tent which is so comfortable along with a stand alone bath tub in separate bath area.

Oberoi Vanyavilas (Ranthambhore) Luxury Tents
Oberoi Vanyavilas (Ranthambhore) Luxury Tents (Photo Courtesy: Google Images)

Completely air conditioned along with 32″ LCD televisions, these tents will make you feel royal! They have private area outside of the tents where weather permitted, private dining can be arranged. In the evening and the morning, you will wake up to the tunes of the real peacock singing just outside your tent. Its a surreal feeling which you can only experience but cannot describe in words.

Food
From the local Rajasthani food to the continental dishes, you will be amazed at the quality and tatse of the food. It was such a pleasure having our food in the hotel. As we were with a small baby, they also picked and delivered breakfast for us from the buffet which was again great. They have a dining area in the main hall which serves as the restaurant so you can either have your meal over there or can order in room dining anytime.

Unique Experiences
They boasts of some of the great unique experiences so it was good doing some of it. As we were with a small baby, we couldn’t dine under stars (their unique dinner experience) however we had a sunset experience at the top of their observation tower where we had some mocktails and a cake cutting ceremony. It was a great view in the evening of the surroundings.

Oberoi Vanyavilas (Ranthambhore) Observation Tower
Oberoi Vanyavilas (Ranthambhore) Observation Tower (Photo Courtesy: Google Images)

We have had a jungle safari arranged by them in the near Ranthambore National Park which is mostly the sole reason people visit this area. And if you need to spot a tiger in India, this is the best place which nearly guarantees spotting of tigers because of its not so lush forest during summer. Tigers will come out for food and water in the man made lakes (mostly filled by these resorts) so spotting a tiger near these lakes is easy. Not to mention, you will also spot various colorful birds as well. Our driver and guide was as good as we have ever had during a jungle safari. We took the whole jeep ourselves and it was kind of private expensive experience which was worth it at the end. We spotted 2-3 tigers and one from very nearby and did a small picnic on the jeep in the middle of the jungle where there was one colorful bird that joined us for the picnic and wanted everything of our picnic basket! We relished every moment of the safari.

Then we also visited a nearby craft store later in the evening where they obviously know we are tourists so try to extract as much money as possible without providing the value in the goods but since its kind of helping the local community we purchase few local hand made items and got back to the hotel.





One morning we went to the UNESCO world heritage site, the Ranthambore Fort, which we are sad to say, is not worth a visit. While view from the top is good and there is a Lord Ganesha temple as well, the trouble you will have the local vendors offering you items as well as pony rides to the top of the fort will make the whole experience a nightmare. And then its not the cleanest place as well. We regret going over there with our small baby except for the fact that we got the Lord Ganesha blessings.

Upon returning, we were greeted by the lovely elephants of the hotel, clicked pictures with them, had a ride on one of them and it felt so nice that the hotel is taking great care of these animals. They were happy and healthy. You would love meeting these pet elephants.

Services
Oberoi Vanyavilas offers you all the comfort of a five star hotel right in the jungle kind of experience. They have restaurant with world class food, in room dining, swimming pool, fitness area in a tent and a great SPA. There is 24 hour wifi access as well so you will be staying connected easily. And then whatever you ask them, they will be happy to arrange it.

Staff
One of the finest staff in the hotel industry I have ever met, right from the hotel manager who is a gem. She is the best manager I have ever seen. Her processes are clear, her staff is on their toes 24 hours to please you and she herself can be seen almost every hour of the day from morning to evening interacting with guests in the lobby, dining area, etc. and making them feel at home. Every staff we met over there are real examples of the fine hospitality you expect in a five star luxury hotel.

Verdict
If you are visiting the National Park and looking for a good luxury experience, look no further than Oberoi Vanyavilas. While they can be more proactive in offering you experiences according to your needs, they are as good as one can have in India. Go ahead, book them and experience the luxury like never before. Our editors give it (4.9 / 5) which is the highest rating given by our editors so far to a hotel in India.

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Amazon.in – The Best Online Shopping Site For Now In India

Amazon.In Editorial Review, Rated  (4 / 5) By Our Editors

Amazon.In Online Shopping India
Amazon.In Online Shopping India (Photo Courtesy: Google Images)

Amazon India (Amazon.in) is the leading e-commerce website in India that competes with Flipart, Snapdeal, etc. Being a global company Amazon have had a proven process and structure to follow which helped them make a grand entry into the Indian e-commerce market.


How to shop?

Its simple. Either go to their website www.amazon.in or download their mobile application which is available in Google play as well as Apple and Window stores.

Please note that the registration are required to purchase from Amazon.in

Stock, Price & Quality

On Amazon, you can literally find almost everything possible to be packed and shipped. They have one of the largest items database and with time they are now working with outside of India vendors to allow them to ship to India using their global store service.

Delivery Process & Shipping Times

They offer FBA (Fulfilled By Amazon) service to their vendors and mark those items as “Amazon Fulfilled” which ensures once you order something which is marked as “Amazon Fulfilled” you get it quite quickly. In select cities, they also offer one day, 2 day, same day and morning (by 11 AM) delivery service at additional shipping charges. These premium shipping services are available to you for FREE or at a discounted rate if you are an Amazon Prime member.

Amazon Prime Membership

If you order a lot of things online and from Amazon then its a good idea for you to become a prime member. You not only get faster shipping for FREE or discounted prices, you also get access to Prime Video & Prime Music services for FREE. And then there are also PRIME users only sale events as well as early access to regular sale events across the year. Amazon.in offer monthly as well as yearly subscription plans for Prime membership.

Customer Service

It can be termed as very good but not excellent as sometimes for the same issue, you can have 2 different answers from 2 different associates. And they also tend to block conversations where they simply say “We cannot provide you with more info than what is already provided” and cease to respond further. Its disappointing when they later accept their mistake but hopefully with the time and their motto “Earth’s Most Customer Centric Company” they learn and do better. But still with their customer service, you can get refunds for non refundable items if they have any issue in quality or shipping. And most of the times, you will end up being happy interacting with their customer service.

Conclusion

Amazon is the best possible option as of now to shop online in India as they offer genuine products, quick shipping and easy no questions asked returns which is great for Indian consumers. Our editors give it a  (4 / 5)

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