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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