A city that’s rapidly attaining metro status is getting there thanks to a handful of great places to stay at
The Holiday Inn Express has packed in all the basics a seasoned traveller would look for. It offers a comfortable yet stylish stay that is also light on the wallet. The hotel draws return guests thanks to its impeccable service and great location. Your room will have a decent sized TV, an iPod docking station and a fridge. Before you begin your day, fuel up at the well-‐stocked breakfast counter (complimentary with your stay). Staying true to its ‘Express’ nature, there’s also a grab-‐and-‐go option. So what are you waiting for. Learn more about this hotel here and book your stay online.
It’s difficult to reconcile the competitive rates and the stylish avatar of Starwood’s Aloft in Ahmedabad. The interiors are sleek and stylish – all vivid palettes, wood panels, 42-‐inch TV screens and rainbow-‐striped ceilings. Then there’s the pool, lounge, fitness centre (with a trainer) and complimentary Wi-‐Fi. The hotel also has a great 24-‐hour café.
Like all Aloft hotels, there’s even a fabulous bar – but remember, this is Gujarat, which means that the evening soirees here are fuelled by mocktails. It’s a minor detail and shouldn’t detract from the food on offer, which includes salads, sandwiches, croissants and bagels as part of their grab-‐and-‐go menu. Book Aloft Ahmedabad online here if you are really looking for complete value for the money you spend.
The Radisson BLU is essentially a business hotel, but what it really excels in is the food. Perfectly modest surroundings aside, the biryani and kebabs at The Great Kebab Factory come so highly recommended that there are people who queue up for it. Timpani, the all-‐day diner, is equally in demand, with elaborate and generous spreads of Italian, Chinese, Thai and Indian up for grabs. The rooms are simple and spacious, and the location of the hotel—close to Gujarat University Exhibition grounds and IIM-A —guarantees a steady stream of academics. Don’t miss an opportunity to unwind at the spa. Check room rates and availability of Radisson Blu Hotel here to plan your stay for the vacation.
Some of Ahmedabad’s best landmarks are within a few kilometres from Royal Highness. The 16th-‐century mosque of Sidi Saeed, with breathtaking filigree work in stone; the Jama Masjid—one of India’s most stunning pieces of architecture from the 15th century; the Kamla Nehru Zoo and the Kankaria Lake – Royal Highness is one well placed hotel. The rooms here are well laid out and recently renovated and almost all of them command some excellent views of the city. Their multi-‐cuisine restaurant La Fontaine serves great fare, where most of the popular dishes have made it to their in-room dining menu.
Pride Hotel is a popular choice for wedding parties thanks to its generous spread of banquet and ball rooms – a wide variety of which can accommodate anything from 250 to 1,000 guests, and a staff so well prepped for weddings that elaborate flower arrangements and menu plans are child’s play to them. Don’t let the idea of sharing your hotel with a thousand people daunt you. The Pride is cleverly laid out and no one is going to intrude on your superb tandoor meals at their Puran Dhaba, as you tuck into naan and dal listening to live ghazals. Don”t wait any longer. Check room rates and availability of Pride Plaza Hotel here and plan your stay accordingly.
Make sure you visit two of Gujarat’s most interesting restuarants – Agashiye, a rooftop space that serves seasonal fare; and Vishalla, a restaurant made up to look like a village that doles out perfect Gujarati food on leaves.
Summers in the city are pretty brutal, so it’s best to go when the temperatures fall, between October and March and you can make use of the weather to discover the many historical corners.