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“How a great resort can become "marriage hall"!!” 3 of 5 stars
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Leonia Holistic Destination
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Survey No 389 (P), Plot no: 4-59 | Bommaraspet, Shameerpet, Ranga Reddy District, Hyderabad 500078, India   |  
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Ranked #26 of 279 Hotels in Hyderabad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hyderabad, India
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19 hotel reviews
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“How a great resort can become "marriage hall"!!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

I recently spent a night as part of a corporate event & was stunned to see how this great resort of one time became a "shaadi (marriage) khana (hall". The condition of conf rooms "Asif Jah" 6 & 3 were pathetic for a 5 star resort with spots on all over the place, items get over in "global buffet menu" & most of staff with "take it or leave it" attitude. I know they started giving the place for marriage parties of 100+ & get good business & feel very soon, they will lose their earlier charm as Hyd's top resort.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Leonia_India, Manager at Leonia Holistic Destination, responded to this review, December 14, 2012
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Leonia Holistic Destination!!!

Thank you so much for sparing time to share your valuable feedback.

Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience, you have experienced during your visit.

It’s always been a constant endeavor on our part to provide the best experience to the guests but your experience shows that we have failed this time.

We would like to assure you that corrective action would be taken and we would ensure that every single guest who visits our resort walks out with a wonderful and memorable experience as catering to people from diverse backgrounds & groups is what Leonia would like to be known for.
We look forward to your continued patronage and assure you of, our best services and complete attention at all times.


Thanks & warm regards,

Resident Manager
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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India
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26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

The drive from the airport to the resort took us 2 hours and 15 minutes since we got caught in the evening peak traffic of Hyderabad. By the time we reached there, we were tired; not from the flight but from the long drive. Once inside the resort (couldn’t see much around since it was dark), the person at the front desk cleared us quickly and allotted us the rooms.

The rooms were nothing fancy. Adequately sized rooms with twin beds, a tv, a mini fridge that was unplugged. There was a plate of four cookies (in the three nights we spent there, it was never replaced or refilled!). The bathrooms were small. There was no shower cubicle, only a curtain which allowed the water to splash all over the bathroom. Two bath towels were provided, no face towels and no bath mat. Basic toiletries – soap, shampoo, moisturizer – were provided but the moisturizer smelt bad!

Only the next morning when I went for a walk, did I get to see the barren landscape! I guess building something that far away from the city does have its drawbacks! The place covers 400 acres and each segment is very much separated from the other (by road barriers too)! The landscaping is slowly getting done. I guess it will be greener when the next visit happens, if it does! However, the highlight was, during my early morning walks, I did find quite a lot of bird life. There were munias, parakeets, warblers, prinias, mynas… If some fig or banyan trees are planted, there will be a dramatic increase in the bird life around the resort.

The rooms were in a building close to the building housing the conference halls. There is no dearth of space. There are huge corridors (sometimes too huge and they look empty)! Though the resort is relatively new, there were gaping holes in the ceiling near the staircase of the conference hall.

The breakfast has a reasonable spread though some found it disappointing since there was no live counter for eggs. The buffets for lunch and dinner were good though it became repetitive to have spicy Indian food all the time. For a change, there could have been Chinese or continental at least for a change.

I guess I expected too much looking at the beautiful pictures on the net! If I had gone to the place without any expectations, I would have found it satisfactory for a business convention.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Leonia_India, Manager at Leonia Holistic Destination, responded to this review, December 11, 2012
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Leonia Holistic Destination!!!

Your detailed account of your experience at Leonia is very much appreciated and we thank you for it.

The hotel where you stayed in Leonia, LICEC is a value for money hotel with no fancy trimmings, for guests who would want to stay and enjoy more of the destination rather than the rooms.

We do place cookies in the room as a part of Welcome experience to the guests, once they Check-in.

Your observations regarding the bathroom, toiletries have been noted and required action would be taken to improve the same. As far as the size of the bathroom is concerned, we shall definitely look into it during our next renovation.

We are working with our horticulturist to make our resort more green & the landscape more interesting and appealing to the eye.

We are a little away from the city, the advantage being a pollution free, peace full place for the guests to relax and rejuvenate and one of the reasons you could enjoy the bird life which is next to impossible in a bustling city.

Your suggestion to plant a Fig or banyan tree will definitely be considered, to increase the bird life.

Our resort is huge and widespread with four different hotels, separated so that each hotel retains its individuality and guests have a unique experience when they visit us.

Your preference for a change in the menu from Indian to Chinese or Continental and introduction of live counters will be looked into in future.

Our hotel LICEC, most recently developed of all is still being given the final touches, one step at a time to give it the classy feel which answers your comment about the gap in the ceiling, which has been closed after the repair work was done.

It’s always been a constant endeavor on our part to not only meet the guest expectations but exceed them, which we have accomplished many a time but when we haven’t we don’t leave any stone unturned to achieve the same.

Eagerly looking forward, for your next visit, to experience our other hotels Celestia with Cascade rooms with water cascading down in your own personal mini garden, Lagoon Villa with rooms attached with a swimming pool running the length of it, just waiting for you to jump in.

Thanks & warm regards,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

I was skeptical about Leonia but i placed my trust in tripadvisor and I was rewarded! The staff were friendly, helpful and resourceful. Truly a lovely place to unwind and let go. I went with my better half for a couple of days and opted for the cascade suite. I was pleased with everything except the time taken for the room service and the time taken during check out. Nonetheless i'd recommend this place to anyone who's looking to get away from everything and relaxing i the middle of nowhere with pretty much everything at hand!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leonia_India, Manager at Leonia Holistic Destination, responded to this review, December 4, 2012
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Leonia Holistic Destination!!!

Thank you so much for sparing time to share your valuable feedback.

It’s a pleasure to know that you found our resort a’ lovely place to unwind’.

Your appreciation of our staff inspires all of us to aim higher & give the best possible service in the hospitality industry.

We apologize for the slow, room service and check – out, we have highlighted the same to the concerned departments and required action would be taken.

We are pleased to learn that you would recommend our resort to others, who would want to get away and relax and experience our resort as it’s meant to be.

Eagerly looking forward, for your next visit, to have a great experience.

Thanks & warm regards,

Resident Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

The layout - extremely spacious
The ambiance - peaceful
The service - over the top
We stayed in the lagoon villa rooms as well as the cascade suites and the experience was surreal.
Hats-off to the entire team for a very well managed, clean, welcoming and soothing destination.

Room Tip: if it is a couple getaway - go for the lagoon villa!!!
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leonia_India, Manager at Leonia Holistic Destination, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Leonia Holistic Destination!!!

Thank you so much for sparing time to share your valuable feedback.

We are pleased to know that you found the ambiance peaceful in our vast resort and most importantly your comments about our service as “over the top’ is an award for our efforts and will encourage us to do even better.

We are delighted to know that your experience in our rooms both in Lagoon villa & Cascade was surreal.

Your observations about our resort as well managed, clean, welcoming and soothing destination is a pat on the back for the entire team of Leonia and we are happy that you have experienced our resort as it’s truly meant to be.

We look forward for your next visit to rejuvenate and have another wonderful experience at Leonia Holistic Destination.

Thanks & warm regards,

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

i had opportunity to visit leonia by celebrating my brothers reception.he is a software engineer in microsoft seattle usa and he had seen the website and informed us that he wants to celebrate his reception in leonia. we booked rooms for guests and family members.every body enjoyed and everybody had a memorable experience.The room i had was spacious and pretty,music system was awesome and i like the mood lighting and there was night mode in which stars appear on the roof.food is good and particularly chicken dishes are tasty. negative point- it is too far away from the city and approach road connected from the rajiv rahadari national highway is horrible.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leonia_India, Manager at Leonia Holistic Destination, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Leonia Holistic Destination!!!

Thank you so much for sparing time to share your valuable feedback.

We are glad to know that you had a memorable experience on your visit here to our resort, for your brother’s reception.

We are pleased to learn that you found the rooms spacious and pretty and especially the music system, awesome and even liked the mood lighting option.

We are happy that you found the food, good particularly chicken dishes.

Our resort is located away from the hustle and bustle of the city, in an area which is peaceful and free from pollution, to give the guests, a real holiday experience.

Eagerly looking forward, for your next visit, to have another memorable experience.



Thanks & warm regards,

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Hyderabad
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Went to Leonia for a day-out with family .. chose a Monday to avoid the crowds .. so took a day off from work .. kids had their vacation anyway

Nice drive .. especially because it was reverse the direction of the commuters .. so even though we a bit late to start .. only by about 8-30 / 9 AM .. we had a nice hassle-free drive through the city .. and then a great time on the state highway to reach

The resort was quite nice.. the water facilities good .. as were the deck chairs with shades along the side of the free form pool .. though on a crowded day the number of chairs AND the crowding in the pool could be question marks

The artificial surf .. the waverider .. is actually nice .. and offers a quite unique experience .. when you first hear that the duration of the stint on this is for say 5 / 10 minutes you feel a bit unhappy .. we are fundamentally not geared to pay multi-hundred for such short durations .. but when the surf starts you realize that the time is quite well measured for optimal enjoyment

The expertise of the guide is just WOW .. as is his care for the visitors

The other "water" based game that is very nice is the one where you catapult water balloons at each other .. GOOD fun

The slide and the rain shower are usual .. not really any different from the ones elsewhere in other such parks

Once you work up a good apetite .. change and go over for lunch

We opted for a-la-carte ... even though there is a buffet option right at the water sports centre .. so that one does not need to change back from the swimwear .. very convenient .. but we did not want to stuff ourselves and had opted out

The food is JUST OUTSTANDING .. we had Indian / Mughlai .. there was a fabulous complimentary Greek Salad served before the food arrived .. it correctly provided the early signals of an extremely competent chef on the premises

Simple food ordered .. daal, chicken, mutton, roti / naan .. but, wow, were they special !!

We had opted for a-la-carte to avoid over-eating .. but the food literally transported me the glutton into a trance-like state of stupor after the meal .. even though the kids changed back and went back into the pool I simply vegetated and ruminated for the rest of the afternoon :-)

Finally, do account for a very hot sun .. and so carry appropriate cover / sun-screen / straw hat / sun-glasses in case the day of your trip dawns bright and clear

We had the advantage of a cloudy day .. even though the cover lifted later in the afternoon .. it was still rather nice .. but do bear in mind that Hyderabad sun can be very discouragingly strong any day of the year irrespective of the season

Oh, and finally, there is a person at the resort who does a fabulous pedicure for a pretty moderate price tag

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leonia_India, Manager at Leonia Holistic Destination, responded to this review, November 23, 2012
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Leonia Holistic Destination!!!

Thank you for your wonderful feedback about your experience with us.

Your amazing account of your visit, right from the initial journey to the time spent at Leonia is quite interesting & inspiring.

We are glad to know that you found our resort nice & the water facilities good.

We are happy to learn that your stint at the Flow Rider, the first artificial surfing ridge in India, was quite enjoyable & you had good fun at Balloon wars.

Your appreciation of our Indian & Mughlai food as’ outstanding’ will be another feather in our Chef’s cap.

Your compliments for our Flow rider trainer, chef & the Foot therapist will motivate all of us to give the best service possible, in the hospitality industry.


We look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back again.

Thanks & warm regards,

Resident Manager
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Address: Survey No 389 (P), Plot no: 4-59 | Bommaraspet, Shameerpet, Ranga Reddy District, Hyderabad 500078, India
Location: India > Telangana > Hyderabad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Hyderabad
#8 Romantic Hotel in Hyderabad
#9 Family Hotel in Hyderabad
#11 Spa Hotel in Hyderabad
#20 Best Value Hotel in Hyderabad
#20 Luxury Hotel in Hyderabad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Leonia Holistic Destination 4*
Number of rooms: 454
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Leonia Holistic Destination is a unique destination spread in sprawling greenery and natural rock formations that portray a warm invitation to guests from across the world to dwell in the ambience of luxury, warm hospitality and richness of integrated services offered by its villas and hotels. Celestia Suites - 70 luxuriously designed suites to cater to your private or business moments.Lagoon Bay - 18 villas set in picture-perfect environment with dramatic semi private lagoon and private patio await to pamper you.Leo Biz Hotel - 266 rooms and suites for business and family travellers.LICEC hotel - 100 convention rooms hotel for Meetings, weddings and events. ... more   less 
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