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Taj Banjara Hyderabad
Ranked #28 of 316 Hotels in Hyderabad
Certificate of Excellence
Chennai (Madras), India
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Needs Renovation - Avoid if possible”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

Paid a lot of money and blocked rooms at the Taj Banjara. Emailed them on the hotel website
banjara.hyderabad@tajhotels.com for a car pickup at the airport. Did not get a response for a week. So ended up taking a taxi from the airport. FInally checked into the Taj Banjara. Got into my room and was greeted by a stale smell of a hotel that needs renovation. Even more apalled to see a Phillipls 24 inch CRT TV in the room. The TV is older than I am !. I am not sure what the management is upto here. Breakfast was very average so ended up eating lunch and dinner outside. Please stay only if you want the apalling smell of the dirty lake up front. If not, stay at the Taj Krishna or the Grand Kakatiya

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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SrinivasLahari, General Manager at Taj Banjara Hyderabad, responded to this review, September 16, 2014
Dear Guest,

We would like to thank you for the feedback given.

In future request you to kindly send your reservation/pick up requests to reservations.hyderabad@tajhotels.com and we assure a response within 24 hours. We are in process of renovating the hotel which may take some time. We are also re-doing our breakfast menu to give our guests a better experience.

May I request you not to hold this incident against us and give us another opportunity to serve you in the true Taj tradition.

It is only through valuable feedback from our esteemed guests like yourself that we can improve our product and services.

We all at the Taj Banjara, look forward to seeing you again.

Warm Regards,
Srinivas Lahari
General Manager
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

Excellent for your business and leisure stay in the city. Nice staff and great breakfast, quick check-in and check-out - a perfect place for your stay in city. Not too big and not too small offering all nice amenities.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Bern, Switzerland
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

Wonderful and excellent for your business and leisure stay in Hyderabad. Very nice staff and great breakfast, quick check-in and check-out - a perfect place for your stay in Hyderabad. Not too big and not too small offering all nice amenities.

Room Tip: Get a room with lake view - it is worth it!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

Before entering Taj Banjara, I have never stayed in any hotel in Hyderabad because of my Hyderabadi root. So when I decided to book Taj Banjara and informed my friends, lots of people were surprised by my choice. But I checked in because I couldn’t get a room in Taj- Vivanta.
Location of the hotel was surely a plus especially for those who would like to explore Old Hyderabad. It’s very close to most of the historic places of Hyderabad.
I must say hotel staff was very courteous and co-operative.
Most of the properties of Taj Hotels in India were little old but they’re usually properly maintained. This’s also no different.
Old control system of AC, old CRT TV model, shabby bath tub can surely put your mood off. Yet if you get a chance to look through the sealed glass panel of your balcony in the evening, across the lake buzzing Banzara Hills traffic lights and its reflection on water can mesmerize you. Surely you will not get the stinky smell of lake water through the glass panel or any noise of traffic.
Check in process was really smooth and fast.
I was given a room on the 6th floor. Room no 610.
Once you enter the corridor you would feel the age of the property. It surely needed a facelift. Yet considering the price tag it was acceptable to me.
The choice of magazines inside the room surprised me. Room size was decent and clean. Toilet size was also decent. I was quite satisfied with the qualities of toiletries. But I felt adequate number of towels were not provided neither there was any shaving kit or dental kit. But that trend I found universal in most of the Taj Hotels.
I was surely not happy with the quality of the breakfast. Starting from the choice of juice, fruits of other items seems to me little inadequate considering the standard of Taj.

Room Tip: Ask for the lake view room on the 6th floor
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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delhi
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

If you are allergic to damp smell, please stay far from this. The staff was courteous enough to move me to their other group hotel.

The lake work is long pending. Lot of work needs to be done for revamp.

Again, i would like to highlight the courtesy of staff, which prevented it from becoming pleasant. Can visit, but after checking the premises for dampness.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Hyderabad, India
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

An hotel infront of a stinky lake. But the hotel has taken enough care to see the smell doesn't permeate the rooms. It is a beautiful sight seeing the reflection of the hotel in the water, and the buzzing Banjara Hills traffic that refuses to die down even during late night. All rooms come equipped with a tub but they weren't exactly comfortable for an average Indian traveller who's accustomed to bathign using a bucket and mug! The tub was enjoyable once in a while and I would have preferred the good old Indian style. The accessories, as with all Taj hotels, are of good quality. The breakfast buffet was thoroughly enjoyable, and the dinner was so-so compared to the fare at other restaurants in the vicinity. But it was the attitude of the service staff at the Waterside Cafe that put us off. They appeared snobbish. The room service guys, the ones at the reception were all nice though.

Room Tip: Try and book the lake-facing rooms.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Coimbatore, India
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

It is really sad to notice that this hotel is slowly losing its shine. I am surprised to note how the Taj management allows this. The only best thing is the staff hospitality and it is because of Taj brand. This hotel can not handle groups because of mal functioning of elevator. During the stay of three nights one elevator never worked out of two and some times I need to wait for 20 minutes for it. Surprisingly stair access is denied for guests because the stairs goes through the kitchen!! The centralised AC effect is not good and caused disrupted sleep. The rooms are spacious. Still keeping the old TVs!! No iron box at rooms. Expensive dining but the quality of food is good!!

Room Tip: Corner rooms are spacious (701, 601, etc)
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Taj Banjara Hyderabad
Address: Road No.1 Banjara Hills, Hyderabad 500034, India
Location: India > Telangana > Hyderabad District > Hyderabad > Banjara Hills
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#25 Luxury Hotel in Hyderabad
#40 Business Hotel in Hyderabad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Taj Banjara Hyderabad 5*
Number of rooms: 122
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