I visited Ahmedabad for the first time in my life on 9th July 2014. I was scheduled to conduct a workshop at the Metropole Hotel in Ahmedabad on 10th and 11th July 2014.
I arrived at Ahmedabad by flight at 11 PM and the hotel car was waiting for me. The hotel is just about 20 mins distance from the airport. The journey was uneventful.
At the hotel, the check in was quite efficient. I had already informed the hotel about my late arrival and they had made arrangements for me.
The Room: The room allocated to me was pretty nice, about 200 Square Feet. There was a wardrobe with the usual hangers and an electronic safe to store valuables. The bathroom was decent enough, even though the shower could be improved as the water pressure was not good enough. Maybe the shower head needs a cleaning?
The double bed was luxurious, with a nice, firm mattress and good bed linen. The room had the usual mini bar, but without any alcohol - remember, this is Gujarat, a dry state!
The TV was large and the choice of channels was OK.
Food: The food was served either in the cafe at the ground floor, or in the room. I opted for room service. Service was OK, could be a tad faster. Usually, if you order an item, you expect it in 15-20 mins. Here it took more than 25 mins both times. And I did not order anything exotic!
Conference room: We were allocated a conference room for our workshop. The room could seat 20 people with some effort. Thankfully, we were only 15. Tea, coffee and snacks were served in the room itself. It was a good effort. When we had a technical problem right on day 1, the hotel's tech team solved it promptly!
Overall, a good place for business travel. Now only if the Gujarat government removed prohibition and allowed a fellow to have a drink or two after a hard day!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Metropole hotel is a 4 star business boutique hotel standing tall as an oasis of calm in the midst of the bustling metropolis. Located a minutes walk from Gandhi Ashram and very close to the banks of the historically significant Sabarmati river and about 5 kms distance from the Ahmedabad International airport, the hotel is a short distance from the business thourough fare of Ashram Road and has easy access to the business and shopping districts of the city. A much preferred choice of stay for visitors to Ahmedabad as the Metropole hotel offers a truly international experience yet with a uniquely Indian hospitality touch in an environment of trade globalization and growing foreign investment. The Metropole is flush with the influences of the latest in international hospitality design trends to render each floor differently. Whilst taking the needs of the businessman at heart we ensure stylishly clean, well designed and immensely comfortable living spaces. With 70 spacious and luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites, The Metropole offers a contemporary international experience along uniquely modern lines. All rooms are equipped with Minibars, Teledex telephones, Ving Card Door Locks, in room Digital Safes and LCD televisions. The hotel offers 24 hour room service, Wi-Fi Connectivity, Business Centre, Fitness Centre, Currency Exchange, Doctor on Call, Laundry and Dry Cleaning services, Complimentary Airport Transfers, Valet Parking & Travel Services.It also houses 3 Dining Options inhouse :-"24/7 All Day Dining" (Coffee Shop) :- Located at the Lobby Level Serves a variety of Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian Light Snacks,Maincourses and Combo Meals. Being a Coffee Shop we have Buffet spread over for Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner open for Inhouse room guests as well as Walk in guests. We have inhouse specialties in coffee shop such as Kathi Rolls,Sandwiches and Won tons."Purple Lotus" (Awadhi Cuisine Fine Dine) :- We serve a varietly of Indian Clay Oven (Tandoor) Specialaties such as Kebabs,Biryanis and Mocktails.Operational for Dinner."Valentine" (Pastry Outlet) :- The 24/7 Pastry Outlet serving a variety of Desserts and exotics for feasting the sweet tooth. ... more less
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