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Lemon Tree Premier; The Atrium, Ahmedabad
Ranked #2 of 161 Hotels in Ahmedabad
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Henley in Arden, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Staff (with one exception) made this an acceptable stay”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

I stayed here during the recent India vs England Test Match. The strong point of this hotel is the pleasant, friendly and helpful nature of the hotel staff particularly those from the reception and restaurant. However there was one notable exception. One female duty manager lets the side down by being rude and inefficient. I believe the senior management are aware of this and hopefully will take note. Being a tourist rather than than a businessman I resent paying high Internet charges having to pay for a minimum of an hour "use it or lose it". This seems the standard Indian way though. Rooms clean and comfortable if a little tired. I stayed on the Starwood Preferred Guest floor but couldn't see what the benefits were. Food was better than average. The gym and leisure facilities are hopelessly out of date and the Roman style basement pool is laughable AND freezing cold!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Kochi (Cochin), India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed November 26, 2012

My previous review on this hotel was something great but after this visit I am totally dissastisfied as the property had lost the branding of Le Meridien, yet was made to pay for the hotel as the booking was done before they lost the brand loyalty. The service was poor and the front desk had a big set of dumb damsels without directions. Check in swift but check out totally poor, no printers to print my final invoice (it is 2 days since I checked out), they promised to email the invoice but nothing has come as yet. Feel totally cheated. Will approach Le Meridien corporate to seek redressal to this issue. HOWEVER, THEIR KITCHEN IS STILL THE BEST AS THEIR BREAKFAST, ROOM SERVICE, IN ROOM DINING IS STILL GREAT! At least one feather in their cap.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed November 18, 2012

Checked in early on Sunday morning (4am 18th Nov) after a long flight from the UK and was shown into a room that basically had no outside windows! There was a single frosted window that looked into a service void but no other windows! The room was very dated and the bathroom was very modern, in 1970!
I requested a change and was put into a 'disabled persons' room. That had 2 small windows but overlooked the rooftops next door and the windows hadn't been cleaned for months and were filthy. The wardrobe was also an issue as it had a hanging rail set at about 3', for disabled people, but didn't allow clothes to hang without touching the floor (even a shirt!) and in any case only had about 12" of rail that was usable. Oh yes, and wifi was more 'off than on' . The duvet was almost threadbare and didn't fit the king bed. They shifted me again in the morning to a slightly better room which overlooked the river, through a 2' x 3' window...it's a dated hotel designed with these small windows as a feature but that was the only natural light into the room.
Facilities wise, there is a 24Hr cafe on the ground floor and it served good ala carte food, indian mostly and mostly veggie although there is a smaller non-veggie selection and the staff , in the evening, were very attentive although the coffee machine was broken and a latte was a challenge but they at least tried to be helpful. Breakfast on the other hand consisted mostly cereal and veggie items with a limited selection of non - veggie items. Re drinks, stick with the tea as the coffee was from a pot that had been brewing for some time. The breakfast staff lacked any understanding of service and had a 'take it or leave it ' attitude which was a complete contrast to the evening staff.
I had a further issue with the number of staff on reception, or lack of staff, as I was kept waiting for 15 minutes just to get an internet voucher. They won't let you sign-on via the wifi unless you physically sign for a paper voucher! The duty manager was also rude and didn't want to see me and tried to walk away in-spite of being asked to speak to me. When I called him back and asked him about having an additional staff member on reception to deal with guests he simply said nothing... very helpful! At this point I decided to check out and move to an alternative hotel (the Royal Orchid as the Marriott was full of a cricket team from England!!) which is a few minutes away and is a modern hotel and has plenty of reception staff and were only to pleased to be of help in finding me a room, even though they were very full. The room worked out cheaper and they even sent a car to pick me up from the Le Meridien. They are listed on TripIt as a 4.5 star hotel and having read the reviews I was pleased to select them as my alternative.

I'm sure the Le Meridien was a great hotel 10 years ago but it is dated and while it does have all the facilities that you'd expect of a modern hotel t is in need of an update and the staff certainly need training in customer service. I tried to work with the lady reservations manager (Rajiv) who tried her best to sort out the issues and keep me at the hotel, but there comes a point when you spend more time sorting out accommodation issues than doing your work which was why I was in Ahmedabad in the first place.

I hope the GM reads this review and does something to address some of the issues I've raised.
It would also have been helpful to have had either CNN, BBC news opr even RT news as some of the 99 TV channels that they had on the TV system.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Manama, Bahrain
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed October 6, 2012

Le Meridien in Ahmedabad is one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in.The staff is friendly.The rooms are spacious.he heath club is excellent.The service is up to the mark.The breakfast buffet was delicious.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Wichita Falls, Texas
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148 reviews
102 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed September 11, 2012

I wish I had read the review before making my third stop at this hotel. I chose it two years ago because it was low priced and it was just a one day stop in town. Convenient for town, not for the airport; There is one particularly rude and arrogant girl at the check in...I was ready to leave. She epitomized snooty and rude...never actually dealt with someone so dismissive and never felt worse at a check in. There was no hot water in the high end room I ordered; the breakfast was ordinary; I really cant say anything good about this place. The price is the only upside. It is old and rundown. And I agree. Ahmedabad has many great new options for slightly more. I will be using them in the future.

Room Tip: Choose another hotel unless budget is critical...in that case this is a $100 option.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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mumbai
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136 reviews
87 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed September 5, 2012

I used this hotel in the 90's when it was one of the better hotels in Ahmedabad. I stayed here for old times sake in September. The hotel looked very run down. The rooms are "tired" bathrooms not well maintained, wires hanging about, mirror has spots. Generally the rooms look like they need a refurbishment but no one cares. Rates were cheaper but at the end of the day there are so many new hotels coming up that this is not a good option anymore.

Room Tip: If you must saty here find a river facing room. Views are not that good but not much of a choice.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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New Delhi, India
Level 6 Contributor
95 reviews
80 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed August 26, 2012

Hotel is very far form the airport, location is also not good. First you won't understand you are entering @ Le Meridien or some dhaba !!! Staff are good however they are not professional at all..Most of the times they are confused that makes you much more uncomfortable. Food was good, both veg & non-veg..

Room Tip: stay in SPG rooms, mostly in higher level to have a nice view of Sabarmati River
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Property: Lemon Tree Premier; The Atrium, Ahmedabad
Address: Towards Khanpur Road, Near Nehru Bridge | Off Nehru Bridge, Sabarmati River Front, Ahmedabad 380001, India
Location: India > Gujarat > Ahmedabad District > Ahmedabad
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Ahmedabad
#9 Business Hotel in Ahmedabad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Lemon Tree Premier; The Atrium, Ahmedabad 4*
Number of rooms: 63
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lemon Tree Premier; The Atrium, Ahmedabad is located on the bank of Sabarmati, overlooking the riverfront. This plush and stylish hotel, enhanced by landscaped greens and a serene of water body take the zing up a notch. The plush and spacious interiors at the new Lemon Tree Premier; The Atrium, Ahmedabad take the zing up a notch. This chain of upscale business and leisure hotels elevates the Lemon Tree experience while retaining the same freshness, quirkiness and energy that Lemon Tree is well known for. Lemon Tree Premier pampers the style conscious and upbeat traveler with its personalized services, premium in-room amenities, award winning restaurants and fun experiences. The hotel, with its 63 spacious and well appointed rooms and suites, offers you a wide array of accommodation options. Room categories include Deluxe Room, Premier Room, Executive Room and Executive Suite. The centrally air conditioned hotel offers a multi-cuisine coffee shop - Citrus Cafe - with an interactive kitchen that extends into Citrus Grill, its picturesque al fresco grill area overlooking the river; indoor swimming pool and a life Fitness equipped gym to keep you feeling fresh-as-a-lemon. To kindle travelers’ business ideas on the go, the hotel also offers fully equipped large conference rooms, an exquisite board room, and a business desk along with a rooftop terrace to add that extra zing, to your special events. Together with its personalized services, modern facilities and impeccable service standards, this hotel is a perfect place for the upbeat business and leisure traveler to interact and unwind. ... more   less 
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