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The House of MG
Ranked #10 of 163 Hotels in Ahmedabad
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 2, 2013

Date of stay: 1 night April 2013
Type of stay: Independent travel primarily by car on a two person tourist trip for nearly a month in Gujarat, Rajastan, Agra and Delhi
Our budget: Medium to high depending on availability in the towns we were staying.
Service: Generally good. Quick email correspondence in advance and arranged a preferential rate. They arranged an early morning pickup from the airport and our room was great. They were helpful when after checkout we found we had left a mobile phone on a chair in the room and were helpful looking for and recovering it. There was a problem paying with credit cards that they seemed to think was our fault and in spite of 4 different cards not working they seemed unwilling to call their bank (it was clear to us that their phone connection was the problem and not our cards). In the end we paid with our reserve UK currency, which was annoying and had no other card problems elsewhere in India.
Cleanliness: Good.
Décor: Lovely place and very good sized room. Bizarre system of electrical switches in the suite – in essence rather than just a couple switches there were dozens. This seemed to be a trait of several heritage hotels we stayed in and I guess it added to the charm.
Food and drink: Average to good thali at the rooftop terrace. Juices good downstairs.
Background noise: Low but I suspect might be loud if your room was at the front.
Would I recommend: Yes, but take some backup cash to pay!

Room Tip: Background noise: Low but I suspect might be loud if your room was at the front. Would I recommend...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

Definitely over rated in terms of it being a heritage property, it is definitely an old haveli but other than that there is not much to it. The room that we got to stay was dark and had to be artificially lighted up through the day, there was no natural light at all. There was no freshness to the room and it had a smell that didn't give a feeling of wellness definitely. The rooms were spacious and huge but the bathing area extremely tiny size, movement while taking a shower was not possible. There is no sitting area where one can go and breathe in some fresh air during the day. The service at the hotel is nothing to speak about, just about fine and there is definite scope for improvement. There is no mention of the history of the place that one can read about or the little bits that ideally is there in a place like this. The open restaurant is nice from sitting prospective (that is only if one is fine with the traffic noise) but the food there is not too great, it is just about passable and too many flies, to eat food without it being tasted by flies was next to impossible. The terrace garden restaurant definitely is well done in terms of the setting and decor but the food is just about okay, nothing to rave about. We hired car from the hotel, the car provided was old, noisy that we couldn't hear ourselves talk on account of the noise, I saw no reason for them to provide us so though the next day when we insisted we want better quality car, they did provide us the same for our next 2 days of stay. (even billed extra kms). I had booked myself for the evening and morning heritage walk, they were nearly the same but the team there didn't apprise me of the same, only after reaching in the morning, i realized it is same, wasted trip as returned back from the start point. Staff is not very hospitable, they need to improve the same, probably a language barrier though I am not sure as I speak both English and Hindi and understand Gujarathi though can't converse well.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

My first overnight stay in ahmedabad. Was simply blown over by the ROYALTY.
Saw the top 15 hotels on this website and chose House of MG.
Located in a very busy area but once inside you will forget about the noise and commotion outside.
Massive rooms and bathroom.. elegantly classic! Made me feel like a Maharaja and was treated just like a king!
The wi-fi in the room was pretty good.. Outstanding food both at the coffee shop and at the Agashiye.
booked from their website to get a very good deal.
Definitely stay here whenever next in Ahmedabad.

Room Tip: Choose a room not facing the main road
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

A bit like a Portuguese posada. Not the best location for business, but there are so many upsides. Staff with good English. Generous spaces for just sitting or reading; whatever. Great spacious rooms. Nice dinner terrace.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

This has to be one of the most interesting Indian buildings to stay in as a city hotel - and one of the most comfortable. Quietly elegant rather than luxurious, our spacious grand deluxe suite (we were upgraded from a deluxe on arrival) had two 4-poster beds complete with gauze netting and a delightful swing seat as well as comfortable sofa and armchairs. Family photos of the MG lineage with famous friends such as Prime Minister Nehru adorn the walls. The hotel has been refurbished in stages and the different public areas are worth an explore. The indoor pool area was a liitle sombre and deserted but my daughter made good use of the facilities.

We enjoyed delicious chaat and the mango festival in the groundfloor restaurant and a sumptuous Gujarati thali on the stunning roof terrace.

The best thing about the hotel was the thoughtful and attentive service (individual tips are discouraged - there is a staff tip box you can use). We came for two nights and stayed for four. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Room 2 is delightful though it shares a party wall with Room 3 and you can hear their tv!
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

Our second and third stay at the House of MG allowed us to confirm our first impressions. This is an absolutely marvellous hotel, unlike any other we know. Think of it as an oasis of generous peace in the heart of the city. The rooms are wonderful, amazingly spacious and thoughtfully furnished
Instead of mindless opulence, the hotel has a commitment to personal hospitality that shows itself in the smallest detail (they give you a ganger plug extension that takes every imaginable kind of plug; a torch on your bedside table; wifi that is not just free, it's fast, and you even get fast free wifi in the hotel taxis; you have a quite brilliant eclectic and updating choice of DVDs to borrow (free of course). I also appreciated that when we went out and turned off the lights, the aircon stayed on and our phones etc. kept charging. My wife loved the bed, the large and very comfortable sofa, and the bathroom all beautifully and thoughtfully planned. No two rooms are the same: we've stayed in three and they were amazingly huge, cool and cozy all at the same time.
The staff are brilliant - kind and thoughtful.
I noted this time that there are rooms on the ground floor for people whose mobility is limited.
And this time, the pool was open. Aaaaah, what a delightful relief from the heat and turmoil of town. The fitness centre was a bit sad, but I'm sure they'll fix it.
The hotel has a rickshaw driver, Mohammed Malik, who speaks English well and is a brilliant guide - he knows the Corbusier buildings, where to change money at best rates, where to get an alcohol permit with a good choice of wines and spirits, and can take you on a great tour of the Pols in the old town, etc etc. He is charming.
Three tips for travellers:
1: If you are coming from Europe and you wear glasses, go and see Mr Kumar at Kumar Opticians on Ashram Road: they make spectacles (normal, bifocal, varifocal and tinted) to the highest standards very, very fast at staggeringly cheap internet-price-busting prices. You could pay for your stay at the House of MG with what you'll save.
2: If you are booking to go to the Calico museum, make sure you are booking for the right tour: mornings for textiles (heavily booked in advance, and fabulous), afternoons for the more general tour.
3: The street food area at night in Manek Chowk is a fabulous experience, but be very wary of the Pani Puri. They are so delicious I might well have them again even though I know what the consequences will be. Later we were told that even an Ahmedebadian will usually avoid them on health grounds, But the Dhosas ! they were fabulous.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

Magnificent historic and beautiful hotel in the heart of ahmedabad. The rooms are spacious and beautifully turned out, staff are helpful though can be a little tip hungry. The restaurant served some of the best food I have had in India which is saying a lot, particularly the exquisite rooftop thali. The swimming pool is nice enough but was a bit eerie lacking in staff and information (towels etc). It was also a little cold inside being an indoor pool!
If you can afford a suite it is more than worth it, and they have some fantastic deals to make it more affordable. WIth the deals in place there are few places you can stay of this quality for the money we paid.
The heritage walks organised by the hotel are nice but the day one is better (the night one is basically just edited highlights of the day walk) but the night market is worth a visit.
But you don't really need to spend much time outside this lovely environment so relax and enjoy!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The House of MG

Address: Opp Sidi Saiyad Jali | Ellis Bridge, Ahmedabad 380001, India
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Location: India > Gujarat > Ahmedabad District > Ahmedabad
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Ahmedabad
#5 Family Hotel in Ahmedabad
#6 Romantic Hotel in Ahmedabad
#7 Spa Hotel in Ahmedabad
Price Range: $66 - $150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The House of MG 3.5*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The House of MG is the only 'boutique' category hotel in Ahmedabad. This stately heritage property has been tastefully refurbished to retain its old-world charm but with all the amenities and comforts of contemporary living. The Lonely Planet Guide and the Rough Guide recommend this hotel highly and the discerning British travel guide 'Sawdays - Places to Stay in India' has singled out The House of MG as the only hotel worth mention, in its Ahmedabad section. ... more   less 
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