Ok, let's get the first thing out of the way: the hotel is located in the middle of the old part of the city facing a very busy (and noisy) traffic circle. We stayed in room 9, a large suite (well, one giant room with two twin beds and a living room with a full-size couch and two chairs) which faced the front of the hotel. When we checked in I asked for a room in the back because so many reviewers complained about noise, but for our room category this was all they had. It was also a walk-up on the third floor. Despite the location I can't say the traffic noise was ever intrusive, at least to us. There are rooms in the back of the house if you are noise sensitive, so just ask to see the room before you pick to be sure (which is what we did). There is also an elevator (FYI for those with mobility issues), but it only serves one half of the hotel (and the excellent thali restaurant on the roof).
The hotel is funky for sure, but not in a bad way IMHO. This is a heritage property not for those who like formula chain hotels. The staff were generally nice but varied, as did some of their English skills, but we never had any problems.
We came to Ahmedabad to see the Corbusier buildings, and if you have an interest in architecture I highly recommend you book a tour with Mohammed (he works through the hotel). He was a great tour guide and introduced us to some of the works of Indian architects that we were unfamiliar with, and also introduced us to a group which bought distressed heritage wood havelis and restored them. I also highly recommend booking a guided tour of the calico textile museum (BOOK AHEAD!!! They only take 20 at a time and they fill up weeks ahead with a wait list. Even if you don't think you will be interested in textiles you will not regret it).
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The House Of Mg Hotel Ahmedabad
- Hotel Of Mg
- Of Mg Hotel