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Vivanta by Taj Aurangabad
Ranked #1 of 57 Hotels in Aurangabad
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London, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
96 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 356 helpful votes
“Very calm”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2007

Aurangabad is really a a base for visiting the nearby Ajanta and Ellora caves - assuming you're a tourist.
If ths is the case, this place is great - rooms and bathrooms are spacious - and there's a swing on most balconies. Someone's spent a lot of time on the entrance hall, and it shows. Pool is pretty good as well. I think most rooms overlook the garden. Staff are all happy to help with whatever you need.

The only thing that's really missing is a proper restauraunt - under refurbishment and due to open in Feb 2008. They're using another room as an eating area in the meantime, but it's utterly charmless - you're better off going somewhere else instead. The menus they're currently using looked rather shabby - some of the ink had already come off !

Having said all that, the same kind of place would cost 5 times the price in London - I liked the place at least

  • Liked — Lobby and rooms
  • Disliked — Restaurant
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled solo
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Los Angeles, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2007

Paid $116 per night. Beautiful quiet spacious rooms, however one room had mold smell after wet season, so they moved us to another room, clean and mold-free. Very nice bathrooms. Laundry service is unpredicatable and very expensive, not really worth it. Pool's stunning, gym's okay, bar's okay. Car service to sites is reasonable and very friendly (we had Sanjay, a great guy) - about the same price we paid for car service at Angkor in Cambodia. Front desk and concierge are super helpful and really attentive, making sure you have everything you want while you're there. The main drawback is the understaffed and wornout restaurant, but they said they're starting renovations next month on that, so could be a whole new deal by December. Overall, a great value for the price we paid, a beautiful property and very central to all the sites.

  • Liked — Beatiful peaceful grounds
  • Disliked — Laundry service, understaffed restaurant
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with friends
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Bangalore, India
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22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2007

The hotel is just not what the earlier reviews portray. The hotel is wonderful and calm with lush green garden and a wonderful super swimming pool. Yes some areas do require rennovation but rooms are not that bad . The rooms are spacious with terrace . The staff is very good, always helpful . As far as food i was very surprised with the quality of food, great food. Not at all a bad place to be.

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2007

we stayed at this hotel for 3 nights and it was the worst taj hotel in terms of service! the rooms were clean and spacious but the staff don't seem to communicate with each other at all resulting in chaos when something is requested. in the restaurent the managers strut around looking important without actually advising the juniors as a result of which tables are left dirty, orders take a long time to arrive and no one SMILES or is actually pleasant to you. we ordered room service one afternoon and the food took about 45 mins to arrive and the dirty plates were left outside our room for nearly 24 hours attracting flies and insects even though were phoned housekeeping TWICE to take the plates away. we actually put in a complaint about the service in the restaurent. we had a massage in our room which they forgot to charge us for and phoned up later asking if they could charge it to my credit card.

  • Liked — clean spacious room
  • Disliked — staff and service
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2007

My wife and I stayed here so we could tour the caves at Ajantra and Ellora. It was well worth the trip. We chose this hotel ,because there didn't seem to be much else in the city.
The hotel is desperate for a make over. The carpet in our room was very old, ripped in places and stained. We were afraid to take our shoes off. The room was very large though and had access to a huge private balcony. The mosquitos were too plentiful at night to be able to use this balcony however.
We found the food in the restaurant to be barely edible. The service was slow and inept.
If you want a drink from the bar, you have to go searching for some one to help. We would just make a call from the phone in the bar. Once you tell them that you're standing behind the bar using the phone, they show up pretty fast.
After you visit the caves there really is no reason to go back to this city so I guess we won't be returning. But, if we had to go back, I don't know where else I'd stay. It does seem to be about the only game in town. Think 1970's Holiday Inn and you'll get an idea of this place.

Stayed January 2007
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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2006

We had just spent 3 nights at the Taj Green Cove in Kerala and so the Taj Residency in Aurangabad was a disappointment. It was fairly clean and comfortable, but this hotel is very dated and has obviously not been renovated for decades. There was a lot of wear and tear, stains on the carpets, etc. The breakfast and supper buffets were fairly good and the restaurant staff courteous.

We were just staying there to visit the caves at Ajanta and Ellora and they were well worth the trip. We had heard that you needed 2 days to see them both, but with an early start, we visited Ajanta first and had plenty of time to see Ellora as well. The hotel arranged a very good guide, and a private car with hotel driver. Take a box lunch from room service because the restaurant the guide took us to for lunch was dodgy. We ordered some soft drinks to have with our box lunch and the drinks were warm. The waiter explained that there are regular power outages so they can't keep the refrigerator going. We wondered what condition some of the food would be in!

No glaring deficiencies here, but beyond being a place to sleep after touring Ajanta/Ellora, nothing to recommend the hotel.

Stayed November 2006
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2006

There was an extremely noisy party in the central courtyard until dawn every night we were there. The management did not care that the guests had no chance of sleeping. Stay here if you are deaf; otherwise look elsewhere.

  • Liked — High quality furnishings in room
  • Disliked — Extremely noisy at night
  • Stayed January 2004, traveled as a couple
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Property: Vivanta by Taj Aurangabad
Address: 8-N-12 , CIDCO | Rauza Bagh, Dr. Rafiq Zakari Marg, Aurangabad 431003, India (Formerly Taj Residency)
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Location: India > Maharashtra > Aurangabad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Aurangabad
#2 Business Hotel in Aurangabad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Vivanta by Taj Aurangabad 3.5*
Number of rooms: 63
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Moghul-style hotel with central dome, situated on 5 landscaped acres. ... more   less 
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