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“Undergoing noisy renovations” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Vivanta by Taj - Blue Diamond

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Vivanta by Taj - Blue Diamond
Ranked #14 of 222 Hotels in Pune
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
130 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Undergoing noisy renovations”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2009

We booked in here for 3 nights as my husband had to work in Pune for a few days. Upon arrival it was clear that all was not well, as the front of the hotel was boarded up! You now enter around the side of the hotel as there are serious renovation works going on. The driver who picked us up from the airport gave us our room key in the car, and we went straight to our room with no need to go to reception. The work on the hotel was being carried out during the day, which made our room quite noisy at times (which was annoying when trying to watch TV) but if you are visiting on business and will be out during the day, it shouldn’t interfere with your visit too much.

The room was fairly spacious, with a mini-bar, flat screen television and DVD player and comfortable bed. The bathroom had a very large walk-in shower and a good selection of toiletries. We had some laundry done at the hotel and this was fairly cheap.

The hotel had three restaurants, of which we ate in two. The best of these was the Indian restaurant, Mystic Masala, where the food and the service were both excellent and faultless. On the second night that we ate there, there was a live Indian band, which was more like background music and gave a great atmosphere.

We also ate in the café-style restaurant which service Italian cuisine. This was not a good experience! The food was not very appealing, but what I found worse was the constant staring of the male staff. This was a problem generally in India, where my white and freckled skin seemed to be a source of fascination, but I really do not expect to have to deal with that in a hotel restaurant. When I ate there alone while my husband was at work, it put me off my dinner and I just wanted to leave as soon as possible.

Also disappointing was the location of the pool…right in front of the restaurant with the staring waiters…

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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36 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2009

The hotel is under renovation and so there is no lobby (the reception is located on 1th floor corridor), business center is in a room on the 1th floor too and the Casabella bar is closed.

In spite of these works my 7 nights stay in Blue Diamond was perfect: very nice and well equipped room with a new marble floor and new bathroom, good food for breakfast at Coffee shop and excellent services (laundry service included).
Maybe is a bit too expensive the Mistic Masala restaurant.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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131 reviews
98 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 260 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2009

We stayed just for two nights at this hotel in Pune and thought it to be too short, the way we were pampered throughout. We (my wife and my son) drove down from Mumbai and reached Pune around midday. We had lunch at the Oriental restaurant and dinner at the Indian one. Food served in both the outlets was delicious and service was efficient and friendly. The room where we stayed in was newly renovated with expensive fittings in the bathroom and had a nice view of the city. Although all three of us cooped up in one room but we never felt claustrophobic because most of the time we were busy outdoors and more importantly the way the room was furnished and decorated. I used the gym once and I found it well equipped and staffed. Our overall experience exceeded our expectations. The hotel will soon undergo huge renovation when I understand the reception will move up by one floor. My review will remain incomplete if I don't mention the names of Prabir Bhattacharya and Pintu Mullick the Captain and the Chef at the 'Mystic Masala' the Indian restaurant. Both took extraordinary personal care of us during our visit to the restaurant while serving mouthwatering dishes. We will definitely go back to this hotel during our next trip to Pune.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New Delhi
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2009

Nice ambience specially Swiming Pool, Food was good

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank JetenderS
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mumbai
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43 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2009

nothing to match the personalised service at the Taj.
small requests were promptly attended to, we had booked a suite which was very well appointed. my 2 kids were very happy .
the swimming pool though small and in full view of the coffee shop, was not too bad. health club was good, massages were a bit expensive.
the best deal though was the free drinks between 7pm to 9 pm every day (for suites only).

  • Liked — service
  • Disliked — could have been on a bigger area
  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank weekenderMumbai
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Mumbai / Pune
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2009

Business conference at above hotel was a wonderful experience.
I did not have great opinion about Pune for Business Conference.

Had to change that opinion thanks to Blue Diamond.

Service, Location , Food , Hospitality everything was excellent.

Stayed March 2006, traveled on business
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Thank svjog
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Mumbai
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23 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2009

The service is average, food is good and business facilities are very good. The location of the hotel and its decor is lovely. For business in Pune its a great place to be in. The rooms are neat and well done.

Stayed February 2009, traveled on business
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Thank AllyDad
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Property: Vivanta by Taj - Blue Diamond
Address: 11 Koregaon Road, Pune 411001, India
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Location: India > Maharashtra > Pune
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Pune
#9 Family Hotel in Pune
#9 Spa Hotel in Pune
#13 Luxury Hotel in Pune
#13 Business Hotel in Pune
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Vivanta by Taj - Blue Diamond 5*
Number of rooms: 101
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Explore the space that's right in the heart of Pune's business and entertainment areas. Just 5 km from the airport and 2 km from the nearest railway station. Drive in the Vivanta by Taj car delighting in backseat surprises (we're not revealing here). On arrival check out the soaring glass, fan shaped entry canopy cantilevered 25 feet above a sparkling new water feature. ... more   less 
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