Forest Gump said "Life is like a Box of Chocolate...you never know what you get". Well a new hotel is akin to this philosophy. We have seen umpteen times, a new fancy Hotel opening with ultra modern gadgets and beautiful façade but with a misplaced soul. Similar to many big budget movies releasing every Friday. That's why reviewing a new Hotel is to re-assure the sceptics.
Holiday Inn at Amritsar is an abode designed with a soul of standing to strong principals of hospitality. We were perhaps the first corporate group to take the Hotel in totality for a prestigious conference in August. Our negotiations started while the Hotel was still under construction and we had only the lofty dreams and plans that the management of the Hotel had to offer. Well, they sold us their dream.
The Hotel is located in Ranjit Avenue, closer to the city and say 20 minutes away from both the Airport and Railway Station in peak traffic. The rooms are simply awesome and the Hotel offers state of art gym, swimming pool and fitness centre.
The hotel is made on modern theme which is fresh and comforting. The air quality is good and the staff although new has undergone a training of more than 3-4 months at this very venue. So, the expectations of comfort that one expects from a Holiday Inn are well met and surpassed.
Food quality is inventive and the presentation is good. Wonder why the chef is as slim as a ramp model still puzzles me.... The restaurant offers good picks from the world cuisine and we loved both the Indian and South eastern/European picks. Soups and few local Punjabi picks, perhaps need some work.
Although a new Hotel with expected teething troubles, the management went out of the way to ensure that the guests were pampered. At the end, we got more than we paid. Thanks, and all the best.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Amritsar Ranjit Avenue is the latest property to be launched in India by InterContinental Hotels Group. Holiday Inn Amritsar is ideally located in Amritsar’s commercial district on Ranjit Avenue, with the famous Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh located only a short distance away. Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport and the railway station are both within a 15 minute drive from the property. The Wagah border is just 30 km's from the Hotel. Sparkling chandeliers mark an incomparable arrival experience as you escape to the welcoming environment that is, Holiday Inn Amritsar. Your stylish guest room comes complete with a media hub and a 32-inch flat-screen LCD. Unwind with a swim in the stunning outdoor pool or relax with a delicious coffee in the Lounge. Local Punjabi favorites and exciting Asian & Continental flavors can be experienced at Ziva, our all day dinning restaurant, while Bella, our specialty Italian restaurant, will tempt your taste buds with authentic dishes from this famous European food destination.Holiday Inn Amritsar’s Grand ballroom holds 450 people and is the perfect setting to celebrate your special occasion and create lasting memories. Our diverse function spaces also cater to your conference and meeting requirements with smart, functional technology at your fingertips. ... more less
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