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A Five Star Experience At Taj Hotel Mumbai: Dream Stay At Dream Destination!

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Hey readers, Savar Pandey is here again to share with you one of my electrifying experience in the city of dreams, Mumbai! I finally got a weekend off from my boss, and I didn’t want myself to get shut in my room in front of the boring television screen. I decided for a luxurious trip, and why not the city that doesn’t sleep- Mumbai. There are many exciting places to check out in the city like Gateway of India, Chowpatty, Kanheri Caves, Siddhivinayak Temple, Haji Ali Dargah and many more.

tourist attractions in mumbai

Tourist attractions in Mumbai | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

We have always heard about the Taj Hotel Mumbai, but neither our pockets nor the circumstances allowed me to spend a night there. But this time, my heart said no for compromising and I decided to book two days stay at the grand and most luxurious hotel of the country. The Taj group of hotels have many hotels in India and abroad. Taj Lands End and Vivanta by Taj were the two options in front of me.

My heart started drumming and there was a luminous sparkle in my eyes, and I finally chose Vivanta by Taj for the Taj experience in my life! As I landed in Mumbai, I received a call from the driver who was waiting for me at the arrivals. After a smooth drive in a luxurious car, I reached the hotel and was welcomed with pomp. The hotel is colossal, and my eyes were wide open and I was literally awestruck!

The check- in procedure winded up quickly and in the next 5 minutes I was in my room. “Gosh!” was what I exclaimed.  Actually I was dumbstruck and no words were enough to even partially describe the luxury or the palatial ambience. It was lavishness beyond what I ever dreamt of, and I realized no matter what I spend, it was worth every penny and I will cherish this memory for my lifetime. I was given a complimentary breakfast, beautifully presented and in style. It showed the experience and passion of the master chef.

After some deep sleep, I strolled in the entire hotel. “Oh my my!” was my heart saying every time I came across something lavish and stunning. As I am a hard core foodie, I sneaked into Trattoria as soon as the lunch time started. The menu offered to me stunned as the catalogue had hi fi names of food from various countries of the world. I tried international cuisine and my heart as well as tummy was fully satiated and satisfied to say the least!

Vivanta - Trottoria, Cuffe ParadeVivanta by Taj President Mumbai – Trattoria | Image Resource : vivantabytaj.com

I thoroughly enjoyed my two day stay at Taj Hotel Mumbai and was treated as a prince in a palace. Unforgettable indeed! While I was leaving the hotel, I made a promise to that I was surely going to give myself this treat whenever my purse strings allowed me to!

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Destination of the Week : Intercontinental Marine Drive Mumbai Restaurant

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intercontinental-marine-drive-mumbai-restaurantIntercontinental Marine Drive Mumbai Restaurant | Image Resource : ihg .com

Intercontinental Marine Drive Mumbai Restaurant : Ensuring justice to the name, the hotel crests for an award- winning cuisine and a breathtaking view of the Arabian Sea! A favorable location and an excellent choice to impress business delegates! The food and stay is to fetch a sure wow from anyone who needs to be surprised.

A Luxurious Stay at Hotel Golden Toff Resort Mumbai

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Once my visit to the Elephanta Caves were over it was already evening and I was quite tired and hungry. So I decided to head back to my hotel. For this trip to Mumbai I had already booked a hotel in advance. There were many good hotel deals available but the one I booked was Golden Toff Resort Hotel of Mumbai. The hotel is a magnificent 5 star property which is located amidst the lush green fields offering luxurious and comfortable stay to all its guests.

What I liked the most about the hotel was its spectacular hospitality and personalised services which won the hearts of all its patrons. The hotel lies just opposite to the Stella Maris Hospital at Bhayandar West. Many famous beaches of Mumbai are in close proximity to the Golden Toff Resort Mumbai. The distance of the hotel from the airport is about 35 km while the distance from the railway station is 60 km.

Golden Toff Resort Mumbai

Golden Toff Resort Mumbai | Image Resource : goldentoff.com

The best part about the stay at this resort was the hassle free staying for every tourist away from the noises and crownd of Mumbai. The leisure services provided by them are one of the best and so are the cuisines offered at its multispecialty restaurants. The swimming pool and state of the art gym cum fitness centre of the hotel is also a good part of this hotel. There are many other well-known services which the hotel offers like 24 hour room service, in house restaurants, 24 hour security, spa and sauna centre and pick and drop facilities.

Swimming Pool at Golden Toff Resort Mumbai

Swimming Pool at Golden Toff Resort Mumbai | Image Resource : goldentoff.com

There are many different categories of rooms available at the hotel like the deluxe rooms, Classic rooms and Suites. Each of these rooms are equipped with all kinds of modern amenities and state of the art facilities like air conditioners, colour televisions and telephones for the comfort of the guests. I was very happy with the services and hospitality of the hotel and it is widely recommended by me to everyone.

Rooms with modern amenitities

Rooms with modern amenitities | Image Resource : goldentoff.com

After the night spent at the hotel I was ready to start another days excursion in the city. The first place which I visited in Mumbai the next day was BandraWorli Sea Link.

Destination of the Week – Hotel Marine Plaza Mumbai

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Hotel Marine Plaza Mumbai

Hotel Marine Plaza Mumbai | Image Resource : magnificentmaharashtra.wordpress.com

Hotel Marine Plaza Mumbai : Bombay is known as the city of dreams and I had a chance to stay in one of the exotic hotels facing the Arabian Sea. Marine Plaza is a five star hotel and offers beautiful and sensational views.  We chose the Weekend Escape package and it was truly wonderful! We had a choice of multi-cuisine food and we really loved the Italian food in its restaurant The Oriental Blossom.

Have A Luxurious Stay At Polo Orchid Resort

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I am a great planner and I like to pre-plan everything. For the hotel, I had decided on the Polo Orchid Rsort aemongst the lush green area of Cherapunjee. Known for its rains all over the year, Cherapunjee remains green and is a treat to the eyes. The resort that I booked had amazing user reviews, so I crossed my fingers and booked it. So as soon as I reached Shillong, I hired a taxi that took me straight to Cherapunjee. It was almost a two hour drive but the scenery was idyllic and had its own green charm. The driver was a chirpy guy and delighted me with all the facts about Cherrapunjee and its nearby areas.

After reaching the place, I realized why the resort had such great reviews. With an amazing view of the beautiful Seven Sisters fall, the resort is far away from the hustle and bustle of the city life and deadlines.

Polo Orchid Resort

Polo Orchid Resort | Image Resource : hotelpolotowers.com

There were two types of rooms available in the resort, one being the Orchid rooms, the other being the cottages. I chose the cottages and was delightfully surprised. The room was uncluttered but at the same time had all the necessary amenities. The guests are given a number of standard services including internet access, travel desk, doctor on call and a 24 hour security. The hotel offered all the facilities a visitor would require and the staff was pleasant too. It was certainly a delight.

Polo Orchid Cottages

Polo Orchid Cottages | Image Resource : hotelpolotowers.com

The location of the resort couldn’t have been more idyllic with many a famous tourist spots in walking distance including the 7 sisters fall, the Eco Park, and the Krem Mawmluh Cave. The resort is not very expensive and is an ideal choice for people visiting the city.

After a hectic journey, I decided to stay at the hotel and unwind. With the mesmerizing surroundings, it was not a difficult task to stay in. The cloudy sky and the crisp winds made it for the stay. Away from the hot Kanpur, the crispy climate of Cheerapunji was definitely welcomed.

Destination of the Week – Hotel Silk Route Shillong

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Hotel Silk Route Shillong

Hotel Silk Route Shillong

Hotel Silk Route Shillong : During my visit to Shillong I decided to reside at Hotel Silk Route for 3 days. The astonishingly beautiful set up and atmosphere made my stay wonderful. The restaurant serves delicious and scrumptious delicacies. Having many tourist destinations nearby, this hotel is well accessible. The spacious rooms and conglomerate décor is quite attractive. The services and amenities provided had me totally satisfied.

Hotel Mahey Retreat Leh- A Dream Hotel for Tourists

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We landed at Leh at 7.40am ad were simply dumb struck by the beauty of the place early morning. The air was completely fresh and we felt as if we were in a completely different planet. Since none of us had ever travelled to Leh previously, we were hardly expecting anything like this. It was quite cold and we were almost shivering. We realised that were quite tired after the break journey and due to the almost sleepless night we had to spend at the Indira Gandhi Airport. There was a cab waiting for us outside the airport to take us directly to the hotel we had booked.

Hotel Mahey Retreat Leh

Hotel Mahey Retreat Leh | Image Resource : maheyretreat.com

We reached the Hotel Mahey Retreat Leh quite easily since it is located in the heart of the town. It is extremely peaceful in terms of environment and magnificent in terms of beauty. The staff at the hotel welcomed us in traditional Ladakhi style and helped us in getting our rooms.

Rooms in Hotel

Rooms in Hotel | Image Resource : maheyretreat.com

We had booked four single rooms for the four of us. The best thing about the hotel was its centralized heating facility which made us feel warm and comfortable. As soon as I settled in my room, I went for a quick warm shower and then straight to bed. I was woken by a knock on the door from room service. It was time for lunch and my stomach was craving for something tasty. I was really impressed with the quality of food served to us. It was after having lunch that I realized that there was a big and beautiful garden outside my room. There was also a large kitchen garden which was laden with almost all types of vegetables.

Outside Garden

Outside Garden | Image Resource : maheyretreat.com

After having lunch, we decided to explore the Hotel Mahey Retreat Leh and its facilities as we had decided to start our trip a day later. The staff members were extremely well behaved and professional. The hotel was located amidst picturesque location with lush green fields and ventilated rooms and offered all the requisite facilities such as laundry, Wi-Fi, etc. We also came to know that the hotel itself offers local sightseeing facilities but since we had fixed our trip beforehand, we didn’t trouble them.

Destination of the Week – JW Marriott Hotel Chandigarh

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JW Marriott Hotel Chandigarh

JW Marriott Hotel Chandigarh

JW Marriott Hotel Chandigarh – JW Marriott in Chandigarh can be called as the last word in luxury and opulence. My friends and I loved our stay, thanks to our company which had chosen this venue for a conference. Also we could sneak to several tourist spots in and around Chandigarh because the hotel stood at the heart of the city. The guest list also was very impressive and we could catch famous personalities in the lobby and bar!

Hotel Akashdeep: My Abode in Chandigarh

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As I reached the Chandigarh railway station after a day long journey I booked a cab that would take me to my hotel that I had booked in advance via the last minute hotel deals app that I had installed on my cell phone. It proved to be a very useful app in making my reservations as I could jiggle between various available options and then decide the hotel of my choice. I booked myself in the popular two stars, hotel Akashdeep Chandigarh.

The hotel is located at SCO 1124-25 (near Aroma Petrol pump) in sector 22- B. The hotel was just at a distance of about 7 kilometres from the railway station. And it took merely 10 minutes to reach the hotel. The best feature about the hotel Akashdeep is that it is very strategically located near the major tourist spots of Chandigarh, which include the Prachin Shiv Mandir and ISKON temple. Other attractions such as the rock garden, Sukhna lake, Chandigarh golf club, Chattbir zoo etc are also easily accessible from this hotel.

Hotel Akashdeep

Hotel Akashdeep | Image Resource: blogspot.com

The hotel ensures customers a comfortable stay at extremely affordable prices. As I prefer budget hotels this was the most appropriate stay for me, as the hotel is value for money. The hotel rooms are well designed and offer a number of facilities such as room service, laundry, travel desk, doctor on call, daily housekeeping, security, daily newspaper and valet services. The hotel also offers wake up services to its patrons.

This two storied hotel has 14 rooms and the check in and check-out timings are 12:00pm. There are two grades of rooms namely, the deluxe rooms and the super deluxe rooms which offer a range of modern amenities such as air conditioning, free Wi- Fi, colour television, luggage space, tea or coffee maker, private washroom and in room menu etc.

I was quite satisfied with the services offered by the hotel at the given fares and was hoping for a comfortable stay here during my Chandigarh trip. Apart from the hotel menu there are a couple of restaurants in the vicinity which offer good food to customers. I went out to take a stroll and try some street food that was available near the hotel itself.