Hyatt Hotels Corporation has over 25 hotels in India under its brands namely: Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Park Hyatt, Andaz, Hyatt and Hyatt Place in 17 cities. The company is looking to open around ten more properties under its Hyatt Place brand by 2020. Hyatt Ahmedabad opened in 2012.
WHAT’S IT LIKE?
Entering the 178-room property instantly gives you the feeling of contemporary business luxury. The effortless infusions of heritage fineries: maroon sofa tapestry, traditional “jaali” work on walls, bronze vases and art-pieces on tables add a touch of tradition to the decor.
The lobby gift-store — Artesania — has an interesting collection of Kashmiri trinkets and its bakery Chocolárt is also on the ground-level. There’s a lounge area next to the reception which is a quiet space to access your mails. This faces the hotel’s Sabarmati Lawns, a lush green space that can be hired for events. The concierge was exceptionally helpful in designing my itinerary in Ahmedabad. Two elevators take you to the rooms and rest of the property.
WHERE IS IT?
Next to the city’s popular Alpha One mall and opposite the Vastrapur Lake. It is 16km from the Sardar Vallabhbhhai Patel International Airport and 9km from the railway station. Very easy to access as it is situated in the heart of the city.
I stayed in a King room (26 sqm) that resonated a similar design philosophy as the rest of the hotel. Overlooking the Alpha One mall, its large bay window provides a panoramic view of Vastrapur. In the day, there is no need for additional lighting due to the brightness created by the sun-light. Bedside light controls are always helpful on a tiring day. The hotel offers a broadband port as well as wireless internet connection depending on your requirement and device. A 32-inch LCD television is mounted in-front of the ergonomically designed beds, and a list of comfort pillows is available to pick from. The washroom with a shower-area is compact but strategic as it makes use of space. I particularly liked the photo-frames of old-world Ahmedabad that complemented the modernity of my room very well. The other room categories are: Hyatt Twin room (26 sqm), Hyatt Club room (35 sqm), Hyatt suite (47 sqm) and Hyatt Executive suite (108 sqm).
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
Since Gujarat is a dry state, the Hyatt doesn’t have a bar in its premises. Breakfast at its all-day dining restaurant Collage overlooking the Vastrapur Lake and garden was enjoyable — the range of meat and fish served here is impressive. Nonya is its pan-Asian restaurant while the previously mentioned Chocolárt with its quaint ambience and scrumptious desserts has an attached outdoor area for when the weather allows. The hotel serves fruit beer and non-alcoholic wine here.
BUSINESS AND MEETING FACILITIES
The lobby level offers around 1,068sqm of meeting space including a ballroom and two separate meeting rooms equipped with high speed internet, latest technology and conferencing facilities.
A good business hotel always needs state-of-the-art leisure facilities and the Hyatt understands this well. With seven treatment rooms, its spa and salon offers a range of treatments especially designed to relax fatigue and that’s exactly what their 30-minute Swedish massage did for me. Their spa is also open to non-residential guests. The Hyatt also houses a fitness centre and an outdoor swimming pool with a lounge area.
Convenience in every way; from location to in-room facilities. One of the city’s best options for corporate travel.
PRICE: Internet rates for a midweek stay in a Hyatt king room in July starts at ₹5,525
CONTACT: Hyatt, Plot 216, Town Plan Scheme 1, Near Lake, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380015; tel 079 6160 1234; ahmedabad.hyatthotels.hyatt.com