Hotel Review: Conrad Pune Hotel, Pune, Maharashtra in India
Conrad Pune threw open its doors last year but it was only recently that I was invited for a stay to experience this swanky hotel which has been the talk of the town for the past one year. Located in the heart of the central business district, the iconic Art Deco inspired Conrad Pune is the epitome of curated experiences, services and sophisticated style.
The hotel is managed by Hilton Worldwide and owned by Palm Grove Beach Hotels Pvt. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of the K. Raheja Constructions Group. It offers easy access to the city’s IT and business hubs including Magarpatta, Kharadi, Hinjewadi and Pimpri-Chinchwad, as well as the airport. I firmly believe that the experience of staying in a hotel whether good or bad begins from the pickup itself and in this case, the car and the efficient chauffeur proved to be a case in point for a fabulous experience that was to follow.
On arrival I was accorded a warm welcome by the hotel’s staff and checked into a spacious Deluxe Suite Room. Conrad Pune features among the largest guest rooms and suites in the city, six stylish dining outlets, extensive business and recreational facilities and the city’s most sought-after meetings and events space ideal for exclusive social gatherings and business functions. Expansive public spaces with 40-feet high ceilings, cascading water features, a collection of handpicked artwork, bold geometric shapes, dashes of striking colour and hints of lavish ornamentation add to the charm of this elegantly designed hotel.
General Manager Shubham Chandra says: “The introduction of the Conrad brand in India marks a significant milestone for the brand’s expansion in South Asia, and Pune enjoys a robust demand for high-end hospitality from affluent travellers from around the globe. Conrad Pune, Hilton’s first luxury hotel in India is uniquely positioned to cater to the needs of the new generation of smart luxury travellers, offering access to a world of connections and inspired experiences.”
Starting at a spacious 450 square feet, the hotel’s 310 luxurious guest rooms including 20 suites offer the very latest in-room technology. These are equipped with everything a guest needs for a productive business trip or restful vacation including signature Conrad amenities; plush bedding and five-fixture marble bathrooms with walk-in rain showers and soak tubs. These ‘Intelligent Rooms’ sense the guest’s arrival and switch from energy saving mode to occupied activating the air-conditioning system, drawing curtains and adjusting the lights to suit the time of day.
The food and beverage outlets in the hotel include three innovative restaurants, a chic bar, a unique poolside café, a delightful delicatessen and a lobby lounge. An efficient kitchen team led by Executive Chef Mandar Madav ensures that there’s something to please everyone’s palate. Coriander Kitchen, the all-day restaurant offers an interactive culinary journey with multiple live counters serving a range of Indian, Asian and Mediterranean street food inspired cuisine. With a dramatic 40 feet fully-glazed wall overlooking an outdoor waterscape, this restaurant offers an inspiring venue for a breakfast meeting; and a leisurely lunch or dinner with friends, family or business partners or a quick bite with colleagues.
For an indulgent evening, Zeera, the specialty Indian grill fine-dining restaurant, with a display kitchen and sweeping wine wall is a good option. Zeera offers regional thaalis which are elaborate platters of Indian cuisine. The dried packed paan (mouth freshener) offered by this restaurant serves as the perfect end to a fabulous meal. Koji, the Asian speciality restaurant, serves the best of Japanese, Chinese and Thai cuisine.
The Asian-inspired chic Masu bar attached to Koji features a large sake wall, offering the ideal location for cocktails with colleagues and business associates as well as family and friends. Masu has an alfresco area as well for those who prefer to sit in the outdoors. A luxurious décor and an inhouse DJ make Masu a great place to unwind after a tough day at work.
Kabana the poolside café is just the perfect place for a snack and a drink served by efficient bartends along with a breathtakingly beautiful space with various seating options.
Pune Sugar Box, the delicatessen that offers freshly baked pastries and savouries, as well as hand-made chocolates, also features a section with a great collection of books for those who enjoy reading at leisure while sipping on a refreshing cup of tea.
The hotel features a dedicated rejuvenation floor with the city’s first outdoor temperature-controlled pool, a dedicated kids’ pool, whirlpool, a 24-hour fitness centre, a full-service Conrad Spa where I enjoyed a relaxing massage by an efficient therapist. The spa manager recommended the Feminine Spirit treatment which uses flowing lymphatic massage, marma therapy and kidney packs to awaken the feminine spirit and life-giving energy.
Conrad Pune is a great choice for both business and leisure guests as well as for staycations which have become popular recently with Puneites.
Address: 7, Mangaldas Rd, Sangamvadi, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India
Phone: +91 20 6745 6745