Hotel Review: Sheraton Grand Pune Bund Garden Hotel, Maharashtra in India
Sheraton Grand Pune Bund Garden Hotel, a newly renovated property is ideal for both business and leisure guests visiting the vibrant city of Pune. The new hotel joins a portfolio of 36 Sheraton Grand properties, the brand’s premier tier of hotels recognized for its exciting destinations, distinguished designs, and excellence in service and guest experiences. Owned by BrahmaCorp, Sheraton Grand Pune Bund Garden Hotel is the second ‘Sheraton Grand’ hotel in India and the fourth Sheraton hotel in the country.
“We are thrilled to expand the Sheraton Grand presence in India with the opening of our second premier-tier hotel in the country. As Pune continues to make it possible for business travelers to find success as the IT capital of India, Sheraton is committed to delivering luxury to guests through excellence in service,” said Jaswinder Narang, Complex General Manager of Sheraton Grand Pune Bund Garden Hotel. “Through this renovation and opening, we have worked diligently to solidify Sheraton as a leading global hotel brand of choice.”
Sheraton Grand Pune Bund Garden Hotel recently completed an extensive rebranding and renovation, featuring a complete transformation of its 177 well-appointed guest rooms, lobby and public spaces as well as added meeting facilities and a total of 13000 square feet of banqueting space perfect for weddings and events. The sophisticated design pairs old world charm with contemporary design and comfort, while a palatial exterior embodies architectural concepts that originated during the Peshwa dynasty. Revitalized guest rooms combine a streamlined elegance with panoramic views of Pune and all of the Sheraton brand’s signature amenities and services, including a premium sleep experience.
“Pune has seen a growing demand for internationally-branded hotel experiences in recent years, said Ajay Aggarwal, Managing Director, Brahma Corp. “We are confident that the Sheraton Grand Pune Bund Garden will become a preferred destination for both business and leisure travelers to the city of Pune.”
A stay in one of the 28 Sheraton Club Rooms gives guests exclusive access to the Sheraton Club Lounge, a relaxing, upscale space featuring complimentary American breakfast, afternoon cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres and a variety of beverage options. I was put up in one of the hotel’s elegant suites which boasts of elegant and classy interiors. During my recent stay in this hotel, I was pleasantly surprised to be welcomed by a platter of amenities such as fresh and dry fruits, beautiful flowers and delicious pastries accompanied by a welcome note by the General Manager.
The hotel is equipped with a four-story health club which boasts an extensive range of cardio and training equipment, aerobics and yoga classes and a squash court. Additional recreational facilities include a scenic rooftop pool and the signature Shine Spa with five treatment rooms. In my suite I noticed a cute little pillow which had the spa’s menu imprinted on it.
Sheraton Grand Pune houses several food and beverage outlets showcasing a diverse range of cuisines under the guidance of Executive Chef Nader Shaikh. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Feast, boasts a lively, fun and family-friendly atmosphere, offering international cuisines at the all-day buffet. An interactive all-day dining restaurant, Feast has three walls of windows that create a grandeur feel with an abundance of natural light, while offering guests views of the surrounding activity in the hotel. The ambiance has a very international look and feel to it what with the relaxing influence of the natural wood tones, warm lighting, crystal chandeliers, contemporary touches and soothing green and beige velvet upholstered chairs. While on your way out of this vibrant restaurant, don’t forget to pick up a handful of the papaya and mint flavoured mouth freshener presented in beautiful wooden containers.
Bene, an upbeat and friendly Italian trattoria headed by Italian Masterchef Roberto Boggio features a rustic menu of salads, soups, antipasti, pastas, rotisserie meats and homemade bread that can be savored within the old-world ambience. This restaurant transports food lovers to Italy- the land of passion, intrigue and mystique. Based on family-style traditions, dining at Bene feels like being invited to someone’s home in Italy. Located directly off the hotel lobby, the white and brick-coloured space is flooded with natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows and the show kitchen—all of which add to the inviting old-world ambience. Bene is known for hosting some of the most popular wine dinners in the city with both domestic and international wine companies.
Chingari, an all-Indian cuisine rooftop restaurant, has consistently good food, efficient service and a breathtakingly beautiful ambiance. Located by the poolside, with an open kitchen where chefs are constantly dishing up various mouth watering kababs and biryanis, one can enjoy a great meal at Chingari. Spread out in three areas, a covered formal seating, an open air seating and casual dining by the pool, Chingari is a favorite with most Puneites. The seating area is covered by a high wooden roof and separated from the pool by beautiful open latticework screens. The wide wooden floor is embellished with ebony inlay and square wooden tables are flanked with locally crafted wooden armchairs. Copper-colored water goblets sparkle in the candlelight adding to the earthy rustic charm of Chingari. This unique restaurant is a great place to dine when you are in the mood for some robust fare from the North West Frontier. There is always a cool breeze that sweeps over the rooftop restaurant every evening thus creating a pleasant atmosphere. The open-air kitchen affords a great view of Master Chef Ghulam Qureshi at the grill, creating his daily assortment of signature marinades and savory Indian breads.
Link@Sheraton located in the hotel’s lobby is a great place to enjoy a cup of chamomile tea with delicious teacakes while working on your latest presentation. This elegant space has high speed internet, workstations with printers comfortable couches for those who wish to combine work with pleasure. Healthy sandwiches, sinfully delicious pastries, gourmet ice creams and a range of goodies all showcased in elegant glass cases entice guests. This is a great place to pick up freshly baked breads, croissants, muffins and puffs while on your way out of the hotel.
Sheraton Grand Pune also offers a range of function spaces including elegant venues, state-of-the-art-facilities and conference rooms. Its 6,100 square foot Majestic Hall and Sovereign Room both add undeniable character to any event at hand with its intricate murals as a centerpiece. Pairing elegance with convenience, all of the rooms are equipped with state of the art audio-visual technology and high speed internet, ideal for corporate and social gatherings.
Shine Spa for Sheraton Pune features five treatment rooms including four single treatment rooms and a couple treatment room. Designed with vibrant interiors that combine classic and contemporary elements, this is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. Spaces are enhanced with lush colours, metallic materials, and lively details to create a warm setting for guests to mingle and connect. While awaiting treatment or just enjoying the spa experience, light-hearted music provides a playful backdrop to an otherwise upscale atmosphere. Expertly-trained and knowledgeable spa associates at Shine Spa exude a genuine warmth and unmatched hospitality, whether it is while performing signature treatments or advising guests on the spa’s various product lines. Signature treatments at Shine Spa include the Shine Massage, Shine Facial, Shine Body Treatment, Shine Hands & Feet, and Shine for Two, which is a relaxing experience intended for couples. While I was in the hotel, I tried the signature treatment, the Shine Facial and the back relief treatment all of which worked very well in chasing away my stress levels and I came out of the hotel feeling extremely relaxed and rejuvenated.
Sheraton Grand Pune is the perfect hotel for both leisure and business travelers and also a great choice to consider for relaxing staycations!
Address: Raja Bahadur Mill Road, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India
Phone: +91 20 6641 1111