A holiday within a holiday? Yes..that’s what my sister and I felt when we visited our parents this Diwali in Pune and decided to go for a night spend at the Marriott- Chakan. I got the feeling and felt myself transform into Kareena Kapoor in the movie “Jab We Met ” travelling on a road from Pune and moving from Rickshaw to bus. Finally finding my way to MIDC, Chakan Industrial Area Phase 1, | Talegaon Chakan road, Khalumbre, where the marriott.com/hotels/travel/… is situated.
Wow, this road trip was even more fun with my sister Farzeen Irani.
We entered the grand lobby and were immediately attended by the office staff. The lower level had the inviting MoMo cafe and the small business center with ATM facilities ( The only ATM in the area).
Escorted to our room, we were explained how the sensor key worked in the lift and room. The room was large, spacious, and had a modern classy look. I instantly connected to the free WI-fi, and jumped onto the soft queen size bed, now feeling like Kangana Ranaut in the movie ‘Queen’.
The room had a sleek tea and coffee hot kettle, huge LED TV and the window overlooked the large swimming pool. I quickly made myself a mug of Tea and coffee for sister Farzeen Iran . She is a food blogger tofarzeen.blogspot.in
The bathroom took my breath away. It was a beauty with separate enclosures for shower , wash basin and WC. It had a direct view into the bedroom and the shades could be lowered and raised according to the requirement. Honeymooning Couples hope you are taking notes. Hee Hee!
The mini-bar was stocked up with goodies at not-too-steep prices. The cupboard had a easy to use vault, slippers, bath robes, Ironing board, Iron and Hair dryer. Everything stocked up so perrrrfectly like our Mrs Madhuri Dixit Nene says.
We decided to chill out and take a dip in the pool after the sun sets. The gym had state of Art equipment, well stocked with napkins, water and even apples for its members.
It had rained that evening and was dark when farzeen and I ventured out into the pool. It was so cool yet inviting. We jumped straight in and did our water aerobics. It felt like my private pool party. Later on we took a lavish shower and pampered ourselves with excellent products like shower Gel, shampoo, conditioner, herbal soap and moisturizer all stocked up in the changing room on our request.
And now the one point I want to stress upon about our stay at the Marriott is the ‘Hospitality’. Right from doormen to reception staff to room cleaners to restaurant staff, they were courteous, well spoken and more than helpful. It was a delightful experience when I called up the reception and the warm receptionist knew my name and addressed me as ” Ms Irani”.
We ordered Murg Lasooni Tikkas in the room as all that swimming got our stomachs growling. To my delight they were so soft and well flavored that it took us very little time to polish them of the plate.
The MOMO Cafe had a wonderful ambiance with well spaced out tables.The food there was multi-cuisine. It was a weekday and they had a set sit down buffet menu.
We took a round and checked out the array of cakes and Mithais the Chefs were preparing for Diwali.
The tomato soup was peppery and well seasoned. I slurped up the entire bowl.
The chef at the restaurant went out of his way to cook up off the menu, some dishes as per our liking for dinner. We ordered a Chicken tikka thin crust Pizza and fish and chips. Lovely flavours I must add. Simply Yummilious!!
And yet again our request was accepted with a huge smile and my coffee addict sister was treated with Cappuccino in the room and I had chocolate brownies in bed. An open invitation for the ants. Hee Hee ! We had to say Good night at last. We had sweet dreams of a super exciting day spend and ZZZZ, I went instantly as I hit the soft pillow.
A super bumper layout for breakfast, only seeing is believing. The chef on duty paid our table a visit and asked us for any special requirements. I thoroughly enjoyed my masala omelette, sausage, multi-grain toast and masala Chai with choco muffin.Big eyes wanted to have it all but my small stomach was the spoil sport.
We packed and left after bath. I was so touched when The Director of Food & Beverage Mr Mohammed Khan offered us two boxes of Mithai prepared by the Patisserie Chef to take back home for my Mom.
This Hotel is overall beyond excellent in all genres. I recommend it for people who have work in Chakan or Talegaon area because this is the best place to stay.There is no need for commuting from Pune. Its a perfect weekend getaway for couples n families in the midst of a quiet Industrial area. This hotel will be a great Wedding destination too.
They even offered to drop us in their air-conditioned car to a nearby Rickshaw to travel to Pune. I am definitely coming back for some more of it .A big Thank you to the entire Staff of Courtyard Marriott- Chakan for their warmth and hospitality. Also wishing everyone a very Happy Diwali and prosperous New Year.