If turbanned doormen, vast expanses of white marble, lots of chrome thingies and obsequeous flunkies are your thing, don't stay here. But if your ego is OK and you are a more touchy-feely person who appreciates the sensory side of life, and you find yourself in the Gujarat, especially its biggest city Ahmedabad…..then you will always regret it if you don't stay here.
From the subtle scent of sandalwood in the narrow lobby to the big brass padlock on your room, to the suprisingly spacious rooms, the lovely old tiles on the floor, the tented beds, the ancient electric switches, the huge tiled bathroom, the ceiling fans - it's rich with character (the rooms have A/C too, cunningly disguised behind wooden louvres).
Many things about this place impress. For example they contacted the travel agent who had booked me in, to ask if I needed airport pick up and if I wanted to book a table in the restaurant that evening (The airport pick up was included in the room rate); the kindly gentleman who took my bags up the stairs and showed me how everything worked, and left some chocolates and a poem of the day (a couplet by Rabindranath Tagore) on the turned-down bed.
I had eaten at the splendid rooftop restaurant on a previous trip, so this time I ate in the Green Room on the ground floor. The food is totally Gujarati which tends to mean a thali of some kind - lots of small dishes to share. Westerners need to remember thathe Gujarat is a dry state so you won't get a beer - but they do delicious sherbets!
The room rates will surprise you - about £65 including breakfast, free wifi and a poem. This is a lovely place - oh, they have a great gift shop too with sumptious pashminas and silks, books and a wide range of tasteful souvenirs too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The House of MG is the only 'boutique' category hotel in Ahmedabad. This stately heritage property has been tastefully refurbished to retain its old-world charm but with all the amenities and comforts of contemporary living. The Lonely Planet Guide and the Rough Guide recommend this hotel highly and the discerning British travel guide 'Sawdays - Places to Stay in India' has singled out The House of MG as the only hotel worth mention, in its Ahmedabad section. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The House Of Mg Hotel Ahmedabad
- Hotel Of Mg
- Of Mg Hotel