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Review | Private practice
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First Published: Thu, Mar 12 2009. 11 52 AM IST

Private wing at Radisson Hotel, Noida
Private wing at Radisson Hotel, Noida
Updated: Thu, Mar 12 2009. 11 52 AM IST
Just when everyone seems to be tightening their belts, the Radisson thinks travellers need to do just the opposite and have tacked on a high-end luxury option to their five-star business hotel in Sector 18. A private butler tends to each room and a rosemary-scented bath and a foot massage await guests in their rooms. Prior to arrival, guests can note their favourite food, movies and music preferences, and it will all be taken care of.
The good stuff
Private wing at Radisson Hotel, Noida
Tucked on the second floor of the hotel, this 11-bedroom private wing offers a lush members-only club, with a private dining room, a lounge, and some of the largest hotel rooms (580 sq. ft to be precise) in the National Capital Region. The space has a decided Harlequin feel, with floor-to-ceiling black and white chequered tiles. Low-slung chandeliers dimly light the pale pink walls of the hallway. Red velvet armchairs dot the reading area in the lounge. In the bedrooms, gold ceilings reflect the plush purple couch and the slim black writing desk. Heavy damask curtains delineate a dining area and a bath area. It’s a sumptuous, feminine look, and with the private security, ideal for a lone female traveller. Also, the rooms offer video conferencing and a decent amount of workspace, so technically you don’t ever need to leave the confines of the room—though I’m not sure why you’d travel all the way to Noida to indulge in that sort of reclusive behaviour.
The not-so-good
With few visible windows outside the bedrooms in the small wing of the hotel, and all the rooms heavily dressed, the atmosphere could weigh on guests. It’s got the same sense of timelessness as a Parisian nightclub: Is it day, night, yesterday? Perhaps for jet-lagged businessmen this may be welcome relief. For others, it could be a put-off and slightly claustrophobic—an odd feeling with so much actual space around.
Talk plastic
Rooms start at Rs21,000, plus taxes. With prices on a par with The Imperial, at Janpath in New Delhi, it seems a bit pricey for Noida. But if the butler, spa services and food live up to expectations, it may be a steal for travel-weary businessmen.
Radisson Hotel, L-2, Sector 18, Noida. Call 0120-4300000 for details and reservations.
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First Published: Thu, Mar 12 2009. 11 52 AM IST