You will feel like you are on a hill station,” the PR girl accompanying me to the new Palms Hotel in Goregaon tells me—just as a blast of warm air hits me on the bumpy ride from the station.
The Royal Palms property already houses Park Plaza, a luxury business hotel, and this is its second venture in the same category. But here the rooms are designed villa style. “Every villa has its own pool.” Okay, I’m interested now.
In fact, Goregaon—a Mumbai suburb known for Film City and Aarey Milk Colony—has two new business hotels. Sarovar Hotels’ Grand Sarovar Premiere was launched a few weeks ago. The company says the hotel is located in the heart of Goregaon’s commercial district. The fact that Goregaon now has a “commercial district” is a business opportunity for the hotel industry. BPO hub Mindspace and the National Stock Exchange exhibition grounds are located here. Moreover, with prices at the Bandra-Kurla Complex zooming, firms such as HSBC, Airtel, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley now have offices in Goregaon.
Grand Sarovar Premiere.
PS: Both hotels currently have great promotional offers.
Palms Hotel, Royal Palms
The drive through the cool, green belt of Aarey Milk Colony gives you an indication of what the PR girl meant. The hotel aims to be a relaxing getaway, and there are 106 villas with swimming pools, personal butler and in-room massage services. Wellness villas come with an attached gym, steam and sauna, too. If you’re hot on visuals, opt for the Palms Valley View Villa.
The good stuff
“Can you imagine 110 pools in one hotel?” the manager asks excitedly. I can’t, so I am shown the Palms Corner Villa on the fifth floor. The personal pool (sizes vary from 9ft to 15ft, so don’t plan on doing laps here) with a deck is a nice touch. The big bathroom has a 19-inch LCD that faces the jacuzzi. The hotel is built on a slope and, to go from floor to floor, you call the buggy cart, not the elevator. Besides the business centre, there’s a coffee shop, an Italian restaurant and a pool deck bar with a view of the golf course and valleys.
So we know that money doesn’t guarantee good taste, and this hotel could be a standing testament. Think thick green rugs, big sofas, maroon upholstery and dark paint. Also, while the location is what works for the hotel, it may take some convincing for people to pick this one over the two Hyatt hotels or the InterContinental, all closer to the airport.
The pool deck of Palms Hotel, Royal Palms
Rack rates are Rs18,000 per night for the Palms Deluxe Villa; Rs22,000 for the Corner Villa; and Rs45,000 for the Family Villa. Taxes extra. Ask for the promotional offer that runs until September.
Grand Sarovar Premiere
“All the offices are close to our property, and the airport is just 9km away,” Ajoy Balakrishna, general manager of Grand Sarovar Premiere, tells me. The NSE ground is a kilometre away, and Mindspace is just a few minutes. It was only good business sense for the hotel chain to set up here.
The good stuff
It has what every business traveller could ask for. Classy, clean interiors, Internet and Wi-Fi, and flat screen TV in every room, with a health club and rooftop pool thrown in. Their impressive restaurant, 180 Degrees, serves Chinese, Continental and Indian. There’s also an open-air grill and a cigar lounge. The hotel looks small, but packs every conceivable need, including a conference room and banquet hall.
Space—the one luxury that this luxury hotel doesn’t provide. The walls of the small rooms will seem to close in on you if you have to spend a lot of time there. And the view, of an under-construction building and a traffic jam, will not provide any reprieve.
The single occupancy Superior Room is available at Rs13,000, and double for Rs14,000. The Superior Deluxe Room costs Rs1,000 more. Taxes extra. Ask for the promotional offer valid through March.