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The newest property of ITC Hotels, doesn’t just redefine luxury, it ups the swankiness meter and yet stays true to the #ReponsibleLuxury theme. I walked through the doors of ITC Kohenur to be wowed by the chandeliers and a massive lobby. There is the elegantly done Peacock Bar on the left, the Golkonda Pavilion in the center and the receotion on the right with a massive chandelier made of lac bangles hanging right above.

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ITC Kohenur

The place oozes the Nizami charm and yet still incorporates the modern touch. My room was truly splendid. Each of the settings of the room can be controlled using an iPad. But I will have to definitely talk about the Pillow Menu. I’ve stayed at many hotels across the world but it’s simple thoughts like this which make a Hotel truly spectacular. The ITC Kohenur, surrounded by the Durgan Cheruvu from all sides is an engineering marvel. A true kohenur in ITC’s and Hyderabad’s crown.

ITC Kohenur Room

ITC Kohenur Room

Peacock Bar

Peacock Bar

Dum Pukht Begum:

With the ITC Kohenur, comes the ITC Hotel’s most famous restaurant, the Dum Pukht. There was a time when a person had walked up to me and said ‘Indian food is truly hard to photograph and make appealing.’ Well you haven’t been to the Dum Pukht then. The massive ceilings, the menu, the aroma of Indian food, the Dum Pukht Begum is a restaurant par excellence.

Dum Pukht Begum

Dum Pukht Begum

 

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I will have to talk about the Kakori Kebabs that I had at Dum Pukht Begum. The softest, exquisitely delicious and melt in mouth. I was left short of words for a minute or two and so were the others at my table. They absolutely melted away in my mouth and yet the spices didn’t overpower the meat.

Gucchi Pulao Dum Pukht Begum

The Dum Pukht Begum also incorporates Hyderabadi dishes into the original Dum Pukht menu. The Mahi Qaliya, Chowgra and Dum ka Murgh which you wouldn’t find in most places in the city have been proudly showcased.

Dum Pukht Begum

But that has always been the beauty of the Dum Pukhts across the ITC Hotel properties that I’ve dined at. Each of the dishes served stay tuned to the authenticity and have been well researched.

Golkonda Pavilion:

The ITC Kakatiya has it’s Deccan Pavilion while the ITC Kohenur has the Golkonda Pavilion. It’s only fitting to have named it as the Golkonda Pavilion as the Golkonda mines was where the world famous Kohinoor diamond was unearthed. Like I said, every aspect of the ITC Kohenur has a story to tell.

Golkonda Pavilion

ITC Kohenur Breakfast

Golkonda Pavilion

Post a great sleep, I had a wonderful Sunbeam Coffee at the Golkonda Coffee. ITC has invested heavily to bring forth specialty coffees with their Sunbeam range of which I’m a great fan, favorite being the Panagiri roast.

Croissant For Breakfast

Ottimo & Sky Bar:

Ottimo is their Italian specialty restaurant which opens up to the beautifully designed Sky Bar. They both have yet to launch but I can already feel them both being the talking point in whole of Indian. It’s modern, it’s suave and most importantly it’s chic. Imagine sitting at the Sky Bar, overlooking the Hyderabad skyline while sipping on cocktails. The view can’t get any better than this.

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The ITC Kohenur is a ‘gem’. The beauty and effort put into designing the ITC Kohenur sings in it’s pathways and corridors. We might not have the Kohinoor yet, but we do have a Kohenur.

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Summers have set in and heading out to most destinations is going to be met with the same fate, the heat. The urge to travel is very much there but sometimes it’s good to leave the touristy stuff on the side and relax. That’s the void which Staycations fill in. When dreaming of travel and yet want to save up some money and time, staycations give the feeling in town. Relaxing and rolling around in a comfy bed, ordering room service, spa treatments and loads more leave you feeling fresh prepped up for your routine.

Couple of weekends back we checked into IBIS HITEC, the newest property by Accor Group in the Hyderabad. A smooth check-in later, we were welcomed by chef’s special shahi tucked in the room.  I’ve stayed in IBIS properties when travelling in Prague, Bangkok and loads more places around the world and have always loved them. I mostly choose IBIS for their efficiency and policy of 15 minutes to make your stay great if you have any issues.

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The room was equipped with the standard Flat Screen TV, AC and Wi-Fi. But what I loved the most is the location and proximity to most usual haunts in Hyderabad. Each of the IT companies are about 10-15 minutes from the IBIS Hitec property. If in the mood to shop then there is Shilparamam, an arts and crafts village. Ethnic Festivals, Traditional jewellery and sarees and handcrafted wooden and metal wares are some of the stuff which are sure to entice you in Shilparamam.

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Spice It at the Ibis Hotel offers a great selection in their buffet. There are also loads of food places to explore around Ibis. Madhapur nearby is packed with food-trucks post 11 PM serving great food. There are many restaurants around to indulge in your choice of cuisine in from Hyderabadi, Andhra, Italian, Mexican and many more.

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We managed to get up early and try their breakfast buffet. A huge variety of spread that offers both local and continental meal to start your day. The staff is so friendly that they make sure you are stuffed before you head out. I loved their live egg station and their dosa station.

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Ibis HiTEC. Their strength lies in their location and the great service they provide. Staycations are fun and with Ibis Hyderabad we had a great time. While leaving, they made sure we were up for the summer heat by gifting us a box of freshly cut fruits, vitamin water and chocolates. Well weekend spent after all. Thanks to Chef Punit, Angelo Martins and the entire staff for kickstarting our staycation for 2017.

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Travelling off to far-away lands in search of wanderlust is always high on our priority. But sometimes we need to give work our ways around smaller budgets for a mini-break. What other perfect way to do so than ‘Staycation’. A perfect way to unwind while also giving some time to explore the places around the city.

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The past weekend we booked a room at the Novotel Hyderabad Airport for a quick weekend getaway. I personally love the Novotel Airport Hotel and have been there multiple times. The weekdays before have been quite hectic having to catch up with lots of articles and work.

The Drive Down:

Located on the outskirts of the city of Hyderabad towards the airport, the drive down to the Novotel Hyderabad Airport is a pleasant. The city boasts of one of the longest and best flyovers in the country and it’s smooth sailing once you get on the outer ring road. With the Hyderabad Airport having been name the best airport in the country, the lush greenery and superbly maintained infrastructure await you. I can vouch for one certainty here that if you’re looking for a short layover in Hyderabad, then Novotel Hyderabad Airport is your best bet.

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The Room:

We got ourselves a spacious room overlooking the splendid swimming pool. The bed was so comfy that I immediately jumped on it. It was just like right out of the movies with glee of having such a snug bed. Well except for the pillow fights. Neatly tucked in the washroom were the toiletries and towels.

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The Food:

If you’ve been following our blog you’d know of the innumerable times we’ve drove down to Novotel Hyderabad Airport for a meal. Haldi, their specialty Indian restaurant opens only in the evening to patrons. The night we were treated to exquisite Indian food. The spread laid out to us was enthralling consisting of Dal Makhani, Biryani, Naans and loads of Hyderabad favorites like the Paya and Nihari. The Haleem was our favorite of the night.

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The following morning, we headed down to The Square for breakfast. The breakfast spread is huge starting from your bread sections to a live eggs station. They also have live grills on Saturdays and a seafood station as part of the Sunday Brunch.

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The Facilities:

Novotel Hyderabad Airport had all the necessary facilities to take care of my weekend. From a well-maintained volleyball court and swimming pool to a gym with great equipment. There is also a huge Decathalon just a km away if you wanted to drop by for some necessary shopping.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Novotel Hyderabad Airport. This staycation was meant to relive all of the weekday stress and it did just that. It’s definitely a property worth revisiting.

 

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