Once upon a time two best friends, Nithya and Khushboo decide to catch the first train that will take them somewhere fun for a weekend. They end up reaching Pune not before they enjoy the beauty of Lonavala of course and then? They have the best time of their lives!
Well, it did not quite happen the way I described, we definitely put in a lot of thought into planning our weekend getaway but we most definitely had a wonderful time in Pune and at Premier Inn Kharadi.
There are different kinds of travellers in this world. Some of them are enthu cutlets. No matter how long they travel to reach their destination, their energy levels are at an all time peak.
There are others like me who just want to sleep after a long arduous travel. So when we both reached our destination, all we wanted to do was plonk ourselves on the bed and never get up. Which is why, we appreciated the quick and smooth check in at the front desk.
Have a look at our room and my most favourite feature. The luxurious hypnos bed.
After a decent rest, we made way to meet Mr Arbind the GM of Premier Inn Kharadi and also to take a tour of the rest of the hotel.
This is the dining area of the hotel which has been beautifully designed to make it look like four different spaces. Mr Arbind explained that since 40% of their customers stay at the hotel for a longer period of time, they get bored looking at the same ambience. In order to ensure that a customer gets to enjoy something different every time they dine, they have created the green, brown and the rust room.
The entire space is elegant with lots of light to brighten up the place and it can double up as a space for a business meal or a leisurely one.
This is the bar which has some great offers for the guests. They also host a ladies night on Wednesdays.
Since the guests tend to stay for a longer period at the Premier Inn, the hotel has an excellent gym that is open throughout the day.
After this leisurely tour, we had an excellent lunch with Mr Arbind and Chef Rizwan who had kindly prepared an excellent array of dishes. Now, I was too hungry and did not stop to click photos but have a look at the dinner he prepared for us the other day.
It was delicious and the kind of food that I would love to eat every day. The unique aspect of the menu that Chef Rizwan creates is that he uses a lot of local, seasonal produce which means that their food is absolutely fresh and he incorporates certain aspects of the local cuisine that introduces the guests to something new every day. When we dined, he had prepared 4 different types of thecha and I enjoyed all of them.
We also had a discussion with Mr Arbind about an important topic for women who travel alone; women’s safety.
Mr Arbind told us that women guests are given rooms near the lifts for easy accessibility and that the entire staff ensures that she feels comfortable throughout the stay. He also gives a his own number to the guests so that he can be contacted in case of any emergency. Be it inside the hotel or even in the city.
The entire hotel has been designed keeping in mind a guests comfort and ‘thoughtful’ I think is the best word that captures Premier Inn Kharadi’s true essence. I had a wonderful weekend here at Kharadi and I look forward to being pampered again.
Stay tuned for my next post on my Pune Travel Diaries 🙂