ITC Maratha Mumbai

Introduction: ITC Maratha Mumbai is located only two kilometres from the international terminal of Mumbai Airport, but the hotel is far from being your typical airport hotel. ITC Maratha is beautifully designed with all the high standards of ITC and Starwood's Luxury Collection. The hotel is very big with focus on business travellers, but is an experience for leisure travellers including foodies. ITC Maratha features no less than 5 restaurants with different cuisines.
Arrival experience: Indian blessing for a great stay and an escort to the room.
What I loved: Professional service in all areas and well-run. I didn't like the open floors and smoking policy with non-smoking rooms located on same floor as smoking rooms. Something to be aware of, but overall a beautiful hotel with professional service and excellent value for money. Room rates at ITC Maratha starts at only 180 dollars pr. night which is some of the lowest rates in the Luxury Collection portfolio.
What about the food: Very good breakfast and fine finger food in the executive lounge. 5 restaurants total.
Number of rooms: 386.
Website: www.itchotels.in.
Type of property: City Hotel.
Location: Mumbai, close to the airport.
Facilities: Spa, Swimming Pool, Executive Club and other meeting facilities.
Complimentary internet: No.
Affiliations: Luxury Collection.
My overall impression: Great experience.

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ITC Grand Chola Chennai

Introduction: ITC Grand Chola is the biggest hotel in the ITC portfolio, but impressive in every way. 600 rooms total, all with the beautiful typical Luxury Collection design and excellent service. Many rooms have sea views, but all comfortable beds and separate shower from the bathtub. Located close to key areas of Chennai and only 8 kilometres from the airport, ITC Grand Chola is the perfect place to stay in Chennai and highly recommended by Hotel Passion.
Arrival experience: Warm welcome and escorted to the room by the Manager on Duty and the personal butler, Rupesh.
What I loved: I was very sick during my stay, but the management could not have been more friendly and helpful. It was touching to see their incredible help and hospitality. The personal butler Rupesh was excellent and the entire team really impressed me. A very special hotel, although I spend most of the time in bed.
What about the food: Excellent food. All my meals was tasty and of high quality.
Number of rooms: 600.
Website: www.itchotels.in
Type of property: City Hotel.
Location: Chennai.
Facilities: Spa, Gym, Executive Club and other meeting facilities.
Complimentary internet: No.
Affiliations: Luxury Collection.
My overall impression: Great+ experience.

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The Leela Palace Chennai

Introduction: The Leela Palace is a 16-story hotel widely regarded as one of Chennais best hotels. The hotel has excellent facilities for business travellers and a design to remember.
Arrival experience: Warm welcome, escorted directly to the room.
What I loved: Beautiful rooms, great service and stunning design through the property. Excellent job by Atlanta-based architects Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart and Associates, Inc. Almost a perfect business hotel.
What about the food: Great food. Breakfast, lunch and dinner of high quality. I can highly recommend one of their great Italian pizzas for lunch.
Number of rooms: 326.
Website: www.theleela.com.
Type of property: City Hotel.
Location: Chennai.
Complimentary internet: No.
Affiliations: None.
My overall impression: Great experience.




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ITC Sonar Kolkata

Introduction: ITC Sonar is located close to Kolkata's international airport and is part of Starwood's Luxury Collection.
Arrival experience: Warm welcome and escorted to the room.
What I loved: High level of service, rooms and facilities. Works very well as a great business hotel with everything you would expect.
What about the food: Great breakfast with large buffet and good snacks in the executive club.
Kindly note: Due to a camera problem, I don't have room photos in this review.
Number of rooms: 238.
Website: www.itchotels.in.
Type of property: City Hotel.
Location: Kolkata.
Complimentary internet: No.
Affiliations: None.
My overall impression: Great experience.

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Glenburn Tea Estate Darjeeling

Introduction: Glenburn Tea State is a small 8-room country inn, located near Darjeeling and with a membership of Kiwi Collection. The rooms are similar to a typical European inn with comfortable beds and Molton Brown amenities.
Arrival experience: Warm welcome from David and the team, followed by a welcome drink of your choice.
What I loved: Personalized service, beautiful surroundings and good food.
What about the food: Great lunch, good dinner and a very nice take away breakfast.
Number of rooms: 8 rooms.
Website: www.glenburnteaestate.com
Type of property: Country Inn.
Location: 1 hour from Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.
Facilities: None. This is a similar to a typical country inn in Europe.
Complimentary internet: No, no internet on the entire property. Something to be aware of.
Affiliations: Kiwi Collection.
My overall impression: Great experience.

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The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa

Introduction: The Khyber is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and is located just a short walk from the Gulmarg Gondola, the highest ski lift in the world.
Arrival experience: Warm welcome and a local welcome drink offered before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: The extraordinary rooms, surroundings and the small local touches that made it feel like a unique experience.
What about the food: Very good local cuisine.
Number of rooms: 85 rooms.
Website: www.khyberhotels.com
Type of property: Ski resort.
Location: Srinagar, Kashmir.
Complimentary internet: No.
Affiliations: Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
My overall impression: Great+ experience.

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JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity

Introduction: JW Marriott Aerocity is beautifuly new property, located only a few minutes from the international airport in New Delhi. The high level of service, facilities and design makes it one of the best properties in the JW Marriott-portfolio. The room are the best I've seen from Marriott yet with soft, comfortable beds, rain showers and Aromatherapy Associates products.
Arrival experience: Warm welcome with a drink and blessing before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: The fact that everything works in all areas. The professional service in all areas and the best JW Marriott rooms and executive lounge to date.
What about the food: Breakfast very good, but I was missing high quality items in the buffet.
Number of rooms: 523.
Website: www.marriott.com
Type of property: City/Airport hotel
Location: Near New Delhi Airport.
Facilities: Fitness Centre, Executive Lounge, Meeting Facilities.
Complimentary internet: Only in the lobby, chargeable in the rooms.
Affiliations: None.
My overall impression: Great experience.

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Shangri-La's Eros Hotel New Delhi

Introduction: Shangri-La's Eros Hotel is a 320-room business hotel with a central location in the busy city of New Delhi. The hotel has high level of service and facilities, while the rooms could need better beds and a separate shower from the bathtub. Overall a very safe choice and with complimentary internet access.
Arrival experience: Warm welcome with escort to the room.
What I loved: Professional run with all the services you need. Works as a great business hotel with Shangri-La's high standards.
What about the food: Good breakfast buffet, but could need more high quality items in their buffet.
Number of rooms: 320 rooms.
Website: www.shangri-la.com.
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: New Delhi, India
Facilities: Spa, fitness center, executive lounge and meeting facilities including business center.
Complimentary internet: Yes.
Affiliations: None.
My overall impression: Great experience.

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Shangri-La Hotel Dubai

Introduction: Located only 15 minutes from the international airport in Dubai, this Shangri-La hotel is an excellent 5-star hotel with great facilities, professional service, L'Occitane products, rainshowers and comfortable beds.
Arrival experience: Impressive. Warm welcome and escorted right to the room.
What I loved: The fact that everything worked perfectly. From the professional service to the excellent rainshower, the comfortable bed and not to forget an extraordinary club lounge called Horizon.
What about the food: Great lunch in their Chinese signature restaurant called Shang Palace.
Number of rooms: 301.
Website: www.shangri-la.com/dubai
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Dubai.
Facilities: Swimming pool, health club, club lounge, spa, business and meeting facilities.
Complimentary internet: Yes and very fast. Highly appreciated.
Affiliations: None.
My overall impression: Great experience.

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Mövenpick Hotel Sana'a

Introduction: Located 20 minutes from the international airport, Mövenpick is Sana's most expensive hotel with the facilities and rooms of an international 5-star business hotel.
Arrival experience: Quick check in. No escort to the room.
What I loved: Yemen is going through a difficult time and it was nice to experience a 5-star business hotel with nice rooms and good service.
What about the food: Good pizzas at the Italian restaurant. I checked out very early for my flight to Socotra and didn't have a chance to review their breakfast.
Number of rooms: 338.
Website: www.moevenpick-hotels.com
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Sana'a, Yemen.
Facilities: Fitness center, club lounge, meeting and business facilities.
Complimentary internet: No.
Affiliations: None.
My overall impression: Good experience.



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Sheba Hotel Sana'a

Introduction: Yemen is going through a difficult time and it lacks truly great 5-star hotels. One of the best is the former Taj Hotel called Sheba which still has very good rooms and friendly staff.
Arrival experience: Security check, quick check in. No escort to the room.
What I loved: The nice rooms and that things worked better than expected.
What about the food: Basic breakfast buffet, that could easily be improved.
Number of rooms: 200.
Website: www.shebahotel.com
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Sana'a, Yemen.
Facilities: Health club and business center.
Complimentary internet: No, 25 dollars pr. day. Not acceptable.
Affiliations: None.
My overall impression: Good experience.

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Djibouti Palace Kempinski

Introduction: With its beachfront location, a few minutes from both city centre and airport, Djibouti Palace Kempinski is a 5-star luxury hotel with surprisingly great service, beautiful surroundings and comfortable rooms.
Arrival experience: Warm welcome with a drink and towel before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: It is wonderful to travel the world and find great 5-star hotels in almost every country in the world. Djibouti is one of the smallest countries in Africa, but the hotel is a special local experience with all you expect from a 5-star property.
What about the food: Surprisingly good breakfast and dinner buffet.
Number of rooms: 320.
Website: www.kempinski.com
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Djibouti.
Facilities: Swimming pool, business center, meeting facilities, fitness center and apa.
Complimentary internet: Chargeable in room, complimentary in the business centre.
Affiliations: Kiwi Collection.
My overall impression: Great experience.

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The Boma Nairobi

Introduction: The Boma Nairobi is a 148-room business hotel and are supporting very cent of revenue to KRCS’s humanitarian work.
Arrival experience: Friendly welcome with a drink offered before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: The beautiful local design, the friendly Kenyan staff and the fact that they make a big difference for huminitarian work.
What about the food: Pretty good lunch and dinner at their Italian restaurant. Can't comment on the breakfast as I had to leave at 5 AM for the airport.
Number of rooms: 148.
Website: www.theboma.co.ke
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Nairobi.
Facilities: Swimming pool, fitness center, business facilities and a spa.
Complimentary internet: Yes, but could and should be faster.
Affiliations: None.
My overall impression: Great experience.

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Hemingways Nairobi

Introduction: Hemingways Nairobi is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, set in beautiful surroundings in Karen, just outside Nairobi. Each room has at least 80 square metres with freestanding bathtubs, comfortable beds and butler service.
Arrival experience: Warm welcome, offered a drink before being escorted to the room for in-room check in.
What I loved: The impressive design, freestanding bathtub, excellent rain showers and beautiful surroundings.
What about the food: Great dinner in their beautiful restaurant. Breakfast very pleasant with a buffet and ala carte choices.
Number of rooms: 45
Website: www.hemingsways-nairobi.com
Type of property: Country hotel.
Location: Karen, close to Nairobi, Kenya.
Facilities: Fitness center, swimming pool and spa.
Complimentary internet: Yes and quite fast.
Affiliations: Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
My overall impression: Great+ experience.

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Centara Grand Azuri Mauritius

Introduction: Centara Grand Azuri Resort & Spa Mauritius opened less than 2 months ago as Centara's second property in Mauritius. This property has 5-stars and excellent contemporary rooms with freestanding bathtubs and rainshowers.
Arrival experience:Warm welcome with a drink and towel before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: The rooms and the food. The service is already better than I expected for a new property and the excellent facilities makes it a true 5 star property.
What about the food:Excellent dinner buffet with high quality items. Breakfast very good, but with things to improve.
Number of rooms:100.
Website:www.centarahotelsresorts.com
Type of property:Beach Resort.
Location:Mauritius.
Facilities:Swimming pool, fitness centre and spa.
Complimentary internet:Yes, the fastest in Mauritius. Very impressive.
Affiliations:None.
My overall impression:Great experience.

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Heritage Le Telfair Mauritius

Introduction: Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort is one of the biggest properties in the Small Luxury Hotels of the World-collection. 158 rooms total and part of the big Heritage-complex including two other properties, Awali and The Villas which have a different design and target group. The rooms have rainshowers and comfortable beds and like the rest of the hotel, in a very colonial design.
Arrival experience: Nice welcome with a drink and towel offered before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: The public areas, the comfortable bed and the beautiful surroundings.
Number of rooms: 158.
Website: www.heritageresorts.mu
Type of property: Beach resort.
Location: Southern Mauritius.
Complimentary internet:Yes, but slow.
Affiliations: Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
My overall impression: Great experience.

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