Standard Room at Novotel, Pune

By Mridula on December 17, 2013
in Canon D550, Hotels, India, Maharashtra, Photography

Last week I spent two nights at Novotel, Pune (on invitation). The more I interact with hotels, the more I realize that new ones go for a soft launch initially. That way they get a lot of feedback. I was there for the formal launch of Novotel Pune. But without further delay, here is my room experience. I had a standard room at Novotel, Pune.

Room at Novotel, Pune

The Standard Room at Novotel, Pune

I prefer to click a hotel room as soon as I enter, because within no time I mess it up! So here is how my room looked when I entered it. The room was well lit, major light switches were next to the bed. The bed was comfortable, and I had good sleep on both the nights. I guess the AC is centrally controlled and ran at 23 degrees most of the time.

As you can see the room has a wall TV, a mini bar, tea kettle and two half liters (or smaller) complimentary water. The tea bags are Twinnings. The room had a wardrobe space and a safe too. Even though Novotel is a mid segment hotel worldwide they are positioning it as an upscale property in India. You can see a video of the same room here. I searched for room rates and right now I could get the same room for two nights at 12457 Indian rupees right now.

Novotel, Pune

Novotel, Pune

The bathroom was clean and functional. It has a shower that has good pressure and plenty of hot water. There is no bathtub but for the price I won’t expect it as well. Two things surprised me though, there was no body lotion in the bathroom. This I can still try to understand, this could be a Novotel policy for a standard room. But the shampoo and shower gel bottles are difficult to open with wet hands, for me the caps were too tight.

Overall, a good room with no major glitches. The airport is about 10 minutes drive. The hotel will appeal to the commercial first.  But they have a xBox in the lobby and I saw parents struggling to drag their children away from that area.

Virtual Concierge

Virtual Concierge at Novotel, Pune

There was a virtual concierge in the lobby and I did try to explore it. I particularly used their send a message feature. It allows you to send a Tweet, email or Facebook update. After sending the message if you go away, it automatically logs you out. Novotel Pune is situated to a busy highway. However, the rooms have excellent sound proofing. The rooms are absolutely quiet. Overall, I found Novotel Pune an efficient hotel.

I was invited by Novotel Pune to attend their launch and stay with them.

18 thoughts on “Standard Room at Novotel, Pune

  1. Tushar

    Nice post/hotel review specially when you were on invitation and you mentioned honestly what you did not understand and find difficult.
    Keep traveling, Keep writing..

  2. Richa Singh

    It does look like a good place. But I find that considering the rates which is close to 6k a night, the room doesn’t look to be that good. Only my personal viewpoint..

    1. Mridula Post author

      They are brand new to the market Canary. But you are right, at the airport we could see so many brand names on placards! Almost everyone is in Pune.


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