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.

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Canary December 19, 2013 at 3:19 pm

As always, a fair review.. though they do have a lot of competition from new players in the market…

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Mridula December 21, 2013 at 7:25 pm

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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Richa Singh December 18, 2013 at 5:20 pm

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..

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Mridula December 21, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Richa 6K is nothing in big hotels, that is what my experience says. Almost everyone starts at 14K!

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Anki S December 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Cool.Looks like a pretty decent place.

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Mridula December 21, 2013 at 7:26 pm

It was a decent place Anki.

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Maniparna Sengupta Majumder December 18, 2013 at 1:53 pm

The room is really nice and cozy..thanks for sharing the info..

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Mridula December 21, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Thank you Maniparna.

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r ramakrishnan December 18, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Nice hotel and lovely well equipped rooms.

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Mridula December 21, 2013 at 7:28 pm

It was a good place Rama.

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rupam { xhobdo } December 18, 2013 at 10:59 am

So nice, Thanks a lot for sharing.

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Mridula December 21, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Thank you Rupam.

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Tushar December 18, 2013 at 9:43 am

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..

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Mridula December 21, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Thank you Tushar I am learning all the time.

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KVVS MURTHY December 18, 2013 at 7:00 am

Good to know it…interesting!

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Mridula December 21, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Thank you Murthy.

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Barry E Warren December 17, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Looks like a nice place, Is it located in a area close to eating places and historic sites ?

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Mridula December 21, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Barry this is more of a business hotel in a business area but Pune is not a big city.

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