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Hyderabad Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre

Hyderabad Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre
Devyani Srivastava / fullhyd.com
Overlook the very bourgeoisie Tank Bund road that sits on its fancy fringes; like most ritzy hotels, the Hyderabad Marriott And Convention Centre (the erstwhile Viceroy Hotel) is not for 'pedestrian' traffic, pun intended.

To begin with, the cobble-stoned path connecting the main gate to its rather unimpressive entrance has been macadamized for the gently rolling tyres of a corporate-driven Mercedes Benz, not for those who don Kohlapuri slippers. As for ladies sporting spiked heels, they will simply have to brave the crossing (and later perhaps, foot the hefty bill, equally bravely).

Once inside the modestly-sized lobby (the lounge is open for meals and serves exquisite gourmet coffee) and about the hotel, you observe, once again, that the Hyderabad Marriott is similar to its revered counterparts in the hospitality industry. It bears all the usual signatures; let us commence with the small gift shop situated on the same level as the lobby.

It houses a meager collection of costly coffee-table books, as well as exotic artifacts (Hyderabad's famous lac glass bangles, a pictorially beautified hukka and imported tea canters are some of them) carefully selected for - and purchased by those - with a discerning eye and a fat bank balance, usually foreigners (of whom Hyderabad Marriott seems to have no dearth of).

Stroll through the gleaming, off-white and brown marbled foyer towards Okra, the "city's culinary theatre", and you will encounter more foreign faces, briskly consuming meals fit for royalty, round-the-clock.

The aroma of freshly powdered doughnuts lingers teasingly on your senses before a flash of blue from outside interrupts, beckoning you - the poolside, which sits in the shadow of this 7-storied building, presents a serene picture, while the pool itself is rather shallow at approximately 4 feet.

On the other side of this same level lies the super-expensive Bidri, the Indian cuisine restaurant open exclusively for dinner. Bidri, with its dark interiors, wide chairs and lac bangle napkin-rings, reeks of sophistication.

Gain a high at the Bridge Bar, facing the Hussain Sagar Lake at a higher level. Or pound the treadmills lining the black-marbled floors of the Lakeview Fitness Centre on the top floor, with Hyderabad lying sprawled beneath. Adjacent to it is The Club House, the executive lounge, where guests with extra privileges can down an all-American breakfast with a breath-taking, full-frontal view of the Hussain Sagar, complete with bobbing sailboats, and beyond.

Also in alignment with other plush hotels, Hyderabad Marriott, like Novotel at Hi-Tec City, is in the midst of constructing a spa on its premises.

In all its indistinct glory, there are some things about Hyderabad Marriott that nevertheless stand out as unmistakably Marriott - the trademark muted brown stone that makes up the building, and the neutral-colored, well-furbished bedrooms (there are 297 of them) among them.

Hyderabad Marriott is, overall and surprisingly, somewhat less grand than the other 5-star properties in Hyderabad. One reason for this may be that it has not been developed as a luxury property, like athe Taj Krishna. Hyderabad Marriott is a business property. (The first-floor is littered with business centres, while the massive, state-of-the-art Convention Centre is one of the city's best).

Another may be that the Hyderabad Marriott has been re-designed largely vertically. Frugal horizontal development, by way of vast lawns etc, makes it seem much smaller than it perhaps is. However, in all likelihood, this will change in the near future. The hotel is literally going to expand its wings; the adjoining plot of land is a crater on the threshold of activity...
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  • Address
    Opposite Hussain Sagar Lake Facing Buddha Statue, Tank Bund Road, Secunderabad - 500080
  • Telephone
    040-2752-2999, 040-2752-2752
  • Fax
    2752-2888
  • Email
  • Distance
  • Website
  • Sub-Categories
  • Other Categories
    Airport Shuttle, Banquet Facilities, Bar, Business Center, In-Room Phone, In-Room TV, Massage/Spa, Minibar, Pool, Rail/Air Bookings, Restaurants, Room Service, 24-Hour Room Service, Suites, Tour Desk, Gift Shop, Concierge, Currency Exchange, Free Voice Mail, Interpretation/Translation Facilities
  • Price Range
    Rs. 9,500 - Rs. 45,000
  • Features
    Facilities A/C Rooms, Alarm Clock, Bottled Water, Coffee Maker, Tea Service, Crib, Electrical Adaptors, Indisvidual Climate Control, Iron And Ironing Board, Luxurious Bedding - Down Comforters, Custom
  • Year Started
  • Timings
    24 Hours
  • Closed On
    No Day
  • Prices
    Rooms: Rs. 10,000 ($225 USD)-Rs. 15,000(355 USD)-Rs. 70,000 ($1750 USD), Convention Center will cost Rs. 4 Lakhs Approximately.
  • Payment Option(s)
    Cash, Credit Cards
  • Other
  • Closest Bus Stop
    Tank Bund Busstop
  • Closest MMTS Station
    Necklace Road
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kishore on 19th Feb 2009, 11:44am | Permalink
great hotel
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