A view of the Hussain Sagar while sipping tea in the comforts of your hotel room has been the exclusive property of one hospitality
all these years, and has been more or less out of the reach of the middle-class hoi polloi.
But Expotel, a 4-star hotel promising the comforts of a 5-star, is steadily raising its head against this hegemony, and provides exquisite accomodation and dining options without the possibility of you going broke.
While the Deluxe Rooms (Rs. 5,000, single bed) come with LCD TVs, mini bars, electronic safes, tea/coffee makers, Wi-Fi and spiffy bathrooms with shower cubicles (at the time of writing in March, 2011), the Superior Rooms (Rs. 6,000) are larger, with added gym and spa amenities for the occupants.
The Junior Suites (Rs. 7,000, single bed) come with comfy ante chambers and master bedrooms. The larger Executive Suites come at Rs. 8,000 (single bed), and are aditionally equipped with bathtubs.
Apart from these, there are the triple occupancy rooms, which are apt for a stay with your family. Guests can avail themselves of different packages on the basic rates of these rooms, to include spa and dining offers.
While the hotel's coffee shop, Cafe Pearl, goes beyond its name and offers multi-cuisine grub, on the anvil are The Cake Shop, Haveli and Sirocco (a roof-top dining experience) which the hotel says will leave food lovers spoilt for choice.
The lounge bar is a cozy retreat in the lobby to unwind over drinks after a tiring day.
The hotel boasts of one of the most elaborate banquet facilities in the city, with The Platinum Hall (maximum capacity: 1,200) and The Copper Hall (maximum capacity: 200).
Keeping in mind the increasing need of corporates, the hotel is also coming up with 4 board rooms, with capacities ranging between 25 and 35 persons.
Not reneging on its promise to provide a 5-star experience, the hotel is also planning a swimming pool, a health club and spa, and a shopping arcade.
Expotel, with its understated elegance, warm staff and giant strides towards the future, will inevitably turn out the favourite of many who would like to combine functional comfort and the charm which that part of the city is known to possess.