How many hotels do you know of which are in the shape of a ship? Well The Westin Pune is.
Westin Hotels is a well renowned chain across the world and is a part of the Starwood Group. They sure are distinct when it comes to the location, ambiance, aesthetics and above all hospitality.
Westin located in Koregaon Park, Pune is in the shape of a gigantic boat overlooking the Mula Multha River.
Westin was host to the “Wines of India” – a wine tasting festival on 22nd September, 2013 which we wrote about earlier.
The hotel has an overwhelming feel about it right from the magnificent construction to the unique pool design. We checked in at around 12 noon on Sunday and were welcomed with a surprise. The hotel staff came with a thali full of fresh and fragrant flowers and a welcome drink.
They also greeted us by doing a kumkum tika on the forehead (traditional representation of respect and gratitude for a guest in India). This was for guests who came for the event, however I feel this should be a part of the hotel welcome for every guest.
The hotel has live installations by a famous architect Arzan Khambatta. The installations are inspired by human bodies. The colours and decor is so earthy owing to the shades of greens and browns.
A very soothing experience is bestowed within the hotel premises.
A quick shower (which was extremely unique again, placed on the ceiling of the shower room almost like rain shower) and we were off to Prego for the very famous and sumptuous brunch in Pune. We knew it would be difficult to describe the dishes in words so we used our camera.
- If you love Italian cuisine you have to be at Prego for their Sunday brunch. While interacting with the Chefs for dinner the previous night, we were told the sea food is cooked post a fresh catch on Saturday afternoon at the Mumbai shore.
- The bubblicious brunch is charged at Rs. 2999 (bubblicious because champagne is served with lunch).
Post brunch as we entered the room our first target was the bed (the signature heavenly bed, common to all the Westins worldwide) Okay not in a naughty way! Westin is particularly famous for the signature beds they have in their rooms.
Lying on the bed there were two questions running in my mind:
1) Do they import these beds from heaven?
2) How will we get out of this bed for the event at 4 pm?
The wine made us leave the bed for a while as we walked in for the “Wines of India” event at the Westin Lawns on the ground Floor. The event was about good food, lots of wine and 2 Spanish singers twisting and whirling on some classic English numbers. After the event, we took a walk along the hotel surroundings.
Located at a prime location in Pune, it has several nightclubs like Penthouze, popular malls and cinema. We returned to have dinner at Westin.
We were in the mood for authentic Indian food after having consecutive Italian meals over the last 24 hours. Kangan, their Indian restaurant is a part of many Westins across the country and a few even abroad.
A special festival was on during our visit. Chefs from Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune created a special menu, combining delicacies from across the three states and presenting these through the menu. We happily chose to settle for Kangan to get a taste of these Indian traditional dishes.
Westin believes in an open kitchen concept at all their restaurants but as the Indian cooking style involves lots of oil and masala aroma, the kitchen is covered in a Kangan shaped glass to avoid polluting the air.
You can still see the chefs in action through the glass maintaining the transparency. They also have ceiling lights in the shape of 3 intertwined Kangans, matching perfectly with the theme.
We ordered “Sabz Dahi Ke Kofte” (Rs. 450) with “Roomali Jeera” (Rs. 150) and “Sheermal” (Rs. 150) (saffron flavored Hyderabadi special roti sweetened with milk). And we felt like singing this song for the food – “Tareef Karun Kya Uski…Jisne Tumhe Banaya”. The sabzi was mouth watering with one of the best tasting gravies ever.
The uniqueness in taste was a result of the perfect blend of dahi with spices and beautiful soft koftas. The breads were cooked and presented very well too. We ate the Classic Rasmalai (Rs. 185) post dinner. Small, dainty and tasteful, the sweet was just perfect. Though since I am from the North, I get a chance to have the bigger and tastier Rasmalai there.
Taking a walk along the hotel lobby we bumped into few friends we had met while socializing at the “Wines of India” event, post dinner. They were at the Mix@36 lounge bar next to Kangan. We joined them for a while and had fun gossiping and chilling on the super comfy bean bags in the open balcony outside the lounge.
We had decided to leave after saying Hi but the open deck area was addictive. The bar is open only till 1 am but you can hang out in the open area till 4am in the morning. Pune nights are usually cold so its the perfect place to have late night coffee or drinks.
The day was close to a perfect ending after indulging into exquisite wines and appetizing food all the day. All I needed was to a good sound sleep which was imperative on the Westin heavenly beds.
Thing2gether.com is a love-life story of an Indian Couple, Apeksha & Vishal – sharing dramatic journeys and adventure tales to build a dream life.