The Gateway Hotel Ambad, Nasik
P 17, MIDC Ambad Mumbai - Agra National Highway Nashik
Phone Number +91-0253-6692300 www.tajhotels.com
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Firstly, I would like to say in The Gateway Hotel at Nasik is a gorgeous property nestled in the heart of the city, yet so cut-off from the chaos of the town. The sprawling garden with a banayan tree right at its heart is perfect for late evening strolls and early morning jogs. I visited the property with my family in the month of December last year and it was a welcome break from our busy lives . . The weather was pleasantly cold, the temperature dropping to as low as 10 degrees in the wee hours of the morning. The hotel itself was very warm and hospitable, with the staff making sure that we had a comfortable stay with them. The food too was yummy, especially the Maharashtrian Veg Thali and the Malwani style chicken preparation. The breakfast buffet was crowded by the time we reached, yet the service was quick and food quite scrumptious. Please do opt to have the breakfast in the garden area as it is just perfect in the mornings. The pool is also quite a beautiful sight. Unfortunately, with the dropping temperatures and the short time, we were unable to go for a swim. The staff also arranged for us to visit Sula Wines for a wine tasting experience. It was splendid and quite informative. The hotel driver was a very sweet and nice guy, who was very helpful and even gave suggestions on places to visit. Overall, I would recommend the place to anyone who is visiting the city.
We visited Nashik for an extended weekend as a belated birthday celebration for my husband. The idea was to do something relaxed, yet a little different from the usual beaching in sweltering Goa. With a luxurious yet affordable Taj property, the much talked about and way overdue attraction- the Sula vineyards, and all of this just over 3 hours away on a lovely open road. It sounded like the perfect weekend getaway. But manage to surprise us it did; with an experience that surpassed all our expectations. The drive was lovely, especially the winding roads through the hills near Igatpuri and Orange city. We ended up arriving in Nashik at 12pm. 2 whole hours before check-in time at the Gateway Hotel at Ambad. Large and intricate iron gates open into an endless driveway that slopes gracefully past royal looking gardens and tennis courts, to end in a small but elegant porch, where efficient valet and bellboys quickly helped us and our luggage to the reception. While driving into Nashik, the courteous reception staff on the other end of the phone had enthusiastically informed us that our room would indeed be ready by the time we entered the lobby. And ready it was, an early check in with a free room upgrade and a quick whisper from the receptionist checking when I would like them to deliver my husband's birthday cake to the room. (It was done rather efficiently while we were out at dinner that night. The lobby was open with several clusters of richly furnished sofas and couches, leading to a gorgeous terrace area. The white latticed veranda with it's white wrought iron furniture and lamps was reminiscent of Jaipur. Walking down the aisle, on the 2nd floor, we really got a sense of the history and heritage of this hotel that looks like a royal Maharashtrian residence. All the fittings were expensive and old wood. The room was a much needed haven of reconditioning from the sweltering Nashik heat. The Superior room was a lovely old world room with high ceilings, wood benches, a chest of drawers with intricate brass accents in gold polish, built in cupboards with latticed doors and a soft luxurious bed. No goose down pillows here though. The flip side was the heartburn the new fake looking wood finish flooring stickers. I really wish they had maintained the old flooring that I'm sure they had. But the bathrooms were modern. Smooth granite walls and counters, rough granite flooring, and an unparalleled shower experience with shower heads spouting high pressure water at three different levels. The downside here was the lack of a bidet. Rather shocking. This hotel, which would probably qualify as a 3-4 star else where, is the most luxurious experience that Nashik has to offer. People are friendly, the place is clean, service is impeccable, but the infrastucture leaves a lot to be desired if you are used to a lot more. The hotel has a large, beautifully shaped swimming pool with a maximum depth of 5 feet. Set amongst a lush garden with white wrought iron latticed garden furniture and a smattering of deck chairs, the pool is serviced efficiently Apart from the tennis courts at the entrance, there is also a small basketball hoop, table tennis court and gymnasium flanking the poolside. There is also a rather basic but clean salon which is most efficient. As I mentioned earlier, Nashik really isn't that cosmopolitan, so while considering dining options, it really is your best bet to stick to what they know best - Indian cuisine. Their Indian restaurant - Panchratna has been recently reopened and serves up some good Rajasthani and Mughlai food (some of the dishes are an attempt at fusion plated cuisine a la Vineet Bhatia, but not quite there in terms of the drama of flavours and textures). We tried grilled chicken drumsticks stuffed with akuri, and while it wasn't bad, it didn't really impress us. The mains however, was quite literally breathtaking. Khandeshi cuisine is the local Maharashtrian fare, and a really spice mutton Khandeshi left us breathing fire, but enjoying every bite of it. The chef informed us that in order to keep the authenticity of the dishes, they invite housewives who cook it the traditional way to come into their kitchens and cook a few plates of the dish of the day. So it did have a nice rustic feel to it, and yes, that secret ingredient, love. Served with bhakri (a bread made of jowar or bajra) this was most certainly an unforgettable meal. The desserts however sounded rather uninspiring. The other dining option at The Gateway is their all day dining restaurant called 'Gateway All Day'. They serve up a buffet at dinner, which is a quite the medley of South Indian, North Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine. From the appetizers all the way to dessert, I would strongly recommend sticking to Indian, because, while the Indian food was delicious, well, they just don't get Continental cuisine. Adjacent to the restaurant is Somras - the bar, which apart from a couple of local gents is usually empty. You'll find the standard alcohol varieties here, but don't expect the cocktails to be anything more than mediocre. The friendly staff however, does make up in terms of a delightful experience. One of them was so saddened that we hadn't done the tourist attractions like the caves and temples, he even brought us a detailed docket for our next trip to Nashik. At the end of our two night- three day stay at The Gateway Hotel, we were obviously delighted, felt pampered, and pleased with the enjoyable experience. It surpassed our expectations, which is why although I doubt we'll ever return to Nashik, I'm glad we went.
It was amazing to b with this hotel during our stay. The hospitality and welcoming was to admirable. The comfort inside the rooms was satisfactory. The food and the variety offered was suited to all age groups. Overall experience with the hotel was good.
The hotel was too fun and relaxing. Never had such a comfort and mood relaxed. Surely deserves 7 stars. Planning for one more holiday here in next winter. Taj Hotel is really a brand. The food is very nice. Service is also too good. Scene is memorable. City is also nice. Great experience.
I like the hotel, it's location, food and services was excellent !! I recommend this hotel for pleasure and leisure. The room location was good; WiFi complementary was there along with good parking space! My Overall experience was good! After all it is part of Taj Group! Finally I would say "wah Taaj".
The Gateway Hotel Ambad is ranked #1 among the 389 hotels in Nasik with an average rating of 5.9 out of 7. It is one of the 6, 4-star in Nasik. It is part of the "The Gateway Hotels" chain of hotels in India. On HolidayIQ, it has a total of 143 photos, 343 text reviews and 1 video reviews. it is rated top for its Service, Front Office and Appearance. It was also named winner of the Better Holiday Awards in 2017 under Great Location.
The online booking price of the hotel ranges between Rs 7,700 to Rs 8,400 per night. The hotel offer 148 rooms to check availability or to avail complimentary breakfast, we recommend contacting the hotel to check if the final tariff includes it.
The ambience and the location of the hotel makes it a suitable option for variety of travellers. Family (50%) and Couple (31%) are the most common type of travellers that like to stay here. 64% of guests enjoy the hotel's relaxed environment, whereas 10% have rated the ambience as romantic.
Although the hotel is a suitable stay option throughout the year for travellers, book your accommodation in the months of Oct, Nov and Dec for the best experience.
The Gateway Hotel Ambad is located at Bombay Agra Road . Morwadi Datta Mandir (2 Kms), Sai Highway Mandir (2 Kms), Siddhi Vinayak Ganesh Mandir (2 Kms), Pradeshik Vastu Sanghralay (2 Kms) and Buddha Smarak (2 Kms) are some of the popular sightseeing attractions located near the hotel.
The hotel ensures you are well taken care of during your stay. By providing free wifi access, the hotel makes sure you are always connected to the internet. It has a lovely outdoor swimming pool where you can take a quick dip or just relax your muscles after a long day of sightseeing.
Other amenities include Laundry Services, Restaurant, Doctor On Call, Parking Facility and Room Service. For checkin and checkout time, we suggest contacting the hotel.
If you are in need for airport transfers or require a car for sightseeing around the city or you have to do an early check-in, then we recommend contacting the hotel directly and requesting for these additional services. All of the available amenities ensure your stay is enjoyable and free from any hassles.
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