The Machan Lonavala
The Machan Lonavala

Boutique hotels come as a breath of fresh air and an alternative option to the five-star rated franchises, says Farhana Madar.

When the travel bug bites and hotel reservations and travel arrangements are in full swing, most of us invariably choose that of which we are familiar with. There’s always a longing to go back to a well acclaimed hotel chain that has rendered its hospitality exquisitely and in return provided comfort and a home away from home for us.

Nevertheless, if you’re in search of a completely unique experience, and intend to look out of the box of five star-rated franchises, boutique hotels come as a breath of fresh air and an alternative option, recently, one that is picking up copious popularity.

Why, you may wonder? Consider that while staying in an anti-chain luxury dig wouldn’t cost any less than a regular hotel; what makes choosing these lifestyle inspired hotels special is the fact that they are theme based – From artsy and crafty, to regal and royal and a caboodle in between.

Accommodating 50 rooms on average, boutique hotels always bring about an element of surprise – Free of cost goodies on arrival, to enchanting works of art or perhaps the boundless pampering all day, every day.

So, as you browse through our handpicked boutique hotels around the country, ask yourself, which of these sweet havens catches your utmost attention? So as to ebulliently plan your next short excursion!

Abode Boutique Hotel, Mumbai:

Nestled in Colaba, the southernmost tip of Mumbai city stands Abode Boutique Hotel, a gadabout’ refuge from the mundane yet manic everyday life.

This luxury dig is conceptualized on the basis of what was once our Bombay and now is our Aamchi Mumbai – Bedside tables made from chaat-stands, library shelves inspired by the cities roadside bookstores and a lobby area with a café heartened by Mumbai’s street food – is just an outline of Abode’s antique meets contemporary decor.

Co-Founder of Abode Boutique Hotel, Abedin Sham shares, “From the booking process to our travel company, to our rooms and design, everything is unique. Our rooms are made with recycled furniture; we haven’t bought anything new as we try to keep a low carbon footprint.”

He adds, “Abode is extremely design focus. We try to maximize the use of space by matching functionality and design.”

The Machan, Lonavala:

Bedded in cloud-pillows, 1000 ft. above Lonavala cushions The Machan – A picturesque boutique hotel in the scenic Western Ghats. For nature lovers or anybody that’s yearning for a  weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life, what awaits you are lush forest greens,  rhapsodies of birds, crisp fresh air, tranquility and bolts of freedom in your very own tree-house.

Varun, Partner at The Machan expresses, “Currently we have 23 Award Winning Tree Houses dotted across our 25 acre property. This allows us to offer over 1 acre of green space per Machan, thus reducing the stress on the forest while providing a private and serene experience to all our guests.”

He continues, “At The Machan our focus lies on guest experience. From offering you a cocoon of comfort in our lofty Glass and Wood Tree Houses that offer magnificent forest views from 45 ft. up in the air to our daily guided nature trails and personal yoga sessions, everything is focused on escaping the daily grind.”

The Promenade Pondicherry
The Promenade Pondicherry

The Promenade, Pondicherry:

As the name rightly suggests, this beautiful sea-facing property is built at a prime location – The French Quarters of Pondicherry where one can kick back and repose to a rhythmic slow dance of rippled waves.

“I’m a regular at The Promenade. I just love the ambience out here, the food and finally and most importantly, the staff.” reads one of the many reviews in The Promenade’s guestbook.

To ensure guests with a frolic-filled as well as a peaceful stay, the hotel property boasts with much joie de vivre.

Elaborating on the same, Brand Manager Hidesign, Dipen Desai, informs, “We have a boutique 38 room property by the sea with modern design and amenities like our multi cuisine 24 hour restaurant, a special pan Asian roof top restaurant, a leather upholstered bar, patio with a stone pizza oven, and lounge pool designed by tropical landscape master Made Wijaya, a luxury spa and an exclusive Pondicherry designer store are all housed in a traditional Pondicherry exterior.”

Haveli Dharampura
Haveli Dharampura

Haveli Dharampura, Delhi:

Restored and rediscovered from what once was, a ground of shambles is Haveli Dharampura, a  majestic world of rich history, culture and architecture – A time-loop to the supreme Mughal era, where beyond the gates lies a three-storey mansion cynosure of rich colours – sandstone, arabesque and marble work, along with a heritage fantasy life.

To share his personal visitors review, travel photographer and blogger, Prasad Np expresses, “I have been to The Haveli now more than once with friends that make visits to Delhi.  Haveli Dharampura comes as a unique attempt to revive not just an Old mansion and convert it into a Boutique Hotel but also the cultural and culinary traditions of Old Delhi that has the essence of Mughal, British, and Rajputana influences.”

He continues, “Each room of the Haveli has been restored around the original structure and the original carved stone pillars retaining the charm of a bygone era while providing all modern amenities.”

Hotel Parc Estique, Pune:

Situated next to Phoenix Market City, a shopper’s paradise is this little Boutique Hotel. The smaller the hotel, the more pride taken in assisting to the whims and fancies of their patrons – Parc Estique is no different. Whether planning a trip to Pune for a weekend escapade or purely for business purposes, this gem of a hotel ticks all the right boxes of luxury and first class hospitality.

“The uniqueness of our property and the experience during stays goes beyond the collection of Loyalty Points. Estique is for travelers who are tired of staying in lodgings that all look the same, while adding excitement to travel in the form of a fully functional business hotel that also offers striking design, ultra-social amenities and a friendly, upbeat service culture at prices attractive to the business traveler.” Shares Jai Advani, Managing Director.

He concludes, “We aim to be different and each property designed uniquely different from the other”

(To receive our E-paper on whatsapp daily, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

Free Press Journal