Business Traveller (India)

The Ritz-Carlton, Pune

- Nisha Shro

The address spoils its guests with world-class luxury and signature Marriott hospitalit­y

BACKGROUND A paragon of luxury, this is the first Ritz-Carlton-branded property in Pune, and the second in India after Bengaluru.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? The three-storey tall lobby welcomes me with an easy check-in process. Guests can also opt for in-room check-in available via the Marriott Bonvoy app. The design of the hotel’s lobby, and social and meeting venues is very grand featuring a mix of Art-Deco, Maratha heritage, British and modern influences, accompanie­d by alluring views of the city’s skyline and the Poona Golf Course — an enchanting sight to behold.

The grandeur of the beige-gold lobby is magnified by two large chandelier­s that also added a golden glow to my walk in.

Notably, the hotel’s stunning landscape makes it an incredible city landmark.

WHERE IS IT? A 10 minutes’ drive from Pune Internatio­nal Airport, the hotel is located on the downtown business district. It takes about three hours by road from Mumbai.

ROOMS The hotel houses 198 guestrooms and 35 plush suites. I stayed in a Club King Golf View room on the 16th floor which had massive glass panels with magnificen­t views of the verdant Golf Course and the city. The white, grey colour theme decor with a combinatio­n of wooden and bold furnishing makes this an enchanting abode. The room comes with a kingsize bed, a plush sofa and a comfortabl­e chair, an LED TV, a bar cabinet featuring a Nespresso machine and an in-room refrigerat­or. The bath area is equipped with Asprey London amenities.

FOOD AND DRINK The hotel has a vibrant collection of F&B o”erings. I had dinner at Ukiyo, a modern Japanese restaurant and bar that celebrates Asian cuisine with great finesse. Sushi platter, Japanese sake and tantalisin­g robata grill are must-haves here.

I spent my golden hour at the chic rooftop lounge Aasmana serving a selection of crafted beverages and creations from the royal kitchens of India such as delectable kebabs, spiced sweet potato cakes, seafood dishes, tandoori chicken tikka and Lucknowi biryani to name a few. Chef Qureshi prepared a scrumptiou­s bajra salad with hung yogurt for me. For mains, I had dal aasmana which was cooked overnight and the rich flavour left a lasting impact on me.

Redefining the city’s social scene is the hotel’s signature Afternoon Tea experience (read the full review on businesstr­

A healthy avocado toast and a cup of a flat white is all that I needed for a happy breakfast hence in the morning I headed to the Three Kitchens and Bar, an all-day dining outlet, which serves plenty of Indian and internatio­nal cuisine.

MEETINGS Each event space comes with an adjoining outdoor/deck area. This combinatio­n works well in a city where the climate is salubrious. The elegantly designed The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom is an interestin­g pick for weddings. There is also the Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge. And the stunning wedding studio will help you curate a wedding with bespoke services.

LEISURE I indulged in a 60-minute signature spa that included a steam and sauna. My masseuse started with a foot cleansing ritual followed by a full-body massage done with a rose and geranium Forest Essentials oil in a soft-lit room with calming music and soothing scents. The pool is also open for a refreshing dip.

VERDICT The address spoils its guests with world-class luxury and signature Marriott hospitalit­y.


Sundowner at Aasmana


A Japanese meal at Ukiyo


Upwards of ₹10,500


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