We spent 10 weeks in India, because my wife had an internal consulting project over there. She was stationed in Gurgaon, a suburb of New Delhi. With 1,7 mio people living there, it’s the size of our home town, Hamburg. It developed in the last years to cater for the outsourcing needs of western corporations.
We had the choice betweeen a Courtyard Marriott and the Doubletree Gurgaon. After evaluating the points value, we decided for the Doubletree Gurgaon. It’s a 14 story highrise on a 6 lane road. Before entering the premises the car is checked for explosives, as everywhere in India.
This is the main lobby and the casual bistro/cafe in the background with international fare. After our exhausting travel there I first had a burger. My mistake, it was bison, not beef and not tasty. In the back on the left side they had some outside seating.
We received daily dinner/lunch buffet vouchers for the main restaurant. They also had a pretty cool bar with a patio. Unfortunately drinks came with a hefty price tag. 5 € for local beer, 10 € for a glass of local wine. Once we went for food in the fine dining restaurant “Casablanca” with Mark, another guest we met in the Lounge. We paid the food (around 100 € for 3), he paid the wine: 750 € for 2 bottles of red wine, which would have cost 100 € at home… We should have paid attention the the price, but after some drinks at the bar…. At least he could expense it.
Our first room was in on the fourth floor with a noisy construction site in front of the window. After some negotiations and because of my HHonors Gold card (the room was booked in my wifes name) we were upgraded to an Executive Room next to the Executive Lounge, facing the other side. The room itself was the same, but we got lounge access now.
The room had a king size bed, a full sized desk with a comfy chair and a 42″ flat screen TV.
Housekeeping was creative regarding the towels. Most of the housekeepers were male by the way. A first for me.
The desk I spent 3 months on. I could connect the flat screen tv for a second display.
Plenty of storage available.
Bathroom with more than enough space to store cosmetics.
The shower was slightly misconstructed. The floor was tilted to the wrong size, resulting in the water not running off. Had to be done manually every day by housekeeping. We asked for another room, but it seems like every room had this issue. After a few days they found one without, but we prefered to stay next to the lounge.
They had a small pool area with very comfortable lounge chairs. In January/February the shower was freezing cold, but in March I could swim everyday.
The Executive Lounge had a balcony. Unfortunately without seating.
In the front you see very basic buildings. The higher ones are luxury apartments for expats. More expensive than apartments back in Germany.
The Executive Lounge had 2 floors. One main floor with TV, table seating and the buffet. From 6 – 8 pm everyday there was a happy hour and Rajan & Naveen served Chardonnay and other drinks every day.
Sometimes I retreated to the upper level of the Executive Lounge to get some work done.
For breakfast we had the choice between the downstairs restaurant and the lounge. Most of the time we opted for the lounge. Buffet was limited, but we could order all kind of warm dishes. My wife mostly had fruits or omelette for breakfast.
I was feeling adventurous and got the local breakfast. I could eat it for the first 8 weeks, but got really sick one day and couldn’t see it anymore.
Buffet was mostly Indian food. One day I discovered German Potato Salad. It didn’t have much to do with German Potatoe Salad and I am pretty sure it’s the same as the one labeled “Russian Potatoe Salad” the day before…
My loneley lunch breaks in the sun..
A country where you are not allowed to celebrate national holidays with a drink, sounds strange to me. But I guess they have a huge problem with binge drinking.
Most of the time, we left the hotel with Sandeep, our personal driver. But once we explored the local market…
That’s the street in front of the hotel. There was seldom a separation of cars and pedestrians.
If the local police doesn’t help you, you have to help yourself.
We met Mark, a guy from Chicago in the Lounge and had a little party in his Junior Suite, he got because he was HHonors Diamond. We bought sweet coconuts on the street, had them cleaned by Rajan in the Lounge and got some Ice and Rum. A delicous drink.
On our last day, Rajan and Naveen organized a farewell party for the two of us.
Especially sweet was the cake with the perfect German farewell greetings.
Spending 3 months in a hotel without the possibility to cook yourself or even opening a window is exhausting. But this hotel and especially the lounge staff made sure to take the best of care of us every day.
When Hilton announced the points devaluation and we saw our Maldives Honeymoon fade away, they found a way to credit our points early. It was our first contact with Hotel Elite Status and now we are addicts.