Crowne Plaza Pune was earlier a Marriott hotel which was sold to its current owner and he has made a few minor changes. The hotel is present in the city center and is very close to Pune Railway station. It is also close to Sheraton Grand Pune.
My check-in was smooth. I was here for an event and so, everything was looked over by the organizers.
As I entered my room, the old feels of Crowne Plaza came rushing in on me. However, I found the size of the room a little small and there was lack of lighting too. I couldn’t click good pictures due to low light conditions.
As you open the door, there is an oblong table on the left. A TV is mounted on the table and there is a nice roller chair for work. The location of the study table is perfect and over-seeing the window.
Within the same unit, there is everything from a mini bar to extra drawers.
On the right side, there was the washroom and a double bed. They don’t have any double beds in better rooms. You can only request for a king size room.
At the corner of the room is a lounge chair by the window with an ottoman in front of it.
The switches were new but clumsy. One has to push them multiple times to turn on or off.
The view from the room was of lots of greens and you could see the overbridge for Pune Central railway station. Some hillocks can also be seen in the distance.
The washroom was on the smaller side.
As you go in, the toilet is right in front of you. That too, with no bidet.
On the left was a round sink with small sides to it. It seemed even smaller because the hotel had their own amenities placed on them. It felt a little tight to shave there.
The shower cabin was nice but there was no overhead shower and only the hand-held shower that one needs to lock up and get decent pressure. I am not a fan of hand held shower as they can’t provide a stronger pressure if one needs it. They just get the job done. There is no luxury to it.
As in most of the IHG properties in India, they provide biotique products which I am not a fan of.
I didn’t get a chance to visit the Fitness center. However, the property has a nice pool around the dining area downstairs. Although it feels less private when you are swimming there, it makes for a good view when you are dining.
- Food and BeverageI had a brunch there but couldn’t get many pictures because it was extremely crowded. However, I did get some photos of the breakfast next day.
I found the spread average. There was no preparation for any allergen based food. The chef wasn’t creative enough to provide customization of dishes. I asked him to serve me something local and he told me that it couldn’t be done.
Most of the items on the food were standard like the ones you can expect of any other breakfast buffet.
The buffet was decent but I won’t go out of the way to dine in it. You can enjoy the pictures here.
I found the hotel service on the slower end. They would take forever to get something. I didn’t order anything in the room, so I don’t know much about that part.
The dining area was a mess though. They kept mixing up the orders. You would have to wait for a while for them to restock the consumed items. There was a lot of waiting that got the guests to queue up over food.
I thought the hotel was decent for limited luxury. However, for Crowne Plaza, this one gets the lowest rank out of all that I have visited till date. The food taste and service is at best average. I even saw their Suite which looked like a parody for a hotel like Crowne Plaza. The good part is that hotel’s location is great. The view from this hotel is nice. I won’t return unless there is an absolute price crunch.