Pune is ever expanding the city. How it was known to me as a student campus is now sprawling into commercial land. One of the largest malls in Pune is named as Phoenix Market city in the vicinity. Slowly many chain hotels have started opening in the area. I decided to try Four Points by Sheraton Pune which is walking distance from the mall and the symbiosis college.
I visited the city for a function. The prices were staggering and close to Mumbai’s hotels which surprised me.
The hotel ‘s lobby and seating area were small. Hence, calling your customers, colleagues and friends won’t really help.
The person at the check-in wasn’t aware of the SPG benefits. When I asked if they have evening hours, they looked at me like I was speaking of an alien concept. Then they confirmed that they have no such facility on their property.
I was provided the corner most room on the 2nd As I entered the room, I was surprised at how large it looked. Bigger than most Four Points by Sheraton rooms and I really appreciate that.
I am sorry about the lighting for the pictures.
The Living room has a dining table for four on the right.
In front of me was an L shaped couch that was comfortable to lie on. There is a chair on the corner and a nice glass table in the center.
There is study table is rather in the center than towards the window. However, there is no view from the room as you see the wall of another hotel. So it doesn’t matter. The TV is hosted above the study table. They have the movable rolling chair upon which I like working.
What is sore on the eyes is that one area of the room is carpeted and other is not.
The dining area is in the room which was pushed too far in the corner. The further oddball was that it had 3 chairs instead of 4. Of course, someone can pull a chair from the study table.
The mini bar is right opposite to the dining table and right behind the entry door.
The bedroom of the hotel feels like textbook Holiday Inn room. The same cookie cutter experience you get in Holiday Inn.
There is a standard king size bed with padded walls and a rectangular large window that looks outside. The switchboard was a little flimsy because I had to hit the switch multiple times before anything happened. Once, I was so frustrated that I had to call the member of the housekeeping to help me out with the flimsy switches. There was no master switch to kill the lights either. Therefore, prepare yourself for a midnight switchboard hunting kills an annoying light that comes from the entrance above the washroom.
There is a standard sized LED TV opposite to the bed with volume control enabled. There is a long table below the TV where I kept my luggage.
The lounge chair is in the corner of the room. Of course, you can’t see the TV or the outside view sitting there. However, because of space limitations, there was no other place to fit the chair too.
The slight difference in the design was the washroom glass in the room. Basically, you can see inside the washroom for sure. However, the door had the middle partition in it. So instead of a big glass window like in Holiday Inn peeping into the room or into a private area, you have a divider. There were no curtains to provide privacy for someone using the washroom.
As I mentioned before, everything about this property screams textbook Holiday Inn. The washroom was no different except for the glass part that I explained above.At the entry, there is a nice thick square basin on a long granite slab. All the toiletries are placed on the basin unit.
Opposite to the basin, we have a solid bathtub and a toilet next to it. The distance between the toilet seat and the bathtub was a little tight.
The shower cabin was in the deep end of the washroom.
The shower experience is moderate as the temperature was fine but it pressure was just average.
Instead of using a standard soap dispenser to provide serviceable toiletries, they had toiletries by Lemon Fresh. Of course, it is just a brand name and there is no lemon smell when you use them. I am not aware of the brand standings. However, the smell was decent.
The hotel’s fitness center is located on the first floor with a small pool too. The swimming pool is standard rectangular not too deep. It is for leisure.
Right next to the pool, the gym which is divided into two parts. One part is for weights and another part for cardio equipment.
The weights section was surprisingly engaged. It felt like the hotel was leasing out the gym to local customers. There were even personal trainers present in the gym.
The treadmills and cycles were top of the line by lifeline where you have a TV attached and the location is overlooking the pool which provides a cool effect for the millers.
This is probably the largest gym I have seen in any of the four-point hotels I have stayed so far. It literally felt like a full-size gym that had everything from barbells, Bosu balls, balancing balls, yoga mat, weights etc.
Food and Beverage
Like every other Four Points, you can expect the menu to be a little pricier than the market rate, but there isn’t a wide variety of food available.The breakfast is pretty simple with Indian and continental choices. The chef might try to help you with allergens but they don’t have many choices. If you are on a holistic diet – vegan or vegetarian healthy or gluten-free or anything – don’t expect a lot.
Here, you can look at the spread in the photos below
During my stay there, I felt like the staff was a little new and hence not experienced in the world of hospitality. However, they intended well. I have not much to share about them which is probably a good thing.
If the price is right and you have the work in the area, I would definitely recommend this hotel. Yes, you get a cookie cutter experience of Holiday Inn. The hotel doesn’t have much to offer in terms of a culinary experience or elite benefits. However, the hotel is decent and my room was more than spacious.