Hope your monsoon is flooded with unforgettable nostalgic moments already.
Most of us from Mumbai look for ideal options for a weekend getaway during this season, especially a long weekend that’s coming up on Friday, so we decided to take a break and review the experience of our stay at Courtyard by Marriott Pune City Centre.
Courtyard By Marriott (Pune City Centre)
Address: Courtyard By Marriott, CTS 37 & 37/1, Bund Garden Road,
Next to Jehangir Hospital, Pune – 411001.
|[Hotel is situated right next to Jehangir Hospital in Pune]|
|[Signature Marriott bedding – probably what sleeping on soft fluffy clouds feels like]|
Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, finding a hotel in or around Koregaon Park is advisable to those who believe in accommodating right in the centre of the city – for a fantastic view or the convenience of commuting easily in the city, or both. After a long drive from Mumbai to Pune on a Friday evening, we decided to stay at this conveniently located hotel and here’s a detailed review of our experience.
|[Spectacular view from our suite on the 8th floor]|
My idea was to bring in her birthday in style and spend a relaxing time away from home that weekend. While choosing a hotel, we always wish to enjoy amenities like spacious rooms, comfortable bedding, high-speed wi-fi connectivity, adequate options on the room service menu (especially post-midnight), complimentary buffet-breakfasts and preferably a swimming pool + fully-equipped gym inside the premises. That’s how we decided to stay here, especially for their promisingly affordable tariff rate of INR 5,000 to 6500 per night.
|[Unique swimming pool with a deck right in the middle of it,
they organise and host wedding ceremonies here]
|[The Big Bhookad’s favourite activity during the stay]|
We left Mumbai at 6pm and reached Pune around 10pm. When we reached, we were impressed to discover a beautiful lobby with the presence of an attentive receptionist who helped us check-in comfortably and quickly. Our room was spacious and we felt happy to find a delicious dark chocolate pastry in the living area, waiting for us, as our warm welcome.
After attending the (re)launch party of Riyaaz Amlani’s Stone Water Grill in Pune briefly, we decided to return to Marriott for our dinner. Excellent room service (especially after midnight) is what we enjoy most during our stay at hotels.
Courtyard by Marriott Pune City Centre
(11 pm to 11 am)
(hearts of romaine & iceberg| lemon & anchovy dressing | focaccia crouton| pecorino shavings | bacon)
|MoMo Club Vegetable Sandwich
(grilled veggies | crispy lettuce | cheese | tomato | french fries)
|Cajun Roasted Chicken
(w/ mushroom sauce & veggies)
|Chicken Kathi Roll
(chicken, peppers, onion, tomato & mint chutney)
Honestly, we usually don’t expect room service to be as quick as the promise of Domino’s delivery chain, especially after midnight. We were impressed to see the quickness in delivering food by the management of Courtyard by Marriott Pune City Centre. The dishes were plated neatly and were prepared with a lot of care, especially the brandy snap canopies that were sent to us as a surprise.
|Brandy Snap Canopies
(with cheesecake, brownies, chocolate almonds and pomegranate)
The cajun roasted chicken was inedibly undercooked and the salad was unacceptably overdressed. Luckily, the chicken kathi roll was perfectly cooked, immensely flavourful and filling. However, the star dish of our night was the MoMo Veg Club Sandwich with charred grilled veggies and tomato, crisp french fries and sinful melted cheese. Sadly, sticking to sandwiches and rolls while ordering room service between 11 pm to 11 am, would’ve been a better decision.
Apart from midnight room service, we always look forward to excellent buffet breakfasts during our stay at hotel properties. The extensiveness of the breakfast spread at Courtyard by Marriott Pune City Centre managed to impress us completely.
The service was praiseworthily quick and helpful. The buffet was arranged and organised in a strategically appetising technique. Starting from cholle-bhature and south Indian delicacies to eggs benedict, sausages, sandwiches and pancakes – almost everything that we could probably crave for that morning, was on their spread.
|One half of the entire spread|
|Garma garam cholle-bhature|
|Piping hot croissants|
|Fresh juices on tap|
The dosas were light and delicious. Medu wadas were hot, crispy and not excessively oily. The croissants were fresh and sinfully buttery, and the cinnamon buns were equally delicious. Sadly, our eggs benedict were served with an unacceptably runny sauce and some undercooked bacon instead of ham. I had to settle with slices of pork salami and chicken sausages to satisfy my craving for meat during that breakfast.
Overall, not everything on their spread was worth trying (except the Indian dishes, freshly baked breads/croissants and desserts/pastries, only those were unquestionably delicious) but who doesn’t like being spoilt for choice?
Their spread for lunch was not any less extensive – from salads, bhel, kebabs and pasta to roast chicken and cheesecakes, almost everything we needed to have a satisfying lunch was on offer that day.
|Tender Fish Tikka|
|Hara Bhara Kababs|
|Simple and soulful “Mascarpone Penne” with tossed rocket leaves|
|Chicken Tikka Pizza
(with onions and coriander)
After the kebabs and that deliciously soulful pasta, we stuck to enjoying a wholesome portion of veg biryani and dal makhani. The piping hot creamy dal felt like a perfect match for the weather that time. The pizza was nothing above ordinary, especially its doughy base. The highlight of our lunch was undoubtedly the ‘Mascarpone Penne‘ – wonderfully balanced flavours of sweet, salty and bitterness. It was perfectly creamy and seasoned too, I enjoyed every bite with a rocket leaf and it did hit my spot. We hardly had any room for dessert after such a heavy lunch (and breakfast earlier that day), so we settled with a chocolate pastry and this delicately decadent raspberry cake:
|7 Layered Jam Cake|
Courtyard by Marriott Pune City Centre promised to offer an array of tempting dishes which made waking up on a Sunday worth it! From soups, eggs, salads and appetisers to South Indian and Thai food – the management had gone all out in preparing their best spread that day.
Was the brunch actually worth getting up early for?
Let’s find out.
|A bucket full of beers|
|Tender reshmi chicken tikka|
I felt happy to find a huge bucket of assorted beer at the entrance of the restaurant. We were in mood to enjoy an explosion of spices and textures with our beer, so we decided to order bhel puri from their chaat counter. Apart from the unnecessary addition of cucumbers, the spicy bhel with chopped onions and crispy sev was a perfect match for our beers. We also ordered a plate of hot assorted bhajjiyaas to go with the gloomy rainy weather.
|Garma-garam assorted bhajjiya|
Unfortunately, after a few beers and a lot of such salty and spicy appetisers, we didn’t have any room for main course… but there’s always some room for dessert! Here’s what we tried and liked from their dessert-counter during our Sunday brunch:
|Intense dark chocolate pastries|
|Chocolate rice puffs|
At Rs. 1199, with unlimited alcohol, the brunch at Courtyard by Marriout Pune City Centre is definitely worth trying for all food enthusiasts in Pune. Even if you are a Mumbaikar who’s looking to surprise your family or loved one, a short trip on any Sunday to this property can be a good idea.
Towards the end of our wonderfully comfortable and luxurious stay at Marriott, we were surprised with two sincere gestures by their management.
We would like to thank the management for two beautiful surprises:
- Pune Heritage Walk
- Birthday Surprise
We woke up early for the heritage walk and learnt a lot about the history of Pune for the first time, despite living there for a couple of years and visiting at least 5 times every year since 2006. The architecture, the history behind it, everything about that walk was mesmerising.
At INR 100 per person, the experience is undoubtedly priceless.
Here are glimpses from our heritage walk:
This is my favourite part of the experience we had at Courtyard by Marriott Pune City Centre. I cannot thank their team enough for such a lovely surprise to bring in her birthday at midnight. We had left the hotel to enjoy a few drinks with our friends at Ship, while the front desk staff was busy making a fresh cake in their kitchen. When we returned, she entered to find a fantastic looking Fresh Fruit Cake – the kind of cake that she likes the most.
I called them at 10:50 pm asking if we could arrange a surprise for her and they asked me what kind of flavours she likes in a cake. So I told them she doesn’t prefer chocolate and likes light fruity cakes. That cake was dreamily fluffy, light and topped with sugar glazed apples and pears! It looked spectacular and tasted better than it looked!
The property is small but the rooms are surprisingly spacious. Full marks to their super-fast midnight room service too!
Not too many things to do inside the property, except a swimming pool and a gym.
Will I go back?
In fact, I am heading back to Marriott tomorrow for a long, relaxing weekend.