This is a great boutique property for business or leisure travelers with an excellent value! It’s centrally located near shopping malls and the metro line is an easy tuk-tuk ride away. As others have said the hotel staff bend over backwards to please you. I have to agree that St Mark’s is pretty close to 5-star property at a much lower rate. For me it was almost $150 USD per night (7500k rupees) less in terms of cost, and I stayed in small suite verses a room.
The suite, #220, was very comfortable with a separate sitting room, a writing desk, couch, easy chair, TV, fridge and coffee bar set-up. I needed a suite to accommodate a couple of business appointments I had scheduled. Otherwise, there are not any quiet sitting areas in the hotel other than the restaurant to have a private meeting. And there is a small dark, and sterile, meeting room on the seond floor. The lights in the lobby are blinding!
I was concerned since my room faced the busy street it might be loud but the location proved me wrong and I was not disturbed by the traffic. The halls were relatively quiet compared to a recent 5-star hotel I stayed at in Mumbai.
The included breakfast buffet at St Mark’s rivals just about any 5-star property in terms of variety and taste, but at a 5-star hotel you’ll average an additional $20-$24 USD or 1000-1200 rupees to the room rate.
I also like the fact that the internet is included in the rate, once again, it can add $14-$18 USD or 700-900 rupees a day plus taxes to your room rate in a 5-star property!
Their “Luscious” Bar offered 30% off (all beverages) for Happy Hour which I took advantage of ordering libations and tasty snacks. Room Service was prompt but I didn’t order anything fancy, just a grilled ham & cheese sandwich.
Although most people may like this, I really don’t care to be doted over. (lavish or excessive in one’s attention) It’s pretty common in India. One part of providing an excellent service is to do be more subtle in your approach without the guest realizing you are right under their nose. I felt like I was constantly being starred at. As I would take my last bite of something the staff would almost pull the fork out of my mouth to clear the utensil and plate. Lol.
The only thing missing is a spa, swimming pool, hot tub and steam and liquor in the mini-bar. (which could use an upgrade with better snacks and variety) But that is the trade-off for a 5-star verses a 4-star hotel, verses a $150 per night lower rate. St Mark’s is one of the nicest, friendliest and the best value of any hotels I have stayed at in India!
I wish there was a ST Marks in every city in India!
Upgrade to a higher priced corner room or mini suite, otherwise you might find the rooms too small.
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3 May 2012
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