As I began one of the most interesting trips of the year, the one that that lasted 18 days, the one that has intensive planning because most of it was done solo, but also the one that had seen some great hospitality. My first stop for this trip was Chandigarh, and I was hosted by ‘Radisson Chandigarh, Zirakpur’
Chandigarh, is a great place, especially when you are travelling from south (it becomes your pit stop), it connects you to some of the best places in north that you can drive to, while enjoying the best of scenic beauty. My stay was excellent and relaxing, its fairly easy to reach a hill station in Himachal within few hours from the city, and that was exactly where I was headed.
Located at in Zirakpur, conveniently away from main city provides a convenient home base for business and leisure travelers seeking easy access to Chandigarh International Airport and top tourist sites. The sprawling open spaces around the property provides a natural respite from its concrete buildings.
The visit to city from the hotel took us around 20 mins from the property, which we visited to enjoy a bit of night life and a taste of Punjabi music in the land of Punjabis, and of course we were thrilled. The hotel was gracious enough to arrange a pick and drop on request and followed up on any assistance as we girls’ parties the night away.
Rooms –We were checked in to the ‘Deluxe Room’ which had a very tastefully done decor, with minimal fuss. The room was spacious, with an option for separate dinning, comfortable bed which almost excluded royal feel, work desk, closet and a bathroom. Some handcrafted chocolates and fresh fruits awaited to welcome us along with refreshing welcome drinks. The room was equipped with all the amenities like Wi-Fi, coffeemakers, mini refrigerator, In-room safe and 24-hour room service to ensure we had a pleasant experience, which we sure did.
Food: The food at ‘Feast’ the all-day dining and multi-cuisine restaurant at Radisson was something we really enjoyed. We tried a couple of dishes from the a-la-carte menu, on chef’s suggestion and each one was to die for. From the ‘Kukad Ki Pukar Shorba’ to ‘VIP Road Chicken Tikka; to ‘Murgh Lassuni Zafrani’, each dish was too good. For drinks we had the tangy ‘Aam Panna’ and ‘Cherry Berry’ each refreshing and unique in taste, leaving to reorder the aam panna. Don’t miss the dessert!
They also have a spacious ‘Brew Lounge’ where you can enjoy exotic teas, freshly brewed coffee and lip-smacking pastries.
Leisure: I loved the roof top, it offers a pool and loungers to unwind. It wasn’t winters but the weather was pleasant enough to enjoy a sunset or just have a cup of coffee, we hear they have something very exciting planned for the rooftop in coming months. The hotel also has other services on offer like a business center, fitness center, spa and salon and dedicated events spaces to take care of all your needs. The spa, is well equipped with professional masseuse, who give you a relaxing treatment. Now your visit can be for work or leisure, but a good spa therapy relaxes your mind, body and soul, leaving you refreshed and energetic, it certainly worked for us.
The location– away from the city yet not too far- makes it perfect for staycations, family vacations, business travelers and even hosting weddings. I’m definitely staying at the same if i ever visit Chandigarh again. The hospitality and food are a definite add on.
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