Review : Hotel Siddhartha Palace, Ahemdabad
Posted on June 15, 2018 by ghoomophirosisters
The History of this hotel unfolds and we see a craftsman who has been working on an elephant border for about eleven years. The Palace not only presents a hospitable now but stands as a witness to the glorious past. Hotel Siddhartha Palace is an antique structure which was once the property of the Divan of Kutch. It was his dream to have such a royal structure that the coming generations would remember him by and it would go on to be praised for centuries to come. Today, Hotel Siddhartha Palace is a perfect blend of modern contemporary luxuries and ancient aesthetic and tradition.
How to Reach:
Nearest Airport is 3 km away.
The nearest railway station is 4 km away.
Address: Dafnala Road, Shahibaug | near Rajasthan hospital, Ahmedabad 380004, India
The Palace has about twenty-two rooms classified as Super Deluxe, Palacial Rooms, and Maharaja Suites. Out of all three, the grandest was the Maharaja Suite. While the super deluxe room was like a modern hotel room with amenities and necessities available for families, the Palacial room had its individualistic charm. We stayed in the Maharaja Suite and from its appearances to the luxury available; it did make us feel like true royalty. The room had the modern luxuries but its design and structure were elegantly traditional. The room was an eclectic blend of the forgotten era and architectural brilliance. The rooms were spacious and yet looked authentically grand and ancient. It had a huge comfy bed along with basic toiletries: bathrobe, slippers, hairdryer etc. There was a tea and coffee maker in the room. The rusty shades of the furniture matched the creamy walls. There were unique pieces of tapestry on the walls and ceiling which we liked to ogle. The whole hotel had a vintage look from its exteriors to its rooms.
Dining and Hospitality:
The Palace has an in-house multi-cuisine restaurant ‘Divan’ that serves various cuisines from Continental food to authentic Marwari dishes. We ordered some local dishes to try them out and they turned out to be delicious. We also ended up ordering Malai kofta which we were told was prepared wonderfully here and we weren’t disappointed. The preparation was simplistic, yet the taste had an authentic Marwari touch to it. Our taste buds were flourishing after every bite. And the prices were quite low as well. The place seems to be frozen in time, except for the food which is always hot and delicious. The staff was also quite cooperative and though it took some delay in check-in, afterwards, our stay in the hotel went by smoothly with the staff being at our beck and call and always polite about it. There were some issues with the bathroom but they resolved it quickly and apologized for the inconvenience. They woke us up in time for the morning tea as well which is appreciated.
Nearby places to see:
The best part about the hotel was it being in close proximity to all the great tourist sites. It took a very little time for us to travel to the places we wanted to see. The Hatheesing Jain Temp, as well as the Camp Hanuman Mandir, are quite close. We easily walked out of the hotel and found some spots to be within walking distance or just a 5-10 min ride away. Apart from these, the Gandhi Ashram and Swaminarayan temple were also located close by. It is easy to find the marketplace and shopping areas. We would seriously recommend seeing the Calico Museum and Jhulta Minara. Located in the heart of Ahmedabad Hotel Siddhartha gave us our money’s worth.
The two major highlights of the palace would have to be its garden area and the top floor referred to as “Ghoomat”. As we spent some time leisurely strolling in the garden to relax, we were able to enjoy the exterior beauty and the architecture of the hotel along with beautiful views of the city. But to top it all off was the picturesque and panoramic view from the top floor. We got to enjoy the marvelous sight of the city’s skyline from the top floor. And to make it even better is the intricate detailing from the periphery. It was when we stepped on the top floor that we realized why it was called ‘Ghoomat’. It is an intricate and traditionally elegant structure dominating the patio.
Overall Verdict: Hotel Siddhartha Palace pulsates in the heart of the city always reminding us of the glorious past of Ahmedabad. Along with wonderful staff service and hospitality, we got pampered like the royals in the Maharaja suites. It is a perfect spot to stay while in Ahmedabad and we think we will be returning to Hotel Siddhartha Palace whenever we are traveling to Ahmedabad again.