Ever missed the feeling of home when staying at luxury hotels across the country? Well, you can now find a cure for your homesickness by taking up residence in the executive apartments offered by a number of five-star properties. Whether housed within the hotel or built specifically for residential purposes, luxury hotels are now catering to the long-stay customer by providing elegant accommodations with all the expected amenities. Archana Achal takes a look at the few luxury residences offered in the country.

Grand Hyatt Residences Mumbai

The Grand Hyatt Mumbai is said to be South Asia’s largest multi-dimensional lifestyle complex and within this area is located the Grand Hyatt Residences. Centrally located in Mumbai and designed by the Chicago-based Lohan Associates along with a number of other firms and designers, the property is stands out from the others. The 111 serviced apartments available for long-term guests are fully furnished and spacious. They are available as open plan, one, two or three bedroom apartments with their own entrance and private swimming pool. The apartments also have a kitchen each and dining area for 4-6 people. Work stations, large flat screen televisions, walk-in wardrobes and other amenities are available. A dedicated concierge to take care of all your needs, access to the hotel’s restaurants and Club Oasis (the fitness centre and spa) are present. Some apartments have patios and verandahs. Pets are not permitted in the apartments.

The minimum duration of stay is one month.

Residences at The Leela Kempinski Gurgaon

Being a business hotel, The Leela Kempinski Gurgaon sees a lot of travellers float in and out of the hotel. But some choose to stay for a longer duration at the Residences. These are mostly guests from the expatriate community, international travellers and business men going through the process of relocation. They choose the Residences that are attached to the hotel, albeit present in its own six-storey tower. Still, all the residences have access to the hotel amenities like the restaurants and bars, fitness centre, spa, pool and daily housekeeping. The Residences come in one, two and three bedroom forms, each bedroom with its own bathroom. There is maximum security here and respect for privacy as well.

The minimum duration of stay at The Residences is 15 days and can be extended up to two years.

Lakeside Chalet, Mumbai – Marriott Executive Apartments

Set on the property of the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel, the Lakeside Chalet service apartments cater to the needs of the luxury traveller, weary of staying in guest houses and plain hotel rooms. Built along the banks of Powai lake, these 171 stylish apartments come with the attentive service of a five-star hotel, a fully-equipped kitchen, luxurious new bedding and entertainment centre. The apartments have a work station and Wi-Fi connectivity. To take care of your fitness needs, there is Club Renaissance with a spa and well-equipped gymnasium. If your kids need some entertainment, there is a nursery where they can learn and interact with other children too. Don’t forget about Crimson, the in-house bistro that serves international cuisine in a casual environment.

The minimum duration of stay is 7 nights at Rs 11,500 (plus taxes) per night. If you wish to stay for 61 or more nights, the rate is Rs 8,000 (plus taxes) per night.

Taj Wellington Mews Luxury Residences

Launched in 2004, Taj Wellington Mews was the first of its kind for the group in India. It is situated in South Mumbai and is spread over 2.6 acres of landscaped, lush green land. The entire complex houses 80 fully furnished apartments with great amenities. Guests can choose from studios starting at 350 sq ft and go all the way up to 4 bedroom apartments at 5,300 sq ft. Maids rooms are part of some of the apartments and even pets are welcome here. Each apartment has a 42-inch flat screen TV and home theatre system along with a fully-equipped modular kitchen and marble-furnished bathrooms. The Jiva Spa, a jogging track, swimming pool and gym will keep you occupied. You can feast on deliveries from the Taj Mahal Palace and Vivanta by Taj President or get a bite at the in-house Delicatessen. Airport transfers, babysitting services and all other amenities you would expect at a five-star hotel are available here too.

The minimum duration of stay is 15 days and rates are upwards of Rs 3.5 lakh (plus taxes) per month.


(This article was published on August 7, 2012)
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