Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace, a premier business hotel in Vadodara, Gujarat, invites us for a launch preview. Lovers of good hotels, we are excited. After a comfortable one and a half hour flight from Delhi, we arrive at the hotel, located just 10-minutes from Vadodara International Airport.

First Impressions
The large, well-lit lobby sets the tone for a pleasant experience ahead. The first thing you notice is the grand glass chandelier on the ceiling. It glimmers a soft yellow, keeping the lobby bright and warm.
Paintings by local artists adorn the walls. Art is, in fact, a key element in the design and theme of the hotel. The artworks, dotted across the porch, the lobby, the rooms and restaurants, reflect the current art scene of the city. The art on each floor and in every room is representative of a theme—seasons, festivals and relaxation.

Room. Gym. Pool. And more!
The nine-storeyed hotel has 146 well-furnished guest rooms. These include five suites – Premier, Presidential and Executive; Deluxe Rooms and rooms specifically designed for the differently-abled called the DA Rooms.

My room, compact but comfortable, is on the ninth floor. Flopping down on the twin-sized bed, I bite into the fresh fruit and cookies placed thoughtfully beside. A quick shower in the well-lit, marbled bathroom, and I am all set to explore the rest of the property.

The hotel is also home to one of the city’s largest pillar-less events space spanning over 19,000 sq. ft., with six meeting rooms ideal for conferences, weddings and social gatherings of all sizes. They also feature an outdoor pool, a fitness and wellness center, giving us a perfect feeling of a staycation or vacation.

The Food
The all-day multi-cuisine restaurant Azure offers both a la carte and buffet selections. They have a wide menu ranging from authentic Gujarati food to Continental as well as Chinese and Italian. They have a live kitchen, too.

On the menu: fresh breads, soups, salads with fresh fruits and vegetables, chicken, lamb, mutton, and fish. It was very interesting how they present some of the dishes, such as starters served in tiny pressure cookers. At the end of every meal, despite being full, the dessert is what I look forward to. With the mango season in full swing, we are served the fruit in different ways everyday — tarts, mousse, cake, salads, and more — each a delight. To wash down the hearty meal, there’s a wide variety of fresh juices — sugarcane, mango, orange, pomegranate and more.

The lobby also houses a delicatessen called Vanilla. It is a tiny, cosy place, ideal for a date. It serves the finest bakery and confectionery delicacies paired with gourmet appetisers and an array of refreshing beverages.

With brands such as Grand Mercure you arrive with certain expectations — comfortable rooms, great foods and efficient service. This property has it all. Each wall here has its own story to tell through the paintings they showcase. With the varieties to choose from on the menu, you are perpetually stuffed, in a good way! My tip: Do try the Gujarati Thali.
Despite Gujarat being a dry State, they have a bar and wine & beer shop.

While primarily a business hotel, The Grand Mercure Vadodara is also a great weekend getaway. When a hotel feels like home away from home, you know you are in good hands!

Key Amenities:
Free, High Speed Wi-Fi
A mini bar
An electronic safe
Flat screen TV
24 hour in-room dining

Hotel Address:
Opp Parsi Agiary
390020 Vadodara


Review: Anisha Joneja
Team Travel Secrets