Choosing the Hotel
We had to attend an Charitable Fashion Event for Para Athletes Fashion Fiesta, which was to be held at Taj Deccan, Hyderabad and we did not wish to stay in the same hotel property. A friend from Hyderabad recommended me The Park, and i was sold with the idea with the statement that the Pool looks up to the Hussain Sagar Lake.
That’s how we booked The Park Hyderabad, waiting to have an incredible Hyderabadi experience.
Little information about Hyderabad
Hyderabad is the capital of southern India’s Telangana state. A major center for the technology industry, it’s home to many upscale restaurants and shops. Its historic sites include Golconda Fort, a former diamond-trading center that was once the Qutb Shahi dynasty capital. The Charminar, a 16th-century mosque whose 4 arches support towering minarets, is an old city landmark near the long-standing Laad Bazaar.
Hyderabad is the Legacy of the City of Pearls—One of the largest and wealthiest of India’s former princely states, the city built its fortune on the trade of pearls, gold, steel, fabric and, above all, Diamonds. There is only one kind of Biryani in this world– Hyderabadi Biryani!
There is a story goes that the Pir Hazrat Nizamuddin invited Mir Qamar-ud-Din for a meal and offered him kulchas tied in a yellow cloth. The hungry Mir Qamar-ud-Din ate seven kulchas and after his meal, Hazrat Nizamuddin blessed him and prophesied that one day he would be king and that his descendants would rule for seven generations.
Airport to Hotel Journey
We landed at 2 pm and headed straight to the Hotel. Our car was already waiting for us, and it took us around an hour to reach to the hotel from the airport.
While approaching The Park Hyderabad, i could see one huge new aged steel structure and i was revisiting the movie Transformers in my head, was I in a Transformers movie and this building would turn into a Robot, lol.. too much of me and my movies. Nevertheless the structure was totally cool.
Welcome to Park Hyderabad, the beautiful 5 star luxury property and highly recommended one in Hyderabad.
The Park Hyderabad was an amalgamation of Fashion and Art, the contemporary design was an influence of modern art and culture of the Nizami Era.
Inspired by the city’s traditions of precious stone and textile production, this luxury five-star hotel and spa seduces the senses with exquisite design.
The Park Hyderabad accommodates its guests in 263 contemporary rooms. The well decorated rooms are designed by prominent and reputed Indian as well as International Designers.
The Park Hyderabad has good eat and drink options spreaded out in their various restaurants.
The Park Hyderabad is home to a Gymnasium, Board Meeting Room and Spa.
The Nawabi Welcome
The hotel car podium is your first impression towards the hotel and it’s where you first actually sight the steel heritage design with modern alterations.
The Park Hyderabad Lobby and Reception starts from the 3rd Floor which is your first lift to the actual hotel premises.
Coming out to the Lift you sight a huge open space and then Glass Wall behind which houses the swimming pool looking it’s way to the Hussain Sagar Lake.
Turning left we head to the reception, and we are awaited by Priya who welcomes us with the artificial pearl garland. This is where we felt like the Nizam’s who used to be welcomed back home with garland of pearls and diamonds. (Just wished that The Park giving us the real pearl garland instead of artificial ones.. LOL)
Moving on we were given Lemon juice as the little welcome drink, and by this time our check in formalities had completed and we were given the keys to room no 6044 which we got it changed to 5049 later i.e a Double Room with Lake View and room no 5053 which is a Panoramic Suite of Park Hyderabad.
Every Floor and Every Room has a different theme and colour. When we were first given room no 6044 which was on the 6th Floor, the theme of this floor was Green. These colour theme is seen in the whole floor, through the walls, the carpet, the corridor, inside the room these colour is adapted with the sofa being in the same theme colour and on the bathroom wall, where they have a round frosted glass in between the room and bathroom.
Every room has this bathtub which makes the interior classier to next level.
The Toiletries provided in each room is that of the Indian Brand Kama
Room 6044 – Entering the room there is a curved shaped bathroom wall, and these was too hi – tech and awesome, they had a walking wardrobe inside the bathroom itself thus making the room look bigger. There was Brown wooden wall with tables and LCD placed on the screen with Tea and Coffee maker below it. There was a small work space as the extension with a comfortable chair.
To the right was the king size bed with all the room switches with easy access to the guests.
There was a green coloured sofa besides the behind and before the window. Once the window shades open it had a view to the Hussain Sagar Lake, the iconic spots of Hyderabad.
We then shifted out to the 5th floor where both our rooms were situated. These floor theme was Orange, and ofcourse the whole feel was Orange. The corridor and the lobby felt nice and elegant and gave me a feel of being in some international destination then a domestic one.
Room 5049 – Entering the room the bathroom door is on the right, after which there is a closet for luggage and clothes.
Crossing this we reach to the main part of the room, with king sized bed on the right and LCD on the left wooden wall, with seating space with workstation for one.
In this space the bathroom and room was divided with a wall which had a round orange coloured frosted glass to continue with the theme of the floor, and the Sofa was that of orange colour.
Room 5053 – Welcome to the Panoramic suite of Park Hyderabad and their best room type in the Hotel.
so this room is undoubtedly a larger room with room size of 65 m².
When you enter the Room there is a little walk way, which opens up to a bathroom door on the left, and to the right there is a circular shaped leather sofa with beige interiors, and a cupboard for Coffee/Tea making facilities.
This rooms theme with the floor is just the bathroom and room dividing wall having the orange yellowish frosted glass.
This room has two entries to the bathroom one from the entrance side and one from the Bed side for extra comfort to the guest.
The bed in this room is even extra large.
As the name suggests it does have a Panoramic view of the Hussain Sagar from one end to another, and the room is positioned right in the middle of the best view of Hyderabad.
In this room they provide almonds, fruit basket and skin treatment products of Kama.
In Room Dining
The In Room Dining experience at this property was awesome. As we reached late when the restaurants were shut, we had the only option that’s in room dining. To be honest i am not an in room dining fan, but this kitchen made me their fan. We ordered for
1. Hyderabadi Biryani – The rice and vegetable cooked in local spices i.e is yummiest and is the speciality of Hyderabad. The biryani is always served with Mirchi ka Salan (a tasty gravy) and Raita (Yogurt based preparation).
2. Kaju Korma (Cashew Nut Korma) – Kaju Korma is made in white reddish gravy non spicy with the best hers and loads of cashew and vegetables.
3. Dal Bukhara – Dal Bukhara is the Black Lentils preparation which is cooked over a period of a day at least and very few restaurants can make this awesome but these guys definitely activated my taste buds to next level.
Overall i was too happy and filled my stomach and did not have a left overs. We ate it all.
Breakfast at the Verandah
This 24/7 hour restaurant serves Global Cuisine with the emphasis on Indian and Italian fare. The decor has been inspired from Anglo – Indian surroundings.
The Breakfast timings are 6.30am – 10.30 am After a tiring night we reached the restaurant at 9.30am and we awestonished to such a variety of food. they had more than 50 items to select from the Buffet, ranging from fruits, breads, north indian food, south indian food, traditional hyderabadi delicacies to non veg section. the variety of juices and milkshakes were a lot too, with that came croissants and to other sweet tooth breads. In short you couldn’t be left hungry. We tasted everything on the platter.
Aish – The Fine Dining
A play of chrome with Nizams’ pictures and mirrors create a contemporary ambience at Aish. The menu showcases the subtle spice nuances of Hyderabadi cuisine and brings the true flavors of Hyderabad. At Aish you experience the forgotten flavors of the Nizami era and relish the rich cuisine of the royal Nizams. The interiors designed by the leading fashion designer of the country Tarun Tahiliani. The uniquely designed floor depicts the traditional style of welcoming the guest with flowers embracing the ambiance with subtle shades of gold. Complimenting to it is the Belgian crystal chandeliers and hand crafted crystal lights on the ceiling and the ambiance decorated with the first copy images of the royal family.
This is undoubtedly the best Hyderabadi Restaurant I ever had food at.
We were assisted all the time by Najima, the head staff of the Aish Restaurant, and she shared her knowledge about the decor of the restaurant which looked like i walked into a Palace. Along with that she even shared all the informations about the photo frames which were hanging on the walls. From the different Nizam’s to Tees Maar Khan (who got this name because he killed 30 tigers in one day and clicked a picture with them) to 7th Nizam’s Daughter in law. The restaurant decor did make me feel like Nizam waiting for the food, and why shouldn’t I feel like a Nizam, Aish has a 7 course meal menu, starting from non alcoholic drinks to end with a desert.
We took our table and awaited. I am a vegetarian so we had a menu which was purely vegetarian.
1. First came this Gud Lemon Soda Drink – this drink is basically made from Lemon Juice, Jaggery and mixed with Soda.
2. Second came the Spinach Soup along with one single Pani Puri
3. Third came the Aloo tikkis served with Mint Chutney and Sweet Chutney.
4. Fourth came my favourite Subz Haleem with Sheermal, this was cooked with jackfruit and vegetables and is the yummiest of the lot served with hot Saffron Breads.
5. Fifth came the Main thali which had 4 types of vegetables which included Paneer, Eggplant, Chillies, Potatoes in Gravy, Dal Bukhara served with the traditional Plain Kulcha and Stuffed Kulcha and Paranthas.
6. Sixth was the welcoming of the Hyderabadi Biryani specially cooked by the chef for us. it had additional flavours cooked very carefully so that we could breathe the perfectly crafted herbs and its fragrance with the rice cooked to its perfection.
7. Seventh last but not least the Rose Petals Kheer (Milk Pudding), which was the Chef’s speciality which was cooked with pure milk, and rose petals.
The only thing happened after this heavy meal was that we went of to sleep for few hours.
Decor of the Hotel
The Hotel was fairly decorated with minimalist designs but had flowers all around the lobby, corridor and even the swimming pool open area.
They even had a little selfie photo booth made out of the important monument Charminar made.
One wouldn’t feel stuck but felt refreshing.
Other Activities in the Hotel
We couldn’t enjoy the below mentioned facilities but Park Hyderabad can be visited for them too.
3. Swimming Pool
4. Kismet – The Disc Lounge
5. Aqua – The deck and space around the swimming pool to enjoy being lazy
6. Carbon Bar
7. The Sicca Bar
8. Trillion Ballroom
Special Mentions for Najima and Inayat, these two were one of the most pleasant, humble and helpful staff of the hotel property. Our stay became a memorable one thanks to these two.
Closest Landmarks to The Park Hyderabad
Hussain Sagar Lake – 2 km
Snow World – 2.2 km
Banjara Hills – 2.6 km
Charminar – 7 km
Golkonda Fort – 7.4 km
Airport – 32 km
Ramoji Film City – 38 km
Anything But Ordinary
If you planning a trip to Hyderabad, India then the place to stay is
The Park Hyderabad
22, Raj Bhavan Road, Somajiguda, Hyderabad – 500082 , India
Telephone: +91 – 40 – 44990000