We used day facilities at House of MG a lot during our stay in Ahmedabad because so much else was CLOSED during Diwalhi. It's in a great central location near the river, on the EDGE of the old city.
The noise from Diwalhi fireworks/crackers inside the old city (the location of our haveli guesthouse) was unbearable at times; this hotel was a good distance from the noise and became a bit of a refuge.
We ate at the hotel's Green House cafe a lot - spacious, open air but with cooling, very clean, and with efficient and friendly service. It's a cafe - not fine food - but we didn't fancy the set thali menus at the flash top floor restaurant. There is no alcohol but that's Gujarat, of course.
Although the spa was closed for the whole of Diwalhi, the attendant come in specially to service a few clients including me. The treatment was good except the spa had no coloured nail polish for mani/pedicures.
There was a wonderful textile exhibition upstairs; we spent an hour viewing it, fortunate to be guided by the curator. It is part of the family collection of the hotel owners. Again, the Calico Museum (one of the main attractions of the city) was CLOSED during Diwalhi, so we were happy to find this collection.
There were two pricey high-quality gift shops; again, good because little else was open during our stay.
The hotel stored our bags for us for nothing during the day we flew out, even though we were not guests. They also arranged (quite a pricey) transfer to the airport.
Some other people at the haveli checked-out early and moved to House of MG due to fireworks noise. They had a lower-level room for one night; I didn't see it but they said it was spacious, comfortable and quiet.
Great Property.. and VERY WELL kept... and restored to its times..
Did I like the property - I LOVED IT..
However, what I didn't like is the "Policy" that some of the hotel staff members mentioned - NO Photography - That too on DSLR.. Mobile is OK..
It was a MAJOR Let down for me.. coz we booked 3 rooms.. and wanted to click some good family pictures..
and NO WHERE in the website OR the booking reservations did they mention the same..
So what do i do now.. being an avid photograher?
This is NOT DONE AND even though the reason given was that "This is a Heritage" property... it was nt sufficient..
I have stayed in royal palaces where the kings/ prince still reside - and as a IN HOUSE Guest - I HAVE NEVER BEEN RESTRICTED To photograph the property..
Is this place as GOOD As a ROYAL Palace - FAR From it.. so just didnt understand the bad taste that I left this hotel with..
My recommendation - if you are into photogrphy and think that you will click some snaps within the hotel as part of your stay- You should clarify it in Writing.. with the model and make of your camera and lens - coz they do think they are THE ONLY heritage property in the world.. ;-)
Other than this (WHICH IS A HUGE ONE FOR ME).. its a good property no doubt..
and if the management thinks this is NOT the policy.. well time for you to then educate the staff ONE AND ALL..
If someone is taking a family photo that is NOT A PROFESSIONAL MODELING ASSIGNMENT - i just DONT GET THIS RESTRICTION for inhouse guests..
Had I known.. would I have stayed here.. Of course NOT-- Ahmedabad has MANY a heritage properties..
My bathroom featured an antique well which is the breeding source for myriads of mosquitoes. As the glass top covering was not closing tightly, the mosquitoes had direct access to the bathroom and guest room, converting it into a swamp. When I notified the staff, they produced All-In to plug into the wall. This hardly helping with the pest, I insisted they stuff a piece of cloth between the well top and the lid to at least have a makeshift cover. It's very, very sad that something like this has gone unnoticed, that I as a guest have to point it out, and that I had to provide the solution. I was not even offered the option of another room. The consequence of their carelessness and ignorance was that I came down with severe dengue which stole 9 days of my life, hospital bills, pain, etc. Their beautiful pool is infested with pigeons (nesting!), there are feathers and droppings all over. I pointed that out to staff repeatedly- to no avail. While waiting 2 1/2 hours for my room to get ready I was not even offered as much as a glass of water. At breakfast I constantly had to ask for refills of water and coffee- waiting forever each time. Not once was there a refill without prior asking -with myriads of staff around. At The Green House I had to ask many times before I was served and received the bill. No thank you, no good bye. I repeatedly asked to speak to management and was refused each time. It's s such a shame that such a beautiful hotel is under such lousy management.
Very first time staying here, judging from online impression and desk research. Online booking experience was ok, car booking was good a experience. Especially Kavin, made the car booking easier.
I checked-in late night, in a basement room. Everything was up to my expectation and similar from images i saw on the website.
The room's odor was pungent and unfriendly to me but it is maybe a local scent.
However, the furnitures were getting aged, International power socket should be installed, wifi signal was ok, unsusable in the toilet.
Breakfast offered mainly indian food, with choices of egg in a la carte menu. I was a bit dissatisfied with breakfast line if compare with International chained hotel with same range of price. The service was good, i was well looked after by Shivam.
Shadabali, a attentive FO guy was friendly and helpful, and eased my check-out journey to airport transfer went smooth.
Location is the best for old city exploring. Indian fine dining was a five-star dining experience. Tastes were amazing.
Over all worth spending and experience.
The hotel resides in a large building complex in the centre old Ahmedabad. We had a suite in this heritage hotel : 2 spacious rooms, both well furnished. The bathroom was also o.k. The very bright neon signs and the illumination of the front of the house were annoying, but they were dimmed after 11 o'clock. We enjoyed a Gujarati thali dinner in their Agashiye restaurant, it was excellent. The breakfast in this hotel was for me unenjoyable, the coffee even undrinkable. Nevertheless the hotel is a good choice in Ahmadabad.