0830 – Breakfasted from a buffet at dot.yum. A hotel should be able to do a better job than an airport lounge. The service though was prompt and impeccable. Returned to my room to find it cleaned and prepped, which was surprising, since the ‘Do not disturb’ switch was still on to the best of my knowledge. I don’t like people entering my room when travelling and usually keep the switch on throughout the duration of my stay. Why would they enter? Going to photograph the property shortly.
1200 – Hung around for a while, then attended the press conference, where the Global Brand Ambassador of the brand, Brian McGuinness introduced the Aloft brand and what it stood for (though I didn’t seem to have an Apple TV in my room or much options at Re:Fuel as shown in the slideshow), Dilip Puri, Managing Director of Starwood Hotels in India and Regional VP of South Asia, reaffirmed their commitment to the state and the city, whilst introducing journalists to the owner of the property Kumar Sitaraman, Chairman of Auromatrix Holdings Pvt. Ltd.
1330 – Visited Swati Snacks, Gandhi Ashram alongside the Sabarmati river and Vishala, which besides being an outdoor restaurant that serves traditional Gujarati food, is also home to a museum housing a large number of traditional Gujarati cooking utensils and related implements. Also figured out why Housekeeping entered my room – the DnD light wasn’t working.
1930 – The bar, wxyz, home to a small mocktail menu, naturally, and very cosy wood-floored interiors, featured a group of three singers with unplugged instruments who put up quite a nice show. Finger snacks did the rounds, of which their version of Seekh Kebab was nice, though I wouldn’t quite call it that. An inconclusive game of pool at the lobby level between Avnish and I, a short trip to the street market at Law Garden followed by a filling vegetarian, Gujarati meal at Agashiye was the end of our day.