Ok, change of plans. What happened is that after we finally confirmed our training venue in Gurgaon and sent a mail to our company’s travel desk team, it turned out that the earlier place we had agreed upon, the WudStay Hotel, was all booked up. The second and more expensive option was also booked up. So they tried to find us another place near the venue.
When I came into work at 4:30 pm yesterday I saw a mail from the travel desk with the confirmation of rooms being booked in a place and I checked out the pics online. It looked like a bit of a dump and the online reviews were scathing and it was pathetic to read. There were a lot of comments about rude staff, power outages and the reception refusing to turn on the generator if only 1 or 2 rooms were occupied at the time, no hot water during the colder months and people facing issues with their electronic devices like mobiles & smartphone because of the older electric outlets.
I shared this with my colleague and she also wasn’t happy with the way the place looked; it was in a bit of a remote area and safety was a question for her. I’m sure that it would have been ok but for women it is a big issue. The other guy from Chennai, who I hadn’t met but have spoken to on the phone, was also a bit upset. I checked my superiors here and they were berating me for not selecting a really posh place like Ramada Inn (Rs.5,000) a night as the company will reimburse us for the cost. But to be honest it feels like too much. But we had to change the hotel.
A couple of emails later the travel desk sent me an email back with three more options near to the venue and I was floored by all 3 of them. The last one looked like a dream and the 2nd and 1st were not too shabby either. But the cost being what it was, I didn’t want to make the company spend too much on the rooms for 12 days (they give us an advance and we have to pay the hotel directly but get the money reimbursed once we get back and provide them the bills. Still, giving Rs.3000+ or even Rs.2000+ seems a little excessive to me.
Especially when I checked out the first option, cheapest but still looks so good. Situated in the upscale and vibrant centre of Sector 46 in Gurgaon, The Signature Leaf offers to its guest’s one of a kind comfort and convenience. As one of the leading hotels near Medanta Hospital, a highly acclaimed medical facility, along with close proximity to business hubs such as the Iris Tech Park, the Unitech Cyber Park and Mckinsey and Company, this hotel near sector 48, Gurgaon attracts a host of business travelers and medical tourists.
We’ve booked 3 of their Executive Rooms spacious and elegantly decorated and is ideal for soothing luxurious stay. They have air-conditioning with individual temperature control, duvet, mattress & pillows. 24X7 100% power backup & security, an executive work desk, 32? LCD TV and, most important for me, hi-speed Wi-Fi internet access.
They also havea well stocked mini-bar & Fridge, herbal toiletries, complimentary bathroom slippers & in house laundry services. They have a small multi-cuisine restaurant, a guym, a jacuzi, steam room and sauna 24 hour on-call doctor and 24 hr room service. And yes breakfast is included in the room bill. What more could you want? Did I mention that they have a mini-bar???
The guy from Chennai has already reached and signed into the room and he says it’s very neat and tidy. He loves the bathroom and says the place has a nice homely feel to it and the staff seems very courteous. A big plus. He sent me some pics of the place and it’s just like what they advertise.
So expect some blogs with pics, some videos and more coming up real soon. I will try to vlod every day and upload them using the hotel’s wifi (hope it is fast).