Ahmadabad is the largest city in Gujarat and the seventh most populous City in India. The city itself is a “UNESCO World Heritage City” whose history dates to the 11th Century. The charm of Ahmadabad is in its ‘Pols’, street food culture, and famous for its textile business. For travelers like me, it is a treasure trove of history and architecture.
Being Gujarati and residing in Surat (4 hrs. away from Ahmadabad), it happened many times I transited through Ahmadabad but never had a chance upon visiting through the eyes of a traveler. The People of Gujarat are famous for their kind and peace-loving nature and Ahmadabad is no exception.
Ahmadabad is well connected by air, train, and road with other parts of India. It was the former capital of Gujarat and therefore it is a popular business hub too. I wanted to visit Ahmadabad for long but couldn’t travel it through the eyes of a traveler, but this time I took chance and went for my staycation.
There are many hotels spread across the city I stayed at Holiday Inn Express Prahlad Nagar for two nights and I am writing a review about my stay. It’s located near the popular S.G. Road known to be the heart of the city. The entire crew at Holiday Inn filled my heart with so much joy and care that I would like to stay again with them. It is also near the old city and Ahmedabad railway station too.
The Holiday Inn Express Prahlad Nagar has located approximately 18 Km from Ahmadabad International airport and 11 Km from Kalupur Railway Station. The airport is on the outskirts of the city, but you will not find much traffic due to the excellent road conditions in the city.
You can reach the Holiday Inn within half an hour from the railway station and approx. 45 minutes from the airport. As I said it is located off S.G. Highway which is the prime attraction in the city. The hotel is well surrounded by small tech companies, malls, shops, and famous food joints on both sides.
It is near popular business parks which are into textiles and IT. This can be the best location for business travelers. The location is easily accessible, and one can reach to the city center and old city conveniently.
The Holiday Inn Express Prahladnagar has beautifully designed 132 well-appointed rooms. Be it business, solo traveler, OR family vacation they will fulfill all your needs with express services. The hotel has deluxe and twin rooms which are perfect for families too. They also have two business conference rooms in a theater-style setting with 24-28 Pax capacity and it can be utilized 24*7 hrs. for your meetings. Hence, you won’t need to wait for your meetings!
The rooms at Holiday Inn Express Prahladnagar are divided into categories as, a basic double room, a superior double, and a twin room. They also have a queen room with mobility access. Each room has a Big TV and complimentary access to high-speed internet throughout the hotel premises.
The rooms are designed such that space is effectively utilized to create a luxurious ambiance. I loved the classic decor and elegant design of the rooms. The hotel has 10 floors and you can have views of the surrounding area and tall buildings.
It gives an immense visual treat to see them at night when the area is lit up. What I most loved about the rooms is the choice of ‘soft’ and ‘firm’ pillows which are not available in most affordable hotels.
I stayed in a queen room which was nicely done with a queen size bed. As you see, in the room you are greeted with complimentary tea/coffee. The rooms are well equipped with minibars to stock as per your choice.
It has a safety Locker facility to store valuables when you travel around. Though it is an express hotel, they designed rooms in a way that can accommodate every traveler’s need and one such facility is desk space to work with a charging facility. The workspace is comfortable with efficient utilization of one’s needs.
The rooms had separate bathrooms and toilets, which I never find in any budget category hotels, but holiday Inn Express stands out as exceptional here. The washroom and bathroom were tidy and clean with all modern amenities and complimentary toiletries. The comfortable bed with controlled room temperature made my stay experience here make more memorable.
The holiday Inn Express can be a good stop for your business and solo travel needs. It is the best suitable place to reside in if you are in the city for more than 2-3 days.
Apart from providing business meeting space; they provide a self-laundry facility for guests who are traveling on a budget. It’s kind of home away from home. You can easily do your chores without paying extra and they have separate areas for washing and drying the clothes. Also, the area is equipped with a TV and AC.
If you don’t have time to do self-laundry, worry not they provide laundry and ironing on request with minimum charges.
While the hotel has separate sections for all different needs; it also has a small Gym area to keep you fit while you are away from your routine fitness schedule. The Gym can be utilized 24*7; Sounds good, isn’t it?? The hotel managing all these with express services is commendable.
The Food and Dine area:
Food remains always an integral part of my travels and while staying at HIEX; you will spoil by choices. They have a dining area that serves Indian and Continental food.
The ambiance and decor of the restaurant were simple yet classy. The restaurant has a quick bite and refreshment facility 24*7 hrs. The room rates include complimentary breakfast while Lunch/Dinner is available on request.
As it is an express hotel; the dining is an al carte menu with an in-room dining concept. They serve you till late at night in your room. If you are busy sightseeing or in meetings; just a call to the restaurant can fill your tummy with your choices of food.
During my stay at Holiday Inn Prahlad Nagar, I had breakfast and dinner at the hotel. I loved the mix of Gujarati, North and south Indian spread with fruits in breakfast along with continental bread and sweet cakes.
The counter also had ample non-veg/egg items if you are a non-veg food lover. They also serve Masala tea and coffee to their guests which I badly need every morning and evening.
One thing about the hotel that goes the extra mile in serving is about ‘GRAB n GO’ option for breakfast. On the day of my check out, I had an early morning train at 5 AM and kind folks at Holiday Inn Express handed me a packed delicious breakfast to fill my yummy soul.
The staff at Holiday Inn Express Prahlad Nagar is professional, friendly, and always ready to help. They always welcome you with a smile and are ready to ask about your need. They will take care of all your needs with care and affection. I had good conversations with the Managers, the restaurant in charge, the receptionist, and the in-house staff. The staff helped me to explain everything about the hotel and the food. I must say the staff at the hotel made my stay more experiential.
The hotel provides Pick up and drop facility to and from the airport/railway station. For Business travelers, offer a taxi service to reach your office. Also, HIEX has located in a prime location, you can conveniently access Auto/Cabs to reach nearby places which can be arranged by the hotel for you.
My experience of staying at Holiday Inn Express Prahladnagar was amazing. It is truly a perfect place to relax and rejoice. I enjoyed my best staycation here to reconnect and recharge myself. I enjoyed it to the core of my heart.
They provided a one-day city tour around; the driver was professional with good knowledge of the surroundings and routes of popular places.
The day started with a good breakfast, good Wi-Fi, choices of food, and a comfortable bed with a good night’s sleep, offering the perfect place to be refreshed and energized every day.
It is a smart choice for solo and business travelers who are looking for a smart and hassle-free stay. It won’t fail to impress you. I highly recommend this hotel if you are visiting Ahmadabad either for business or on weekends. If you are looking for a budget hotel near the railway station with a Luxury feel, this is the best hotel to stay in Ahmedabad.
How the hotel is sustainable??:
Also, the hotel uses the Green Engage system, an innovative online environmental sustainability system that gives hotels the means to measure and manage their impact on the environment. It makes sure they are protecting the surroundings for our guests today, and tomorrow.
P.S As a travel blogger, my stay was sponsored by Holiday Inn Ahmadabad Prahladnagar, however, the views expressed in the post are solely mine and have not been influenced by the brand in any way.