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Luxury destination: An outside view of Gateway Hotel in Vijayawada. —
Luxury destination: An outside view of Gateway Hotel in Vijayawada. —

K. Srimali

Taj Group’s Gateway Hotel launch on Oct. 21

It’ll have 108 rooms, 24-hr coffee shop, Chinese restaurant

Roof-top swimming pool, travel desk are other attractions

VIJAYAWADA: Making a significant addition to the burgeoning hospitality industry in the city, the Taj Group of Hotels is all set to throw open its ‘Gateway Hotel’ to guests from the auspicious Vijayadasami day on October 21.

The hotel has come up in an imposing structure on a one-acre site beside Magna hypermarket on the busy and commercial Mahatma Gandhi Road, where two star hotels are already vying with one another to woo customers. The hotel, incidentally, is the first one through which the Taj Group of Hotels is re-launching its Gateway brand meant for hotels in non-metro and emerging cities.

Room bookings

“We will be doing a puja and cut the first bill on Vijayadasami day to mark the beginning of our regular business,” says Hotel General Manager Vishal Jamuar, busily attending to the last-minute fine-tuning of arrangements. Pointing out that room bookings have already started, he explains that the full-scale launch of operations will be in the first week of November, and a grand formal inauguration will follow the same month.

Mr. Jamuar indicates that attempts are being made to rope in the big man of the Tata Group Ratan Tata or, at least, R. K. Krishna Kumar, Vice-Chairman of India Hotels Company, the group that manages the Taj Hotels, to inaugurate the hotel.

The 108-room hotel will have 12 suites, including a presidential suite and a deluxe suite. But only 90 rooms will be thrown open to guests initially, with the remaining ones set to be completed by the year-end.

‘Value for money’

Hinting that tariff for a normal room will be in the range of Rs.3,000 to Rs.3,500, Mr. Jamuar says confidently:

“Even though our tariffs will be slightly higher than what is charged by the other two hotels, we’re confident of emerging as the most preferred hotel in the city because of the value for money that we’re going to provide.”

The hotel will have a 64-seater 24-hour coffee shop and an exclusive Chinese restaurant that will offer authentic Chinese cuisine without a place for any other cuisine.

Sugar and Spice, a confectionary store, and a bar will be the other special features.

“We’ll also be the first hotel in this region to have a roof-top swimming pool along with a health club, while a beauty parlour and a travel desk will be other value additions,” Mr. Jamuar says.

The hotel will have a total banquet space of 15,000 sq. ft, including a terrace banquet that can accommodate about 400 guests.

With a provision for parking 200 cars in the cellar, the hotel will not have any parking problem, Mr. Jamuar explains.


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