An oasis in the city
Urban Boutique Hotel From USD $93
Ahmedabad, Gujurat, India
1 Bedroom, sleeps 2
From USD $93
The House of MG has earned its reputation as one of the top places to stay in Ahmedabad, with acclaimed restaurants, an indoor swimming pool and exquisitely decorated suites. This stately property, built in 1924 as a home for a wealthy textile magnate, has been tastefully restored to retain its old-world charm, but with all the amenities and comforts of a modern world-class business hotel.
The House of MG or Mangaldas Giridhardas once belonged to a wealthy textile businessman and dates back to 1924. Today it is still owned by the same family and the same amazing textiles are resplendent throughout the hotel. In fact it’s the choice of décor, furniture, food and services that really make it stand out from other business hotels – for that essentially is what it is.
Even though it has long since been converted to a hotel it has more old world charm than you can possibly imagine with traditional Gujurati swings outside your door, vintage portraits of the Mangaldas family on the terracotta walls, mosaic marble flooring, wooden staircases leading to various rooms, ceramic mosaics in the central courtyard and various pieces of eclectic furniture.
Along with the large plush bathrooms and other mod-cons such as WiFi and free airport pickups, it’s hardly surprising that the hotel remains a favourite for Indian and foreign travelers – the House of MG also appropriately advertises on their website “it’s like coming home”.
But there are more surprises around the corner. The hotel also features two eating areas, a banquet ‘facility’, lifestyle store, craft centre, film and reading club, an indoor pool and even a gym.
Accommodation is offered in a series of suites. The Mangaldas Suite tops the tariff bundle and is suitably king sized with an enormous four poster bed and a large bathroom, so it should hardly come as a surprise this was once the bedroom of Sheth Mangaldas. It occupies the second floor and the sitting area even has its own swing set.
There are a series of Grand Suites on the first floor each with modern conveniences, Queen sized double beds and a swing in the bedroom and a work table.
The Grand Deluxe Rooms on the first and second floor were once used by the ladies of the house and the sons of Sheth Mangaldas, while two of the Deluxe Rooms on the second floor were converted to charming hotel rooms from their original incarnations as a terrace and the ante room to the master bedroom.
There are two acclaimed restaurants within the premises of the hotel, and indeed some guests come here simply to eat the cuisine is so highly regarded.
Agashiye is located on the rooftop terrace and serves award winning Gujurati cuisine in traditional style – imagine eating thali with a candlelit view over the rooftops of the city. It’s a world away from the busy streets below and wonderfully they change the menu every day so you can return again and again.
The Green House is a courtyard café and has a menu featuring cuisine from Gujurat, Rajasthan and South India.
Ahmedabad has a wealth of sights including architectural monuments and local museums. Let the staff suggest some itineraries for you or make use of the hotel’s guided iPod tour. For ventures further afield the House of MG can also arrange wildlife tours of bird sanctuaries and the Little Rann of Kutch.
"So many things go to making a good hotel. But what makes a great place, will always be a combination of great staff and san attendance to detail that is driven by the desire to be hospitable: to delight guests by anticipating and surpassing their needs.
We arrived after staying in quite rough surroundings, so the comfort of the MG was quite stunning. We were introduced by the kind and thoughtful staff to our unbelievably nice suite: spacious, immaculately clean with a delicious bed and fabulous bathroom. A typical detail: the choice of videos in the DVD library was brilliant.. Food in the downstairs coffee bar was delicious and innovative, but the food on the roof terrace was probably they best we've had in India in several visits. exquisitely well prepared and served". Quentar.
"Bang in the middle of old town, this is a model small hotel that does not behave like one. Easy to book on the net with some sweet last minute deals, ultra fair airport drop charges (pick up was complimentary) are the small treats. The big one is the surprise after you enter the property. The best part about this property, beyond the beauty, is the overall home-like experience. The rooms are well appointed and each one is different, their staff while being highly efficient are easy and pleasant. Their all vegetarian Indian menu is authentic and their gujarathi cooking is top class and can seldom be found outside Gujarathi homes. Ahmedabad has a treasure of architecture, havelis, wells and museums, most require some bit of research and asking around. The Calico museum of textiles is world-class, requires advance booking and is not to be missed. There is one draw back with the property; depending on the room you are in, the noise from the streets can get to you- traffic noise during the day and dog barks/residents in the neighborhood during the night. Those who after pin-drop silence beware!" Dravidian Traveler.
"Walking into the house of MG is like going back in time in India, but with all the modern facilities you need. This was my second visit and enjoy it each time." Rick.
Guests can expect to pay between USD $92 and USD $242 per night.