Vivanta by Taj Aurangabad
What We Love
- Enormous outdoor pool
- A gateway for visits to the Ajanta and Ellora caves
- Choice of two restaurants serving pan-Indian and Chinese cuisines
What To Know
- The Jiva Spa offers traditional aromatherapy treatments
- WiFi is an additional cost of $2 (plus tax) per day
- Aurangabad Airport is six miles away; transfers are available for $10 per person, each way
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
About 60 miles from the World Heritage Site of Ajanta, the Vivanta by Taj Aurangabad is a palatial retreat set on five acres of palm-studded gardens. The imposing white facade bears a striking resemblance to the nearby Bibi Ka Maqbara, a magnificent palace commissioned by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in the late 17th century. The 65 sleek and spacious rooms and suites are decorated in soothing cream and russet tones, with King beds, rain showers and well-stocked minibars. All come with private balconies overlooking the gardens or the pool area. Diners can choose between two restaurants: Latitude for pan-Indian cuisine or the Tea House for top-notch Chinese fare. After dinner, sip a vodka martini at the hotel’s buzzy bar, Tease, or soothe aching muscles with a traditional Indian aromatherapy massage at the uber-luxe Jiva Spa.
In the Area
One of the most treasured sites of ancient India, the Buddhist caves of Ajanta are about 60 miles from the hotel. Adorned with elaborate “temperas” (frescoes), these secluded caves date from the 2nd century BC to the 6th century. Official guides are available to show you around for about $10. About 60 miles from Ajanta, another World Heritage Site, the Ellora Caves, date from the 5th to the 10th century AD and are equally spectacular. And don’t miss Bibi Ka Maqbara in Aurangabad itself; this 17th century mausoleum rivals the Taj Mahal in its size, setting and breathtaking beauty.
How to Get There
Great stay at the hotel, rooms are clean and spacious. Bathroom with powerful shower. Comfortable beds. Beautiful grounds.
Staff are the greatest assets, everyone from the reception, housekeeping and restaurant staff were helpful, courteous and attentive. Would recommend it to anyone.
The hotel is very comfortable and plush with all the facilities you would expect from a five-star hotel. Our room was at the end of a corridor and I'm not sure if that was the reason it wasn't serviced until mid-afternoon which was a bit annoying, since we'd had a long morning sightseeing. Nevertheless, it was comfortable and staff were attentive and kind.
The hotel is palatial and beautifully landscaped. A video presentation of various species of birds that can be sighted at their property, catches one’s attention on arrival at their lobby. Service is faultless and so is the food. Early check- in requests are willingly accomodated. Food is excellent, particularly their Chef’s Lamb Biryani!
As per the title found the winter family deal ideal for us. it was a bonus that it included breakfast and dinner for both nights. Great place to stay to get access to the Eloora caves. The pool looked fantastic but it was winter. An exercise bike int the gym would be a good addition
I must be honest and say that this is not really my preferred type of hotel. It's a bit too corporate for me. Having said that, we were staying in Aurangabad for three nights (to visit the caves at Adjanta and Ellora) and we did want to be comfortable, which we knew would be the case at the Vivant by Taj. Also, the hotel was a lovely heritage property. Our room was spacious and comfortable, with a balcony overlooking the gardens and every facility. (Nice tea selection!). Bathroom was well appointed with a good selection of toiletries. We ate in the Latitude restaurant on all three nights. Actually, we would have loved to have tried the outdoor barbecue which we had seen on the first night and we had been told would be available every night of our stay. However, it was cancelled on night two, due to a large corporate event (see previous reviews) and on the third night, was also not available. Staff were very apologetic and the chef even offered to cook us our dish of choice, but there was plenty on the a la carte menu (just not barbecued food).
The waiters in the restaurant (Mamraj was one) were particularly willing to help us choose from the extensive menu. We wanted to try new things and the food was delicious.(I loved the stuffed baby aubergines). The choice at breakfast was excellent, but again I felt that there were too many chiefs and not enough indians. A simple request for more bread created all sorts of problems, apparently, because too many people had to be involved in getting it. We were then embarrassed by the level of apology we received, as I really hadn't intended to make a fuss.
It may seem harsh to criticise a hotel for being overly attentive, but I really don't need three people to open a door for me, nor six people to try to find more bread: and definitely not three managers to apologise. I can't help but feel that this is because the staff are trying to meet levels of service which have been laid down by central management: and they seem genuinely worried when they might appear to fall short. When the staff were allowed to "do their own thing", they seemed more relaxed and friendly and helpful and we felt more relaxed as guests.
Nevertheless, the stay was comfortable and the restaurant food delicious and everyone tried to be helpful.