The Gateway Hotel Ambad
What We Love
- Set on 11 acres of lush gardens, with an outdoor pool
- Impressive sports facilities, including tennis courts, a cricket pitch, a jogging track and basketball courts
- A 15-minute drive from Nashik city center and five minutes from the Pandav Caves
What To Know
- Free WiFi for up to two devices
- Less than a three-hour drive from Mumbai
- Authentic North Indian cuisine served at Panchratna
- Within easy reach of local vineyards
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Set on 11 tree-studded acres of landscaped gardens, the Gateway Hotel Ambad Nashik is an elegant heritage-style retreat. The cream and terra-cotta exterior harks back to India’s golden age of marble-clad havelis, and the lobby strikes an opulent tone with polished floors, high vaulted ceilings and a glittering chandelier. The grounds feature impressive sports facilities, including a large, palm-fringed pool, tennis courts and a cricket pitch. The 70 guestrooms feature dark wood floors, indigenous artworks and chunky colonial-style furniture. The toffee and chocolate marble bathrooms are similarly swank, with oversize washbasins and walk-in rain showers. For extra space book one of the three Executive Suites; they come with large living rooms overlooking the pool. Sample Maharashtrian cuisine at Panchratna, then round off the evening with a gin-and-tonic at the buzzy Somras bar, open seven nights a week.
In the Area
Demand for Indian wine is rapidly increasing, but Sula Vineyards, just nine miles from the hotel, is one of the few vineyards set up to receive visitors. The 1,800-acre estate features a state-of-the-art tasting room, a top-notch restaurant and an open-air amphitheater for parties and special events. For a window on the region’s rich history, head to the Pandav Caves, a series of 24 intricately carved grottos dating back to the 3rd century BC; there are Buddhist statues inside, and many of the inscriptions on the walls are still legible. Don’t miss a visit to Kalaram Mandir, in nearby Nashik; this beautiful black stone temple was built in 1788 using 32 tons of gold.
How to Get There
As most business travelers do, I also would like to just get in and get a good night sleep and get out without too much involvement on the offerings of a hotel other than a CLEAN and COMFORTABLE bed with a QUITE night.
Upon arrival, I was "upgraded" to a room with two twin beds - twin beds are not an upgrade for me. But I accepted it because I just wanted to put me head down and get some rest. The room was in the new wing of the hotel - a good walk to get to the room - and my key did not work, so they had to change the whole sensor assembly (rather than offering me another room (without an upgrade), I waited until they can finish that work before I can settle). But the worst was yet to come. The whole night went on with a noise which sounded like a reservoir being topped up every 30 seconds, for about two seconds. It was the worst night I spent in a long while.
Shobit Shrivastava was very corporative and welcoming at the check in counter.
After a tiring day, felt amazing entering the Taj. New side rooms are much better. Nice pool. Good staff and good service.
We spent a quiet and relaxing holiday in this hotel. We enjoyed relaxed breakfast and sitting on the verandah with our news papers and books. We loved our evening walks in the hotel grounds. Took day trips to Shirdi and Triumbakeshwar. A great stay