While the city of Vijayawada may not be synonymous with the conventional idea of a vacation or taking a break, this bustling city on the banks of the river Krishna actually packs a punch when it comes to unique experiences spanning history, culture, craft and tradition. And when scouting for places to stay in the city, look no further than the magnificent Novotel Vijayawada Varun. A perfect place that offers the best in terms of stay, food and facilities, Novotel Vijayawada Varun is strategically located in the centre of the city. This aesthetically designed property is truly your gateway to this interesting city and the engaging sights it has to offer. Here’s a quick review of the property.
Overview and rooms
With a spectacular central atrium and tastefully done up reception, I was truly floored as I first entered the hotel. The ambience is chic and contemporary. I loved the play of colours which are a right combination of quirk and class.
The accomodation options are diverse in order to meet the varying needs of the guests. Hence, there are superior rooms, suite rooms, executive rooms, studios and even apartments to cater to these needs. The decor of the rooms again combines functionality with elegance.
I loved the way the design and decor incorporated local elements in terms of sourcing paintings from local artists and having native handicrafts as artefacts. Equipped with all modern facilities, the rooms are a picture of comfort and luxury!
Novotel Vijayawada Varun offers a plethora of facilities in terms of a full fledged fitness centre, signature spa and salon as well as an infinity swimming pool on the top floor. With fascinating views of the city, the wellness zone on the top is a haven for the guests.
Treat yourself to some totally rejuvanting therapies at the Dew Spa which offers a whole range of services using only natural products that are prepared sans synthetics and chemicals. The property also has an exclusive jogging track for all you fitness freaks! In addition to all of this, the hotel has three meeting rooms that are ideal for corporate conferences as well as banquet spaces for get togethers, functions and large gatherings.
Unique gastronomic experiences
Arguably, the best part about Novotel Vijayawada Varun is the food which is a veritable feast to the senses. Helmed by the very talented Chef Vinay Kumar, the menu includes exclusive handcrafted specialities replete with unique flavours and creative presentation.
The spread at the breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets at the Food exchange is extensive and extremely palatable. It includes a wide range of Indian, continental, oriental and regional local delicacies. The Andhra fare is authentic and delectable.
The Teppanyaki experience at The Wugan which is the city’s only fine dining restaurant is an experience quite like none other.
Do not miss sampling the drinks at the Gourmet Bar that are served with a unique local twist.
Engaging sights galore
Vijayawada is a multifaceted city that has much to offer for the experiential traveler. Within the city you can explore architectural gems like the ancient Undavalli caves, the impressive Prakasham barrage and the auspicious Kanaka Durgamma temple. Just outside the city, Mangalagiri is an insightful town that is home to hand woven saris as well the Panaka Narasimha swamy temple. Catch the making of the beautiful Kondapalli wooden toys as well as the Kondapalli fort just 22 km from Vijayawada. Pedana which is home to the famous Kalamkari fabrics is about 70 km from the city. Amravati, about 60 km away houses some interesting Buddhist sites. If you are a fan of local produce, make a visit to the famous Guntur chilli market (45 km from the city) where tonnes of chillies exchange hands each day!
Disclaimer: This post was made possible by Novotel Vijayawada Varun, opinions as always are my own.