A  dapper-looking man in uniform greeted us with a big smile as soon as our car pulled up at the Electra Metropolis Hotel. That smile made me forget the crammed airline seat I was subjected to for about seven hours. A smooth check-in and in no time I was inside my beautiful suite of the Electra Metropolis Hotel that left me speechless with its view of the stunning Acropolis. I knew by  this time that it would be a great trip. Electra Metropolis is a 216-room hotel located on the central Metropolis street of Athens. A relatively new five star hotel, it has a contemporary design with all modern amenities. At the same time it reflects the culture and rich history of the city with its retro chic design. The hotel’s central location meant we could walk to all the major sites, shopping areas, cafes and even night clubs! It is at a stone’s throw from the old town of Plaka and Monastriki.
A contemporary design seeking inspiration from the uncut diamond, restaurants that serve memorable meals, comfortable rooms and happy staff all around- that pretty much sums up my thoughts about ITC’s new property in Hyderabad. Luxury and love both are in details. At ITC Kohenur it was in the ‘sleep box’ that is on the bedside, in showers fitted with Vitamin C capsules in their wellness rooms, in the personalized pillow that has guest’s names nicely embroidered on it and that extra dessert that the chef will feed you no matter which restaurant you are dining at.

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Tourists once favorite hangout zone in Delhi, Connought Place lost the steam few years back and sort of became dull. Now with restaurants and pub making a beeline for CP in recent years, it has become food and entertainment epicenter once again. A new gem added to this crown is Niche Lounge and Bistro, young and dynamic Tarun Arora’s brainchild. Arora with his concept restaurant goes beyond the conventional to create just what the name suggests- a niche experience.
As the elevator opens to Taj Vivanta’s North-Indian cuisine (read Punjabi) restaurant Paranda a quintessential highway truck, rustic ambience and smiling servers welcome us. We visited Paranda for a lunch meal during Surajkund Mela, the annual handicraft fair that attracts throngs of people. Vivanta By Taj, which was earlier a Claridges property, is located bang opposite the fair venue. The north-Indian cuisine restaurant has introduced a new menu and before narrating in detail about the food and experience, let me declare new menu to be a winner all the way. Here’s why.
The calm and yet modern baroque interiors of Malt & Co. soothe the nerves and the happy sound of conversation is reassuring. One can watch the beer being made, and drink it too! The attraction, asides from having 'crafted' beer devoid of synthetic preservatives, is also the relaxed environs without too much loud music that doesn't let you hold conversations. Piccadilly has always been the trusted place for kitty gossip or weekend ruminations.

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