Exuding Art, Facilitating Business

By Swarnendu Biswas

Surya Palace, the renowned thirty-year-old hotel in the culturally rich city of Vadodara, has been rebranded in the recent past (in late June 2017) to Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace. Over the last three decades, Surya Palace did acquire considerable reputation in the hospitality market of Vadodara.

The hospitality property’s seemingly bright future is complemented by its rich legacy. “During the last 30 years, Surya Palace has evolved as the most popular hotel of Vadodara. It is a household name in Vadodara, known for various traditional ceremonies which include themed weddings with creative and customised banqueting options. Since its inception, Surya Palace has been catering to various dignitaries visiting the city. The hotel has also served head of states & Prime Ministers of India,” elaborated Piyush Shah, Managing Director, Jindal Hotels Ltd. Jindal Hotels Ltd. is the company which owns the hotel.

Rebranding to Grow

“With this rebranding, we look forward to combining the local strength of Surya Palace with the global reach of AccorHotels by creating a memorable experience through Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace. Considering the growth trends that the Gujarat hospitality market is showing, through the rebranding we estimate to see a growth in occupancy and revenue in the property, over the coming years,” observed Shah. “The rebranding of the hotel has given us an opportunity to add the components of Grand Mercure to the existing brand of Surya Palace,” Shah added further.

“The rebranding of Surya Palace to Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace highlights AccorHotels’ growing network in the region. It further strengthens our presence in Gujarat. This is the first upscale property under the brand of AccorHotels in the state of Gujarat and west India,” said Jean-Michel Cassé, Chief Operating Officer, India & South Asia, AccorHotels. AccorHotels brings its international brand heritage, large distribution network and the benefits of its global loyalty program to the thirty-year-old hospitality property. There is no denying the fact that the emergence of Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace is expected to strengthen AccorHotels’ presence in Gujarat. Following this rebranding exercise, AccorHotels has already expanded its presence in the state with Mercure Dwarka, which has come up in the historic city of Dwarka.

For Business and Leisure

Strategically located in proximity to Vadodara’s business district and corporate hubs, Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace is the first Grand Mercure hotel in the state of Gujarat. The property is only a five minutes drive from the Railway Station and 10 minutes drive from the city’s airport. The property is also a short drive from some of the city’s entertainment and shopping centres such as Inorbit Mall, Cinepolis, Vadodara Central and others.

What is more, popular tourist attractions of Vadodara like The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (M.S. University), Sayaji Garden, Baroda Museum and Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara are all a few minutes drive from the hospitality property, and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Champaner-Pavagadh Archeological Park is a 50 minute drive away from the hotel.

Though Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace is primarily a business hotel, but it can be quite an attractive staying option for the leisure tourists too, who are interested to explore the rich culture and history of Vadodara. 

Room for Art  

One of the first impressions that one can have of the hotel is the presence of a number of enchanting art works. “From the impressive sculptures by Nagji Patel in the porch, to the works of Jyoti Bhatt in the restaurant and the mesmerising ceramic works of PR Daroz in the Ballroom, along with display of Padma Vibhushan Prof. K G. Subramanium’s paintings, the hotel presents a wonderful collage of artistic expressions,” affirmed Shah. One can easily say that Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace amply reflects on Vadodara’s rich cultural heritage. The hotel can excite an art connoisseur as well as a common art lover.

The elegant property spruced with vibrant artistic expressions, comprises 146 well-appointed guest rooms including five suites, an all-day dining restaurant named Azure, a delicatessen named Vanilla, and a fitness and wellness centre.  The property also houses an outdoor swimming pool.

The guest rooms of the hotel can be demarcated across five categories. They are Deluxe Room with 1 double bed, Deluxe Room with 2 single beds, Executive Room with 1 king size bed, Premier Suite with Living Room, and Presidential Suite with Living Room. Each of the guest rooms features modern design aesthetics, comprehensive in-room amenities and Wi-Fi access. “The guest rooms are deeply influenced by seasons of the year and vibrant Indian festivals, through paintings and a vivacious colour palette,” disclosed Shah.

Azure, the multi-cuisine restaurant of the hotel, can give the guests taste of global cuisines along with local delicacies. Guests can choose between buffet and A ‘la Carte dishes from international and Indian cuisines. 

Located at the lobby level like Azure, Vanilla serves fine bakery and confectionary items paired with gourmet appetisers and an array of refreshing beverages. “Celebrating the tea culture of Gujarat, the tea menu at Vanilla has a wide selection of local and international teas,” informed Jean-Michel Cassé .At Vanilla Cafe, one can also marvel at paintings of artists from the School of Fine Arts in Vadodara. Coffee with art can be stir up stimulating conversations!

For Meetings and More

The property is endowed with impressive infrastructure for business travellers. “Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace has 10 pillar-less meeting rooms, specially designed to accommodate guests in the range of 15 to 1000. Our hotel is an ideal stay option for women, as we offer Solo Woman Traveller Rooms, which provide extra security and added amenities,” asserted Shah.

“Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace is home to the city’s largest pillar less space, spanning over 19,000 sq. ft. The hotel has six beautifully appointed event venues of varying sizes and specifications, and each of these venues is fully equipped with the latest amenities and modern infrastructure,” expressed Jean-Michel Cassé. Whether you want to host a business meeting or a wedding banquet in Vadorara, the hotel can be a preferred address.

Jean-Michel Cassé went on to give details of all the six meeting venues of the hotel. With a 23 ft. ceiling height & modern AV facilities, Ball Room has capacity to serve up to 1000 guests.  It has the largest pillar less hall in the city. “Crystal Room can cater to up to 400 guests and can be divided into three individual rooms with a separate pre-function area. Fifth Avenue comes with a separate pre-function area; this room can cater to up to 150 guests. Syndicate Hall has a separate entrance and can cater to up to 200 guests. Royal Room is ideal for exhibitions, seminars and private gatherings. This hall can host up to 200 guests. Regal Room is for comparatively small and medium size meetings/events. This room can host up to 70 guests,” explained Jean-Michel Cassé.

Overall, the stately hospitality property comes across as an amalgamation of business and art hotel. Probably it is the ideal venue for practicing the art of doing business.

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