The second largest city in Maharashtra after Mumbai, Pune holds a high historical, cultural and economic significance. It specially grew after the Peshwas made it their capital in 1728. Over time, it became known as the cultural centre of the state as many museums and performance venues came up here. Another reason people have been coming here in large number is its rising employment and education opportunities. Tourists visit the city for its numerous attractions and also because it is close to famous hill stations like Lonavala, Khandala and Matheran.
One of the most renowned places of interest in the city is Shaniwar Wada. Built by Bajirao, this fortress is known for its massive gates, lush gardens, ruins of palaces and a lotus-shaped fountain. Aga Khan Palace, once used as a prison for the Indian freedom fighters, portrays Italian architectural influences. Another building with distinctly European aesthetical elements in the city is Shinde Chhatri. History lovers can take a trip to Lohagad, Shivneri, Raigad, Sinhagad, Rajmachi or Visapur forts, and Karla, Bedse or Bhaje caves. People, coming to Pune for vacations or work, can choose high-end hotels like Hyatt or Le Meridien to enjoy a luxurious stay.
Hyatt Pune is a 5-star luxury hotel, located in the locality of Kalyani Nagar. It offers accommodation in 209 Standard and Deluxe rooms and 12 suites. All these feature earthy colour tones and elegant brown wooden flooring. A big-screen LCD TV with Indian and international channels ensures guests non-stop entertainment. All those staying here are provided with a tea and coffee machine for instant nourishment and a fully stocked mini-bar for refreshment. Occupants can stay connected to their office or relatives via Wi-Fi facility and use the work desk for office chores or to read.
A range of international dishes is available at the Eighty Eight restaurant, while the award-winning Baan Tao specialises in Thai and Chinese cuisines. For a night of dancing with cocktails and other liquors, people can head to The Fishbowl nightclub. A well-equipped gym allows those, conscious about their health, to work out and keep themselves in shape. Hyatt Pune houses a 25-metre long lap pool and a vitality pool, so guests can rejuvenate after a long day. For the same purpose, a spa is located within the property, where international and Ayurvedic therapies can be availed.
The upscale hotel, Le Meridien Pune is located right next to the main city railway station. Its 177 rooms include 50 Royal Club Rooms, 112 Deluxe Rooms and 15 Royal Club Suites. Every guest is provided with a Phillips LCD TV with satellite connection and a DVD player. Personal electronic safes allow people to keep valuable things without worry. A desk lets them work, read or just lounge in privacy. For the refreshment of guests, the hotel has equipped every room and suite with a tea and coffee maker and mini-bar.
To enjoy Indian delights, diners can opt for the Chingari restaurant, and for international cuisine, Feast is available. Le Meridien Pune also houses an Italian restaurant, Favola, and a tea lounge, which also serves confectionery. Those, who want to chat with friends over a drink, can head to Entresol Bar or the one, located on the rooftop. Esprit, the on-site fitness centre, has exercise machines, personal trainers, squash court, sauna, steam room, massage rooms and Jacuzzi. Table tennis, carom board and a library are housed at the recreation centre of the property. The on-site spa, offering Swedish massages and aromatherapy, and the rooftop pool are ideal rejuvenation sites.
These two plush hotels offer travellers a comfortable stay with all modern amenities.