With ibis Mumbai Vikhroli, Accor targets new age customers

What are a number of the issues that new-age customers would need? Fast and hassle-free check-in, sensible tv, multifunctional furnishings, round the clock entry to check-in, and electrical boards that may accommodate all types of charging units? ibis Vikhroli, the newly launched financial resort from Accor, supplies all the above and extra. 

Located proper reverse 247 Park, the 15-floor resort caters to some of the business institutions within the area in addition to folks staying or travelling to areas like Ghatkopar and Powai and has all the pieces a enterprise traveller would wish – aside from the sooner talked about facilities, it additionally has assembly rooms that may accommodate a small group of 15 in addition to convention rooms that are perfect for a day-long company assembly or workshop. 

We had been invited for a keep on the property and favored how well-suited it’s for contemporary age travellers. In case you have stayed in ibis earlier than, you understand what’s on the platter however for those who haven’t ever or in a very long time, ibis is right for all sorts of enterprise travellers – the jet setters, celebration animals and gourmands who like to experiment. It is even higher for seasoned travellers preferring evening’s sleep and easy meals.

We checked in late on Sunday evening and had been pleasantly stunned to see loads of feminine workers current at midnight. On the reception, we had been instructed that the resort has accomplished away with the bodily checking course of and was as an alternative checked in utilizing an iPad. Famished, we ordered a membership sandwich (to be served in my room) and headed to our ground. Do be aware that ibis, being an out-and-out enterprise resort, doesn’t have a coverage of their workers taking company’ baggage to the room. We took our baggage and headed to our room. Though compact, simply 17 sq. meters, it had all the pieces one would wish – a glossy cabinet, tea and occasional station, tv and a daybed by the window, which very simply reworked into a piece desk the following morning, which being Monday was filled with deadlines and conferences. 

The toilet designed in tones of gray jogged my memory immediately of the rest room in plane. Though in capsule format, it had area for all the pieces one would wish besides if you wish to place your shaving or make-up kits. However, what I completely liked is their environment-conscious strategy with regards to the toiletries. The toilet had solely refillable toiletries – cleaning soap, physique wash, shampoo and lotion, all of which had been vegan and chemical-free. We had been marvelling at this thought when the bell rang and our delicious sandwich, loaded with stir-fried greens, arrived. To set the temper proper, we switched on the tv solely to find that it’s OTT-enabled (company must log in with their very own particulars). We performed an episode of pals, ate my sandwich in peace and known as it an evening.

The subsequent morning, we had been taken for a tour the place we had been instructed that in 2019, Accor had determined to make ibis extra heat and vibrant for travellers, and ibis Mumbai Vikhroli is the primary one to accommodate these modifications. Designed by Singapore-based French designer Isabelle Miaja, the resort has accomplished away with its commonplace outsized reception desk. Now, there’s a casual greeting space, which additionally affords an off-the-cuff seating space, a perfect spot for a brief meet-and-greet. The weather of artwork, significantly those that deliver alive the essence of ‘Aamchi Mumbai’ and its tradition, could be noticed in every single place – every ground of the resort has artworks like the enduring kaali-peeli Ambassador taxi, and pictures portraying the transition of Bombay to Mumbai amongst others designs within the hallway. This locally-inspired design aspect extends to their 249 rooms as effectively, which have been given totally different themes, together with Mumbai’s lifeline – the native practice, its satisfaction – the Dabbawalas, its picturesque skyline,  its historical past – the royal life-style of Maratha empire and Kolam – a conventional type of artwork drawn utilizing rice flour.

The leisure aspect right here hasn’t been ignored in any respect. In reality, a whole ground has been devoted to it. On its second ground lies its multi-cuisine restaurant Spice It, the place it serves all its meals. Curiously, it serves one of many longest buffet spreads, beginning as early as 4 am (what a aid throughout early morning flights) and persevering with up till midday. We tried dosa and idli for breakfast. Minus extra oil, the masala dosa alongside sambar and coconut chutney had been spot on with regards to style. The idlis had been comfortable. Nonetheless, what stole our coronary heart was their Tomato Soup topped with a beneficiant quantity of burrata, a combination of olive oil and pesto and a few pepper, which I had for dinner later that day. It provided good thick consistency and flavours. Sharing the area with the restaurant on this ground can be a library bar, stocked with over 200 books and native beers on faucet alongside different spirits.

Again to the property, like each ibis, it has assembly rooms and convention halls for the enterprise travellers as effectively company occasions. Not solely that, this ibis additionally had a gymnasium on its topmost ground and a yoga deck on the bottom ground, one thing that ibis has by no means provided to its company. And, constructing on its strategy to cater to newer hubs within the metropolis, they are going to be opening one other property in Thane. 

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