“Our endeavour is to establish a viable, sustainable business ecosystem’

Rohit Dasgupta, General Manager, Renaissance Ahmedabad Hotel, says he anticipates a delightful summer filled with exciting adventures and memorable experiences

With a strong heritage of over 600 years, India’s first UNESCO World Heritage City of Ahmedabad stands strong along the banks of River Sabarmati. It’s an architectural, art and crafts and cultural hub, globally famous for its vibrancy. The rich handicraft and architecture of the city too are widely known. Ideally located in Ahmedabad is a modern icon that exudes a charm that enriches a stay in the historic city – Renaissance Ahmedabad Hotel. “Living up to the brand philosophy of ‘Discover this Way’ of Renaissance Hotels, the Renaissance Ahmedabad Hotel encourages guests to experience and discover the local culture, taste and flavours with curated offerings complimenting their stay which is perfect for both business and leisure travellers. Our premium five-star hotel is near GIFT City and local landmarks,” says property General Manager Rohit Dasgupta.

He adds the rooms and suites at the hotel offer plush bedding, modern technology and spa-like bathrooms for serene escapes in the city. “A rooftop infinity pool and fitness centre allows guests to collect themselves and take in the moment. They can choose from eclectic dining options including Pan-Asian restaurant - KURO, versatile Sunday brunch at R Kitchen and Mill & Co for freshly brewed coffee and flaky pastries as well as flavourful mocktails, sandwiches and snacks. This cosy coffee shop is ideal for meals on the go,” he says. 

In addition, the hotel offers bespoke event venues including a boardroom and beautiful outdoor lawn, one of the largest-of-its-kind in Ahmedabad. “Guests can also enjoy the Infinity Pool and the hotel’s Fitness Centre available 24x7 with guided assistance. They can further make the most of the stay as a Marriott Bonvoy member,” he informs.

As Ahmedabad's business and industry landscape has expanded with growing investment and tourist footfalls in recent years, Dasgupta says they analyse the business performance on a daily and monthly basis to know where they currently stand to help have the agility to define the bottom line and revenue streams to marketing efforts and online review scores. “It is crucial that the right rates strategy, marketing calendar, dates for promotions and group offers. Our teams work meticulously to create an accurate and personalised roadmap for each month that will help guide our sales strategy in the right direction,” he feels, adding, “We place Renaissance Ahmedabad Hotel’s best and most differentiating aspects at the forefront of our website and social media accounts so potential guests can start their experience before they even arrive for their stay. As part of the Renaissance brand experience, we provide a unique guest experience that becomes a part of our hotel’s value proposition.”

On whether the state’s art, culture and heritage has inspired the property’s offerings, the GM shares, “Renaissance Ahmedabad Hotel draws inspiration from the two rivers, Sabarmati and Narmada, along with the iconic architecture of the vavs or stepwells and vibrant culture and colours of the kites that come alive during the Uttrayan Festival. All these portray the grandeur of Gujarat. The intricate handicraft and vibrant culture of Gujarat find expressions through the latticework, detailed motifs, in-room embellishments and art across the hotel,” he says.

Informing about the Summer Staycation at the Renaissance Ahmedabad Hotel, Dasgupta says, “Guests can begin their day with a complimentary breakfast and indulge in a delightful hi-tea for two adults. For lunch or dinner, savour a specially curated menu designed to tantalise the taste buds and a complimentary room upgrade depending on availability. Children, below 12 years, receive a complimentary stay and breakfast. They can enhance their family bonding experience with complimentary taste panels led by the talented chefs. Additionally, kids have the opportunity to participate in 30-minute cooking sessions with the chef where they get to learn exciting culinary skills while having fun in the kitchen. Guests can also enjoy a 20 per cent discount on food and beverages as well as laundry services. This way, they can indulge in delectable meals and enjoy a hassle-free stay while saving some extra money.”

After experiencing an unprecedented travel season last year, the Renaissance Ahmedabad Hotel General Manager feels this summer is anticipated to be a remarkable one, with individuals eagerly embarking on journeys to discover new destinations or revisit their favourite ones. “Despite the scorching summers, we anticipate a significant influx of staycations and travellers from other cities in the state converging in Ahmedabad. Additionally, we expect Ahmedabad to serve as a hub for travelers venturing to the Gir Lion Reserve, Statue of Unity and various other tourist attractions. Overall, we are eagerly anticipating a delightful summer filled with exciting adventures and memorable experiences,” he avers.

On how he, with over 25-year experience that includes various roles at leading hospitality groups like The Oberoi, Taj, The Imperial and the Radisson Hotel Group, helps strengthen the Renaissance brand position in the city’s hospitality market, Dasgupta says, “My passion for hospitality was born from my enthusiasm to travel and discover new cultures, mixed with the energy to build unique and responsible businesses. Luxury hospitality offers a rich field where you learn from a variety of specialties including culinary, spa and wellness, strategy, marketing, revenue growth, as well as room management. I truly enjoy engaging and interacting with guests, creating bespoke experiences that will ultimately leave a ‘lasting memory’. Continuous transformation is required to succeed and that would be one of my strongest competencies: I have constantly adapted ways of working, leadership and organisation ahead of business needs. Every success my team has achieved can be attributed to a proactive refresh of the way we deliver value to our guests. Our endeavour at Renaissance Ahmedabad Hotel is to establish a viable and sustainable business ecosystem, enhancing the hotel’s key catchment area, creating hotel infrastructure in accordance with projected traffic, ensuring safe and efficient hotel operations along with a brand promise of being a pleasant experience for our guests.”


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