Our short break to a modern four-star business hotel in Pune’s industrial belt – the Courtyard by Marriott Pune Chakan with its urban resort feel, splendid food and wine, and unique excursions proved to be a refreshing break with a difference, says Brinda Gill
Chakan, 35 kms north-west of Pune, traditionally known for its historic temples, religious sites and wholesale agricultural produce trading hub has evolved into a thriving special economic zone in the recent years. Its vast and well-planned industrial estate has a bevy of engineering, manufacturing and automotive industries (including Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Mahindra &Mahindra and Bajaj Auto) that have employees from different parts of India and the world.
Given this milieu, Courtyard by Marriott Pune Chakan regularly has long staying Indian and foreign business guests who are here on work projects. To meet the varied requirements of its guests, the Hotel’s spacious, double-height, open-design, well-lit MoMo Café has a matrix of spaces. From the bar to its tea and coffee lounge, an indoor dining and a breezy al fresco area, a pastry and take away counter, and a private dining area as well as a multi-cuisine menu that features Maharashtrian specialities – one is will literally spoilt for choice!
Adding to the dining experience is the compact wine menu featuring a choice of Indian and international wines. “The Indian and international wines on the wine menu have been selected keeping in mind the predominance of Italian and German guests at our hotel and their wine preferences,” says Hemant Tenneti, General Manager, Courtyard by Marriott Pune Chakan.
The wine menu comprises 13 white and red wines, two rosés, five sparkling wines as well as a Champagne. Of these, six white wines and seven red wines are served by the glass. The restaurant manager suggests food and wine pairings. Guests staying for a few days can order a bottle; the restaurant stores the unfinished bottle for the guest.
The hotel organizes interesting excursions to the Volkswagen plant; historic temples; Japalouppe Equestrian Center; Gowardhan’s Bhagyalaxmi Dairy Farm and the GO Cheese Plant; the scenic Pawana Dam that may take ten minutes to an hour and a half to reach. Day trips to Sula Vineyards at Nashik (175 kms) are also organized for guests who wish to know about Indian winemaking and our wines. All these thoughtful and engaging interactions make a short break here unexpectedly interesting and enjoyable.