Experiencing Telugu Grandeur At The ITC Kakatiya | MF Travels

By Misbaah Mansuri June 21, 2018
We Could Sit Here All Day!

Steeped in history, thronged with people and buzzing with commerce, the charming city of Hyderabad has a rich and regal feel to it. And which is a better city to live up the Nawab life than this one? Our experience at ITC Kakatiya is a testament to this…

The palatial property transports one to a simpler time with gentle echoes of Kakatiya art and sculpture. Right from the motifs to the pillars in the lobby – every aspect acts as an ode to the great dynasty. My welcome at this gorgeous address was replete with a chandan tikka, aarti, garlands and chocolates. You can imagine I was already feeling pretty royal!

The property is furnished with 188 rooms and suites. I was put up in an Eva room considering I was a solo lady traveller. The entire wing of the second floor is dedicated exclusively to the single lady traveller. The thoughtful touches in the room and exclusive functionalities include enhanced security features and top-notch privacy.

The Room

The Room

Once I was escorted to the room by my valet, I took my time to enjoy the sheer opulence of the space. On a small table at the foot of the bed lay a small card with my name, sweet treats and also to my surprise, an exquisite pillow engraved with my name on it. These small gestures set the perfect tone for my stay here.

When my stomach rumbled, I was spoiled-for-choice by the three in-house restaurants namely Dakshin, Deccan Pavillion and K&K. I was already familiar with K&K’s exotic and slow simmered preparations so I decided to try something different. The concierge informed me that Dakshin served up coastal cuisine from five different states so I was excited to try it out.

Dakshin. Image Source

Dakshin. Image Source

The décor at Dakshin replicates that of a southern temple, with a chef cooking on a stage. The mood is accentuated with a live performance of classical Carnatic music along with a well-stocked beverage list. Here I devoured a sumptuous thali meal. The Kuntikura Pappu — lentils cooked with rozelle leaves and tempered with mustard and chilli, Beerakai Guddu Koora —traditional ridge gourd and egg curry and Royyala Dosakai Koora — dried prawns simmered with yellow cucumber in an onion-tomato gravy sent me back with the dreamiest of food comas.

In between meals, I could hit the well-equipped gym, spend some me-time at the salon or go for a spa session at ITC’s signature Kaya Kalp Spa. The inviting outdoor pool, built around a natural rock also promises a delightful experience of bliss where I spent enough time swimming away the stresses of daily life.

Kaya Kalp Spa

Kaya Kalp Spa

This was a weekend where I alternated between the comfortable bed and inviting pool. I loved how the hotel makes such genuine efforts to please its guests that can’t go unnoticed. Like finding little notes and or a personalized pillow before calling it a night. I wish I had more time to spend more time here which was not to be, but I made a mental note to make this hotel a part of my travel plan soon.

ITC Kakatiya Pool

ITC Kakatiya Pool

Hits: I found no sign of packaged water bottles anywhere at the hotel. Its ethos of sustainability without comprising luxury are to be lauded.

Misses: The hotel could do with some more food options for international travellers. While there are a few, the expectation from an ITC remain on the higher side.

Rates: From Rs 12,500 per night

Address: 6 -3 -1187, Begumpet, Greenlands, Teachers Colony, Hyderabad, Telangana 500016

Phone: 040 2340 0132