Thursday, April 25, 2013

What a difference a note makes. And about Easter Sunday lunch at the Park Hyatt Hyderabad, and good Indian food.

Easter Sunday lunch at the Park Hyatt Hyderabad
This afternoon, I was going through my photos of India when I found some from our Easter Sunday lunch at the Park Hyatt Hyderabad.

I'd had a proper lunch today.

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But looking at my India trip photos seriously made me hungry for good Indian food.

I'd had Indian food -- especially dal, curry and biryani -- practically at least twice a day for nine days on that trip, but I never ever experienced getting over-curried out.

Or over-biryani-ed out, for that matter.

Almost every meal we had in India was simply fantastic

So today, hungry for curry and looking for another excuse to go to India, I've decided to write a little bit about our stay at the gorgeously cutting-edge Park Hyatt Hyderabad on that Easter weekend.

Remembering my last trip to India will have to do for now, until I can find another week or two in my schedule that I can book a trip into.

I want to go to Kashmir next time...

My "Travelife office" at the Park Hyatt Hyderabad


I'm in a hotel almost every week, so I've seen all kinds of hotels and experienced all kinds of welcomes.

But when you're checking into a nice hotel, nothing really beats that personal touch.

I got reminded of this today because I'd taken a photo of the very nice handwritten note that Park Hyatt GM Sven Hoffmeyer kindly sent over to my suite, so that it was waiting for me when I checked in.

What a difference that made in terms of a warm first impression. It wasn't a long note, but it was a real note, and great handwriting, too.


I didn't know Mr. Hoffmeyer at all, but I ended up meeting him very briefly while we were having Easter lunch at the hotel, as he was there also with his family and some of his own guests.

In fact, it seems the entire expatriate community of Hyderabad was at the Park Hyatt for Easter lunch, as their Italian restaurant was completely booked out.

This was our first choice and then we had to settle for their all-day dining restaurant, when we couldn't get a table at the Italian restaurant.

Great tandoori at the Park Hyatt Hyderabad

Lucky for us, though, in the end, as we ended up very happy having lunch at their all-day dining restaurant which serves incredibly good Indian food.

I was so glad we had Indian food for our Easter Sunday lunch, after all.

As always, we ordered an assortment of tandoori, all kinds of curries and one last hurrah: the Hyderabad biryani.

Hyderabad is famous for its biryani, and we must've had six or seven biryani in our short stay.

The Hyderabad biryani. I wish I'd eaten more of this...


We were having Easter lunch, and then we were checking out late afternoon to catch a flight to Gujarat, our next destination.

Mr. Hoffmeyer was walking around, of course, and saying hello and Happy Easter to guests. This was how I ended up meeting him.

"You have a beautiful hotel," I said to him.

I think I also mentioned the note, because it really made an impression on me for its warmth and sincerity. Especially as I get notes from hoteliers all the time.

I also get lots of welcome letters at hotels.

So when I say that a note stands out in a never-endingly eventful Travelife, you can believe it.


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