The hotel's hospitality began as soon as I got out of the Lucknow Airport where I found a very amicable young man called Kafeel Qureshi waiting patiently for my partner and I with our names on a signboard. During our 25-minute drive to the hotel, he told me useful information about Lucknow and the property such as the fact that it was Uttar Pradesh's first five-star hotel constructed almost 50 years ago! After that, as soon as we reached the hotel, we were welcomed with the traditional teeka-tilak on our foreheads, followed by fresh coconut water. Wow! Indeed that welcome was fit for kings, and we were delightfully surprised at every step.
Post the check-in formalities, instead of going to the room we headed for the buffet breakfast at Le Bougainvillea which is their 24/7 restaurant. We were quite hungry so we ate to our heart's content. Apart from the food at the buffet, the staff was gracious enough to source whatever we wanted fresh from the kitchen! My partner and I were constantly looking at each other in awe of the hotel's grand hospitality. But during the course of our weekend stay, we came to realise that it was not just meant for us but it was a way of life at Clarks Avadh, Lucknow.
The property sits comfortably on the banks of Gomti river, which offers it a fantastical view from most rooms. It is located in Lucknow's prime location, or the shopping hub of the city – Hazratganj, which is actually right around the corner, and so is the railway station. In fact, most of the city's tourist attractions and recreational centres are close to Clarks Avadh.
While we stayed in the suite, the hotel has three types of rooms, based on requirements and budget:
1. Executive Room – The most basic room but still a benchmark in luxury and comfort, the various amenities that come complimentary are air conditioning, WiFi, TV with premium channels, tea and coffee maker, buffet breakfast, mini bar, work desk and chair, hair dryer (on request), wardrobe, bathrobe and bath slippers, room service, laundry service, towels and linen, and toiletries.
2. Club Room – The Club Room is larger and more spacious, designed keeping in mind the corporate guest. There's ample light and great ventilation in order to allow a peaceful and ideal work environment. All the other amenities are the same as mentioned above for the Executive Room.
3. Suite – The suite is meant for an ultra-luxurious stay and is deserved for special occasions. Featuring state-of-the-art furnishings and facilities and an extraordinarily huge living room, an alley, a bathtub, great large windows in the bedroom, the suite is no less than a personal 1BHK apartment right inside the hotel. All the suites are situated at the corners of the floors which ensure extra quietude and direct views of the Gomti river through their windows. These rooms define luxury and opulence.
You can book any of these rooms instantly on their website in as little as ₹4,400 for 2 per night!
Apart from the exquisite hotel rooms the hotel also boasts of banquet halls and conference rooms that can hold functions as big as fat Indian weddings to formal business meetings. It can accommodate over 1,000 guests currently. However, my hour-long tete-a-tete with the spirited hotel VP Col. (Retd.) K.K. Manglik revealed that a huge renovation is already underway which will give the hotel a complete facelift, opening doors to much bigger event venues and more numbers of rooms. He became a part of Clarks Avadh's family only six years ago but it was clear that it was almost his personal passion project to see everyone has a great time while here.