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The Renaissance is located far from the maddening crowd on the lakes of Lake Powai. We have stayed at this hotel a bunch of times and have always enjoyed our stay. It is amazing how quiet and peaceful this hotel is when compared to its sister property, the JW Marriott in Juhu. The JW is a veritable zoo, and the noise level can be deafening at times. Try and get a lakeside room if you can. You can usually get a free breakfast with your room. The front desk staff is extremely friendly, and they keep plying you with handmade chocolates as you wait to collect your keys.
The single rooms in this hotel come equipped with a coffee machine, complimentary sachets of tea and coffee, fruits, and water. An Internet connection is available for a flat fee of about $10 for 24 hours, and the clock starts to tick from the time you log in. I found that the rooms at this hotel are a tad smaller when compared to other hotels, which cramps your style if you have big pieces of luggage.
The hotel rooms tend to fill up very fast because of the convention center. The room rates tend to be a couple of hundred dollars per night. Again, here is an age-old tip: try and negotiate a better deal if you get a rack rate.
The hotel has great swimming pool that overlooks Powai Lake. Their well-appointed gym also overlooks the lake. A plus point is that the trained personnel at the gym can help you with your workouts. The gym has saunas located in the women and men’s section of the changing rooms. Be careful of the sauna, though. I kind of felt unwell after using their sauna, and I think it has something to do with the proper maintenance of the sauna. There is a Jacuzzi of sorts where you can relax. If you have the time, you can also get a great massage at the gym.
The hotel’s beauty salon is a definite highlight. This unisex salon has a very friendly staff where you can get a hair cut, manicure, pedicure, and facial, the works, for a great price. You will get your money’s worth at this salon.
The hotel has three different restaurants. The Emperor’s Court (Chinese cuisine) is a tastefully appointed place that reminds you of 1920s Shangai and serves great food. The Lake View Cafe is best for its breakfast spread. I found that their lunch and dinner spreads are not that great! You can order á la carte and get better food. The Nawab Saheb, the Indian restaurant, is a disaster. I would not recommend eating at this place.
The only thing that is jarring about this place is the dreadful dolphin statue right outside their foyer.