Oakwood, Pune: Serviced living with homely comforts
Oakwood Premier Pune and Oakwood Residence Naylor Road, Pune are increasingly sought as weekend and holiday homes for growing leisure tourists, besides being home away from home to top executives. Historic and cultural town of Pune is an educational town and a burgeoning city with Information Technology (IT), auto and other industries. Here’s a peek into what the trendy serviced apartment hotels have on offer.
Oakwood Premier Pune and Oakwood Residence Naylor Road are located in the prime, up market Koregaon Park area, just 5 km from Pune Airport and 3 km from Pune Railway Station. The area has commercial houses, boutiques, shopping malls, multiplexes and luxury residential apartments. Fragrant Jasmine lined approach road for Oakwood Premiere is instantly inviting.
The iconic London Taxi parked inside the portico is the identity of Oakwood Residence on Naylor Road. The hotel uses the luxury red taxi for limousine services to guests.
Oakwood Premier is an attractive five floor building with eight wings that spread on either side of a huge glass dome that houses most of the public areas. Oakwood Residence houses one and two bedroom apartments, many with big balconies. Check-in is simple and quick, just requiring a photo identity, credit card and a signature.
The collage on the wall at the Premier’s lobby takes a guest into key historic events through illustrations of Poonah, as it was called earlier.
At Premiere, studio, one, two or three bedroom apartments are fully-furnished and equipped with luxurious amenities. Each has a balcony sit-out area with a view down to the private garden of the ground floor apartment. Entry to apartments through the rear side walkway is exclusive to guests and service staff, making it private and secure. Apartments have a drawing room, dining area, bedroom with walk-in wardrobes and a spacious bathroom. Dimmer lights are handy in controlling brightness in the room. Western style kitchen with all modern appliances and amenities has a dish washer and a clothes wash and dry machine.
Rooms at Residence too come with all furnishings and amenities, major differences being in the size of the apartment and choice of furnishings. A common launderette is provided on each floor.
Common features include LCD TVs in drawing and bedrooms, individually controlled air conditioning, MP3 docking station and Wi-Fi. Daily housekeeping and laundry service is available at both places.
Trishal Rao, director-sales, Oakwood Pune, said: “Weekends are mostly packed at our property, by leisure tourists frequenting with friends or family to enjoy homely comforts. Otherwise, we have long staying multinational guests staying for as long as 4 years. Efficient service and safety lets them carry on their business without any hassles of maintaining a house.”
Neighboring luxury apartment buildings belong to the same Panchsheel developers who own Oakwood properties in Pune, rendering security maintenance on the premises efficient. Extensive security with CCTV systems covers all the public areas.
Food and beverage
If not in a mood to cook in the apartment, one can walk down to Sen5es, the all day dining restaurant or the specialty Italian restaurant Bistro, located on the ground floor. Both have indoor and outdoor seating surrounded by bamboo trees.
Walking along lamps floating in the water at the entrance of Sen5es is a beautiful feeling. The restaurant with open kitchen serves Indian, Asian and continental buffet and a la carte cuisine.
Sen5es all day, Bistro Italian and The Oak lounge serving late night buffets. Room service is available round the clock.
Freshly baked hot green pizza tasted just right at Bistro. The place doubles up as the store for in-house guests. Quality imported groceries like cheese, olives, oil, wine, liquor and pastas are sold at nominal costs. Complimentary grocery delivery service from the nearby store is also available for residents.
Oakleaf restaurant with al fresco dining area at the Residence serves tasty Indian and Western comfort food.
Business centre, meeting rooms
Genesis Business Centre at the Premiere was booked by a multinational company. The hotel had actually converted two more apartments to make shift business centers to meet the party’s request. Residence has an equipped business centre and a meeting room too.
Swimming pool, fitness centre, game rooms and kids play area are at both hotels. Tennis and squash and spa facilities are additional at the Premiere, where two of the apartments are converted into wellness center. Mr Rao said: “We had an urging request from guests to provide at least the foot massages in-house, for them to relax after long hours of work. Hence we created a wellness centre.” We tried an hour long full body massage in a soothing atmosphere and found it professionally done by trained ladies.
Being home away from home, engaging guests is an important task for hotel administrators. A weekly activity log at Oakwood Premiere included morning yoga and Zumba classes, Shopping shuttles, kid’s activities and salsa nights at the Oak lounge. Rao said that monthly farmers markets are a rage to both guests and people from nearby residences.
Tourist attractions such as the Aga Khan Palace, Pataleshwar Caves, Osho Meditation Resort are in the vicinity of both Oakwood hotels.
No of apartments: Oakwood Premiere, Pune: 200 fully furnished and smartly equipped studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments ranging from 567 sq. ft. to 1444 sq. ft.)
Oakwood Residence, Naylor Road, Pune: 84 furnished and equipped one and two bedroom. One and two bedroom apartments range between 410 sq. ft. to 1040 sq. ft.
Written by Anand and Madhura Katti