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Fresh paint and Pochampally carpets greet us as we enter the eleven-storeyed property of Mercure Hotel at Somajiguda. Opened this Monday, the first property of Mercure Hyderabad KCP, part of Accor Hotels, debuts in Hyderabad. What works to its advantage is its location in the heart of the city and its proximity to many important destinations.

Food
Since the hotel has just opened, the bar IQ, though complete with its seating arrangements and decor, is yet to open for the public. Say the staffers, “We expect it to open by June.”
The deli patisserie named Macaroon is to open in the first week of May. The restaurant ‘Cayenne’ runs all-day long. It was interesting to see Italian cuisine among the regular Pan Asian, South Indian and North Indian cuisines. The Nawabi Nashta’ which starts from 6.30 am comprises food items like shirmal, Mattar Qeema and Gurda Kaleji. The restaurant offers Asian and Continental breakfast as well with items like sausages, eggs, bread-rolls, and croissants.

Speciality
Says executive chef Vinay, “Our speciality is Cup Kebab which is minced meat prepared in clay cups over hot charcoals.” We tasted Thai Tom Yam Soup, the soup was nicely done with flavours intact.  Afghani Murgh we tasted was a bit bland but the Chicken Roulade made up for it as the pieces were succulent. Prices stat from `250 onwards. Check some interesting items on their menu like Chicken Tikka Risotto, Roasted Pumpkin & Ricotta Ravioli. The Gulqand Cheesecake is something to look forward to. They have something really interesting and that is rabbit on the platter. Try Rabbit Gnocchi which is rabbit stew with potato gnocchi and Taleggio Cheese.
Decor and design
The marble flooring and white walls of the hotel with minimal decor looks interesting for business meetings and conferences. There are four conclaves and a large conference room. In all they have 128 rooms that includes seven suites and 12 rooms that face Hussain Sagar.
The rooms are complete with a master bed, study table and chair. The suites have a separate living room can the guests get a bathtub which might be off-putting for some. The furniture is wooden and curtains in pale shades is soothing to the eyes. Charges begin from Rs.6,500 a room with complimentary breakfast.
The outer compound surrounding the hotel is not big. They can plant decorative trees to make it look more appealing as the area is filled with concrete structures. They don’t have spa or swimming pool. Their fitness centre is yet to come up. In short, the place is worth trying. Details: 67888888

— Saima Afreen

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