Are you impressed already? I was! However, the master stroke of the Marriott Walnut Grove’s palette is The Den. Parents with young children will be absolutely delighted with this entertainment centre and kids’ club spread over a dizzying 12,000 sq feet. This incredible space houses a two-lane bowling alley, a billiards table, gaming consoles and a very well stocked library where they plan to hold reading sessions for kids. I haven’t seen this much attention paid to a kids’ area in any hotel, and surely this would be a major draw for families planning a royal reunion.
The hotel also has one of the largest meeting spaces in the city, with the Grand Orchard Ballroom living up to its name. It features as a spacious pre-function area for a wedding or a cocktail gathering, with three adjoining rooms. A dedicated and experienced events team is in place to coordinate off-site programmes or conferences, likely to become a big part of the agenda over years to come.
The Viceroy may not be in residence, but the holiday season should be in full swing — summer or winter — at the JW Marriott Mussoorie.
Location Village Siya, Kempty Fall Road, Tehri Garhwal, Mussoorie; 60km from Dehradun airport and railway station
Accommodation 115 rooms and suites: 49 deluxe rooms, 56 valley view rooms, 2 studio suites, 8 executive suites
Tariff Rack rates: Rs 15,000–18,000 (deluxe), Rs 16,000–19,000 (valley view), Rs 28,000–30,000 (studio), Rs 32,000– 35,000 (executive) plus taxes. Web rates from Rs 11,000 plus taxes.
Contact +91-135-2635700, jwmarriottmussoorie.com