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Lalit InterContinental – Mumbai, India

Lalit InterContinental – Mumbai, India

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Lalit InterContinental – Mumbai, India

This is a continuation of our First Class trip to India, a journey where we had Big Travel with Small Money!

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Lalit InterContinental – The Pool

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I don’t have an excuse for taking so long for the next installment of the trip report.  But I’ll finish the series as soon as possible!

We booked the Lalit InterContinental when it was on the Priority Club PointsBreak list for 5,000 Priority Club points instead of the regular rate of 40,000 points.  Every few months Priority Club lets you book select hotels for only 5,000 points via PointsBreaks versus the 15,000 to 40,000 points they would otherwise cost.

We were given 2 choices while booking – a regular room, or the same room with free breakfast and airport transfers.  I’m not sure if this was intentional or if it was a glitch.  Of course we chose the room with free breakfast and the airport transfers.

Since you can buy 5,000 Priority Club points for $30, this was quite the deal.  In fact, the regular cost of breakfast was more than $30!  However, I don’t have many pictures since we stayed there before I started blogging.

We stayed at the InterContinental Lalit for only 1 night since it was close to the airport and we had a late morning flight to catch.

As soon as you enter, you can’t but help notice the tall atrium, but I’m not sure if it really was Asia’s largest atrium lobby as described on the hotel’s website.

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Lalit InterContinental – Atrium

We checked in and went straight to our room since we arrived late at night.

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Lalit InterContinental – Check In

The room was very small, but since we were there for only 1 night it didn’t really matter.  The bed was comfortable and that’s all that mattered.  I probably would have been disappointed if I had paid the regular room rate though.

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Lalit InterContinental – Our Room

There was a small desk in the corner and a TV on the wall in front of the bed.

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Lalit InterContinental – Small Desk

The bathroom was serviceable.

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Lalit InterContinental Trip Report

There was a separate shower section.

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Lalit InterContinental – Shower

There were stones trapped behind glass by the bathtub.  I’m sure it looked nice at some point, but dust had settled in now.

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Lalit InterContinental – Bath Tub

The light and temperature controls were in this panel.  It was late at night so it took me some time to find the “lights off” button.

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Lalit InterContinental – Room Controls

 

The hotel clearly needed a touch up since there were scratches on the furniture and it didn’t look like there was much upkeep done.

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Lalit InterContinental – Scratched Furniture

The next morning we went for breakfast and it was a HUGE spread.  There was even a huge jar of fresh coconut water and I probably drank gallons of it!

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Lalit InterContinental – Breakast

We then went for a stroll by the pool which was just behind the breakfast area.

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Lalit InterContinental – Beach Chairs By The Pool

The pool area had lots of coconut trees in the background and it was relaxing to be the only ones there.

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Lalit InterContinental – By the Pool

We then checked out and took the hotel car to the airport and soon we were on our way to the Park Hyatt in Goa.

Bottom Line:  This was a good redemption for 5,000 points, but I wouldn’t pay the regular rate for the hotel since it is far away from South Mumbai and because the hotel seemed to be a bit run down.  I also wouldn’t reccomend staying in this hotel if you’re a tourist visiting Mumbai, because everything is quite far away.  But it is decent for a quick night by the airport.

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Hi Jason,

I’ve had nothing but amazing experiences during all of my visits to India. My favorite places have been Udaipur in Rajahstan and Kumarakom in the south. The Taj Mahal was also very pretty. Seeing the markets, tasting the food, visiting the old palaces, seeing the beautiful women in their colorful saris is what India is all about. If you go to Kumarakom stay in a houseboat and sail the backwaters. Also, if you can go to an Indian wedding I would highly recommend it.

Happy travels wherever you decide to go!

Emily

@Daraius ,

Thanks for the Reply, for now it is 50/50 if Ill go to India, I was drooling over Etihad F product after viewing several YouTube’s on Etihad F now I Listen to Etihad boarding music on my iPhone that I found on YT.

If I do go to India Ill keep you posted.

Cheers,

Jason

Hi Daraius ,

Should I go to to India with friends this upcoming February using an AA Award Etihad First Class JFK-AUH – COK Return FIrst Class DEL – AUH or ZRH or FRA – JFK as I also have 200k in oneworld.

My Travel Background:

Last year I visited Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos And Thailand Using AA Award CX F

Two years Ago HKG Nepal, Thailand used AA Award CX J

The Question is after seeing so many Temples, Markets and South East Asian Culture, if I go to India will it be like seeing another Temple? My friends are going South India, Kochi, Kumarakom Allepey- Periyar Periyar National Park

Drive to Trivandrum (Keralan capital) and spend time on the beach in Kovalam, BOM, DEL Agra and some other cities.

Some people are telling me India is either you will Love it or hate and I don’t know what to do?!

Cheers,

Jason

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Million Mile Secrets

@Jason – Well, if you’ve never visited India, why not go? You’re right that you will either love it or hate it since there is no in-between! India is a separate sub-continent and is very different from SE Asia. The temples and markets will be different, but so will everything else – it’s not like seeing another Wat.. Your proposed travels are also great – Kumarakom is very pretty (I’m assuming you’re going to stay on a house boat?) and Periyar is a nice short excursion from there.

Driving will be fun (Emily still remembers her first time!), and you’ll learn the value of the car horn! BOM is nice (lots of great restaurants, let me know when you go!) and DEL has nice places to see as well. And Agra has the Taj Mahal. It will be unlike any trip you’ve been on, but you’ll only know if you love it or hate it once you visit! Don’t go if you can’t stand noise and crowds, though.

It make my day when I am able to book some good point breaks hotels! For one night, seems like a heck of a deal for 5K points. Love that you were able to get breakfast and hotel transfers as well. Looking forward to hearing about the stay at the Park Hyatt in Goa!

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Million Mile Secrets

@Travis Swanson – Agreed! There’s something thrilling about getting a hotel room for only 5,000 Priority Club points!

LOL, I wonder how many other people like me have only been following you for a few months and had no idea you were in the middle of this story? Oh well, looks like I’ve got some back reading to do.

For 5,000 points that looks like a pretty good redemption. Especially with breakfast and transfers. Everything you can ask for in an “airport” hotel.

Looking forward to the next chapters.

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Million Mile Secrets

@Steve – It was great as an airport redemption, but not for much else!