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Sofitel Mumbai BKC

This would be the best Hotel stay so far and we were amazed at every second of our stay.

Booking and Airport Pickup

Status: Accor Plus Platinum

I booked a Junior Suite for 2 nights during a sale, Used 10000 points and 5000 Rupees Cash.
Airport pickup and drop were part of the rate, so requested an airport pickup

Chaffuer and the Manager were waiting for me when I arrived, was swiftly taken to a Toyota Innova in the VIP pickup area (same floor as the exit from the Mumbai Airport T2 domestic)

Was offered some water and soda.


Check In

While in the car, the manager called the hotel to let them know that we are about to pull in to the hotel. Upon arriving, the staff was waiting for me, felt very special. I was directly taken to the room for check-in.

I was upgraded to the Prestige Suite (as I was hoping for).
Was given a welcome letter, Drink voucher for 2 and a small cake and flowers (My birthday month, they knew!). I asked them to take the cake away and bring it back the next day (as my wife & son would be joining me the next day)

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I will let the pictures do all the talking.



The next day, when the cake arrived, we were in for a great surprize 🙂

We enjoyed the wine..


We opened a bag of chips and box of nuts from the minibar and were really full.
We then ordered room service for my son and few mins later, the food came in along with the F&B Manager thanking us for our loyality and also bought some complementory juices and chips.


This section covers the Lounge, the pics are during the cocktail hour.
We visited the lounge several times, for breakfast, tea, some fruits for my son.

During the cocktail hour, they served some hot snaks, my wife wanted to eat some paneer (cottage cheese snack) which was not a part of their offering. Upon request, It was specially made for her which made us feel very special.





Every where we went in the hotel, we constantly had staff come to us and thank us for our Loyality. They even offered us a tour of the hotel and showed us their one and only Imperial Suite which has a huge living area, 2 bed rooms and study/fitness room and a kitchenette for the butler. They said they don’t release the Imperial suite for booking and is only for special deligates and celebrities. We were simply amazed.

The best stay of our lives!

Will definetly recommend and will visit again.

Croma Extended Warranty LG T7018AEEP5 washing machine review

I cannot believe what just happened.

Let me recap. Back in January 2013, I bought a LG T7018AEEP5 washing machine from Croma after lot of research. My friend has the same machine and highly recommended it.
I bought it for 28K from Croma and paid an additional 659 for additional 2 years extended warranty above the 2 years that LG provides. Seemed a nominal amount and I am glad I did.

2 Years 3 Months later my machine stopped working, it did not even power on.
I contacted Croma Extended Warranty, logged a complaint, (They had all my details based on my phone number, so I didn’t have to provide any additional information).
The Croma Technician came the next day, looked at the machine for around 15 minutes and told me to contact LG as he suspects PCB issue and suggested replacement.
He then told me that Croma extended warranty would reimburse me the cost of the parts (not the service charge) once they are replaced by the LG service. He took my email address and told me that I will receive an email regarding the process for the claim. I did receive a one line email from a gmail account.

Seemed fishy, but I had no choice, I called in LG care, got the tech and he replaced the PCB in the following week. Surprisingly I received follow up phone call from the Croma tech checking in on the progress of the repair.

Once the parts were replaced, I paid around 3000 + another 500 for service charges/taxes. I retained the old parts and informed the Croma guy that the parts have been replaced and I forwarded the LG email invoice to the Croma email that I received earlier.

The next day, The Croma tech shows up on my door, collects the old parts and just gave me the cash reimbursement.
Just unbelievable!

PS: Just wanted to add that the machine is really good and I would still recommend it. My friend who has the same machine for over 4 years hasn’t complained a bit. Yet.

UberX vs auto

I use UBERX quite often to go to work or come back from work to home.
Last evening, I didn’t get any uberx, didn’t find any.. Had to take an auto home.

Reminded how much I love Uber, I paid Rs. 150 for a 10km ride to home, which is just about the same that I pay for UberX, a sedan car 🙂

Have you tried Uber? Sign up with my invite code uberrkv for a free Uber ride worth ₹ 600!:

e-recycling in hyderabad

I always wondered what is the best way to dispose electronic waste without worrying about it ending up in some landfill. A simple google led me to many avenues to dispose off e-waste.
I chose Earth Sense. They are quite near to where I live and they don’t charge anything to dispose off electronic waste. They came to my residence and picked up the electronic waste i had been hoarding for quite a while. (Motherboards, Graphic Cards, DVD Players, Hard Disks etc..)
They even issued a receipt and they said they will courier a certificate in 20 days.

They said they disassemble all parts and send it to the respective agencies for proper disposal or recycling processes.