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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.

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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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Room

I will let the pictures do all the talking.

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Service

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

We enjoyed the wine..

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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.

Dining

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.

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Overall

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.

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[review] Karcher MV3 WD 3.200 Wet & Dry Cleaner

I have my obsession with vacuum cleaners and after researching a bit, I finally bought this.
It is really powerful and I am amazed by it. Didn’t try the Wet capability of it yet.
Karcher MV3 and WD 3.200 are both same and retails around 7599 on flipkart and amazon.

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I bought it from Metro Cash & Carry and got it for 6,499

There is another model MV4 or WD 4.200 which has the same power but just has a bigger tank, 25L

The only cons I can think of is that the spares might be expensive and the accessories given are very minimal. But then again, I end up using just the one accessory.

Overall Impressed.
Please feel free to leave a comment with any questions.

Airport Lounge Access with Credit Cards

Many Indian banks offer free airport lounge access in India but these are actually provided by the Visa and Mastercard tie ups with the Lounges.

Here is a list that I could obtain by googling.
Also please ensure you have the correct Visa or Mastercard version of credit card
Visa has variants like Visa Platinum, Visa Signature etc.
Mastercard has Mastercard World etc.
Also, it sometimes depends on the bank tie up as well. so YMMV

http://www1.mastercard.co.in/content/mc/campaign-exchange/moments/india/en/local-campaigns/exclusive-airport-lounge-access.html
http://www.visa-asia.com/premium/signature/ap/local_offers/india/airport_lounge.shtml

http://boardingarea.com/livefromalounge/2014/04/10/lounge-access-with-mastercard-in-india-2014/

Please ensure that the list is valid before you decide you visit the lounge on your next trip 🙂

 

MOPSOTHCRDRCARD

I opened my credit card statement that arrived today and found a charge with the name MOPSOTHCRDRCARD Mumbai. I was trying to recollect what it was and it was a tough thing to do, especially since I put all sorts of things on my card leading to a huge list of charges.

Anyways I finally figured it out, I recently applied for passport for my son and paid the passport fees online while applying from the http://passportindia.gov.in/ website. It was that charge, I wish they would tag it with some better name.

EDIT: MOPSOTHCRDRCARD can also appear for the GATE 2015 application fees and Staff selection commission entrance exam fees
Thank you
Neerav Agarwal & YlY for pointing it out.

Hope it helped.. 🙂

Eureka Forbes Trendy Nano Vacuum Cleaner Review

I wanted to buy a portable (small) vacuum cleaner to clean things from a long time (especially my PC desk area).
I finally zero’ed in on the Eureka Forbes Trendy Nano Vacuum Cleaner

I ordered it online on ebay.in, used a 7% discount coupon via credit card (google for such coupons)

Will review it as soon as I receive it 🙂