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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.

American Express Platinum Travel Credit Card

American Express Platinum Travel Credit Card India

Last year I reviewed the American Express Platinum Travel Credit Card India and how it is a very good card to get the best value for credit card spends.
http://ravikiran.name/2014/07/06/review-american-express-platinum-travel-credit-card-india/

I met the 4L spend threshold and utilized all the benefits to its full extent.
I used the 10K Taj voucher on my birthday for a stay at Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai (review coming up soon)

The time has come to renew the card and pay a renewal fee of 5000 + taxes.
I called the customer service to get the renewal fee waived.
Initially they were offering me 50% discount on the renewal fees, but I insisted on cancelling the card if I didn’t get the waiver. Amex agreed to waive it completely if I add two utility bills payment as a standing instruction on the card.
I agreed and got it waived

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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.

American Express Platinum Travel Credit Card

[review] American Express Platinum Travel Credit Card India

Got my new card, American Express Travel Credit Card.

American Express Platinum Travel Credit Card

https://www.americanexpress.com/in/content/platinum-travel-credit-card/

Fees: Rs. 3500 Joining Fees
Renewal: Rs. 5000 / year (negotiable with the call center, retention department 🙂 )

Sign up bonus: 5000 Bonus MR (points) worth Indigo Vouchers worth Rs. 4000
Milestones:
After reaching Rs. 1,90,000, 7500 Bonus MR worth Indigo Vouchers worth Rs. 6000After reaching Rs. 4,00,000, 10000 Bonus MR worth Indigo Vouchers worth Rs. 10000

You also get 1 Mr for every Rs. 50 spent, so for Rs. 4,00,000 you would get 8000 MR for which you get Rs. 4000 worth Indigo Vouchers.
And you also get Rs. 10,000 worth Taj vouchers after reaching the 4 lakh milestone.

So for the first year, you spend Rs. 4,03,500 for which you get a total value worth Rs. 34,000 ( 8.43% value)
For the second year onwards, you spend Rs. 4,05,000 for which you get a total value worth Rs. 30,000 ( a 7.4% value)
Pretty neat for a credit card.
The second best card would be the Citibank premier miles card which gives a 5% value for air ticket spends and a 2% value for other spends.

Poetic Borderline Bumper Case Nexus 4 Review

I have a nexus 4 and I am usually very careful with my gadgets, so I don’t usually use any screen guards of cases. But this phone is not samsungy, just like an iPhone, it is a unibody with a glass back, so can’t risk dropping it.

I researched a bit and zeroed in on the Poetic Borderline Bumper Case Nexus 4, it retails on Amazon.com (US) for $10 and good deals get it for as low as $4
In India, the lowest I found was on eBay, for around Rs. 1000 ($16).

Still went ahead with it. ebay link   seller link

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Feels good
  • Snuggy Fit
  • Looks Good
  • Buttons and all Ports easily accessible
  • Good build Quality

Cons

  • Cheap?
  • read online that it is not that durable (Will update if I find it to be.)
  • none as of now.

Verdict: Recommended

Pics

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Raanjhanaa 2013 Hindi Movie Review

Raanjhanaa (2013)

There is nothing bollywoodly usual about this movie except for the long duration (2 hours 20 minutes) and songs
I had to strike out songs, as it’s A. R. Rahman 😉

The movie is not for the masses, as it doesn’t have a happy ending.
The story is simple yet keeps you engaged.
The songs (a bit high in number) don’t necessarily make it irritating as the tunes are well made.

The whole meaning of this movie is about love and the extent one goes to fulfill it, in this case selflessly.

Overall I had a good time watching this movie with family on a Sunday enjoying on free coke and popcorn.

Rating: 3 / 5

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 🙂