Review: WelcomHotel, Vadodara, Gujarat

Painting at WelcomHotel, Vadodara
Painting at WelcomHotel, Vadodara

Tired after exploring various things in Vadodara, we reached WelcomHotel where we were staying. As we stepped into the lobby, soothing music relaxed our nerves. Instead of rushing to our room, we sat in the lobby and started enjoying the live music being played by two gentlemen sitting on the floor. One of them had 30 odd big and small bowls filled with water and by playing with bamboo sticks he was producing music. Technically this setup is called Jal Tarang. A tabla player gave company to Sh Suryakant who was playing with water. I was like a child when I saw him adjusting the water in his bowls after every song for the next Raga that he would play. Here is a rendition of Gandhi Ji’s favorite bhajan Vaishnav Jan to Tene kahiye re…

Music at WelcomHotel, Vadodara

What I have always admired about ITC group hotels is that they make a conscious effort to promote the local art forms and artisans. At WelcomHotel Vadodara every evening traditional artisans come and perform.

Musicians performing live Jal Tarang at WelcomHotel, Vadodara
Musicians performing live Jal Tarang at WelcomHotel

There are paintings on the walls and curios in the lobby that remind you what you must not miss when you are in Gujarat.

Artifact at WelcomHotel, Vadodara
Artifact at WelcomHotel

Located next door to the railway station, bang in the middle of the city i.e. heart of business district. And not too far from any of the tourist attractions – this was a good choice to stay. It is a typical business hotel that serves Indian and International cuisine and Gujarati food on demand. Rooms are luxurious though I thought bathrooms could do with a little improvement. Staff is friendly and helpful.

Gujarati platter at WelcomHotel, Vadodara
Gujarati platter at WelcomHotel

I was told WelcomHotel has the honour of being the first five-star property of Gujarat. And it lives up to that honour.

Recommend you to read following travel blog on Places to visit in Gujarat.

  1. Legacy of a Queen – Rani Ki Vav.
  2. Where the Walls tell the Stories – Tambekar Wada.
  3. Glory of Gaikwads – Laxmi Vilas Palace.
  4. Historic Pavagadh Hill, Gujarat.
  5. Understanding the Architecture of Sun Temple Modhera.


  1. Sounding really nice and interesting. The texture of the hotel in the snaps seems to be luxurious. Really nice. The gujarati food like dhokla and all are mouth watery. The review is just perfect thank u so much for the share.