Hotel Mercure Dwarka – New Age Stay In Dwarka


Dwarka has always been on my list to travel, to explore in detail. I always thought I would do it as a typical pilgrim circuit sometime. However, last October I got an invite from Mercure Dwarka that had just opened up to visit the holy place. The dates did not work out then, but they were kind enough to extend the invite to a later date. Finally, this March I spent a few days in the holy town and stayed at the hotel.

Mercure Dwarka

Being a part of the Accor group, I expected them to live up to the hospitality standards of their brand. However, when they exceed all expectations, you not just thank them but also wish them well.

My first interaction with the hotel staff started right at Porbandar Airport. A board near the conveyor belt gave a glimpse of their restaurant ‘Maakhan’ – creatively named after the favorite dish of Lord Krishna.

Reception at Mercure Dwarka
Reception at the hotel

The hotel stands tall amidst almost nothing. If you try hard, you might see some windmills in the background. I wondered where the city is until I reached their open dining area and saw the whole of the town’s skyline from there. Dwarkadhish Temple stands tall with its fluttering flag in the middle. Surrounding it are the other buildings of the town and on the left is the sea. Mercure Dwarka gives you a perfect vantage point to have a bird’s eye view of the holy town, especially from their upper floors.

Rooms at Mercure Dwarka

Simple yet elegant rooms
Simple yet elegant rooms

Rooms at the hotel are also soaked in the local ethos. There is a Krishna playing flute mural on the wall but a very contemporary version of it. The rooms come with a full window that looks outside.

I was in the road-facing room on the 5th floor. In the mornings I could see a lovely sunrise. The railway track runs in front of the hotel and given the vast plains, this is the first time I saw a complete train running in front of me. Come to think of it, how many places do you get to see an actual long-distance train run in front of you like a toy train? In general, unless you live in such vast plains, you do not see the horizon till your eye can see.

Branded toiletries
Branded toiletries

The rooms on the opposite side have a few of the sea – again to be able to see a vast stretch of ocean in one go is a pleasure. You get to see a gorgeous sunset on this side. The bathroom comes with all that you need – neatly packaged with Mercure branding.

Vegetarian Food at Mercure Dwarka

Vegetarian Gujarati Thali @ Mercure Dwarka
Vegetarian Gujarati Thali

There is nothing that can delight a vegetarian more than knowing that you are in a 100% vegetarian place. We are so used to having a small part of the menu for us that to be able to order anything from the menu is a simple yet sheer joy. I was at Maakhan, three times a day to eat all I can.

Maakhan restaurant - Mercure Dwarka
Maakhan restaurant

Breakfast at the hotel offers a choice of South Indian, North Indian, Continental, and Gujarati options. What is interesting is that bakery items like cakes are totally eggless. Only a fellow vegetarian would know my joy.

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Gujarati Thali is something you must try while you are in the holy town. I tried Thali on my first day and my last day. It is heavy and demands a dose of sleep post-eating, so I chose to eat it at dinner time. The Bajra Roti, Sev Tamatar Sabji, and Gujarati Kadi are delicious, to say the least. Gulp it down with some Masala Chas and you are ready to deal with Gujarat heat.

Jaggery Mojito - Innovation by Mercure Dwarka
Jaggery Mojito – an in-house Innovation

The hotel staff/team is ever ready to help you with your dietary requirements. For example, they kept recommending me various drinks to try and I kept saying No as most of them have sugar in them. As a diabetic, they do not work for me. So, Sanjeev from F&B created a Mojito for me using jaggery syrup instead of sugar syrup. It tasted as good as the sugar one if not better minus the guilt of having sugar. Full points for using creativity for customer delight.

Other facilities at Mercure Dwarka

Open-air dining at Mercure Dwarka
Open-air dining at the hotel

The hotel has a simple décor that used brass plates, dandiya sticks, and Garbha paintings.

In addition to 100 guest rooms, the hotel has a banqueting facility that can host small events and functions.

The Wi-Fi connection was surprisingly very good given the isolated location of the hotel. Non-smokers would like the fact that it is a 100% non-smoking hotel.

The main town is about 5 km from the hotel. You would need a taxi to commute to the city.

Read MoreHistory, Heritage, Architecture of Dwarkadhish Temple in Dwarka

The Extra Mile

Welcome Chocolates in room
Welcome Chocolates in the room

The best part of the hotel is its friendly staff. They come from all parts of India to make a perfect holiday experience. They go the extra mile to make you feel welcome.

For visiting Dwarkadhish temple, they put you in touch with a known Panda, who would take you around the temple. Panda Prem Pujari who took me around showed me all the big and small temples of the Dwarkadish Temple Complex and answered all my questions. You can always get a Panda from the temple, but when the hotel puts you in touch, it is like going through a reference.

Hotel Mercure DwarkaOverall, it is a new-age luxury hotel in the timeless city of Dwarka.

For rates and availability, please check their website. Thank you #MercureDwarka


  1. Oh, I love the Mercure hotels! They always have a good relation between price and service. I will definitely consider staying there when visiting Dwarka.

  2. Sounds like a great place to stay. The vegetarian food looks absolutely delicious! It’s always so hard to find decent vegetarian food when your travelling.

  3. That food looks super tasty and flavorful! And how cool that this hotel extended an invitation to you to check them out. I’ve never heard of Mercure hotels, but I’ll keep them in mind!

  4. This looks amazing. I’ve never done any travelling in India, but have been dying to go. The Mercure looks so nice, and the service seems like the perfect touch! Thanks so much for sharing, definitely adding this to my India travels.

  5. Gujarat is one of the very few states in India I haven’t visited yet. Dwaraka is certainly on my planned itinerary when I manage to visit Gujarat. The hotel seems quite comfortable. While I’m a certified carnivore, I do enjoy vegetarian food once in a while, and the Gujarati Thali seems just the right thing.

  6. Wow, I’ve never heard of a hotel having a 100% vegetarian menu before. But it makes sense in this location as there are so many vegetarians there, and vegetarian food in India is the best in the world, in my opinion. It’s also great that the city isn’t congested.

    • Sara – Dwarka is a holy city and most people visiting here would avoid non-vegetarian food even if they otherwise eat it. It is an ancient city – the kinds that fascinate me the most.

  7. I loved the fact that they used a painting of Lord Krishna on one of the walls as decoration. The interiors are also impressive. What I am most delighted to see is the elaborate vegetarian meal. The name Maakhan, steeped in our mythology is also very adorable. Best part is that it is centrally located.

  8. That thali is making my mouth water – looks so good! I’ve never stayed in a Mercure before but have heard fantastic things about their customer service. And I imagine this one being in India would raise the bar even higher, as hospitality in India is second to none!


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