Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand, popularly called as Dev Bhoomi. This state was created in the year 2000, after separating Himalaya & North West part of Uttar Pradesh. Since formation, the state has seen a lot of development. Dehradun, being the state capital, has become a major Administrative, education as well business destination.
I had travelled many times to Dehradun & have stayed in various hotels. This time, I stayed in Hotel Saffron Leaf & am sharing my review about it with fellow Ghumakkars.
Most of the hotels in Dehradun are situated at 1 main road, which starts from ISBT at Delhi Road & reaches Rajpur via Saharanpur Chowk, Railway Station, Prince Chowk, Mussorie Stand (Old bus stand), Ghantaghar chowk & a long stretch of Rajpur Road. This entire route is too dense now & you can face a big traffic jam on many intersections. This makes travelling through this road very difficult. Hence, I was searching a new hotel, away from this traffic. & my search ended at Hotel Saffron Leaf.
This hotel is situated on GMS Road, which connects Transport Nagar to Ballupur Chowk. The road is mainly used as a Bye pass of Dehradun city & has comparatively lesser traffic & noise. The hotel is newly built with approx 40 Rooms in 3 categories.
Corporate tariff starts from Rs. 3500 (inclusive of Taxes, wifi & breakfast). The hotel has sufficient parking space, so if you are travelling with own car, no tension of parking it in unsafe places. There is a banquet hall at Ground floor, which is mostly occupied by parties marriages. Fortunately, the rooms are situated at 2nd floor onwards, hence disturbance from banquet is nil.
Rooms are spacious with all modern amenities like Big king size bed, LED TV, Tea Coffee maker in room, Mini Bar, Electronic Safe, etc. Bed is very comfortable & ensures a good sleep for guest. Wifi is very fast & available without any interruption.
Food preparation is very nice & Menu has lots of varieties in it. Room service is very prompt. Attitude is staff is customer friendly & they are always ready to help.
Breakfast is served in their restaurant at 1st floor. There is big variety of Indian as well as continental dishes. The restaurant staff is also eager to help you for any special requirement, beyond the breakfast spread. Check-in and check out is very fast. 2 – 3 people are always available at reception, in case there are multiple guests checking in / out at the same time.
Contact Details of Hotel: Hotel Saffron Leaf, Shakti Enclave, GMS Road, Kaonli, Dehradun Ph.: 0135 2521400, Web: www.saffronleaf.com
Try to take Mussorie view rooms. There is a beautiful view of green Mussorie hills from there. Also, there is big empty ground on this side, with a beautiful nursery next to it. View on this side is very pleasant.
The rooms on the other side has a view of rooftop of nearby houses.
How to reach:
1. Reaching Dehradun by train: You can take an auto from Station, which charges around 100 – 120 Rs. & takes some 15 minutes to reach the hotel.
2. Reaching Dehradun by Bus: Take auto from ISBT. Charges 120 – 150. Travel time – approx 15 minutes.
3. Travelling by own vehicle : If coming from Delhi via Roorkee , reach ISBT. (ISBT is also mid point, if coming from Haridwar via Haridwar bye pass). Continue travelling towards Saharanpur Chowk till Krishi Mandi. Take left turn (Big Sign board says left turn towards Chakrata). Travel for some 600 meters & take right turn. This road is JMS Road. Keep travelling for approx 1 Km & Hotel is situated on right side & easily visible.
4. Travelling from own vehicle & coming from Ponta Sahib : Enter in Dehradun & travel till ballupur chowk. A flyover is being constructed there currently. Take right turn & you are on JMS road. Hotel is approx 2.5 Km from there & will be on the left side.
Nearby Markets & Restaurants:
Main paltan bajar market, Ghantaghar & Rajpur road are approx 5 – 6 kms from here & travel time is 10 – 15 mins by auto or by car. Plenty of restaurants are situated there.
I rate this hotel at 4.5 on a scale of 5. Bit heavy on the pocket but 1 of the very few hotels in Dehradun which matches this standard of hospitality.
All the best!!