It’s been ages since I wrote a dedicated travel post! The last time I travelled in 2020, was to Rajasthan to celebrate my father’s 60th birthday, and though I’d planned to write posts about my trip, the pandemic took over our lives and I never got around to it. Hence, I jumped at the chance for a quick weekend staycation at Westin Sohna Resort in December 2020, when we got some great packages full of fun activities. It was exactly what we needed to end the long and arduous year.
We’ve visited the Westin Resort & Spa in Sohna on many occasions, because of its close proximity to New Delhi, the lovely green space it offers, as well as the family-friendly nature of the resort. In particular, my family appreciates being able to book the villas which are ideal for everyone to stay together and spend quality time.
The occasion for this trip was a belated celebration of my husband’s 40th birthday as well as the winter vacations my son had from school. With the Covid pandemic still at large, we felt Westin Sohna Resort was our safest bet for a quick staycation. For a family of 4 adults and a child below the age of 5, we booked the Luxury Villa consisting of 1 king bedroom with a double bed, 1 queen bedroom with twin queen beds, 2 bathrooms, a sitting area, a veranda and a gorgeous garden view.
You can watch my staycation vlog to see the amenities for yourself, or read on to know all the information you may need. If you would like to skip straight to the review portion of this post, you can stroll down to the end:
THE WESTIN RESORT & SPA, SOHNA:
The Westin Sohna is conveniently located close to Gurgaon and New Delhi, in the lap of the Sohna hills. The lush greenery it offers along with its elegant and state-of-the-art design, makes the hotel a perfect weekend getaway for couples, families and large groups. The numerous facilities for relaxation and rejuvenation make this resort stand out from its competitors nearby.
BOOKINGS AND HOW TO GET THERE:
Book rooms on Booking.Com here.
The driving distance from New Delhi to Westin Sohna Resort is around 2 hours, and about an hour from Gurgaon and from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi. You can rent cars till the resort too. IFFCO Chowk Metro Station is the one nearest the resort.
TYPES OF ROOMS:
The rooms begin from the reasonably priced Premier Room category, followed by the Family Studios, the one bedroom Premier Villas and Premier Pool Villas, the 2-bedroom Luxury Villas and the 2-bedroom Royal Pool Villas.
PACKAGE DEALS FOR BOOKINGS AT THE RESORT:
One can avail of different package deals with the Marriott Hotel Membership, as the Westin is owned by them. If you have the AAA or CAA memberships, you are eligible for larger discounts on room rates and services. Corporate entities are offered promotional discounts as well as senior citizens and people who work in the government or military services.
THINGS TO DO IN THE HOTEL:
The hotel’s main coffee shop and restaurant is The Living Room, where buffet breakfast is served every morning. They have a strong focus on offering healthy options for all their meals. The open-kitchen Chinese restaurant Xiao Chi is a popular choice with guests, as are the Mix Bar & Lounge and Splash Pool Side Bar
Health & Fitness:
The Heavenly Spa by Westin is popular for its various relaxing and rejuvenating services, and the Westin WORKOUT Fitness Studio allows guests to stick with their fitness routines. If you prefer getting your exercise in nature, the vast grounds will not disappoint either.
Westin Family Area:
A recreation area specially for children and teens offering art and craft activities, videos and board games. There is also a children’s pool and a range of activities supervised by trained professionals.
Outdoor Activities & Adventure Sports:
The Petting Zoo with emus, ducks, geese, turkeys, goats, chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits and ponies, is a prime attraction for children. It’s a wonderful way for them to interact with creatures they’re familiar with and meet new ones they aren’t so familiar with!
Apart from the petting zoo and walks in nature, guests can indulge in stargazing, horse-riding, cycling, a game of cricket, aqua-zorbing and fishing. The Westin Lake offers great views of the setting sun and you can even go paragliding there.
The in-house gift shop is a treat to visit unlike most hotel gift shops! One entire section is handled by the Kool Skool Book Store and offers a lovely selection of books for all age groups. The home section of the Gift Shop sells household and decorative items from Auroville and you can also browse through designer silver jewellery.
REVIEW OF THE HOTEL:
I first visited the Westin Sohna Resort 10 years ago, shortly after it opened. Since then I have stayed there many times, with my last visit 5 years ago in December 2015. Hence, I have had the opportunity of observing this property over the course of many years.
While some things have stayed entirely consistent over the years, such as the delicious food, elegant and modern aesthetic, decent staff and services and plenty of outdoorsy offerings; some things haven’t stood the test of time as well. A general dilapidation in the look and feel of the property has set in. For example, the garden outside the entrance to our villa had articles of plastic ruthlessly discarded; there were some electrical issues in the room, as we could not run more than 2 heaters at a time in the entire villa. Perhaps some of these problems can be blamed on cost-cutting and the after effects of the global pandemic, but some seem to be general wear and tear that hasn’t been addressed.
Personally, however, these weren’t deal-breakers in any way. They are mere observations for discerning customers to keep in mind if planning a staycation at the Westin Sohna Resort. The real charm of this resort is its location, green setting and the luxurious comfort it offers, meant to appeal to everyone, no matter their age. Hence, despite the slightly ‘run-down’ appearance of the resort, it remains high on my list of favoured places for a staycation around Delhi. I will definitely visit it again and recommend others visit it too.
Hotel Rating: 4/5
This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy and me, and sponsored by RRE Studios and SHOWCASE Events.
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We have been to Westin Sohna resort and really like the property. They have good service, great hospitality and is kid friendly. Lovely pics and account from you.
Thank you! Glad you liked the post!
Lovely post!! We also have been there on several occasions. You are right the wear and tear has started showing in some parts but they have consistently maintained their food quality and service. A favourite with kids, there is lots for adults too making it a perfect place for the weekend. As it takes an hour from Gurgaon, we also go for the day in winters. It’s good fun with the family.
Thank you so much Arushi! So glad you read and liked the post!
Wow your post has made me make a travel plan soon. the westin sohna resort look like a perfect place to spend some quality time with family. I really like all the pics and going to watch video now. this is my first post reading in morning and you had made me refreshed dear Noor.
I’m so glad you liked it 🙂
We are always in look out for such places during our trips. It gives us good time with family. I remember, we visited one such place in our last visit and it was so refreshing. I am going to consider this whenever (honestly, I really want to fly today)we come next.
You must visit Westin when you are here next, and we must meet too 🙂
Nice read. Seems like a resort offering something for everyone. We love to travel…. unfortunately not visited any place last year. Hopefully we should be a able to do so in 2021.
Yes hoping 2021 allows everyone to travel freely again!
WOW what a lovely holiday. Thanks for giving so much information . Feel like visiting.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading your staycation post; also it was in depth & insightful.I loved the tour & the fact there were so many things to enjoy with your family. I’m taking a note & definitely trying out this place in my next staycation. Thanks
Good to know! Glad you liked the post 🙂
This is so need of the hour. we need more all in one kind of a solution when going on staycation. Specially having things to keep kids engaged in ways better than iPad is positive pointer for me and I definitely look for it. wonderful place Westin Sohna – Urvashi, Damuru Creations
Thanks Urvashi- glad you liked the post
I wish to visit Delhi and at that time I want to stay at this place. Let’s see if my bucket list gets ticked. The vlog was super cool and your son is super cute. 😊👏👍🏼Well written.
Thank you! Glad you liked it!
I totally loved this resort. The best part is that, it is closer to nature. Petting zoo is what I liked the most. It has a privacy yet lots of fun. Will surly consider this next time I visit Delhi and will recommend it too.
Seems an ideal place to spend quality time with family. Loved the pics. We always lookout for places far from Delhi but through your blogs got to know about some nearest ones also. Amazed to know about some activities like paragliding, horse riding and zoo too. Will keep this spot in mind. Thanks for sharing.
Sohna hills is beautiful I have heard. Secondly, there are so many things to do and the property looks really good. Great clicks by the way!
Lovely post Noor..a travel vlog after such a long time from you. Your son seems to have enjoyed the most. Good to see you all having a great time. Happy Birthday to the birthday boy though belated.
WestIn is one of those chains which we like to frequent whenever we travel. Though I haven’t visited Westin Sohna till date. Will plan a trip shortly.
Reading your post after a long time, and this post particularly reminded me of your travelogues you had shared in BlogchatterA2Z 2019. Seems to be a nice location, let’s hope we get to plan a vacation like this soon in 2021. Thanks for sharing.
Glad you liked it!
Loved the post Noor. Have heard so much about this resort and cannot wait to visit soon. Your tips will come in handy.
Amidst these unprecedented times, staycations are the safest bet. Westin looks real fun for families who wish to spend some quality time together. Your review is holistic and would help everyone who wishes to make an informed choice for staycations..
Thank you Supriti!
This resort seems nice for family vacation. Loved reading your review and details about this place. I liked your vlog too.
Thank you Abha!
This looks to be a good property, I’d definitely recommend this to my friends in Delhi.
I have never been to this property but your video and bloga has surely made me consider this for my next staycation . Good to see that you had great time
I have watched your staycation at Westin Resort vlog Noor, I must say it initiated my craving for travel to visit there, the lush green beauty of nature, birds, and animals all in all best way to spend a quality time with family. As of now I am definitely going to check the details for my newly wed Bhai and Bhabhi in Gurgaon.
Oh they will love it! My husband and I went there for our first Valentine’s Day after marriage- it was perfect!
This looks like a amazing weekend getaway. Specially for the petting zoo, stargazing and aqua zorbing. Kids will love it.
Loved the vlog, Noor. As much as I enjoy your Insta content, your long form posts are a treat to read. The book store has my heart. I do agree with you. For Westin standards, the property does look a bit run down.
Thank you Ritu 🙂 That’s why I insist on doing both- Insta and long-form! So glad you like my content 😉
I wish i could visit this place super soon. Really need a break and your post attracted me to go on this staycation really soon
Lovely post! After the long year of lockdown and pandemic we all are looking forward to someway go for vacation that is safe and relaxing.
You had such a great day, Noor. Loved watching the video
This sounds like the perfect getaway in nature’s cradle, A great review starting from the booking till the comparative details of visiting the place 5 years ago. Also mentioning small details about electrical wires and plastic helps the reader understand that Noor’s review always has real details and not make it seem rosy all the time. Enjoyed reading the review and the beautiful pictures.
Thank you Srishti.. Glad you found the review valuable!
Wow post. Your pictures are narating the story of beauty of the resort. I have cancelled all my travel in 2020 but i will plan jn 2021 if we finď favorable conditions.
Lovely Post! I can see from the pictures and the video that you guys indeed had a great time. I would love to visit Westin Sohna whenever I am visiting there. My son would love petting Emu, goose and other fur friends. And what a lovely bookshop. Loved reading the honest review.
A nice and informative post.
Amazing travel Story. I felt so immersive as if I were there too. Everything in detail, even a small thing that matters. Really appreciate you @Nooranandchawla for this incredible piece of work. Keep going, and waiting for more travel stories next.
Wow thank you! So nice of you to read the post and leave such a lovely comment!