The House of MG
The House of MG is a building with surprises around every corner. This early twentieth century building was restored with an aim to adaptively reuse the spaces to cater to a modern lifestyle without losing either the historical perspective or the traditional customs of a Gujarati home. The famed Walled City of Ahmedabad with
its magnificent monuments lies at a stone’s throw from the hotel.
Two annexes to The House of MG – Mangaldas ni Haveli I (250 year old carved wooden building) with two suites and Mangaldas ni Haveli II (150 year old wood and stucco work building) with six rooms will be added soon, just 15 minutes away. They provide a unique optional location for guests who wish to experience a stay in the epicentre of the historic Walled City of Ahmedabad.
The House of Mangaldas Girdhardas – HOMG – has a very interesting history. Mahatma Gandhi, father of modern India, stayed here as a guest of Sheth Mangaldas when he first returned from South Africa. This beautiful mansion located right across the world famous Sidi Saiyed Mosque, was the home of Mangaldas Girdhardas (MG) and his younger brother, Chamanlal Girdhardas (CG) who were amongst Ahmedabad’s foremost businessmen and philanthropists of the early 20th century.
The house became vacant after 1950 and was rented out as all family members shifted out to independent houses. From 1994 onwards, one branch of the MG family started to take active interest in restoring this, which by then, had become a crumbling edifice. The restoration and reuse of this building, which lasted over a decade, has become a successful case study in adaptive reuse and today the House of MG serves as an iconic landmark in Ahmedabad.
“All the rooms are vast, verandah-edged and masterfully decorated, with homey yet luxurious ambience. It’s an icon of the upper classes, and hugely popular. Service is first-rate, there are two excellent restaurants, and indoor swimming pool and gym are divine.”
The Lonely Planet guide
“The House Of MG is what all hotels want to be- incredibly luxurious without being aloof, beautifully restored and a staff that still retains the old world charm of visiting someone’s haveli (mansion) and being welcomed as house guests. I actually whoop with joy at the sight of my suite. It is so beautiful that I walk around taking in all the
little details that have been so thoughtfully added.”
“Experience old-world charm at this delightful hotel, outfitted with canopied beds and antique paintings. The hotel’s rooftop restaurant Agashiye has a lovely view of the old city and serves a superb thali. Other amenities include an indoor swimming pool, gym and a boutique filled with local handicrafts, so you don’t even need to step
out of the hotel if you don’t want to.”
Conde Nast Traveller Magazine India
“What makes the House of MG a good getaway option is that there’s nothing overtly flashy about this place. It reminds you of an affluent Gujarati home, complete with elegantly furnished rooms, a swimming pool and gardens.
It has lavish rooms and offers warm hospitality. The House of MG offers amenities of a modern hotel with a
conference room, a spa, and the Lotus Pool, one of the best looking swimming pools
in the city.”
India Today – India’s leading magazine
“The House of MG is an uber luxurious boutique hotel located in the most beautiful part of Ahmedabad – the old walled city. The hotel is housed in the 1904 haveli, which was built by the textile baron of the day – Seth Mangaldas Giridhardas. It has hosted some important historical figures – including Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
The room I stayed in was HUGE with really high ceiling – it’s easy to imagine the good life the rich of the era lived. It had everything you can think of, including a Gujarati style jhoola or swing. A perfect place to sit and relax, sip a cup of coffee and read a book.”
The Wanderer – A Travel and Living blog from India