The House of MG, Ahmedabad
Mangaldas Girdhardas (MG for short) was one of Ahmedabad's foremost businessmen in the early 20th century. From humble origins he rose to become the owner of several textile mills and other related businesses. In 1924 he decided to build a new residence for himself and his family close to the famous Sidi Saiyed Mosque, but died only 4 years later. The house was left empty for many years and was was requisitioned by the government in 1955. In 1994, the House of MG was bought by Victoria Capital Ventures, a company managed by Abhay Mangaldas, great grandson of MG, and over several years he has turned the building into the delightful urban Heritage Hotel you see today.
The house's architecture is a mixture of many styles, and features an ornamental façade with a Baroque influence, Italian mosaic and marble flooring, stained glass windows, courtyards and passages spread over multiple levels with asymmetric rooms. It is a building with surprises around every corner. The ongoing aim of the restoration project is to reuse the spaces to cater to a modern lifestyle without losing the historical character of a traditional Gujarati home.
The first restaurant, Agashiye, started in June 1999 on the terrace of the building. The Green House, a courtyard café, began operations in October 1999. By November 2003 ten rooms were ready. Late 2004 saw an additional of two more rooms, with one of them a ‘Full Service Apartment’ designed for long stays. More Grand Suites (pictured below) were added in November 2006.
The Lotus Pool, comprising an indoor swimming pool, health club and restaurant serving international snacks was added on September 23, 2006. This unique space is open to all guests, who can enjoy a swim and snacks from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day. Massage facilities are provided at the health club.