The Southern Indian city of Bangalore,(Bengaluru) is a world-renowned hub for technology development and other related services. Such is its renown that this erstwhile ‘Garden City of India’ is now popularly referred to the ‘Silicon Valley of Asia.’
Every day numerous flights from around the globe transport scores of laptop-totting techies and senior managers of some of the world’s biggest technology companies to Bangalore’s relatively new, modern Kempe Gowda International Airport.
During the early years of Bangalore’s transformation into a technology hub, the city struggled to cope with the huge influx of business folk for it didn’t have the means to accommodate them. However, all that has changed now and many of the world’s leading hotel chains now have outposts in Bangalore to cater to the burgeoning demand.
The Ritz-Carlton Bangalore
Located at Residency Road in the heart of Bangalore City, the Ritz-Carlton Bangalore is one of the newest additions to the city’s luxury hotel portfolio. The luxe hotel occupies a verdant setting and offers 277 spacious rooms and suites. Amenities on offer at the hotel include complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property, as many as seven food and beverage outlets and access to an exclusive pool bar for hotel guests.
All the rooms at the Ritz-Carlton are contemporary in appearance and offer city or pool views. The rooms are sumptuously outfitted with Frette bed linens, Nespresso coffee machines, large flat screen TVs and Ipads. Pillow menus are also on offer in the rooms and the expansive, en suite bathrooms feature toiletries from Asprey of London.
Guests can enjoy a range of dining facilities at the hotel. The hotel’s restaurant repertoire includes the Market, an all-day multi-cuisine restaurant, Riwaz, an Indian fine dining eatery and the Lantern, a Chinese restaurant and bar. The hotel’s Lobby Lounge is a favored spot for afternoon tea while cocktails and other libations can be enjoyed at the Ritz Carlton Bar or Bang, the hotel’s lively rooftop watering hole. Ganache, the bakery café at the hotel serves scrumptious baked goods along with gourmet coffees and fine teas.
Hotel facilities further include a 24-hour fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool and the sprawling Ritz-Carlton Spa and Wellness center that offers a wide selection of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments.
The ITC Gardenia
Also located on Residency Road, the luxurious ITC Gardenia is Asia’s first LEED Platinum rated Green Hotel and a flagship property of India’s famed ITC group.
The hotel’s green ethos is eminently visible in its elegant, open plan design, which features a tall, airy, elegant lobby that leads into a stunning, outdoor restaurant topped with a lush green roof.
The hotel staffs welcome every guest with an offering of a rich silk scarf. This unique gift is representative of Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka state, the leading producer of silk in the country.
The hotel offers 292 tastefully appointed rooms and suites that feature locally sourced soft furnishings in neutral palettes. The en suite bathrooms offer premium toiletries produced by ITC’s in-house Wills Lifestyle brand, which, in fact, has a retail store on the premises. Wi-Fi services are chargeable at the hotel though ironing services and butler services are offered complimentary for some grades of rooms. ITC Gardenia also has rooms in a dedicated, secure wing reserved for female guests only.
Five in-house restaurants cater to the guests’ dining needs. These eateries include the Cubbon Pavillion(complimentary breakfast is served here every morning), the Lotus Pavillion, Edo(Japanese), K&K (Indian) and Ottimo(Italian). Most guests are also invited to enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks the hotel’s bar Highland Nectar every evening.
Hotel facilities also include an outdoor swimming pool, a gym, a Spa and a helipad for those guests who wish to arrive by helicopter rather than battle Bangalore’s hellish traffic conditions.
The J.W. Marriott Bangalore
The expansive J.W. Marriott Hotel Bangalore overlooks the one of the city’s most well known landmarks its expansive, green lung, the lush Cubbon Park. The hotel’s stylish, modern rooms are spacious and equipped with all the mod cons of daily life including flat-screen TVs, tea and coffee making paraphernalia, signature bedding and more. The en suite bathrooms have a tub and shower combo and offer complimentary toiletries.
Free Wi-Fi is on offer throughout the five-star property, which also features an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a business center, a library, a beauty salon and spa and exclusive retail outlets.
The hotel has seven in-house eateries like the JW Kitchen (an all day dining restaurant), the Bengaluru Baking Company (a café and bakery), Spice Terrace (an al fresco Indian dining spot), Alba (Italian eats) and Bar Uno.
The Taj West End
The Taj West End is located next to the Bangalore Golf Club across the road from the Bangalore Turf Club. This stunning, old-world heritage hotel property is set amongst twenty acres of lush greenery and sparkling water bodies in the Malleswaram neighborhood of Bangalore and is easily accessible from the airport as well as the city center.
The hotel offers 117 bright and airy rooms and suites each of which overlooks its lush gardens. Each room at the hotel has a private balcony or a sit out area and features amenities like flat-screen TVs and DVD players, coffee and tea makers, minibars and fully kitted out bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi and round the clock Butler services feature amongst the hotel’s gamut of services.
Other onsite facilities at the hotel include an outdoor pool, tennis courts, a fitness center, a wellness spa and a tour desk. Guests can dine at the hotel’s two main restaurants Mynt, which offers multiple cuisines and is open all day and Blue Ginger, which serves exquisite oriental fare. The hotel’s Blue Bar is a popular spot for after-work drinks.
The Leela Palace
The grand Leela Palace hotel is located on Bangalore’s Old Airport Road within proximity of the lively dining and shopping hub, Indiranagar. The Royal Palace of Mysore serves as the inspiration for the structure of this opulent hotel, and it thus, features several ornate arches and lofty domes. Nine acres of verdant gardens and a lagoon surround the hotel property, which offers 357 spacious and well-appointed rooms and suites of various grades.
As for onsite facilities, the Leela is renowned for its expansive spa and wellness center that offers a wide array of massage, Ayurvedic and beauty treatments. Other amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool, a beauty salon, a business center, a tour desk and a shopping arcade. Guests can choose to dine at any of the hotel’s three restaurants. These include Citrus (all day international eats), Jamavar (Indian fine dining) and, Zen (Pan-Asian fare). The hotel’s Library Bar features a Cigar and Champagne bar as well.