Monday, May 4, 2015

My favourite business hotels in The "Garden City Of India" Bangalore

The "Garden City Of India" and once upon a time my second home - Bangalore, is a city very close to my heart. Living out of a suitcase and checking out practically every hotel, used to be a part of my travels. Looking for deals so that I could fit my hotel stays into my allowances and limits and in the process checking out a couple of interesting hotels in Bangalore was definitely a lot of fun. Now that I have cousins there, staying in a hotel doesn't figure on my list anymore. However for you guys, I'm going to recommend some lovely business hotels which you must check out on your trip to Bangalore not just for the stay but also for some more advantages that each one of them have.

Mövenpick Hotel and Spa
A strategic location close to key business parks and industrial areas and also the closest city hotel to the airport, makes this the first choice for most business travellers. Other than the world class facilities that this hotel offers, it has a spa that delivers some really good services. Rooms start at a price point of INR 6000 and I think it is complete value for money. Their pastry shop is amazing with all the Swiss delicacies available all in one place which a person like me would head to right away. The breakfast buffet at the restaurant 'My Place' is a potpourri of different cuisines along with the option of terrace seating which I love as it instantly uplifts my mood. Dining options are numerous and so are other unwinding options like their Obsidian Sports + Music Bar.

Hotel Royal Orchid
Hotels with great views are always my favourite and that is the case with Hotel Royal Orchid that has sweeping views of the 18-hole golf course managed by Karnataka Golf Association situated right next to it. The rooms are really cosy and you also have the option of taking up serviced apartments. It's located close to the old airport, Indiranagar and Kormangala. I love their coffee shop Lime Light for the late night buffets and you can also dine in the outdoor dining area under the shade of gazebos which I find really romantic. The other best thing about them is Geoffrey's, their British theme pub with wooden interiors and a bar right in the center. Room prices start at INR 5,000.

 Oakwood Residence Prestige Whitefield
A lovely property of serviced residences that can be booked for short and long stays, the Oakwood Residence Prestige Whitefield is a charmer. Residences range from a studio to a 2 bedroom apartment. All the apartments have kitchenettes but the amenities depend upon the type of apartment. You can easily whip up something for yourself in the comforts of your room in case you are feeling lazy or don't feel like stepping out to eat. The Studio apartments start at INR 4,500 and you also have the option of a private terrace facing the swimming pool. Breakfasts are sumptuous and the Oakleaf Restaurant serves some amazing cuisines all day long. You don't feel that you are living in a service apartment even for one moment during your stay because the service is just like a hotel.

The Gateway Hotel - Residency Road
Formerly known as the Taj Residency, this is one of the most popular hotels in central Bangalore. Spacious rooms greet you when you check in and a comfortable stay with the Taj hospitality at around INR 5,000 per night is a steal. Select rooms at this property are designated as Green Rooms as part of their 'Earth' initiative where these rooms have the air-conditioning set at 24 degrees, there are CFL lamps, laundry is done every 2 days and so on just to be earth-friendly as in their terms. You also receive 15% extra Taj InnerCircle Points if you stay in the Green room. They have the well known Seafood restaurant Karavalli that has been recently restored, that serves some of the best sea food that Bangalore has to offer under Chef Naren. They have developed new must not miss experiences like Tiffin Karrier, South West Coast Grills in the garden and Wood Fired dishes that give you a taste of their 25 years of excellence.

Ramada Encore Domlur
This hotel is one of the newest ones on the block and is located within walking distance of the Embassy Golf Links Park which houses offices of major corporate giants in India (Yahoo, IBM, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Mercedes Benz, Fidelity Investments). It is also very close to Indiranagar and Koramangala. The rooms are spanking new and it is a perfect place to stay when at work because the rooms come with free WiFi and generously spaced work desks with ergonomic chairs. I love glass walled bathrooms as the rooms look bigger and this is just how it is here. The Hub Restaurant serves multi-cuisine food and the buffet meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The good thing about the restaurant is that it's not just for food, you can actually sit and work there with your laptop while having your meals and it is perfectly okay to do that. People who have pets, you will be really happy to know that this is a pet-friendly hotel. Prices work out to about INR 4,500.

While Bangalore spoils you for choice with its hotels and serviced apartments, I have recommended my favourites that are also pocket friendly. Hotel bookings in Bangalore are so easy now a days with either a call to the hotel or logging on to their website doing the work, or on checking out the extensive list of travel websites we have these days. Bangalore also has some really great leisure luxury hotels and if you guys are interested in those then let me know and I would love to do a blog post on those for you too.

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