Bangalore Travel Guide

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When In Bangalore...

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  Site Where: Airport Rd, Kodihalli, Bangalore, Karnataka, India, 080 252112
August 3, 2011 at 12:00 PM | by | ()

At least three or four times a day someone asks us where should I stay in Bangalore, India... give or take three or four times a day. So maybe the Garden City doesn't make our top ten FAQ but if you ever have reason to visit the Silicon Valley of India and ask us that question, the answer is The Leela Palace.

On a recent business trip we had the pleasure of experiencing a stay at the Leela. The lush grounds and ornate architecture of arches and domes was immediately awe inspiring. There's no need to ask whether this is the real Leela Palace. You just know if there was a real Leela, he lived there.

With rooms starting at $250 per night, is the inside as regal as the out?

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Vivanta Hotel Bangalore Has WiFi Everywhere

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  Site Where: Whitefield, Bangalore , India, 560 066
March 10, 2009 at 9:03 AM | by | ()

Soft-opening alert: India's Vivanta Hotel in Bangalore has opened its doors for the first tentative time, in the middle of Bangalore's growing International Tech Park (and a quite distant 26 miles from the airport).

Vivanta is claiming to be a bit special for several reasons, and one of them is the outside of the building:

The hotel's unique facade changes colour, texture and tone to express the borderless potential for the guests who will feel at home in any of its 199 rooms and suites.

Thumbs up for something as exciting as "borderless potential" though we're not sure how this sparkly blue-green combo will bring that about. Anyhow, being in a tech park means we expect decent facilities and we're not let down: there's WiFi throughout the hotel and portable printers for hire. Even in the hotel's cars you can get WiFi and a Playstation!

Last-minute rates at the moment range from 8,075 Rupee ($155) while the standard rack rate for a double room is 17,000 Rupee ($325).

We'll leave you with one more unique thought about the Vivanta: they lend musical instruments to their guests on request. Not sure we want to be next to the guy who borrowed the trumpet though.

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Trendy Hotel Bar Trend Can Also Be Found in India

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  Site Where: 14/7 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Bangalore, India, 560 042
January 18, 2008 at 4:00 PM | by | ()

The hot trend of opening a hip bar and lounge inside a hotel doesn't just apply to the lodging establishments stateside.

At the Park Hotel in Bangalore, the new i-Bar has opened. Designed by the Project Orange design group, the bar has been transformed into a high-end drinking establishment.

The layout is understood as a box within a box where the inner sanctum is accessed via the sliding timber screens. This area has a lowered ceiling and features a collection of furniture all covered in red leather, silk and cotton. On the floor are a number of individually designed textured rugs by Project Orange.

The bar itself is on the end wall standing in front of a huge textured hand carved sandstone relief. It’s timber top is supported on a long row of turned timber spindles that are lit by individual led lights.

Aside from serving up Indian and imported spirits, i-Bar has its own menu of specialty cocktails, along with a menu of Indian, western and oriental snacks. And like every bar and nightclub these days, the i-Bar
has a DJ come spin tunes at night.

As for the Park Hotel, it's a member of the Design Hotels group and gets decent reviews amongst guests looking for an "achingly hip" place to stay. However, one guest warns that Sundays usually bring a loud disco party by the pool.

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Bad Rate :: $440 for a Room in Bangalore

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  Site Where: 41/3, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Bangalore, India, 560 001
August 28, 2007 at 11:04 AM | by | ()

[Ed. Note: Welcome to our Good Rate/Bad Rate feature where we look at hotel prices in the same city and decide which one most deserves your hard-earned benjamins. Rates quotes here were captured August 28, 2007 and are subject to change. Enjoy.]

We've reported before on the hotel room crunch in India, but $440 for the lowest-priced available room in the Taj Residency Bangalore? When we pulled up the dates of September 6 to 9 on their website, 18,000 rupees was the lowest rate listed. At the current exchange rate that's $440 before taxes.

Granted, this is a room on the club level, so you do get breakfast, a cocktail hour, and some swanky amenities: Herman Miller chairs, cordless phone, 42 inch plasma TV, DVD player with surround sound, large wardrobe, and attached luxurious bathroom with steam / shower cubicles."

So, if you're an outsourcing VP for Cisco and have a fat expense account ready to be tapped, live it up at the Taj. If you're a start-up dipping your toe in India's version of Silicon Valley, however, we suggest this week's Good Rate, the Ginger Hotel Bangalore.

Related Stories:
· Good Rate: $44 at Ginger Hotel Bangalore [HotelChatter]

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Good Rate :: $44 at Ginger Hotel Bangalore

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  Site Where: 128, EPIP Phase II, Whitefield, Bangalore, India, 560 066
August 28, 2007 at 11:04 AM | by | ()

[Ed. Note: Welcome to our Good Rate/Bad Rate feature where we look at hotel prices in the same city and decide which one most deserves your hard-earned benjamins. Rates quotes here were captured August 28, 2007 and are subject to change. Enjoy.]

Yesterday we linked to a Budget Travel story on 39 international hotel chains worth checking out, so we thought it would be fun to turn to them for both our Good Rate and Bad Rate. On the good side, we have the value-priced Ginger Hotel Bangalore, coming in at only 1,799 rupees for a double, or $44.

If you're coming to India's tech center to save some money on staffing up your new venture, this would be a good place to hang. It may not have 400 thread count sheets and a personal butler on call, but minimalist rooms have a mini-fridge, LCD TV, coffee maker, and high-speed Wi-Fi. There's a gym on site and free bottled water.

There's also a "multi-cuisine restaurant" called The Square Deal. We're guessing at least one dish has some ginger in it.

Related Stories:
· Bad Rate :: $440 for a room in Bangalore [HotelChatter]


Rambow Reports: India's Hotel Scene

Where: Bangalore, India
March 8, 2006 at 2:02 PM | by | ()

[Ed. Note: Fearless Jaunted reporter, John Rambow, has been staying in India on a long story assignment and has agreed to give us the full scoop on the Indian hotel scene. We asked him what is with all the buzz on India and how come there never seem to be enough hotels there? From the man who taught you how to eat thali, we present Rambow Reports. Enjoy.]

The short answer is that supply hasn't been able to keep up with demand for the high end business-class hotels, places for business people from the West who want (and can get their companies to pay for) all the comforts of Manhattan. Exhibit #1 is the Leela Palace in Bangalore, where Tom Friedman stayed while writing his book and where the rack is something like $550. This is a fortune here.

This demand is primarily in urban areas, where business people are going because of the continuing tech boom. Tourism has also been increasing by leaps and bounds, but I feel that this is secondary. India's only been getting three or four million visitors a year. Places like Spain get, what, 60 or 70 million visitors a year. [About 56 million-- Ed.]

There are lots of cheap places that Indians stay at. But there isn't a lot of places like a Hilton or something -- a midrange place in a city.

Maybe by 2010 there will be when Starwood puts up some of their brands.

Image via Wantnana/Flickr.

Related Stories:
· India: The New Cool Kid? [HotelChatter]
· Leela Palace reviews [TripAdivsor]


Bollywood you marry me?

Where: Bangalore, India
June 28, 2004 at 7:36 AM | by | ()

If you wake up in a Vegas hotel and find out you're married to the person lying naked next to you, here's what to do next: Barf, tie some blankets together, sneak out the window, barf again, and floor it back to your REAL life back in Ohio, denying it ever happened all the way.

Wake up with a spouse in an Indian hotel and find out you've been on the business end of a wedding vow -- and wow -- you're the happiest camper in the world, and possibly one of the richest.

Indian celebs and Apu-sixpacks alike are being wowed by high-end hotel weddings around the globe... in terms of their bling, their pomp, and their all around blinding spectacle.

And many wealthy and famous Indians will attempt to replicate, if not top, the multi-million european, star-studded wedding of steel baron Lakshmi Mittal's daughter in France's Vaux le Viconte hotel and the like, The Indian Times reports.

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