Grand Mer­cure


Business Traveller (India) - - TRIED &TESTED -

BACK­GROUND Grand Mer­cure is an up­scale brand of Ac­corHo­tels. In step with Ac­corHo­tels’ for­mat, Grand Mer­cure syn­er­gises lo­cal cul­ture where the prop­erty is sit­u­ated, with French notes as the ho­tel group was born in France. This is the sec­ond Grand Mer­cure prop­erty to launch in the coun­try; the first one opened in Ben­galuru, and the third prop­erty opened re­cently in Vado­dara.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? On first look, if you ar­rive post sun­set, the other­wise peach and beige build­ing looks like it is bathed in gold. Yel­low lights pro­jected on the fa­cade give it a re­gal ef­fect.

I stepped into the lobby with vi­brant in­te­ri­ors. Ar­tis­ti­cally placed pan­els of Mysore silk, for which the city is known, decorate the space. Or­nate photo frames hint of My­suru’s once cel­e­brated roy­alty. Guests get a sense of South In­dian tra­di­tions when wel­comed with tra­di­tional “Swa­gatham” by a staff mem­ber. A ver­mil­ion dot is placed on your fore­head and you’re pre­sented with a per­fumed wooden gar­land. It’s a rit­ual the front staff per­forms on ev­ery guest check­ing in.

The well de­signed lobby has a large re­cep­tion desk lit by a row of bright yel­low lights hang­ing above it. Op­po­site it is a small clus­ter of cof­fee ta­bles and chairs, a gift shop to one side, and a bar and restau­rant on the other. I en­joyed work­ing at the Mac cor­ner in the lobby, a com­mon fea­ture across Grand Mer­cure prop­er­ties in In­dia.

WHERE IS IT? Grand Mer­cure My­suru is 180km from Ben­galuru In­ter­na­tional Air­port, 13km from My­suru Air­port and 2.5km from the My­suru rail­way sta­tion.

ROOM FA­CIL­I­TIES I stayed in the high­est cat­e­gory, Deluxe suite (48 sqm). It has a sep­a­rate liv­ing room and bed­room in ad­di­tion to a bal­cony. The liv­ing room ex­tends to a com­pact din­ing space and kitch­enette equipped with a mi­crowave.

A beau­ti­ful mu­ral adorns the wall be­hind the bed. The room gets its vi­brant ap­pear­ance from the taste­ful bright so­fachair, cush­ions, photo frames, and printed car­pet. The bed is com­fort­able and the work desk is large enough to spread my pa­pers in an or­gan­ised man­ner. The bath­room has printed tiles that dress the water closet, bath­tub and hand shower cu­bi­cle.

The other room cat­e­gories — Deluxe (24 sqm), Ex­ec­u­tive (35 sqm, in­cludes bal­cony), Ju­nior suite with a bal­cony (40 sqm) and with­out a bal­cony (35 sqm) — are built in a sim­i­lar man­ner. I was

charmed by the turn­down ser­vice that is avail­able across all room cat­e­gories — warm words writ­ten on a leaf and two pieces of choco­late.

All 146 rooms and suites are equipped with a work desk, 40inch LED tele­vi­sion, tea/cof­fee mak­ing fa­cil­i­ties, mini­bar, free wifi, hand shower cu­bi­cles and views of the city. The Ju­nior suite has a sep­a­rate bath­tub. Adding to the My­suru feel are Chan­na­p­atna wooden toys, typ­i­cal to the re­gion, on shelves above the mini­bar. RESTAU­RANTS AND BARS

La Uppu is the multi-cui­sine, all-day in­ter­na­tional restau­rant at the lobby level. Its name that trans­lates to “The Salt” is meta­phoric for the My­suru tra­di­tion of plac­ing salt on your plate be­fore your meal. Silk Bar, next to La Uppu, looks pretty in a pur­ple blue haze. By The Blue, the rooftop and pool­side restau­rant serves tra­di­tional cui­sine from dif­fer­ent North In­dian re­gions. The up­com­ing rooftop herbal tea lounge, Gal­le­ria will have an im­pres­sive menu of teas and cof­fees. Deli Shop is the del­i­catessen at the lobby level. BUSI­NESS AND MEET­ING

FA­CIL­I­TIES Re­gent is the 200 sqm ban­quet hall at the lobby level, which can be di­vided into two. On the mez­za­nine floor, there are two board­rooms of 46 sqm each — Bal­muri and Ed­muri.

LEISURE FA­CIL­I­TIES A gym on level six is open round the clock; “Zazen by O2” spa is open from 9am to 6:30pm daily; the rooftop swim­ming pool is open from 6am to 7pm.

VER­DICT Con­tem­po­rary style laced with tra­di­tional dé­cor, in a blue and pur­ple pal­ette, ren­ders a cheer­ful feel. The en­tire prop­erty ex­udes a sense of lux­ury, and the staff en­sures you’re treated like roy­alty.

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