India Today - - COVER STORY -

Just a hop, skip and jump (or let’s say, a few el­e­va­tors) away from lead­ing high street stores like H&M, Su­perdry and oth­ers, The Wa­verly Ho­tel & Res­i­dences at VR Ben­galuru, of­fers you a chance to lit­er­ally stay at a mall. In­spired by the cul­tur­ally rich neigh­bour­hood of White­field, The Wa­verly takes its name from the erst­while Wa­verly Inn, fre­quented by the likes of Win­ston Churchill. Apart from a suite named af­ter Churchill, they draw on sev­eral An­glo-In­dian names and ref­er­ences such as the White­field Arms, a quin­tes­sen­tial Bri­tish pub with ac­cess from the mall and the ho­tel. With a menu of steaks, leather seat­ing and a map of old White­field, it is dunked in nos­tal­gia.

The rooms, The Wa­verly Room, Stu­dio, Loft and Res­i­dences vary in sizes but keep to min­i­mal­ist theme with bare fur­ni­ture, wall­pa­per, neu­tral drapes and wooden floor­ing. Ev­ery­thing is geared to­wards sim­ple, func­tional and clut­ter-free. Bath­rooms though well-equipped with ameni­ties, have no shower cur­tains. We did miss the oc­ca­sional per­son­al­i­sa­tion that comes with lux­ury ho­tels and the soft bed­side rug for our aching feet from the mall sprint.

The rooms look out to the mall next door or to the many un­der-con­struc­tion high rises that this part of town has come to be as­so­ci­ated with. Not a sight for sore eyes, but turn the peep­ers in­stead to framed il­lus­tra­tions of old Ban­ga­lore by Paul Fer­nan­des neatly mounted on the wall.

The Wa­verly’s USP lies in the maze of lifts through its pretty car­peted cor­ri­dors that pro­vide di­rect ac­cess to the res­tau­rant, the rooftop bar ALT, Spa La Vie by L’Oc­c­i­tane, The Tribe fit­ness cen­tre and more. The spa with its lus­cious aro­matic prod­ucts and earthy dé­cor will make you for­get that a bustling mall is your clos­est neigh­bour. The Re­lax­ing Aro­ma­cholo­gie Mas­sage is a must-try with a blend of Swedish and Ba­li­nese mas­sage tech­niques and Chi­nese acu­pres­sure to re­lieve strained mus­cles. The mas­sage blend with es­sen­tial oils of Laven­der, Tea Tree, Gera­nium and a hint of Lemon Ver­bana will keep you fra­grant and re­laxed long af­ter the charm of re­tail ther­apy has waned.

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