The Den Ben­galuru | TRAVEL

Upscale Living Magazine - - Contents - | By Jy­oti Balani

Ban­ga­lore is one of my fa­vorite cities in In­dia and one that I travel to of­ten for work and plea­sure both. Even though I have stayed in most of the bet­ter ho­tels in Ban­ga­lore, re­cently I en­joyed a de­light­fully pleas­ant stay in a brand new lux­ury ho­tel called The Den Ben­galuru in the White­field area. Lo­cated in the IT hub of Ban­ga­lore, The Den is a state of the art lux­ury ho­tel with just the right blend of ser­vice, lux­ury and quiet ef­fi­ciency. Whether it is a busi­ness trip or a hol­i­day, The Den is a per­fect des­ti­na­tion with its so­phis­ti­cated el­e­gance and a range of ac­tiv­i­ties that one can en­gage in. I re­ceived an in­vite from the ho­tel’s Gen­eral Man­ager Vi­nesh Gupta who has been work­ing on this project re­lent­lessly for the last two years.

On ar­rival I was wel­comed by the Di­rec­tor of Sales and Mar­ket­ing San­deep Sahdev and we started with an in­ter­est­ing lunch at The Creek which is a ca­sual and high-en­ergy round the clock din­ing restau­rant that serves au­then­tic In­dian and world cuisines. Al­fresco at The Creek is gor­geous with flow­ing wa­ter bod­ies and spa­cious lawns and in the evenings it re­sem­bles a breezy cafe in Europe. Af­ter lunch I checked into a stu­dio room which is de­signed in such a way that a guest finds it re­ally con­ve­nient to move around with ev­ery­thing within easy reach. My stu­dio room had huge glass win­dows which looked out into the city and a fu­tur­is­ti­cally el­e­gant de­sign which made it a de­light to be in for the next three days.

With 226 rooms, suites, state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties and a de­lec­ta­ble ar­ray of din­ing op­tions, The Den is po­si­tioned around the con­cept of “Eat. Work. Sleep. Play’. The ho­tel’s prox­im­ity to all the IT parks and busi­ness dis­tricts of the city makes The Den Ben­galuru a great choice when in Ban­ga­lore. With a con­tem­po­rary de­sign, one that re­flects in­no­va­tive and pro­gres­sive el­e­ments that make mod­ern-day Ben­galuru come alive, the ho­tel ex­u­ber­ates lux­ury with spa­cious rooms and so­phis­ti­cated meet­ing spa­ces. With a smart workspace, high­speed In­ter­net ac­cess and a spec­tac­u­lar view of the bustling city, the guest rooms at The Den are per­fect for work­ing and re­lax­ing. The phi­los­o­phy of em­brac­ing the mod­ern cul­ture and tra­di­tions is fur­ther re­flected in the names of the ho­tel’s ex­clu­sive restau­rants, meet­ing rooms and ban­quet­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

Vi­nesh Gupta, Gen­eral Man­ager, The Den Ben­galuru said, “The Den brand prides it­self as be­ing a cul­tural touch­stone that pro­vides state-of-the-art-fa­cil­i­ties. The Den Ben­galuru is the epit­ome of our vi­sion, com­bin­ing rich lo­cal tra­di­tions with renowned con­tem­po­rary touches to de­liver a fresh per­spec­tive on world­class ser­vice. Our aim is to of­fer our guests a unique blend of mod­ern and tra­di­tional aes­thet­ics that create mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ences for mil­len­ni­als and glo­be­trot­ters”.

The Den Ben­galuru is an ex­cit­ing place for food­ies thanks to an ef­fi­cient team led by Food and Bev­er­age Di­rec­tor Nishen­dra Kashyap and Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Kapil Dubey. While at The Den, it is a good idea to spend time at The Nest, a chic lounge bar that serves ex­cit­ing

drinks and ex­clu­sive bar nib­bles. With taste­ful in­te­ri­ors, gam­ing sta­tions, stylish fur­ni­ture that is rem­i­nis­cent of an artsy magazine cover; it is care­fully de­signed to in­clude some­thing spe­cial for ev­ery­one. There is a tal­ented bar­tender who cre­ates in­no­va­tive drinks and ex­otic con­coc­tions as I dis­cov­ered dur­ing my visit. The Layla, the sig­na­ture rooftop restau­rant serves ex­otic Mediter­ranean Cui­sine un­der the stars. The Cold Press is a quick, con­ve­nient place for healthy eat­ing and of­fers an es­sen­tial dose of nutri­tion with su­per foods, a range of juices, smooth­ies, shakes and health foods. I picked up a lot of good­ies from The Deli while leav­ing the ho­tel such as a date and wal­nut cake, gourmet choco­lates, cheese straws etc. It’s the per­fect place to en­joy a leisurely cup of cof­fee with de­li­cious pas­tries and muffins or a crois­sant!

The Den Ben­galuru is dis­tinc­tive in many ways and one of the most unique in­clu­sions is The Cave, which is a 15-seater large cin­ema hall that of­fers a cu­rated se­lec­tion of movies, one doesn’t need to go out in the chaotic traf­fic that Banga lore is in­fa­mous for to en­joy a movie. The Play House which of­fers a wide range of elec­tronic in­ter­ac­tive games, vin­tage video games and snooker is an­other op­tion for those who wish to un­wind. The ho­tel also fea­tures an out­door swim­ming pool, a fit­ness cen­tre equipped with the lat­est equip­ment and Sanc­tu­ary, a spa to re­ju­ve­nate the mind and body.

The ho­tel has 226 rooms in all which are cat­e­go­rized into The Den Room-84 rooms in this cat­e­gory that pro­vide an ideal ur­ban ex­pe­ri­ence for trav­ellers with con­tem­po­rary fur­nish­ings, The Den Cor­ner Room- 48 rooms in this cat­e­gory have mag­nif­i­cent views with con­tem­po­rary fur­nish­ing, The Den Stu­dio Room-24 rooms in this cat­e­gory with 400 sq.ft. space, ideal for long stay­ing guests and The Den Club Room which are the best choice for busi­ness trav­el­ers-63 rooms in this cat­e­gory on higher floors, lounge fa­cil­i­ties, Ex­press check in-out, air­port as­sis­tance, lounge fa­cil­i­ties with an ex­clu­sive buf­fet break­fast, Board room meet­ing space, Tea/cof­fee ser­vice all day long. The Den Ben­galuru also of­fers a range of four suites named The Den Suites, The Loft Suites, The Town­hall Suites and The Paramount Suites.

The ho­tel has ex­pan­sive meet­ing spa­ces ideal for all sorts of events and cel­e­bra­tions, busi­ness meet­ings and con­fer­ences. For­est is a Grand ball room is 5700 sq feet with a ceil­ing height of 16 feet and can be di­vided into 2 equal parts cre­at­ing two smaller venues with 3300 and 2400 sq ft. re­spec­tively called For­est I & II. Camelia is 900 sq ft of area for meet­ings and break­aways with in­built au­dio-vis­ual with pro­jec­tion op­tions and can be di­vided into two parts for smaller meet­ing groups. The Rose with an area of 350 sq ft is ideal for small meet­ing groups in pos­si­ble dif­fer­ent seat­ing styles. The Aster has an area of 500 sq ft with a fixed board room set up with a mag­nif­i­cent white mar­ble top ta­ble for 16 to 20 peo­ple. The Arena has an area of 1250 sq ft with an au­di­to­rium and 70 seats, pro­jec­tion and is ideal for pre­sen­ta­tions, train­ings and ad­dresses.

The Den Ben­galuru syn­ony­mous to its name is the per­fect meet­ing point for tourists, busi­ness trav­el­ers and in­dus­try stal­warts. A pre­mium prop­erty, the ho­tel stands out for its suave pad of com­fort in the cen­tral busi­ness district of White­field in Ben­galuru. So­phis­ti­ca­tion com­bined with easy com­fort and prox­im­ity to all the IT parks and busi­ness dis­tricts of the city makes The Den a smart choice for both busi­ness and leisure trav­el­ers. Worth sev­eral vis­its when in Ban­ga­lore!

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