Shangri-La Ho­tel Ben­galuru

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BACK­GROUND This is the first ShangriLa Ho­tel to open in the coun­try. It launched in Ben­galuru on Septem­ber 24, 2015.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? It has an op­u­lent feel to it. The ca­pa­cious lobby has a grand pi­ano on one side, near a clus­ter of sofa sets ar­ranged around co ee ta­bles. This area is also the lobby lounge, and is dressed in a plush car­pet. It ex­udes colour tones of beige, brown and royal pur­ple. Cylin­dri­cal glass chan­de­liers with etch­ings add to the brightly lit lobby. Lifts to the rest of the 19 storeys are be­side the en­trance.

WHERE IS IT? The ho­tel is lo­cated on Palace Road, near Ben­galuru’s cen­tral busi­ness district. With­out the city’s in­fa­mous tra ic, it is about a 45-minute drive to Kempegowda In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

ROOMS I stayed on the Hori­zon Club floor, on level 17. Lev­els 15 and 16 too have this room cat­e­gory. A ded­i­cated Hori­zon Club re­cep­tion desk checked me into my Hori­zon Club room from where I en­joyed un­par­al­leled panoramic views of the city. Ex­clu­sive to Club rooms and suites is free ac­cess to the Hori­zon Club Lounge, as well as two hours free use of the meet­ing room. The lounge o ers an ar­ray of bev­er­ages through­out the day, free break­fast, and high tea and cock­tails in the evenings. Racks pro­vide lo­cal news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines. A DVD player is also avail­able.

The rooms re­ceive plenty of nat­u­ral light through a large win­dow that faces the city. The beige, o -white and sub­tle golden in­te­ri­ors make the guest rooms ap­pear larger than they are (41-49 sqm). They have a sofa seat­ing and work desk fac­ing the win­dow, LED tele­vi­sion, tea/ co ee mak­ing fa­cil­i­ties, mini­bar, wa­ter bot­tles, shower and free wifi. Ex­cept for the Deluxe and Panorama View rooms, all 397 rooms and suites (92-274 sqm) in­clude a bath­tub. A DVD player and a se­lec­tion of DVDs can be re­quested for. Charg­ing points are con­ve­niently placed by the bed­side and be­side the work desk.

The beige, o -white and sub­tle golden in­te­ri­ors make the guest rooms ap­pear larger than they are (41-49 sqm)

FOOD AND DRINK I en­joyed a de­lec­ta­ble bar­be­cue meat plat­ter at Shang Palace, Shangri-La’s sig­na­ture Chi­nese restau­rant. Other din­ing op­tions in­clude Ssa ron for In­dian cui­sine, Yataii for Ja­panese, and Cap­rese for Mediter­ranean cui­sine (the sea bass prepa­ra­tion is ex­cel­lent here). In the evening, drinks were at Hype, the rooftop bar – ex­cel­lent at­mos­phere with up­beat mu­sic and un­in­ter­rupted views of the city from its deck. The Lobby Lounge too serves cock­tails and snacks. b Café is the all-day, multi-cui­sine restau­rant at the lobby level with live cook­ing sta­tions.

MEET­INGS The Grand Ball­room on level 1 can ac­com­mo­date 800 peo­ple. Smaller in size, on level 2, Kr­ishna, Kaveri and Kabini can hold 320, 150 and 100 peo­ple re­spec­tively. Pen­nar that can be di­vided into two has a to­tal ca­pac­ity for 180 del­e­gates. The board­room has 12 seats. The busi­ness cen­tre’s four com­put­ers have high-speed In­ter­net ac­cess. There is an ad­di­tional meet­ing room here.

LEISURE Level 3 is the ded­i­cated well­ness floor. It fea­tures CHI, The Spa, a gym, an out­door tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled swim­ming pool, steam bath, sauna and a Jacuzzi. The floor can be likened to an oa­sis of tran­quil­ity.

VER­DICT A per­fect busi­ness ho­tel in a con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion. Ravi Lal­wani

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