8 Top Luxury Stays in Bangalore from Colonial to Chic

Taj West End swimming pool.
••• Taj West End swimming pool. Amar Grover/Getty Images

There's no shortage of 5-star hotels in Bangalore, and they're among India's finest too. Most of Bangalore's luxury hotels have spacious grounds and marvelous architecture. Here are eight of the best ones, in areas that are handy for sightseeing. The rates stated below will vary depending on the time of year.

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    The Taj West End hotel is an evergreen favorite in Bangalore. Built in 1887, it started out as an inn for British soldiers and was the city's first hotel. Since then, it's been expanded but still retains an old-world aura with meticulously preserved Gothic architecture. The hotel occupies a sprawling 20 acres of tropical garden near the racecourse, right next to the Bangalore Turf Club and Bangalore Golf Club. The location is about 10 minutes west of MG Road and the city center. There are 118 guest rooms, some of which are family rooms. Facilities include free WIFI and parking, three restaurants (including India's finest Vietnamese restaurant), a bar, special activities for children, fitness center, and spa and wellness center. High tea, served on the hotel lawns, is a highlight. It's also possible to enjoy a private meal under a 150 year old rain tree!

    • Address: Racecourse Road.
    • Rates: From 11,000 rupees per night, plus taxes.
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    The Oberoi is another oasis-like luxury hotel in Bangalore. It was built in 1993 and refurbished in 2006. If location is important to you, you'll love the fact that the hotel is conveniently situated on MG Road, right in the heart of the city's action. Another selling point is that all rooms have private balconies overlooking the extensive gardens or swimming pool. The 160 guest rooms include 68 newly designed luxury rooms that were launched in 2012. The staff is helpful and friendly, and the food includes excellent Thai and Chinese cuisine. There's also an alfresco bar and swimming pool, and wellness spa. The hotel offers a number of experiences such as customized bicycle tours of the city, trips to Nrityagram dance village, guided walks through the hotel's extensive gardens ending with a high tea, and cooking classes for children.

    • Address: 37-39 Mahatma Gandhi Road.
    • Rates: From about 13,000 rupees per night, plus taxes.
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    The very popular Vivanta by Taj hotel (previously known as the Taj Regency) is a less costly alternative to The Oberoi on MG Road. The Vivanta by Taj brand, launched in 2011, offers a more relaxed and contemporary form of luxury. In contrast to the quiet, exclusive ambiance at the Oberoi, the Vivanta by Taj on MG Road is hip and more business-like. Its poolside Ice bar is one of the most happening places in the city, with delicious cocktails plus DJs and dancing on the weekends. There are also three restaurants and a coffee shop, convention center and meeting rooms, and Jiva spa.

    • Address: 41/3 Mahatma Gandhi Road.
    • Rates: From 9,500 rupees per night, plus taxes.
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    The Leela Palace was built in 2003 as a modern-day palace, with spectacular architecture inspired by the Royal Palace of Mysore and the palaces of the Vijayanagar Empire. Think an abundance of marble, gleaming chandeliers, spiral staircases, and prolific arches. The hotel is set on nine acres of landscaped grounds about 15 minutes east of MG Road and the city center. It's home to two world-renowned restaurants -- the opulent Jamavar (one of the best Indian cuisine restaurants in Bangalore) and Le Cirque (featuring signature dishes from the flagship Le Cirque New York). There are 357 guest rooms and suites.

    • Address: 23 Old Airport Road.
    • Rates: From about 12,000 rupees per night, plus taxes.
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    It's all about going green at the acclaimed ITC Gardenia, which opened overlooking the garden city's century-old Bangalore Club in 2009. The hotel blends luxury and responsibility with noteworthy features including vertical gardens, solar energy, water harvesting and recycling, and conservative use of air-conditioning (there's none in the lobby). It's apparently also India's first hotel to have an operable helipad and privileged guests can transfer to the hotel from Bangalore airport by helicopter. The hotel's gigantic 5,400 square foot Peacock Suite is spread over two floors and has its own private open-air swimming pool overlooking the city, and special elevator entrance. The hotel also has a separate floor for especially for female travelers, and a large Kaya Kalp spa that maintains the standards of the original one at the ITC Mughal in Agra. There are six restaurants and 292 rooms.

    • Address: 1 Residency Road.
    • Rates: From about 12,000 rupees per night, plus...MORE taxes.
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    One of Bangalore's newest hotels, the JW Marriott opened in 2013. Its stately and sedate environment with contemporary wooden interiors is well-suited to corporate travelers, as too are the hotel's business facilities and location. The hotel is situated right next to Cubbon Park, UB Mall and the UB City business district. There's more than 10,000 square feet of event space for everything from conferences to product launches. The hotel also has three restaurants, a tapas bar, a bakery, a lounge, a poolside bar, a wellness spa, and fitness center.  Its 281 guest rooms are among the largest in Bangalore, and many have balconies overlooking Cubbon Park.

    • Address: 24/1 Vittal Mallya Road.
    • Rates: From 11,000 rupees per night, plus taxes. 
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    Don't be fooled into thinking that the ITC Windsor is a heritage property. Although it has plenty of convincing colonial character, it's not! It was built in 1982 to resemble a British manor, and it's certainly got the ambiance of one. The decor features priceless Raj-era paintings and period furniture. And, many guests say that the hotel feels like a second home due to the personalized service. Foodies will appreciate some of the best dining destinations in the city, such as Dakshin (south Indian cuisine), Dum Pukht Jolly Nabobs (Raj-inspired Indian cuisine) and Royal Afghan (northwest frontier cuisine). Surprisingly, the hotel doesn't have a dedicated continental cuisine restaurant though. However, there's an inviting Irish pub, Dublin, which often has live music and happy hours. The hotel is located in a secure and peaceful diplomatic enclave about 15 minutes from MG Road and the city center. This may be a drawback for some, as local transport is hard to come by...MORE outside the hotel and the hotel's taxis are costly. Uber is an alternative. There are 240 guest rooms spread across four classes: ITC One, Tower, Executive Club and the Manor. The premium Tower rooms are housed in a separate wing with its own reception and check-in.

    • Address: 25 Windsor Square, Golf Course Road.
    • Rates: From about 9,600 rupees per night, plus taxes.
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    Newly constructed and opened in early 2018, the Conrad is notably south India's tallest hotel building. Its 285 guest rooms are spread across 24 floors scenically overlooking Bangalore's Ulsoor Lake, in the central business district just off MG Road. The hotel, which is managed by Hilton, is Conrad's second property in India (the first is located in Pune in Maharashtra). Highlights include five restaurants and bars, one of the largest meeting and events spaces in the city, stunning infinity swimming pool, dedicated kid's pool, comprehensive wellness spa, fitness center, and extensive use of smart technology in the rooms. The hotel also offers guests short curated itineraries that provide immersive local experiences.

    • Address: 23/3, Kensington Road.
    • Rates: Expect to pay 9,000 rupees per night upwards, plus taxes.