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Unfortunately, with the new Bangalore airport being located in a remote area, there aren't many options for transiting passengers who want to stay near the airport. New branded hotels are being built to meet demand, but these will take a while to be completed. This guide to Bangalore airport hotels reveals the best options in the interim.
Day Hotel: Plaza Premium Lounge
Bangalore's first airport transit hotel opened in September 2014. It's located after security check on level two of domestic departures Terminal 1 (near Gate 1). A variety of rooms are available including single rooms, studios, twin rooms, and family suites. Facilities include wireless Internet, showers, computer workstations, a breakfast bar, and massage services. Room rates start from 2,500 rupees for a single and 3,500 rupees for a double, for three hours.
Luxury: Taj Bangalore
The closest hotel to Bangalore airport, the new Taj Bangalore is situated right opposite the terminal. It opened in December 2015 and is a substantial property with 154 rooms, business center, fitness center, outdoor swimming pool and sun deck, wellness spa, three restaurants (specializing in Indian, Japanese and Chinese cuisines), and a lounge bar. Rates start from around 8,000 rupees per night plus tax. Breakfast is additional.
Luxury: Clarks Exotica
The sprawling Clarks Exotica is set on 50 acres of land approximately 20 minutes from Bangalore airport. Apparently, it's the city's largest hotel complex. It offers a wide range of leisure facilities and swimming pool with sunken bar. There are 145 rooms and suites. Rates start from around 6,500 rupees for a double, per night, plus tax. Breakfast is included. The hotel also offers a slightly cheaper transit rate for six hours maximum stay.
Luxury: Olde Bangalore
For something different, the Olde Bangalore is a resort with an unusual concept -- air-conditioned luxury tents. There are 25 of them on the property, located 20 minutes from Bangalore airport. The hotel offers plenty of recreational facilities including badminton, table tennis, billiards, and air rifle shooting range. There's also a business center, tour desk, and four dining options. For stays of up to 12 hours, rates start from 5,200 rupees for a double, plus tax. For an overnight stay, expect to pay upwards of 7,400 rupees for a double, plus tax.
Mid Range: Hotel Presidency
The main advantage of the Hotel Presidency is its proximity to the airport, 10-15 minutes away just off National Highway 7. Many travelers choose to stay there on this basis. However, the hotel is becoming a bit worn and isn't as good as its website makes it out to be. It's also quite noisy. Rates for a double room start from 3,000 rupees per night, including breakfast. Tax is additional. If you only need a quick freshen up, there's a transit rate of 1,800 rupees for four hours (6 a.m to 6 p.m). Airport transfers cost 450 rupees.
Mid Range: Fantasy Golf Resort
The Fantasy Golf Resort is located in the same area as the Presidency, 15 minutes from the airport. Appealing for active people, it has leafy grounds and facilities including a mini-golf course, cricket pitch, outdoor swimming pool, and games pavilion. There are 16 rooms. Rates start from 2,900 rupees per night for a double, plus tax and breakfast. Airport transfers cost 650 rupees for two people.
Mid Range: Hotel AV Comforts
AV Comforts is an intimate new hotel with eight modern rooms, located around 20 minutes from Bangalore airport. There's no restaurant but rooms are equipped with a small kitchenette with refrigerator, sink, and microwave oven. A supermarket and other shops are nearby. The hotel has a terrace, shared lounge, travel desk and ticket service. Rates start from around 2,500 rupees per night, plus tax. Breakfast is included.
Budget: Arra Suites
It's not a hotel, but rather a highly-rated building of serviced apartments with a business center, located 20 minutes from the airport. There are 14 spacious, clean and well maintained rooms -- but don't expect any luxuries. Staff are generally welcoming and friendly. 24 hour room service and complimentary breakfast are provided. Rates start from around 1,300 rupees for a single and 2,000 rupees for a double, including breakfast. Tax is extra.
Budget: Ample Inn
Ample Inn is only 15 minutes from the airport, yet has a quiet setting surrounded by fields. It's somewhat isolated, so you'll need to rely on the hotel's decent enough restaurant for food. There are 12 small but neat and clean rooms, and helpful staff. Double rooms start from about 1,500 rupees per night, plus tax. Breakfast is included.
Budget: Orange Suites
This popular new transit hotel is situated 20 minutes from the airport, in a peaceful area off National Highway 7. The six rooms are spacious and contemporary, and each has a balcony. There's no restaurant but room service is possible. Staff are efficient and courteous. Expect to pay 1,700 rupees per night, plus tax, upwards for a double. Breakfast is included.