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Unfortunately, with the new Bangalore airport being located in a remote area, options for transiting passengers who want to stay near the airport are limited. Plaza Premium Lounge did operate a "day hotel" inside the terminal but it closed indefinitely for renovations in 2019 while the airport is being expanded. New branded hotels are gradually being built near the airport to meet demand, and some decent budget accommodations have recently opened up along the highway within 20 minutes of the airport. This guide to Bangalore airport hotels will point you in the right direction.
Luxury: Taj Bangalore Airport
If you don't mind splashing some cash, you can stay right opposite the terminal at the Taj Bangalore Airport hotel. This opulent and contemporary property by India's leading luxury hotel brand opened in December 2015. It has 154 guest rooms and suites, business center, fitness center, outdoor swimming pool and sun deck, wellness spa, three restaurants (specializing in Indian, Asian, and global cuisines), and a lounge bar. Food, service and facilities are all superb. You definitely won't be disappointed. Rates start from around 10,000 rupees per night including tax. Breakfast is additional.
Luxury: Clarks Exotica Convention Resort and Spa
Clarks Exotica sprawls over 50 acres of grounds about 20 minutes west of Bangalore airport (it's about 10 minutes off the highway). Apparently, it's the city's largest hotel complex. It offers a wide range of complimentary and paid leisure facilities, wellness spa, swimming pool, multi-cuisine restaurant, coffee shop, and bar. There are 145 rooms and suites, some with one or two bedrooms. Rates start from around 6,500 rupees for a double per night, with breakfast extra. The hotel also offers a slightly cheaper transit rate for six hours maximum stay, plus "day out" packages including meals and activities.
This classy country club-style resort is situated in newly developed Brigade Orchards -- a 130-acre smart township about 20 minutes past the airport. The area is quite isolated, so there's not much to do in the vicinity of the hotel. However, the property has been beautifully designed with plentiful sports facilities, vast grounds filled with plants and trees, and quality accommodations (rooms are soundproof and have superior mattresses, so you're guaranteed a good sleep). There's also a wellness spa, swimming pool, multi-cuisine restaurant, outdoor courtyard cafe, and lounge bar. Affordable airport transfers are provided. Expect to pay around 6,000 rupees per night upwards for a double room including tax and breakfast. Families can choose interconnected rooms.
Royal Lotus View Resotel opened in 2019 in a serene location surrounded by green farm lands just off the highway and 15 minutes from Bangalore airport. It's a well-maintained, compact boutique hotel with 33 spacious rooms that have either a balcony or a view of the swimming pool. Do note that the windows in the standard rooms don't open though. Facilities include a small wellness spa, gym, restaurant, cafe, bar, and selection of indoor games such as billiards and darts. Staff are helpful. Free bicycles are also on offer to explore the local village and temples. Rates start from around 4,000 rupees per night for a double including tax.
A step up from the usual budget accommodations, Purple Cloud Hotel provides everything you'll need for a standout stay within 10 minutes of the airport. The hotel is modern, rooms are large and some are interconnected, staff are polite and efficient, technology is state-of-the-art, wireless Internet is complimentary, there are facilities for differently-abled guests, and LGBT guests are welcome. The hotel's highway location means traffic noise may be heard at times though. In addition, the restaurant doesn't serve alcohol, which may be a disappointment for some guests (a nearby liquor store solves that issue). Rooms are excellent value from 2,300 rupees for a double and 3,500 rupees for an executive suite, per night. The rooms can conveniently be booked for day use in blocks of an hour or more.
The Airport Regency is the top cheap and close option for a transit stay near Bangalore airport. It's a no-frills place with 11 rooms spread over two floors, situated about 15 minutes from the terminal along a side road. The hotel is new and, despite being rather bland, the rooms are clean and comfortable. The free wireless Internet works well too. There's no restaurant on the premises, or shops close by, but food can be ordered in. Tea and coffee is available in the hotel. Double rooms start from under 1,500 rupees per night, including tax.
Budget: Orange Suites and Inn
Another new transit hotel, Orange Suites and Inn offers simple but stylish rooms (some with balcony) in a lane off the highway about 20 minutes before the airport. It's a small bed and breakfast only property, with tea and coffee facilities in the rooms. A bonus is that there's a bus stop right outside the hotel and buses go straight to the city center. Staff are efficient and courteous. Expect to pay around 2,000 rupees for a double room per night including tax.