Hotel, Bengaluru set to be the city’s premier destination for dining, entertaining
When it opens on
24 September in South India’s capital state of Karnataka, Shangri-La
Hotel, Bengaluru will become the city’s leading destination for business and
pleasure, offering a dynamic array of restaurants and bars and arresting public
and meeting spaces. The 397-room Shangri-La
– sited on nearly two acres of land between the central business district and
residential suburb – will deliver a unique blend of the group’s signature
service of ‘hospitality from the heart’ and legendary Indian hospitality at one
of Bengaluru’s premier addresses overlooking Bangalore Palace and Cubbon Park.
30 minutes from the international airport, Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru stands
19-storeys tall in a leafy blue ribbon suburb on Palace Road. Reminiscent of a bygone regal era, the
nine-metre high lobby showcases nine impressive cylindrical chandeliers, each
weighing shy of half a tonne, while imposing marble columns highlighted by wall
sconces call attention to intricate Indian motifs. Even the doorman in his jewel-toned sherwani (long
coat) and brocade headdress and the guest relations officer in an embroidered
sari, reveal colours and textures specific to local artisans.
to reference the Garden City in its interior, the hotel embellishes tiles,
carpets and wood carved screens with abstract floral silhouettes. Other stylish hints in the public spaces
include marble from Italy, Turkey and China; textiles originating from the
United Kingdom and Asia; as well as a glass elevator to shuttle guests to the
function areas. In the Lobby Lounge, a
sandstone wall installation sourced in Rajasthan measures four metres by nine
metres and depicts a gold-stained palm leaf pattern.
“Shangri-La’s expansion on the Indian subcontinent marks an exciting third
quarter for the group. We are excited to
reveal a new luxury landmark in Bengaluru that adds to our international
presence and will welcome our loyal and new guests for business or leisure,”
said President and CEO Greg Dogan.
Elevated at over
900 metres above sea level, Bengaluru is known as the hub of India’s technological developments and
is just as acclaimed for its historical sites – dating to when noble Indian
dynasties and the British governed – that rise majestically above the city’s
hallmark green spaces.
above the city’s skyline, the guestrooms present a soothing retreat in
beige. Starting from 41 square metres,
each room is accented by a tufted leather headboard and plush patterned carpeting. Complimentary and wireless Internet access
allows guests to use their personal electronics at the executive desk or on the
window-side sofa. Outfitted in
locally sourced New Gold Vein marble, the bathrooms are spacious and built-in
with a wardrobe, bathtub, separate walk-in rain shower and antique bronze
The hotel’s 30 suites –
awash in colours of gold, plum and green – range from 98 to 274 square metres,
and include three Governor Suites and the palatial Shangri-La Suite; guests can
marvel at the panoramic views and enjoy full access to the Horizon Club Lounge.
Also catering for Horizon Club guests, the
lounge is a sophisticated space providing breakfast, tea, evening cocktails and
the services of a concierge team.
Making its mark on Bengaluru’s social scene are the hotel’s eight wining
and dining venues offering spectacular settings, and indoor and outdoor seating
to maximise the unobstructed vistas.
Shang Palace, Shangri-La’s signature Chinese restaurant, led by Chef Lin Lin
Yang will be the place to entertain over Cantonese dim sum, barbeque
specialities, the flavours of Sichuan, Beijing and north-east China, as well as
regional vegetarian dishes. Surrounded
by greenery, guests can entertain in the elegant setting decorated with gold
and silver leaf, pearls, rock crystals and marble, or in one of two private
b Cafe, the all-day
dining restaurant on the lobby level, features interactive kitchens preparing
international and local fare for its buffet and an à la carte menu. Upholstered seating and crown moulding in deep
red accent the vibrant space, while black screens add contrast to make a design
statement. Adjoining the restaurant is b
Cafe Pastry – an enticing alcove for eat-in or take-away sweets and savouries.
Closely following the opening, three more
restaurants will open at Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru. They include Caprese – a stylish Mediterranean
restaurant on level 18, serving seafood, traditional Italian dishes, Middle
Eastern mezze platters and Spanish tapasamong terracotta topiary pots and wood finishes. On the same level, diners can feast on
cuisines from the north and south of India at Ssaffron, while admiring the
Indian restaurant’s ornate carvings and metallic
sandstone sculptures. For an
alternative sky-high dining experience, Yataii combines the best of traditional and
modern Japanese food to deliver fresh sushi and sashimi, and teppanyaki for
Destined to be the most glamourous and distinctive bar on the top of
Bengaluru is Hype, scheduled to open before year-end. Set against the city’s backdrop on the
hotel’s rooftop, on level 19, a chic indoor and outdoor lounge offers plenty of
space to indulge in world-class whiskeys or handcrafted cocktails by expert
bartenders. Under the open skyline and accompanied
to the energetic tunes spun by guest DJs, guests can nibble their way through a
tapas menu or sip on custom zodiac cocktails.
CHI, The Spa is a serene and luxurious retreat in
the sky. Greeting guests at the level
three entrance is a brass sculpture fashioned to resemble a blooming flower and
flaming sun. In harmony with the warmness
of the art piece, the spa is decked with dark timber floors. Managed by therapists to guide guests on a
journey of wellbeing, a fusion of chi
techniques and Ayurveda treatments namely Udhwartana, Shirodhara, Pinda and Sweda
may be experienced in one of nine treatment rooms, including VIP couple suites
and a dedicated Ayurveda room.
Adjacent to CHI, The Spa is the health club, facing the outdoor and kid’s swimming
pools. The 24-hour gym offers
state-of-the-art equipment and time-deprived executives the option to work or
hold conference calls during a training session – made possible through an Android
interface system. Other hotel wellness
facilities include a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, weekly yoga sessions and
the Run Well programme – a running tour of nearby Bangalore Palace or Cubbon
Park, accompanied by a health club associate.
Spread over two levels are the hotel’s function rooms. The Grand Ballroom, with its own pre-function
area and a ceiling height of 9.5 metres, covers 739 square metres and is one of
the largest meeting spaces in the city.
The flora-inspired venue holds up to 900 guests for weddings and grand
events, and is supported by five additional and versatile function rooms on
“Our diverse portfolio of
accommodation, dining destinations and meeting space means we are perfectly positioned
to set new standards and provide an elite urban
lifestyle for our guests
from the community and all over the world.”said Jens Corder, general manager of
Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru.
celebrate Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru’s opening an introductory rate at INR
9,500 per night is available until 31 December 2015. The rate includes an INR 3,000 credit, which
can be redeemed against the hotel’s food and beverage and spa services. Excluded is the 8.40 per cent service charge
and 12 per cent government tax. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.shangri-la.com/bengaluru.
Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s premier hotel companies,
currently owns and/or manages 98 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room
inventory of over 40,000. Over four decades
the group has established its brand hallmark of ‘hospitality from the heart.’ The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, Cambodia,
Hong Kong, India, Myanmar, Philippines, Saudi
Arabia and Sri Lanka. For more information and
reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.shangri-la.com.