From Hyderabad, my next port of call was Bangalore, India’s IT capital. I was picked up from the Bengaluru International Airport by Paul Bangalore’s driver who headed towards Bangalore, the capital of the state of Karnataka. The ride was bumpy as the car travelled on potholed roads and had to weave through the morning chaotic traffic jams for about two hours before I reached the hotel. The irony is that the hotel is only about 35km away from the airport and should have taken only about 45 minutes to reach.
The Paul Bangalore sponsored four days of my short vacation in Bengaluru, the new name for Bangalore. Though the hotel is not in the prime area, it is still in the heart of the capital, very close to the IBM offices, LG Soft, Dell, PSI Data, Microsoft Technology and many other IT companies, including the Embassy Golf Links.
The moment I alighted and entered the beautiful lobby of the luxurious hotel, I was greeted by the extremely friendly staff. Throughout my stay, I realized that not only the hotel staff, but also the restaurant staff were all gentle and always ready to help.
The hotel has 57 world class suites that are comfortable and luxuriously furnished, and provides excellent service without intruding into my privacy. I stayed in a club suite which is like a two-bedroom flat. The suite is about 1200 square feet and there are king size beds in each room, complete with attached bathrooms fitted with an array of amenities. The teak floored suite is furnished with LCD TV in each room, including the lounge, subscribing to various premium satellite channels. Also included are DVD players, a dining table, a mini kitchen and a well-stocked bar. The rooms are spotlessly clean. Every part of the suite is tastefully furnished either with antiques or curios. The rooms have spacious balconies that I did not utilize as they are overlooking some other properties. For high-speed Wi-Fi, there is a small surcharge.
All the suites are provided with writing desks, complimentary newspapers, telephones, coffee/tea makers, complimentary bottled water and ironing boards Bathrooms are fitted with either bathtubs or showers and equipped with bathrobes, hair dryers, complimentary toiletries, ironing boards, and bedroom slippers. Turndown service is offered nightly.
The Paul Bangalore has outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a health club, a business centre, meeting rooms, and a car service. The hotel has three restaurants – Vembanad, Sidewalk and Masala Dani- a café and a bar/lounge. Complimentary breakfast is served every morning.
The hotel is popular with the locals and tourists for its microbrewery Murphy’s.
Mostly, breakfast is the only one meal that most travellers have in the hotel. In fact, whenever I travel, I tend to have my lunch outside and return to the hotel for my dinner.
The Paul Bangalore is usually full with busy executives who indulge in quality breakfast only. As such, the hotel provides a sumptuous buffet breakfast at the café with a mix of Indian and continental dishes. The chef rotates the breakfast menu on a daily basis.
Overall, I was very impressed with the hotel and would strongly recommend business travellers as well as families to spend their vacation there. It is also an ideal destination for extended families to stay there on short trips.
I thank Ms. Asa Abraham, PR and Communications Executive of The Paul Bangalore for extending such a warm hospitality during my brief stay. For the records, the Paul Bangalore also provided transport for our daily use. Thank you very much, Paul Bangalore.
The Paul Bangalore
139/28 ,opposite Embassy Golf Links,
Off Intermediate Ring Road
Tel: +91 80 4047 7777