We had occasion to spend a few days during Christmas Vacation at the Kuteeram.
Firstly, the location on the outskirts of Bangalore. This is well-known but what hit us was the fact that this was absolutely remote; so remote that it took us a few diversions along lonely countryside roads just to reach the property from the main road. Incidentally, we landed at the Bangalore airport and decided to book a pre-paid car from Carzonrent. Imagine our surprise when they hadn’t heard of either Taj Kuteeram or Nrityagram village! We had to call the resort and then get the name of the nearest town (Hessarghatta) for the cab guys to be able to book us. The driver too had to keep calling the resort people to get directions all the way. Just goes to show the remoteness of the place and also the fact that it is a tad undersold.
All the fatigue however disappeared on entering the premises! It is a beautiful small property adjoining the Nrityagram dance village and has only nine rooms. Wonder which Taj branded hotel comes close to this ever… Also, another nicety is that every room is different in size, décor and look n feel. I was staying in room no. 3- probably, the most amazing room in the hotel with stone walls, stone pillars, a gigantic Warli painting adorning one of the walls. And to top it all, a beautiful outdoor veranda with a huge swing that one can rock on for hours while watching the countryside and listening to the constant twitter of the birds! A few other rooms had high ceilings with brick domes and separate sitting settees and verandas, all of which contributed to a rich ethnic feel.
We were on the buffet breakfast/lunch/dinner package; not too many options in a remote place like this anyways. The food was uniformly good although breakfast and dinner were always the highlights of the day. One could spend the day lazing around on the hammock or reading or catching up with old childhood games like gilli-danda or marbles or carom. However, we sorely missed some modern facilities and given the area of the premises, a small swimming pool or a modern badminton court (they had a very basic one which had loads of wet soil and hence unfit) would have been most welcome. Frankly, if one doesn’t have a vehicle to go outside as was the case with us, it can get a bit boring at times given the limited number of activities on the premises. We did try a bit of pottery thought on the first day immediately after lunch with a visiting potter and that was fun. Wish there were many more activities or some more mod cons to indulge in though.
The washrooms too were fairly basic and given that this is the Taj after all, we could have done with better toiletries and amenities. Another odd feature about the rooms was that they had no fans. Now, this is not a centrally air conditioned property; as such, December was too cold a time to put on the room A/Cs, however we used to feel suffocated in a closed room without fans for ventilation. This is something that the resort could definitely look at installing given that Kuteeram should otherwise be pleasant for most times of the year.
Last but not the least; the staff was fantastic and very helpful. I suspect they were actually understaffed which meant one person on one day did the room service, service in the restaurant, housekeeping and any other odd job on the premises. A special mention for Mr. Tripathi who was hospitality incarnate and despite doing all the aforementioned jobs (he served dinner in most individual rooms, served our family a lavish spread, fetched us toiletries in the middle of the night, did accounting and expense keeping for the hotel and so on), there was nothing but a smile on his face and a desire to delight all the time. A real asset to the organization.
All in all, a great experience. But it is better to have one’s own vehicle given the paucity of things to do on the premises. And given that this is a Taj property, they should definitely add some more mod cons for which people won’t mind shelling out a thousand or two more per day if it complements the overall experience.
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