My family and I spent 3 nights at the Oberoi in Bangalore. When you first enter the hotel, you are greeted by the scent of fresh flowers. Some people may find that very nice, I found that it bothered my allergies. Located a 30-40 min drive from the airport, it is in close proximity (walking distance even) to lots of shopping and restaurants.
The staff was very attentive. The check-in process involved being escorted to our room my a member of the staff. There we were offered an upgrade to a "larger, nicer room" for only 1500Rs more and it would include breakfast as well. Right when we were going to accept the upgrade, the woman checking us in revealed that since there would be 2 of us for breakfast, it would be 2000Rs more, not the 1500Rs she originally said. It seemed like a scam to us and we rejected the offer. Friends traveling with us accepted the upgrade and found the upgraded room to be only marginally larger, but with a nicer bathroom.
The Thai restaurant was excellent; the service was good and the food was outstanding. The breakfast buffet was very good, offering Indian and Western choices, and omelette station, carved ham, fresh fruit etc. French toast, pancakes, or waffles could be ordered directly from a waiter. The wait staff was wonderful to our small children who loved the attention.
We used the pool as well. It is not good for small children since the shallow end is 1.36m deep!
We arranged a hotel car to take us on a half day tour of Bangalore. It was reasonably priced (~2300Rs for a Corolla/ ~3200 for a Camry) and our driver was very good. When leaving the hotel we inquired about a hotel car taking us to the airport instead of ordering a taxi. The rate for an airport dropoff was an astounding 2200Rs, which was about the same as a half day tour!! Needless to say we ordered a taxi and paid 700Rs including tip.
The Oberoi was a very nice hotel, but we didn't like feeling like we were being scammed on the room upgrade or the airport dropoff. Aside from these two negatives, the hotel was very nice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A modern &charming hotel with landscaped garden & water bodies, in the heart of business & shopping district. The hotel is now ready with a refreshing new experience. The entire accomodation is now new and reflects the tranquility and energy of this beautiful and modern city. The contemporary design and innovative features of our rooms and suites will ensure that your stay is even more memorable.All our rooms are now equipped with Oberoi E'nhance, an iPad interface that allows you to customise your in room experience ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Oberoi Bangalore Hotel Bangalore
- Oberoi Bangalore
- Oberoi Hotel Bangalore