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Vivanta by Taj - M G Road, Bangalore
Ranked #35 of 657 Hotels in Bengaluru
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Resonably good hotel in a great location”
Reviewed 10 August 2012

Stayed at the hotel for the first time last week.
Pick-up from airport was smooth. Despite taking about an hour to the hotel, time flew past since the driver narrated the history of Bangalore and stories of major attractions. Check-in was effortless.The room is relatively small but okay for a business hotel. Bathroom however was really small with little room for manoeuvre. Breakfast is decent but nothing to shout about.
The best thing about the hotel is probably its location. Right across the hotel is a brand new and modern shopping mall that includes Marks and Spencer, a bookshop, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Haagen Dazs ice-cream, a food mall and others. Being located centrally along the MG Road which is the main road in downtime allowed easy commuting to major attractions, restaurants, bookshops, etc.
Overall, it is a reasonably comfortable hotel in an excellent location.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

An excellent hotel in a good location - could not fault it!
Food was also excellent and staff all very courteous !
Rooms very clean and air con very quite and efficient
Wifi is not free but it is fast

  • Stayed August 2012
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

Vivanta was a nice retreat after a days work and exposure to the "local elements".
You don't have to leave if you don't want to. Everything is there. Good restaurants, Pool, fitness, spa, good service, Entertainment.
Room was clean and I slept well on the bed. It was a little loud as my room was on the MG road side of the hotel and considering that horns are a ctitical and highly valued component of the Indian automobile and driving in general. But the noise was not enough to disturb my sleep so I can't complain.
Every one was extremely nice...etc.
Nothing to do with the hotel but when you leave the security gate of the compound, You will be approached by a little, chubby middle aged man. He will want to take you to various stores, or sight seeing, etc. etc. He will not give up. He will follow you down the street, wait for you to come out of any store or shop you might dive into in an effort to get away from him. He does not take no for an answer. His friends come over while he is talking to you and eye you up ....for what I am not sure but in any case, a very uncomfortable situation and suspicious character! I'm sure you'll meet him when you go. He approached me every day as if he was waiting for me...........I guess you could call it Stoking....kind of felt that way.

Room Tip: It was a little loud as my room was on the MG road side of the hotel.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 7 August 2012

I just stayed in the Taj Vivanta on MG Road for almost 2 weeks while on a business trip to Bangalore. I had stayed at the Leela the past couple of trips, so expected this not to be nearly as nice. I was pleasantly surprised. Though the room and bathroom are smaller than what I'm used to on my trips to India, they were nicely laid out and well-kept. The service at this hotel was outstanding. Everyone was beyond helpful and called me by name, and helped my colleague tremendously when his bags arrived 2 days after he did. The breakfast restaurant was pretty good, with good service. I ate at both the Chinese and European restaurants twice, and thoroughly enjoyed all 4 of those meals. The outside of the building is not terribly attractive, and is somewhat difficult to get in the entrance (located right on the corner of 2 busy streets) but the inside is very nice. There is a good bit of traffic noise, but my earplugs helped with that. I look forward to my next stay.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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Morrisville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 5 August 2012

I stayed at this hotel for about 2 weeks while on business in Bangalore.
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Excellent service, good breakfast, overall good restaurants on premises, helpful concierge service, decent selection of TV channels, good gym, transportation to/from the airport.
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The hotel starts showing its age. Communication between the shifts could be better.

Also, if you agreement with the hotel includes some extras, do not expect that they will be automatically applied when you check out. We had reminded a few times about the extras our rate included, but they have not been applied when we received our total bill. The manager on duty had to rerun my bill 4 times to arrive to the correct amount. However, it all was done in a very polite manner, and since we had more than enough time before the flight, it was not a problem. It looks like the hotel has pretty antiquated systems, as instead of applying the food discount to all my restaurant charges across the board, the receptionist had to go one by one and apply it to each charge separately.

Room Tip: My room faced MG road and it was loud. But given that the drivers in Bangalore never take their hand...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 4 August 2012

Stayed her after a long time -- they did remeber me -- I think still maintian teh classic Taj hospitality -- nothing much to claim about but also did not leave a aha feeling.

All in all a good hotel and fairly decent value for money

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 3 August 2012

The Vivanta Taj is about a Rs. 650-700 cab ride from the airport, but make sure your cab driver turns on the meter. Every time I got in the cab in Bangalore, I would have to remind the driver to turn on the meter. Plus, make sure you have the number of the hotel handy with you. I got into a cab with probably the only driver that didn't know where the Vivanta by Taj was located. Every Indian cabbie knows where the local Taj and Oberoi hotel in their city is located.

The hotel itself is located on a major road right across from a small mall which is great to kill an hour or two. The staff at the hotel is eager to please. Most of the staff knew by name by the second evening. I had a room that had access to a private roof top terrace garden. The all marble bathroom had wonderful toiletries. The hotel had about 3 or 4 restaurants. I only tried the Chinese restaurant and had one of the best Chinese meals ever. Breakfast was worth including in my rate. They had every juice you could think of, including coconut juice served right from the coconut, plus wheat grass juice. I would love to point out to the Taj management one of their staff members by the name of "Lucky" who everyday was so on top of things during breakfast. She an asset to the hotel.

The only negative is that you had to pay for Internet access and it wasn't cheap. Rs. 125 + tax for 30 minutes was quite high. Plus, given that most of the non- Indian guests were business people the hotel should consider either offering wi-fi for free or reducing its rates.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Vivanta by Taj - M G Road, Bangalore
Address: 41 / 3 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Bengaluru 560001, India
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Region: India > Karnataka > Bangalore District > Bengaluru > Ulsoor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Bengaluru
#12 Romantic Hotel in Bengaluru
#19 Spa Hotel in Bengaluru
#23 Business Hotel in Bengaluru
#33 Luxury Hotel in Bengaluru
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Vivanta by Taj - M G Road, Bangalore 5*
Number of rooms: 167
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Soak in the space that's bang in the centre of Bangalore's business and entertainment areas. Drive in from the airport delighting in backseat surprises (we're not revealing here). You'll see how we mean business in a quiet efficient way from the moment you step in. Our lobby is a unique mix of chic and classic. This arrival zone sets the tone for guestrooms and banquet facilities that deliver the ultimate in urban relaxation. ... more   less 
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