The recently opened 276-key Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel is a confident and contemporarily opulent five-star deluxe hotel located in Bengaluru (formerly called Bangalore), the capital of Karnataka state and the Silicon Valley of India. It offers fantastic views of Bengaluru’s central business district skyline, and just a stone’s throw away from the iconic 85-acre Bangalore Turf Club.
Exuding charisma as a seductive accommodation with independent streak, Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel offers delectable dining options, inviting pool, smart meeting spaces, and communal public areas with convenient power outlets to promote networking and socialising.
As guests step into the lobby, it is recommended that they first relish a cup of comforting masala chai (thick hot sweet tea with fresh cow’s milk and spices) at Cinnamon, a gourmet delicatessen serving specialities like homemade gelato waffwiches, freshly baked breads and alluring selection of pastries.
The hotel’s guestrooms feature expansive windows to maximise natural light, while the bathrooms come with amenities and deep sunken bathtub. A restful night’s sleep is assured since the hotel provides Marriott Revive® Bedding system that includes plush custom duvets for totally restful sleep.
For hearty meals, guests should head to Lush, a casual all-day dining restaurant featuring Indian and international staples that emphasise on consciously sourced ingredients and local artisanal produce. Speaking of Indian staple, guests should never forget to savour a rice meal with flavourful side dishes, including aromatic curry, served on banana leaf, which is as authentic and gratifying as a Southern Indian meal can get!
In the evenings, Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel’s lobby bar and lounges turn into atmospherically chic venues. Be sure to partake in the hotel’s signature Bar Ritual at the hip R Bar to indulge in innovative bespoke cocktails and mocktails concocted using locally crafted beverages.
Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel team also knows how to put together a memorably classy, resplendent and jocund get-together sessions over sensuously appetising menu and equally uplifting drinks (http://renaissance-hotels.marriott.com/renmeetings), which are sure to be appreciated by organisers of meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE), besides independent business and leisure travellers. The hotel’s catering team could even set up a fabulous and memorable open-air breakfast experience in the middle of Bangalore Turf Club race course for groups!
To explore Bengaluru, seek the help of the hotel’s Navigators (lifestyle concierges) who are experts regarding the local neighbourhood and to unearth the city’s unique gems only insiders know. Ask the Navigators on how to explore the following must-visit places:
- Have breakfast at Konark Vegetarian Restaurant, an establishment serving Southern Indian flavours and delicacies with sincere service and meticulous eye for hygiene.
- Learn about Bengaluru’s role as India’s hub for aerospace and aviation by visiting HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) Museum, part of the HAL Heritage Centre and Aero Space Museum, located within the premises of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The museum charts the growth and impressive journey of the Indian aviation industry, including HAL, for the last six decades.
- Since India is rich with royal history, allocate an hour or two to admire the imposing yet homely Bangalore Palace, which was completed in 1878 and functioned as the summer palace for the Mysore royal family. This place resonates with old regal opulence and represents the epitome of grand architecture and beauty during its heyday, making it one of Bengaluru’s must-visit attractions.
- Climb up to the High Ultra Lounge on top of World Trade Centre at Brigade Gateway to enjoy lunch comprising pan-Asian fusion dishes with a modern twist while enjoying the surrounding panorama through floor-to-ceiling windows. Attached to the lounge is the helicopter pad belonging to Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway, which you might be able to access to appreciate the unobstructed view of Bengaluru from above.
- Swing by the bustling G. Road, one of Bengaluru’s biggest commercial centres and busiest shopping areas. Then purchase special memorabilia and souvenirs at Cauvery Arts & Crafts Emporium selling authentic Karnataka handicrafts and accessories ranging from sandalwood and rosewood items to metal, bronze and textiles, all certified by the state government.
- Break your walk around M. G. Road area by enjoying ice cream at CornerhouseIce Cream parlour, an over 30-year old institution in Bengaluru. There are over eighteen ice cream flavours served here such as sundaes, caramel, chocolate, fig and honey. Caffeine lovers should go for the sinful Cake-a-Mocha, a combination of coffee and chocolate flavours with scrumptious toppings.
- End your day exploring Bengaluru by visiting The Bull Temple (Nandi Temple), one of the oldest temples in the city and home to the fourth largest Nandi statue in India. This house of worship honours the mount of Lord Shiva, according to Hindu religious traditions. Travellers are sure to gain insights towards local Hindu beliefs and practices when visiting this temple.
Note: Due to high economic growth and population explosion, Bengaluru is notorious for its traffic congestion, so travellers are urged to allow 45 minutes to an hour (depending on distance and time of day, of course) to get from one place to another.