Good business hotel
The Taj Residency is currently under renovation. This is largely unobtrusive though one of two elevators was out of actions when I stayed (the remaining one was temperamental causing some delays) and the pool wasn't available. That said this is a good quality hotel with a high level of service from the staff. The public areas are all clean. The bar 'Ice' is a haunt of young locals and also residents. The breakfast is international and Indian. My bedroom was a good size with a large flat screen tv with cinema sound system, a DVD player and a list of DVDs that can be borrowed free. The bed was large and comfortable and comes with a pillow menu. The bathroom didn't have a bath but instead a large walk-in shower with two shower-heads. The hotel made something of this latter point, but I couldn't quite see what was so good about it. In-room dining was a good mix of international, Chinese and Indian food. When you order they will tell you how long it will be and it arrives on time. Complimentary car pick up and drop off from and to the airport was included in the price of my room. Overall a good hotel but not cheap at $400 per night.
Very comfortable hotel
I was staying there from December 2006 to January 2007 for business reasons.
Escpecially to mention is that I got sick during my stay in Bengalooru (not related to hotel) and had asked the reception to call for a doctor. Within 20 minutes a doctor was by my side examining me to very moderate rate for Western European standards (I believe ca. 1000.- Rupees/ca. 18.- Euros or even less). The hotel manager was making sure I received special treatment by the the hotel's employees (diet food, etc.) until I had recovered. Already for this I would choose this hotel above any other in Bengalooru.
Very comfortable and clean. The hotel offered for the bedding a choice of pillows w. diff. density to choose from. I had every day complimentary fresh fruit of my choice (of what was available), freshly made cookies ;-) + and fresh flowers.
Hotel had 2 very good restaurants (1 Chinese + 1 international) but they were busy building a 3rd one. There was a good cafeteria for snacks and fresh cakes. Trendy hotel bar serving very original cocktails. Try their beauty parlour. The people working there were giving excellent massages!
Hotel employees very friendly and helpfull. I can only recommend this hotel. Felt very safe and confortable there.
B. Helmerichs, Amsterdam
I was recently in Bangalore on business and was booked into the Taj Residency. Having stayed in numerous hotels in India previously I was a little disappointed.
There was nothing particularly wrong with the hotel but it lacked that bit extra I have begun to expect from Indian hotels.
The room was fine. Good firm bed and quite large bathroom. Truly superb walk in shower.
Not too much in the way of restaurants in the hotel. The Chinese was quite good but a slightly better choice of restaurants would have been good.
If I were to return I would probably look to stay in the Leela Palace.
Well I was impressed
Just returned from Bangalore on Business trip and stayed for 2 weeks at the Taj Residency on MG road.
From the minute I arrived to the minute I left the staff could not do enough for me.
The food is great in the memories of china and the Ice bar is one of the places to be at the weekend.
If you need anything at all the hotel will arrange, I need the obligitory gift for my other half and didnt want to venture out alone, so I informed reception what I wanted to buy and 2 mins later a driver was taking me. Ok Im sure he gets his cut from the shop he took me too but I was happy with what I got and made me feel safe.
The cafe mozaic is open 24/7 and the food is really nice however the service can be a little un attentive compared to the rest of the hotel, The new restuarant Graze had just opened 2 days before I left so didnt get chance to try it, but looked great, I think this replaced the previously named Jockey Club.
The pool has been recently refurb and is good for a quick dip if your there over the weekend, however be warned take your MP3 or ear plugs, it is not the quietest place in the world as it is located next the the road, and for those who have been to Bangalore you know what I mean and it doesnt stop!!!
All in all a very pleasant stay with very attentive staff, I only had to tell the waiters twice what I was drinking and then they know and just bring you it without asking, really good service.
if I have to go back I would definatly use the Taj Residency again
Very smart business hotel
Smart modern business hotel in the centre of Bangalore, just off the MG Road. Still being refurbished, but at the moment the only evidence of this is that one lift is out of service.
We were given standard rooms but these were large, with flat-screen TV, walk-in shower and a large bed. Very modern design and with a DVD player and surround-sound included.
However the price was high at USD285 per night ex tax.
Service was as always extremely good.
Breakfast was extensive, and having tried the restaurant "Graze" was very impressed with the price and the quality.
All in all, a modern business hotel with all conveniences, including wireless in the room for 200 INR for 1 hr, 300 for 2 hr and 600 for 24 hours.
A very efficient and personal business hotel
I stayed at the Taj Residences for four nights in early July 2007. It did not look impressive from MG Road, then again, nothing really looks impressive when you are on the streets of Bangalore. The good news is that the hotel is located only 20 minutes from the Bangalore airport. Once, you are inside, however, you realize how wonderful it is to be able to stay in such an oasis of calm and civility.
They are building a new airport, which is a good thing as the old one is decrepit. The bad thing is that the new airport is located at least an hour and a half away from the city. When the taxi arrives into the hotel, you are greeted by a doorman in traditional India garb and extremely friendly service. A porter takes your bag and you are directed to the front desk. I arrived from London and the flight arrived at about 5am, with delays and after retrieving baggage from the outdated conveyor belt, it was well after 6am. Front desk check in was efficient and friendly. I was informed that I was charged for the previous night as I arrived so early, this was fine as it assured me of a room upon arrival. At the current time, they are renovating one of the elevators, so only one is working. This was not a major problem during my stay as it never seemed overly crowded. However, there is some noise during the day, so if you plan to sleep during the day of arrival, then you should ask for a room far away from the renovations.
The hotel is bright and elegant, a stark contrast to the dirt and noise outside. There is a pool and a beautiful small garden. There are tables for dining poolside and by the garden. It looked lovely, but I personally did not dine by the pool. There are three restaurants and one espresso bar with pastries and snacks, as well as a very trendy bar called Ice. I existed on the excellent espresso and pastries at the espresso bar. There is a Cafe Mosaic serving Continental and Indian cuisines, Chinese, and Italian restaurants on premise. If you live in a large metropolitan area, with good Chinese food, I would wonder why you would want to try Chinese food in India. The Indian food is gourmet quality, while the Chinese was not inspiring ( I had to try it as my Indian colleagues insisted that Indian Chinese food is worth experimenting, I disagree). Breakfast was included in my rate and the selection was excellent. They catered to vegetarian and non vegetarians, as well as for the Indian, Western and Japanese palates. There was a large selection of fruit and cereals, eggs and waffles made to order, and hot entrees including beef tenderloin in a peppercorn sauce. There was however, no orange or grapefruit juices available, however, watermelon and lime juices were. Service, as usual, was prompt and professional.
I was given room 718 upon arrival. I suggest you avoid this room if possible. In fact,, avoid all X18 rooms as they are directly opposite the fire exit and it tends to be very noisy as it is the main service entrance for the staff. I moved the next day to 622 and it was much quieter. The lower numbers are at the other end of the hallway and may be a better bet for quieter rooms. The room is smallish compared to other five star hotels, but the amenities were excellent. Flat screen TV adorns one wall, with a DVD player close by, while a very functional desk and chair occupy one corner and an armchair occupies the other. There was only a shower, but the water pressure was excellent, as were the fluffy towels. The bed was extremely comfortable with a pillow menu for the guest to choose the appropriate sleep amenity. There was a kettle and a supply of teas and coffees as well as a cafetiere with good Indian coffee. Electronic hotel safe was supplied as well as a minibar. One good sign of quality was the bath amenities the hotel supplied. Both toothbrushes and shavers were supplied and they were of good name branded quality. With attention to such details, you get the sense that sense of quality is more than lip service at the Taj.
The hotel offers complementary airport pickup and dropoff in their own chauffeured car and I highly recommend you reserve that ahead of time. When you arrive into the airport arrivals hall, there is a first area where hotel representatives are available to guide you to their cars. However, if your name is not there, then most likely the driver is waiting outside in the second outer arrivals hall, where there are literally hundreds of drivers with placards awaiting. Good luck finding your name amongst the throngs of drivers trying to get your attention.
Overall, Taj Residences is a very efficient business hotel with all of the amenities you need. My only complaint is that the wireless internet was 600Rps per day and with taxes, it almost adds up to $20 per day. You would think with a daily rate of $350, plus luxury tax, they can throw in the internet connection. Otherwise, I was very impressed with the level of service and attention to detail at the Taj.
Good taj Hotel
Stayed 2 nights at the gateway on residency Road. From the road it is not an imposing structure. The lobby is small with a bar and restaurant on one side but clean and modern looking. The pickup from the airport was prompt but they do charge you for it (well above a taxi rate). The suite room, for a family of 2 adults and 2 children was large, with an annexe room where the extra bed was put up. The bathroom was well appointed. All ameneties were top class as expected of a Taj hotel. Pool was relatively small and unappealing. the steam room was very good and complimentary but the showers for the steam room had half filled bottles of shampoo (used by someone else) which was a downer. the highlight was the food at the Aravalli. Fabulous manglorean fare. recomment the fish in banana leaf and manglorean fish curry. Came to about £40 for us but thoroughly enjoyed it. Note of caution. They are refurbishing 3 floors and so there is a lot of drilling between 9 am and 6 pm. We were out at these times so did not mind. No dust from it though and the work to continue for a few months until end of 2007. all in all a good Taj hotel with high standards of decor and food.
Good Business Hotel. But Not Good Value for Money
You should stay at The Taj Residency only if you are on Business. The hotel is a bit expensive and there are no special frills. Of course the hotel is of the 'Taj' Standard but doesnt match, say, the Taj West End. The price is the same and sometimes more.
But it is bang on MG Road which is the main road of Bangalore. And they have superb Chinese and Indian restaurants. They now have a nice European restaurant called Graze with European chefs ( A guy from Doncaster, I forget his name).
Outside the building the hotel hardly has any space to its own. The other problem is that, even though I have a Taj Gold membership (The highest status) they never offer you an upgrade on weekdays. Also they insist on charging you if you wish to check out earlier than planned and didnt give them 3 days notice. So THE MOMENT YOU KNOW YOU MIGHT HAVE TO LEAVE EARLY, LET THEM KNOW.
Good business hotel
The Taj Residency is a very good business hotel and seems it exclusively caters to that clientele. We were actually there on leisure with family.
The hotel itself is beautiful and is conveniently located on MG Road and 15 minutes from the airport without traffic. The driveway is tight and congested but the lobby is big, bright and modern. The rooms are also very modern, spacious and clean. The showers are amazing. The breakfast buffet was excellent.
Our only qualm about this hotel was it's price. Since it caters to businessmen and women of multinational corporations with deep pockets, the rates for the rooms and the prices at the restaurants are astronomical for Indian standards.