Beautiful regal hotel. Stay in the tower side, rooms colonial english styling, bathrooms not renovated up to same level but still clean and nice. Lots of bottle water. A little over done on the service. After checking in at 11pm, the butler comes to your room with a welcome drink, and it's all you can do to get him to leave as he gives the history of the fruit juices of the region. Breakfast buffet not so good if you are comparing it to the likes of what is offered at the Sheraton Hongkong. Basically lots of luke warm food, scarey undercooked bacon funky biscuit like thing that is intended as a croissant. Cappuccino good though. Tipping expectations are out of control as there are lots of people to take care of you from the minute you enter the hotel. Also it is further from the airport than some of the other hotels.
Nice Rooms Lovely Garden Views
I got here by accident as the Taj West End, which was overbooked, bumped me here for a night. The best thing about this hotel is that several rooms (If you are on the right floor) overlook a garden and you can step out of your room through the back door into this lovely garden.
The only downside is that this is one of the hotels furthest from the airport. It is also one of the more traditional (And hence ever so slightly older) hotels in Bangalore.
For food, order the 'raan' if you eat lamb.
On business trip - who isnt these days in Bangalore....problem booking hotels at the last minute and only one available was the windsor. Wasnt I lucky then it was a wonderful first time welcome into India. Hotel car picked us up and beautiful sari wearing staff placed flowers around our necks and walked us to our rooms for check in. We had arrived on a late night flight and they were extremely nice offering hot milk or cocoa to help sleep....
The room was lovely huge plazma bathroom filled with everything you would expect to forget when packing. Shaving kit, shampoo, conditioner etc etc the list goes on. Well stocked mini bar and lovely terrace balcony with views of the garden. Nice pool area I used this twice but only saw one other person in the whole two week stay.
The food breakfast dinner lunchs were excellent as was the butler service and I had laundry done on all occasions excellent service if a little overdone. I found tipping everyone that smiled a strain but then again a few hundred rupees is nothing in the vast expensive of the hotel.
The reception staff went above and beyond for us as our flight was cancelled at last minute, never travel with air france again....they came to airport and basically minded us for the whole time we were waiting getting updates and eventually without their assistance we wouldnt have gotten on the flight. great service, beautiful hotel and I would whole heartdly recommend. The distance from airport didnt bother me at all we made it there in 30 - 40 mins which in india is quick and we were only 30 -40 mins from our work every day which was also great.
stay if you can afford it you will be delighted....
Beautiful hotel, great service
My husband and I stayed at the hotel from Nov. 30-Dec. 5, 2007, while he was in the city for business. I arrived in our suite (!), the Cambridge Suite, and was overwhelmed by how beautiful it was...it had an actual dining room right in the huge living room, a butler's pantry/bar near the front corridor, an enormous bedroom, a dressing room and a beautiful, marble-sheathed bathroom.
I arrived from Bombay before my husband arrived from overseas, and I was given a warm welcome (something that didn't happen when I arrived at our hotel in Delhi prior to my husband). A personal welcome note from the hotel manager was framed and placed on the writing desk, and some delicious barfi and chocolates waited nearby. A waiter knocked and offered me fresh coconut juice and watermelon juice in champagne glasses.
I would highly recommend this hotel for the following reasons:
1. The attentive, friendly and genuine pleasure of the staff in making guests feel welcome and valued;
2. The great food--we only ate in the buffet room beside the exit to the pool area, but the menu items were all fresh, creative and delicious;
3. The room we had, the Cambridge Suite, was comfortable, sumptuous, and a real treat (we would never have been able to afford staying there, but my husband's company paid for it as a business expense); and
4. Their car service drivers are all knowledgeable, skilled and friendly, taking me into the city and around, while my husband was working.
Great hotel, "Windsor Manor", as the locals call it!!!
Very nice (business) hotel !
Spend 3 nights in the hotel in November.
Rooms are very nice and very clean - Staff is very friendly and offers very good service.
The pool is small but adequate.
Breakfast in the verandah near the pool is a very nice experience.
Also the other restaurants of the hotel are very nice (nice settng, very attentive service and very nice food).
A very nice business hotel !
Very Nice (Comparisons: Taj West End and Oberoi)
I booked our king-size executive club room on-line the day of the stay. I picked this hotel over the Taj West End which was a bit cheaper by $10 USD per night but wanted the points for the hotel stay so went with this hotel.
Room: Flat Screen TV, Garden View (nice and quiet room), king size bed with nice comforter and plenty of pillows (and some to choose from as well), bathroom had marble (average size bathroom) with a tub/shower, desk and an arm chair with an ottoman with the room. Three to four bottles of complimentary bottled water. The rate was $260 for 12/2007 Stay including a buffet breakfast, which was nice (international offerings...Western stuff like bacon, eggs cooked to order, Eastern stuff like Chinese chicken dumplings, Indian items, fruit, cereals...The service at the buffet was very nice. I tipped the waiters because the service was excellent. Other restaurants: Dublin (Irish/English food), Afghan (outdoor bbq): good food, but small quantities and our bill for two items, bread, two bottles of water and dessert was $100 USD, other restaurants are Indian restaurants. Room service: excellent array of items at US prices.
Compared to Taj West End and Oberoi: Our friend had a wedding at the Taj West End and we were able to try the food there and rest with them in one of their king-size bedrooms. The size was of average size for India (smaller than the Windsor ITC), but it was nicely decorated and quiet. The food at the buffet at the wedding was of a varied variety...some good and some of average quality. The service was good. I am staying in the Oberoi tomorrow, so a review will be posted after my stay as well as pics for the Taj West End, ITC Windsor and Oberoi. It's nice to see the pics from the hotel sites, but sometimes they don't tell you what room the pic is of and often it's of the suites.
Excellent hotel in Bangalore
I stayed here for a week on business and was very satisfied with it. The room was excellent as was the service. There were about 6 places to eat, and I enjoyed all 5 that I tried (I didn't eat at the Dublin, a pub). I'm not a demanding business traveler, so this was all that I could ask.