Arousing the architectural splendor of Mysore, the Leela Palace Bengaluru stands magnificently between expanses of lush green gardens, making it a stunning location. The five-star hotel boasts a pleasing blend of global and royal Indian design: think stately public spaces, opulent brass antiques, sparkling chandeliers and fresh flowers, plus a gallant collection of contemporary art dotted throughout the hotel.
This majestic property sways as you enter the palm-lined entrance that leads past a beautiful marble fountain into a windswept lobby that overlooks lush gardens, waterfalls, and lily ponds. The majestic airy porte-cochere at the entrance is breathtakingly beautiful. Upon entering, I discover twinkling chandeliers, fresh flowers, bespoke furniture, classic frescoes, and landscaped gardens that add to the neoclassical grandeur.
A variety of lounge chairs and futons shield this imposing endpoint, and public areas are bathed in light. It’s the kind of hotel that seeks to overwhelm guests with its opulence, but it’s also cozy enough to feel instantly at home with copper domes, arches and baroque ceilings echoing the magnificence of the palace of a bygone era.
General Manager Madhav Sehgal has the Andaz and the Hyatt behind him and has built an outstanding team. Austerity and candor are the key: ‘Dial guest services for everything’.
Impressive without being garish, the rooms are mini art deco palaces in their own right, and there are 24 suites including the Maharaja. The rooms are among the most spacious in Bangalore, each room is lavishly furnished with antiques and thoughtful touches such as fruit bowls; the contemporary, traditional-style bathrooms feature home-grown Tishya products.
For even more majestic splendor, book a suite with a separate living room and bedroom or one of the royal suites flanking the gardens with their own balcony, and if you want to make the most of your relaxing time, just press the button room service. Storage space is plentiful, with bathrobes offered and carpet slippers scavenged at turndown time. Home comforts include irons, kettles, Nespresso coffeemakers, sound systems, and big-screen TVs. The whole atmosphere evokes luxury, intimacy and originality in profusion.
Food and drink
The cocktails at the Library bar are crazy: don’t be surprised to taste Amla honey or even Szechuan pepper mixed with your gin. The bar is also known for its large collection of premium whiskeys and other spirits.
The restaurant that stands out is Le Cirque Signature, an outpost of an international chain where talented chefs perform to serve the best of contemporary French and Italian cuisine.
Beyond the lobby’s glass doors, the restaurants continue outside to the manicured gardens and the effect is dazzling. Citrus, the all-day dining restaurant has a nonchalant vibe and features daily buffets and cashier options offering a full English breakfast, hot fluffy omelets or crispy Indian pancakes made to order; creamy pastries and more.
This open-air area is home to the award-winning Jamavar restaurant, famous for its Imperial Indian cuisine. Some of the dishes that wowed during my visit included a Gosht ki nihari, a traditional Awadhi lamb delicacy flavored with saffron, and Tandoori broccoli – a modern Indian dish which is tandoori baked broccoli stuffed with corn, cheese and of fresh pomegranate making it a unique delicacy to make for repeat customers. Zen, the Asian restaurant, surrounded by a panoramic view of the resort is the favorite place for lunch.
The hotel’s courtyard, with its seating areas, lush garden, and waterfall, is serene, while the nicely appointed spa includes a Jacuzzi, treatment sauna, and steam rooms. And the spa here stylizes the perfect setting to ‘balance the senses’ and is a work of art that is a total encounter between mind and body. The fitness center has the full range of Technogym equipment. Come here for flawless five-star service in expansive settings.
Outside the hotel, you can head to Indiranagar and MG Road for smart shopping or let the concierge suggest local cultural experiences that suit you.
In a word
Splendid, welcoming, elegant, comfortable, instantaneous, as we like it. The Leela Palace Bengaluru offers an experience of superlative indulgence on-site. Whatever your itinerary, savor the Leela Palace difference.
A deluxe room costs approx. INR 17,000 and the Royal Suite approx. INR 1,57,000 per night including breakfast.
Address: 23 HAL Old Airport Road, Bangalore – 560008, India.
Call: +91 (80) 3057 1234