Yacht-themed Radisson Bengaluru City Centre sets sail in the IT City
The boutique luxury hotel offers a new-age experience with digitab enabled rooms and treatments at the Bodhi Spa
Imagine, your day ends with a relaxing hot water bath in your private jacuzzi whirlpool tub with a view of the twinkling city skyline along the Ulsoor lake. Once through with the unwinding bath, you throw yourself on the rocking bed (that’s akin to a rocking chair) with a book in hand till your eyes shut shop for the day. Not happy yet? Then how about this, you wake up and you don’t have to move an inch to draw the curtains or turn on the lights. All you need to do is pick up the digitab and press the keys, to fulfill all your commands.
If you like the sound of this, then we suggest you spend a day at Bengaluru’s newest luxury boutique hotel, Radisson Bengaluru City Center. Located in the central business district, right opposite Ulsoor Lake, the 90-room, yacht-shaped hotel boasts contemporary architecture, design and interiors. We checked in on Saturday evening, and started our stay at the hotel with a relaxing bath in the One Bedroom Suite. Apart from the whirlpool tub and the beautiful view, it is the lavish decor and quirky study area that makes this suite the most luxurious room in the hotel.
After a quick meal at the hotel’s Slo Food Co.2 restaurant, we were treated with a cup of complimentary hot chocolate before we hit the bed. But, something very interesting caught our attention in the room. The hotel offers a pillow menu with options to suit your body type. If you are someone who perspires a lot, they have the Tencel Pillow (made with plantation timber) that absorbs moisture. For women who are pregnant, they have Pregnancy Pillows that offer upper body, neck and lower back support. We chose the Ortholite Pillow that boasts perfect neck contouring. It is this attention to details that made our stay at Radisson supremely comfortable.
Go slow, eat right
Refreshed from a good night’s sleep, we were up early. Since we didn’t want to miss our workout routine, we were keen to check out the fitness studio on the seventh floor. The studio seemed fairly equipped with treadmills, cross-trainers and weights. After a quick 30-minute workout, we headed straight for breakfast. Chef Palvinder Singh, heads the Slo Food Co.2 team, and he ensures that the hotel offers one of the most lavish Sunday breakfast spreads in the city with Continental, North Indian and South Indian breakfast options and live counters for dosas, pancakes and waffles. The USP of the restaurant is its philosophy of slow food movement. So every ingredient is locally sourced and the breads are baked in-house. Even the interiors reflect this food philosophy with designs derived from nature. So you see honeycomb- shaped ceilings and lights as the design elements.
After a leisurely but light breakfast, it was time to head to the Bodhi Spa. Those who are familiar with the GRT Hotels group’s Bodhi Spa will know that the staff is among the best trained masseuses in India. With this assurance, we chose the Mahanarayana treatment from the extensive menu. The treatment began with the Mahanarayana oil massage to soothe tense muscles and relieve knots, followed by a dry protein scrub. The 90-minute slow and calming massage opens up tight joints, muscles and a stressed mind.
After the session, we headed back to the restaurant for a five-course lunch with the general manager Sapnil Kalkar. Chef Palvinder offered the best of salads, an assortment of mains, breads, curries, khao suey and desserts like Tirunelveli Halwa with Jackfruit Paisam and Rasmalai Tiramisu with Homemade Orange Marmalade, giving our meal a glocal twist. A heavy meal like this demanded a walk and we were taken on a tour of the property beginning at the gate and culminating on the seventh floor that has a sheltered pool. The entire property is designed with the poly art theme with elements such as dots and linear lines. These design elements reflect on walls, on upholstery and even on the furniture. The central location of the property makes it perfect for business travellers.
Our 24-hour staycation came to an end with a cup of coffee and chocolate cookies, after the property tour. Completely relaxed and pampered with the spa treatment and great food, we were ready to check-out — charged up for the week ahead.
Rs 7,500++ upwards for stay. Rs 2,000++ for two at Slo Food Co.2
The writer was invited for a stay at the property