Hotel Review: The Oberoi Bengaluru
The Oberoi Bengaluru is one of the oldest luxury hotels in the city. Nevertheless, there’s not need to expect old rooms as the hotel got fully renovated just a few years ago. All rooms at the luxury hotel are quite big and the facilities including a large private garden with a swimming pool are something totally unique in Bengaluru and though make The Oberoi Bengaluru a special luxury hotel!
Looking for a hotel in Bengaluru, you’ll find several luxury options with several hotels having opened just a few years ago.
- Classification: Five Stars
- Room Category: Luxury Room
- Month of Stay: February
We decided to choose two totally different hotels for a stay in the city.
We’ve spent the first night at the very modern and stylish Shangri-La Bengaluru and opted for the oldest luxury hotel, The Oberoi Bengaluru, for the second night.
Both choices were very nice in their own way, but I did prefer The Oberoi nevertheless!
Luxury Room at The Oberoi Bengaluru
All rooms at The Oberoi Bengaluru offer views of the garden and though are very quiet compared to the rooms at pretty much all other luxury hotels in the city.
We were given a Luxury Room, which is the second lowest room category and offers not only a view of the garden, but also of the pool.
The room itself was a little smaller than the room we were assigned at The Oberoi Mumbai. After the hallway, there is the large and extremely comfortable bed with two spacious bedside tables to the right.
Opposite of the bed is a flat-screen television and also a wardrobe. Further to the window, you can find a comfortable armchair and a glass table.
There’s also a very spacious and well equipped working desk with two chairs, which means you can basically work from both sides.
Something truly amazing about the room is the private and also relatively spacious balcony, which is really unique taking into account that balconies are very rare in Indian luxury hotels.
The design of the Luxury Room at The Oberoi Bengaluru was classic, yet came with some modern touches like an iPad, which you can basically control all the functions of the room, order food and much more.
Bathroom of the Luxury Room
What surprised me a little bit is the fact that the Luxury Rooms at The Oberoi Bengaluru don’t seem to have new bathrooms. While the bathroom of our review was big, it definitely was not up to the newest standards.
The bathtub for example looked not only old, but was also very small. Moreover, the toilet in the bathroom of the Luxury Hotel is not separated and there’s just a single sink. The large rain shower with steam function was brand new at the same time.
The same is true for the small flat-screen television in the one corner of the bathroom. Interestingly, the bathroom was not totally clean as we found a few hairs in the bathtub. The toiletries were very good at the same time and were the same as at The Oberoi Mumbai.
At this point of the hotel review it’s worth mentioning that all other room categories I was able to check out had totally renovated bathrooms, so I’m not really sure why the Luxury Rooms still come with comparably old ones.
Lunch at The Oberoi Bengaluru
We had the pleasure to be invited for lunch at The Oberoi Bengaluru and enjoyed a meal at the Thai restaurant of the property. Instead of ordering from the menu, we had the selection of the chef’s favorites.
This means I can’t really do the food justice in this hotel review as I can’t tell what we ate, but I can at least say that it was heavenly good. While most dishes were a little spicy, they were all very good.
What’s even more amazing about the restaurant is the location in the peaceful garden next to a small lake. The location even feels a little surreal taking into account you are in India.
Breakfast at The Oberoi Bengaluru
We also had breakfast at The Oberoi Bengaluru, which we were also able to enjoy in the garden. Yet, you should be aware that there are only four tables in the outside area of the restaurant.
While these are in a peaceful and very nice location, I found the indoor areas to be rather bland and the atmosphere to be sub-par. The selection of cold and hot items was very good at the same time.
I also found the buffet area to be a little superior to the one at The Oberoi Mumbai. There’s a good choice of both, Indian and Western items. There’s also an extensive on order menu, which we took advantage of and ordered some eggs benedict and also a paratha.
Both were quite good, but not spectacular either. The service during breakfast was also good, but not outstanding.
Pool & Gym at The Oberoi Bengaluru
The Oberoi Bengaluru offers a 24-hours full service Spa, but we didn’t take advantage of any treatment.
Instead, we went for a workout in the modern gym with very good equipment. Nevertheless, I found the lack of daylight in the gym to be a little downer.
Also, I missed the nice selection of fresh fruits juices and muesli bars, which was available at The Oberoi Mumbai.
The pool was a tad nicer at the same time as it was located in the lush gardens and offered a very relaxing atmosphere to enjoy a swim or just relax on one of the loungers.
There is also a bar, where you can order drinks and snacks. The stunning service at the pool also includes that you are always welcomed with a towel by an employee upon you exit the pool.
Bottom line The Oberoi Bengaluru
I wasn’t really sure what to expect of The Oberoi Bengaluru, but was quite impressed by the property in pretty much all regards. The bathroom of the Luxury Room was the only thing, which was not really “wow”.
The pool is amazing, the gardens are great, the food is definitely amazing and the service is incredible. That’s especially true for the reception staff, which not only granted us late check-out till 8pm, but also took special care of Sabrina who got ill. A tea with some naan bread was delivered to the room complimentary, so was a box of cookies upon departure.
That’s how you really feel welcome at a property. This special kind of service alone makes me recommend The Oberoi Bengaluru. Especially as the property is not as expensive as most other Oberoi Hotels, you definitely can’t go wrong with staying here!
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