Currently the tallest hotel tower in southern India, Conrad Bengaluru is not just another block of steel, glass and concrete. Shaped like a gentle semi-circle, the smooth curve of a building is designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates of Singapore and spans over 2.5 acres. Much like its Pune counterpart, the second outpost of the Conrad in India is a sheer delight to look at! And with all its 285 rooms across 24 floors overlooking the famed Ulsoor Lake, it offers amazing views as well.
But there’s more than just gorgeous vistas at this 24-floor property. The lobby offers equally stunning visuals with its elaborate chandelier designed and created by Czech manufacturer, LASVIT. This central piece of finely cut crystals and glass art is a sure shot conversation starter. The lobby also leads to the hotel’s other restaurants that plate flavours from around the world.
Arguably the best views of the famed lake and the Central Business Districts are from the poolside Mediterranean restaurant Tiamo. Surrounded by cabanas and open to the sky, this oasis could easily turn into a favourite spot for dinner or a quick drink after work. Indian Durbar has a menu that has attempted to represent all of India’s states, not just the popular ones, with most ingredients sourced locally. Its speciality, however, is a celebration of cuisines from the country’s royal kitchens. Mikusu, the hip Asian restaurant serves Thai and Chinese cuisine, with a slightly more generous leaning towards Japanese fare. Caraway Kitchen, the all-day multi-cuisine restaurant that also offers private dining areas, has live counters and its own pizza oven. And The Lobby Brew is the round-the-clock bar and coffee shop for when you want a pastry and double espresso or some tapas to go with a cocktail.
Guest rooms and suites, of course, are kitted out in signature Conrad style with an emphasis on smart tech—think intuitive motion-sensing technology that controls the air conditioning and lighting when movement is picked up via sensors. With their app, you can even check in en route to the hotel and choose specific room amenities, a plus for those stuck in peak hour city traffic. Spacious and bathed in gorgeous natural light courtesy the floor-to-ceiling windows, the rooms offer views of the lake that will make you want to get out of bed.
Ideal for the business traveller, the Conrad has an entire floor for meeting rooms of different sizes as well as a business centre. Hilton Honors loyalty program members have access to the executive lounge. But the highlight is the bubble-like executive boardroom with full-length windows, which allow natural light to pour in. Acoustically treated to block out the sound of traffic from the busy road outside, long meetings become better with an uninterrupted sight of treetops.
Once a business has been dealt with, a trip to the spa based on the ‘adaptogenic’ philosophy is a must. Don’t miss the freshly dispensed mound of ice just outside the sauna meant to rub all over your body—it’s supposed to be great for your skin —if you can brave the sudden shift from steaming hot to freezing cold.
Coming to the Conrad means a contemporary experience in one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods, a chance to get work done or relax and leave feeling like your best self. Perhaps this is what it means to come a full circle.
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