A City Getaway: ITC Gardenia ๐ŸŽ‹

The newspapers claim this to be the wettest October in Bangalore so farโ˜”๏ธ. The rains seem to be unpredictable, many areas in Bangalore have become waterlogged and IMD declared yellow alert in the city and it’s outskirts for a few days. But this is in the midst of the annual Puja holidays; we were really hoping to get out of the city. A window of opportunity !? An evening in downtown Bangalore seems like a good plan. The city has a handful of iconic hotels and we decided to explore one of them, the ITC Royal Gardenia ๐Ÿก.

@ ITC Royal Gardenia, Bangalore

The bright orangish red in the floral print and upholstery dominated the colour palette of red, beige, gold and brown in the Flameback suite at the ITC Royal Gardenia. First impression; over-the-top; isn’t it too much colour !? But I changed my opinion after a tour of the property ๐Ÿ˜‰.

The bright orangish red in the floral print and upholstery dominated the colour palette of red, beige, gold and brown in the Flameback suite at the ITC Royal Gardenia

ITC Royal Gardenia is themed to celebrate the Indianness and colour is an indispensable aspect of our way of life. The rich colours are a celebration of life, radiates joy and reflects prosperity. At the hotel each carefully chosen hue has an interesting narrative. The other inspiration in the hotel decor is nature and the orangish red highlight in the suite was inspired by the red crown of its namesake the flameback woodpecker. I feel happy already as I got my story fix for the day !

The Flameback suite at the ITC Royal Gardenia

The suite had a king size bed, chairs and a writing desk; a guest room with a dining area and a sofa, with ample place for an extra bedding; two balconies. The pillows were the best part, they were just right to sink your head and sleep off.

The Flameback suite at the ITC Royal Gardenia

The pool was closed and the nets on the balconies are essential to keep the pigeons away.

The view from the balcony in the Flameback suite

The dining options are aplenty; the favourite being the Lotus Pavilion. Situated at the very heart of the hotel, if the rich colour and greenery doesn’t draw you in during the day, the magical lights at night will definitely tempt you in. In keeping with the regal theme, the open columned pavilion is inspired by Tipu Sultan’s palace at Srirangapatna. There are lots of other artefacts in the hotel that speak of Mysore and royalty like the tiger sculpture & yellow black chairs; the elephant sculpture and so on.

The Lotus Pavilion at the ITC Royal Gardenia
The Lotus Pavilion at the ITC Royal Gardenia

The buffet is held at the restaurant called Cubbon Pavilion and that’s where we had dinner and breakfast. The gourmet experience was fabulous. At dinner, for starters they served chicken tikka, mutton cutlets, paneer tikka and beetroot cutlets; the crunchy and tasty mutton cutlets were unequivocally our favourites !! The Chinese pancake with chicken stuffing was something new !

Cubbon Pavilion at ITC Gardenia
The crunchy & tasty mutton cutlets at the Cubbon Pavilion

“You are having chaat at a five star restaurant !?” The kid was amused; it’s street food and why not !! ๐Ÿ˜Œ The samosa chaat was yummy !!

Pani puri at the Cubbon Pavilion at ITC Gardenia
Chinese pancake at Cubbon Pavilion at ITC Gardenia

The main course ensued and last was a sampling of the desserts; the options were multitude; the pic below is a sample of the second round. The Rasmalai was fantastic ๐Ÿ˜˜

Desserts galore at the Cubbon Pavilion at ITC Gardenia
No royal garden is complete without a lotus pond ! A display at the foyer at ITC Gardenia
Fresh flowers and sculpted floral display at ITC Gardenia
Colours for breakfast

Next morning, we spent a leisurely three hours for breakfast. The restaurant was full. Fluffy pancakes with maple syrup and cream set off the sweet start to the day !

Fluffy pancakes with maple syrup and cream at ITC Gardenia
Sausages and bacon with a side of broccoli
Breakfast options for the sweet tooth at ITC Gardenia
ITC Gardenia, Bangalore

It’s a perfect getaway for a relaxing long weekend in downtown Bangalore; situated in the heart of the city and yet stands as a oasis of calm !!

Till next post, take care !!

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