Hotel Casa Cottage in Bengaluru, India

by Santorini Dave • Updated: July 6, 2019

Review of Hotel Casa Cottage in Bengaluru, India.

Casa Cottage – So appealing, tranquil, and cozy, it’s definitely a worthy alternative to a hotel.

Along a quiet residential lane, this pleasant and colorful guesthouse has (surprisingly) eighteen rooms. Based around a century-old colonial-style bungalow, it offers amenities rarely (or ever) found elsewhere in Bengaluru: sizable gardens providing plenty of shade, casual open-air café/bar which is ideal for meeting fellow guests, book exchange, and travel advice. Rooms are pleasingly spacious, many comfortably accommodating at least three guests, and some Studios feature large private porches facing the lawn. Don’t expect any fancy amenities at this classic traveler haunt because it’s about personality, serenity, and affordability, with rates including breakfast and discounts for singles. Also, it’s located within a few minutes by auto-rickshaw from the classy bars, bistros, and boutiques around St. Mark’s Road and at the world-class UB City mall.

Casa Cottage – The Location

  • Address: 2 Clapham Street, Richmond Town. Turn down at Wellington Street from Richmond (General KS Thimayya) Road and then turn right at Leonard Lane. The guesthouse is about 150m from the main road.
  • Area: Inner city, with a few places to eat nearby. On a quiet lane, but very noisy main road 150m away.
  • How to Get There: From the airport (38km, 1-hour drive), take a metered taxi; arrange a pick-up with Uber or Ola (see below); or take the comfortable (blue) express bus number 7, which operates 24 hours. These buses stop at Richmond Circle, about 1km west of the hotel (12-minute walk). About 5km from the Bengaluru City (Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna) railway terminal and adjoining Majestic (Kempegowda) bus station (21-minute drive).

Casa Cottage – The Basics

  • Guests: Budget-minded travelers of all ages. Decent for families, too.
  • Views: Some rooms have shutters rather than windows. All rooms overlook tiny courtyards or shady gardens.
  • Kitchens: The Deluxe Studios feature well-equipped kitchenettes.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Certainly not expected (or provided) at this sort of guesthouse.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 (0)80 4114 5354
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: casacottage.com

Casa Cottage – Amenities

  • Pool, Spa, & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided.
  • Other Facilities: Book exchange. Travel advice/bookings.

Casa Cottage – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Small and inviting open-air café/bar for guests. Mainly for breakfast, but staff can rustle up some light meals.
  • Breakfast: Included in all rates.
  • Room Service: Not expected or provided because there is no real café on-site.

Casa Cottage – Rooms

  • Room Types: Standard Single Rooms • Standard Rooms • Deluxe Rooms • Deluxe Studios
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed on the premises.
  • Best Room: The quietest are those to the back, while the Deluxe Studios at the front facing the lawn feature large private porches.
  • For Families: Each Deluxe Studio comes with a double and single bed, and has space for another single. The studios also feature separate living/dining areas, private porches, and kitchenettes.

Casa Cottage – Local Transport

  • Walking: Nice enough for strolling around the backstreets, but the traffic along the main road is relentless.
  • Public Transport: The Namma (Bengaluru) Metro has limited services but does go to the main bus and train stations. (Ambitious plans to connect the airport have stalled indefinitely.) The nearest station – Cubbon Park – is 2.5km from the hotel (15-minute drive).
  • Taxis & Auto-rickshaws: Almost no taxis along the main road, so one is best arranged through reception. Otherwise, Uber and Ola are very common. For most trips around the city, auto-rickshaws are good enough, but drivers won’t use meters, so bargain hard.

Casa Cottage – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Koshy’s Bakery – Popular street side takeaway for samosas (fried snacks) and other Indian treats. Along Wellington Street, between the guesthouse and main road. 2-minute walk (150m).
  • In Wok – Intimate tables and good-value Chinese food, but dinner only. Turn right at the western end of Leonard Lane. 4-minute walk (350m).

These 3 places are along the main road heading west and within 400m of the guesthouse.

  • Café Mor’ish +91 (0)80 4302 1963 – French-style bistro offering pasta, burgers, pizzas, and other western delights. All-day breakfasts are hearty. Upstairs seating available. 3-minute walk (230m).
  • café@elanza – In the Elanza Hotel, it offers buffets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a la carte all day. Reasonably classy, well-priced, and excellent service. Beer and wine available. 5-minute walk (450m).
  • Café Coffee Day – One in a countrywide chain of cafés serving drinks and light meals. Popular corner-side hangout, if only for the free Wi-Fi. 6-minute walk (500m).

Shops

  • A few grocery stores along or just off the main road, but nothing much else. UB City, a world-class mall with plenty of places to eat, drink, and shop, is less than 2km away. 8-minute drive.

Casa Cottage – The Hotel

The guesthouse is housed in a century-old colonial bungalow.

The guesthouse offers 18 rooms around a 100-year-old former colonial bungalow.

The guesthouse is located off Richmond Road.

To reach Casa Cottage, turn off Richmond Road at Wellington Street.

The guesthouse is located in a quiet residential area.

The guesthouse is within a quiet residential area, about 150m from the main road.

The guesthouse has been beautifully restored.

This quaint guesthouse has been beautifully restored.

The guesthouse has a lot of space, personality, and gardens.

Casa Cottage provides space, gardens, and personality – all of which are usually lacking in other hotels in Bengaluru.

The gardens have a few seats.

There are a few seats around the shady gardens.

The open-air café/bar and guest lounge are very popular.

Another appealing feature of the guesthouse is the open-air café/bar and guest lounge.

Some Deluxe Studios have pleasant private porches.

Some Deluxe Studios at the front feature delightful private porches facing the lawn.

Upper-floor rooms are accessible via narrow spiral staircases.

Narrow spiral staircases lead to rooms on the upper floor.

The colorful walls add to the overall appeal.

Walls are brightly painted, which adds further to the overall appeal.

Some rooms feature wooden shutters and are set away from the corridor.

Some rooms feature wooden shutters instead of windows, but are set quietly back along the corridor.

Most rooms have views of the courtyards and gardens.

Most rooms overlook tiny courtyards or shady gardens.

The spacious Deluxe Studios can sleep 4 if an extra bed is added.

All rooms are surprisingly spacious. With space for 3 in the Deluxe Studios, staff can also add another single bed, so they’re ideal for families of 4.

The spacious rooms feature unremarkable furnishings.

Furnishings are unremarkable, but there is so much space.

Deluxe Studios come with well-equipped kitchenettes.

Another feature in the Deluxe Studios is the well-equipped kitchenette.

Koshy's Bakery serves tasty takeaway treats along a side street.

Along a side street between the guesthouse and main road, Koshy’s Bakery serves tasty takeaway treats.

In Wok close by serves authentic Chinese food.

A fabulous place for Chinese food is In Wok. Quietly along a side street, about 350m from Casa Cottage.

The classy restaurant serves surprisingly affordable food.

The setting at In Wok is classy and the food is inexpensive.

The guesthouse is located just off the main road with its several facilities.

The main road, along which are numerous facilities, is about 150m from the guesthouse.

Café Coffee Day close by serves light meals and drinks.

Café Coffee Day serves inexpensive drinks and light meals. On the main road, within a few minutes’ walk of the guesthouse.

Café Coffee Day also offers free Wi-Fi.

Café Coffee Day is a popular hangout for locals who also enjoy the free Wi-Fi.

The French-style Café Mor’ish nearby serves delicious western meals.

The best option in the immediate area is Café Mor’ish, a French-style bistro offering pasta, burgers, and other western food. On the other side of the main road from the turn-off to the hotel.

Café Mor’ish also offers seating upstairs.

Patrons at Café Mor’ish can also sit upstairs and watch the street below.

One can catch the blue airport express buses at the Richmond Circle nearby.

Richmond Circle is a major junction about 1km west of the guesthouse. From this roundabout, blue express buses go to/from the airport.

The world-class UB City mall is not far from the guesthouse.

The guesthouse is a short trip by auto-rickshaw from the world-class mall, UB City.

St. Mark’s Road nearby has many classy bars, bistros, and boutiques.

Not far from Casa Cottage are the classy bars, bistros, and boutiques around St. Mark’s Road.

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