The Chancery Pavilion Hotel in Bengaluru, India

by Santorini Dave • Updated: July 6, 2019

Review of The Chancery Pavilion Hotel in Bengaluru, India.

The Chancery Pavilion – Unpretentious, convenient, family-friendly, and great value, but a little dated.

Not remotely chic or opulent, the Chancery is unfussy and unassuming, so rates (which include breakfast) are far lower than at brasher rivals up the road. It offers all the facilities expected of a four-star, but without any unnecessary extras. Some amenities, such as the lobby and outdoor pool, could probably be updated, but the trendy rooftop bistro/bar is one of the city’s finest. Rooms are pleasant and spacious, while the suites – with dining tables and separate living areas – cost the same as standard rooms at internationally-known five-star competitors. The Chancery also caters nicely for families and is located in a comparatively appealing area, with inviting cafés and shops nearby, and a short stroll from more facilities around St. Mark’s Road.

The Chancery Pavilion – The Location

  • Address: 135 Residency Road, which heads northeast from the major roundabout, Richmond Circle. In an area known as Shanthala Nagar.
  • Area: Affluent business district in the inner city. More facilities nearby than most other hotels in the vicinity.
  • How to Get There: From the airport (37km, 1-hour drive), take a metered taxi or arrange a pick-up with Uber or Ola (see below). Just as quick, and far cheaper, are the comfortable blue express buses (24 hours) that stop at the major junction, Richmond Circle, 200m from the hotel (3-minute walk). About 4km from the Bengaluru City (Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna) railway terminal and adjoining Majestic (Kempegowda) bus station (18-minute drive).

The Chancery Pavilion – The Basics

  • Guests: All sorts, from Indian business people to foreign tourists, including families.
  • Views: As the only high-rise in the immediate area, the street views are more appealing than at most rival hotels.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: The 1-only Presidential Suite features a jacuzzi.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 (0)80 4141 4141
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: chanceryhotels.com

The Chancery Pavilion – Amenities

  • Pool: The outdoor pool at ground level is serviceable, but might get crowded at times. Also, in need of some updating.
  • Spa: Decent enough. As unpretentious as the hotel itself.
  • Fitness Center: Will please gym goers.
  • Other Facilities: Souvenir shops. Business center.

The Chancery Pavilion – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: ITHACA – Signature restaurant below the lobby level, and also tables alongside the pool. Offers Indian and western cuisine and attentive service. • Alchemy – Fantastic bistro/bar on the rooftop (10th floor). One of the finest in the city, with micro-brewery and sweeping views. Contemporary Indian cuisine. • Amnesia – Fashionable bar/lounge beside the pool. Trendy clientele and super-hip DJs. • The Lounge – Inviting bar at the lobby level. Patisserie and coffee shop attached.
  • Breakfast: Included in all rates (which is rare among rivals).
  • Room Service: Available 24/7, but limited overnight.

The Chancery Pavilion – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior Rooms • Deluxe Rooms • Club Pavilion Rooms • Executive Suites • Presidential Suite (one only)
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking allowed in some rooms. Check when booking.
  • Best Room: The (1-only) Presidential Suite features 2 bedrooms, a separate living/dining area, bar, and jacuzzi.
  • For Families: One of few hotels in Bengaluru providing rooms with connecting doors. Executive Suites can easily accommodate families of 4.

The Chancery Pavilion – Local Transport

  • Walking: Faces a main road which is not as noisy and busy as some. More sidewalks make this a pleasant area for walking. Quite a few interesting shops and cafés in both directions.
  • 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 (12-minute drive).
  • Taxis & Auto-rickshaws: Very few 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.

The Chancery Pavilion – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Mahesh Lunch Home – Classy café next to the hotel gates. Intimate and well-priced, it focuses on seafood, but other meals are also available. 1-minute walk (30m).
  • The Good Grain – Just behind Mahesh. For all sorts of healthy food and drinks, mostly with organic ingredients. 1-minute walk (30m).
  • Firewood Biryani – Popular for mouth-watering kebabs and biryanis (rice-based dishes). On the other side of the road from the hotel. Use the pedestrian overpass. 1-minute walk (90m).
  • New Udupi Upahar +91 99451 78288 – Hugely popular cafeteria, with no-fuss furniture and tasty Indian food at very low prices. On the other side of Richmond Circle. 4-minute walk (250m).

Shops

  • The main road in front of the hotel is lined with appealing shops and cafés. Also a great selection along St. Mark’s Road less than 500m away. Head northeast up the road (away from Richmond Circle) and turn left at the first major junction. 4-minute walk.
  • UB City, a world-class mall with plenty of places to eat, drink, and shop, is about 1.5km away. 7-minute drive.

The Chancery Pavilion – The Hotel

The hotel is located in an affluent business area.

The Chancery is within an affluent business district of the inner city.

The hotel is unpretentious and affordable.

Some facilities, such as the lobby area, could probably be updated, but the hotel is likably unpretentious and pleasingly affordable.

The lobby features the pleasant Lounge Bar.

The Lounge bar at the lobby level is particularly inviting.

The lobby also features a small patisserie and coffee shop.

Alongside The Lounge bar is a patisserie and coffee shop.

A corridor leads to a few souvenir shops.

One of the corridors from the lobby leads to a couple of souvenir shops.

ITHACA restaurant is located at a lower level from the lobby.

The main restaurant, ITHACA, is downstairs from the lobby.

ITHACA offers outdoor poolside seating.

The ITHACA restaurant also provides tables outside and facing the pool.

The small pool is decent but can get crowded.

The outdoor pool is decent enough, but could get crowded at times. (It was undergoing maintenance during the cooler months.)

The chic Amnesia bar/lounge is alongside the pool.

Alongside the pool is the chic Amnesia bar/lounge.

The Alchemy bistro and bar on the rooftop is a great place to enjoy a drink.

A standout feature of the hotel, Alchemy is a fantastic rooftop bar and bistro.

Alchemy is very popular among locals for its views and ambience.

Popular among fashionable locals, Alchemy provides sweeping city views.

All accommodations are very spacious.

All types of rooms at The Chancery Pavilion are spacious, particularly the suites.

Suites are large and comfortable, though the furniture could be updated.

Furnishings could be updated a little, but the suites are large and comfortable.

Suites also feature small dining tables.

Suites also have dining tables and what looks like (but isn’t) a kitchenette.

The suite bathrooms are huge.

The bathrooms in the suites are larger than expected.

All accommodations have full-length windows with decent views.

All rooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows offering better-than-average street views.

The road in front of the hotel is not very busy.

The road in front of the hotel is not as busy and noisy as some.

The neighborhood is pleasant for walking.

The Chancery Pavilion is in a more pleasant area of the inner city, and strolling to facilities along the sidewalks is enjoyable.

The neighborhood has interesting shops.

Most shops in the vicinity are of interest to guests.

The neighborhood has several pleasant cafés.

The main road is lined with pleasant cafés serving western and Indian food.

Mahesh Lunch Home next door specializes in seafood.

Next to the hotel gates, Mahesh Lunch Home is an intimate bistro focusing on seafood.

The Good Grain serves healthy drinks and meals.

Just meters down the lane from Mahesh, The Good Grain offers healthy food and drinks.

There are several pleasant tea shops near the hotel.

The road northeast from the hotel is dotted with tempting tea shops.

Firewood Biryani opposite the hotel is known for its kebabs and biryanis.

Directly opposite the hotel (via the pedestrian overpass), Firewood Biryani specializes in kebabs and biryanis (traditional rice-based dishes).

New Udupi Restaurant nearby serves authentic South Indian fare and street food.

About 300m away and on the other side of Richmond Circle roundabout, this popular restaurant is ideal for trying inexpensive vegetarian Indian food.

St. Mark’s Road nearby has several classy boutiques and bistros.

Less than 500m from the hotel, St. Mark’s Road is lined with classy boutiques and bistros.

St. Mark’s Road features several good restaurants and bars.

There are many places to eat and drink along St. Mark’s Road, just a few minutes’ walk from the hotel.

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