The Elanza Hotel in Bengaluru, India

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Updated: October 9, 2019

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Review of The Elanza Hotel in Bengaluru, India.

The Elanza Hotel – Functional, roomy, and affordable mid-priced option.

Without the high rates charged by hotels along the more fashionable M.G. and St. Mark’s roads, the recently-renovated Elanza still offers quality mid-range facilities. Considerably better than the outside might suggest, there is no pool or spa, but the fitness center is a pleasing extra, and the ground-floor café/bar is excellent. Rooms are spacious and feature a contemporary design, including swirling art as well as old-style polished floorboards. It does face a road with incessant traffic, but rooms are soundproofed well, and the hotel is just 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.

The Elanza Hotel – The Location

  • Address: 88/2 Richmond (General KS Thimayya) Road in Richmond Town. About 500m east of Richmond Circle, a major junction.
  • Area: Busy inner-city location facing the main road, which has a few facilities.
  • How to Get There: From the airport (37km, 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 500m from the hotel (7-minute walk). About 5km from the Bengaluru City (Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna) railway terminal and adjoining Majestic (Kempegowda) bus station (20-minute drive).

The Elanza Hotel – The Basics

  • Guests: Mostly Indian business people on weekdays and tourists on weekends, but foreigners are welcome, of course.
  • Views: Rooms at the front and back offer decent (and soundproofed) street views, while those to the sides are quieter but overlook an adjoining building.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected (or provided) at this sort of mid-range inner-city hotel.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Available free for all guests.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 (0)80 2223 3666
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: theelanzahotels.com

The Elanza Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool & Spa: Not expected or provided.
  • Fitness Center: Surprisingly, there is one, and it’s quite impressive considering the small size of the hotel. Given the trendy name of [email protected].
  • Other Facilities: Travel advice. Laundry. Money-changing. Business services.

The Elanza Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: On the ground floor, café@elanza provides buffets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a la carte meals all day. Reasonably classy, well-priced, and excellent service. Beer and wine available.
  • Breakfast: Not included, but available for a small extra charge and worth paying for.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurant hours – 7 am to 10 pm.

The Elanza Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Standard Rooms • Superior Rooms (also called Suites)
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is allowed in some rooms, so ask the management when booking.
  • Best Room: Superior Rooms are larger and more likely to offer some distance from the main road (but all rooms are well soundproofed anyway).
  • For Families: One extra single bed can be organized without fuss for all rooms.

The Elanza Hotel – 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.

The Elanza Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • In Wok – Intimate tables and good-value Chinese food, but dinner only. Along a quiet side street just around the corner, 80m east. 1-minute walk.
  • Café Coffee Day – One in a countrywide chain of cafés serving drinks and light meals. Popular corner-side hangout 100m west towards the roundabout at Richmond Circle. 1-minute walk.
  • 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. About 200m east. 3-minute walk.
  • The Pride Hotel – Offers Café Treat (delightful setting, friendly staff, and all-day buffets), Fuel (chic and colorful bar/bistro), and Puran Da Dhaba (new and funky for Indian cuisine). 300m west towards Richmond Circle. 3-minute walk.
  • Adarsh Hamilton – In this business-style hotel, the Season restaurant offers buffet lunch and a la carte meals all day. Bar attached with extensive wine list. Look for signs just past The Pride Hotel. 6-minute walk (450m).

Shops

  • A few grocery stores along or just off the main road, and some upmarket jewelers, but nothing much else. UB City, a world-class mall with plenty of places to eat, drink, and shop, is about 1.5km away. 7-minute drive.

The Elanza Hotel – The Hotel

The hotel is located in the city center.

The Elanza is along a busy road in the city center.

The hotel is much classier than it looks.

The interior of the hotel is classier than the outside might suggest.

The Elanza is a classy and affordable hotel.

The exterior design of the hotel may not be noteworthy, but The Elanza is a classy and affordable mid-range option.

The low rates means there is no opulent lobby or doorman.

There is no opulent lobby with chandeliers and doormen, but the comparatively low rates reflect this.

The ground floor café is excellent.

One appealing feature of The Elanza is the excellent café on the ground floor.

café@elanza serves buffets and a la carte meals through the day.

café@elanza offers extensive buffets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as an a la carte menu.

The hotel gym is fairly large and well-equipped.

As expected, there is no pool or spa, but the fitness center is a welcome surprise.

Rooms are larger than the immediate competition.

Rooms are more spacious than at most rivals in the vicinity.

All rooms have full-length windows, but not all have good views.

All rooms feature full-length windows, but only those facing the back and front offer any worthwhile views.

The soundproofed windows and walls alleviates the busy traffic noise.

The hotel faces the main road but all walls and windows are well soundproofed, so traffic noise doesn’t intrude into the hotel.

The Season restaurant at Adarsh Hamilton hotel serves lunch buffets and a la carte meals.

The Season restaurant at the nearby Adarsh Hamilton hotel offers buffets at lunch and an a la carte menu all day.

Season restaurant's bar has a good imported drinks selection.

The bar attached to the Season restaurant stocks imported beers, wines, and spirits.

Café Coffee Day close by serves light meals and drinks.

One among a vast countrywide chain, Café Coffee Day serves drinks and light meals. Along the main road about 200m from the hotel.

Café Coffee Day offers free Wi-Fi.

Café Coffee Day is a popular hangout among locals for delicious drinks and free Wi-Fi.

In Wok restaurant is close by.

Down a quiet side-street, less than 100m from the hotel, is the In Wok restaurant.

In Wok serves authentic and well-priced food.

The décor at In Wok is pleasant, and the food is authentic and well-priced.

The French-style Café Mor’ish close by serves western meals.

Café Mor’ish, about 200m east of the hotel, offers western meals in a French-style setting.

Café Mor’ish also offers seating upstairs.

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

The Pride Hotel's Café Treat is a good place to dine at.

Café Treat is one of several places to eat and drink at The Pride Hotel, just down from The Elanza towards Richmond Circle.

Auto-rickshaws are a fun and convenient way to commute within the city.

The app-based ride companies Uber and Ola have replaced most taxis in Bengaluru, but there are still plenty of auto-rickshaws. These are ideal for trips around the city center.

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

The major junction, Richmond Circle, is about 500m west of the hotel. From there, blue express buses go to/from the airport.

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

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

St. Mark's Road features many classy bars, bistros, and boutiques.

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

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