Laika Boutique Stay Hotel in Bengaluru, India

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: October 9, 2019

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Review of Hotel Laika Boutique Stay in Bengaluru, India.

Laika Boutique Stay – Adorable and affordable guesthouse in the quietest part of the inner city.

The family-run Laika is along a dead-end lane stretching from a dead-end street, so it’s exceptionally quiet. It’s still close to Richmond Road, a major thoroughfare, and a short walk from M.G. Road, which has a mall, metro station, and numerous cafés. The handful of spacious rooms are spread across two floors of a residential building surrounded by shady trees. As expected, rooms are unfussy, but the furniture has been carefully chosen to represent neighboring states of Kerala and Goa. With air-con, Wi-Fi, cable TV, and a hearty breakfast included, the Laika also offers the sort of friendliness, seclusion, and serenity sorely lacking elsewhere – at very attractive rates.

Laika Boutique Stay – The Location

  • Address: About 50m along an unnamed lane from Rathna Avenue, which comes off Richmond (General KS Thimayya) Road. If coming from the west (as most would be), it’s 350m past the ITC Welcome Hotel. Take the second road left after that major hotel. Look for signposts at both corners.
  • Area: Very quiet and shady residential area in the inner city, but there a few indications that the streets nearby are becoming built-up. Easy walk to transport options and cafés along M.G. Road.
  • How to Get There: From the airport (38km, 1 to 1.5-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 along M.G. Road. About 7km from the Bengaluru City (Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna) railway terminal and adjoining Majestic (Kempegowda) bus station (35-minute drive).
  • Handy to: 1MG-Lido Mall.

Laika Boutique Stay – The Basics

  • Guests: Mostly budget-minded foreign tourists who welcome the rates, seclusion, and convenience.
  • Views: Rooms to the front face a shady lane. Those to the back overlook an office carpark which isn’t too noisy.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Certainly not expected (or provided) at this budget-priced guesthouse.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout, and excellent.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 94828 06630
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: laikabangalore.in

Laika Boutique Stay – Amenities

  • Pool, Spa, & Fitness Center: This sort of inner-city, budget-priced guesthouse would not be expected to provide any of these facilities.
  • Other Facilities: Guest lounges. Book exchange/library. Cooking classes available. Laundry.

Laika Boutique Stay – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: No café or bar on-site, as is expected at this sort of guesthouse. Breakfast is served in the family home’s dining room.
  • Breakfast: Included in all rates, and served at the rather leisurely time of 8.30 am.
  • Room Service: Not provided because there is no café onsite.

Laika Boutique Stay – Rooms

  • Room Types: All rooms are the same and simply called Standard Rooms.
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms, but OK on the communal balcony.
  • Best Room: All rooms are basically the same. Best are those on the upper level and distant from the guest lounge-cum-dining room on the ground floor, and facing the front for better views.
  • For Families: All rooms can easily accommodate families of 4.

Laika Boutique Stay – Local Transport

  • Walking: The few backstreets around the guesthouse are pleasant for walking; less so the main roads nearby. Enough shops and cafés along the eastern end of M.G. Road (see below for 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 – Trinity – is about 500m from the hotel. (Look for the shortcut.) 6-minute walk.
  • Taxis & Auto-rickshaws: Very few taxis along the main road, so one is best arranged through the guesthouse. 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.

Laika Boutique Stay – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    These places are along M.G. Road.

  • Pizza Hut – This familiar outlet is in the same building as a Starbucks. 5-minute walk (400m).
  • Chianti Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar +91 (0)80 4375 5274 – Also in the same building as Pizza Hut, it offers an extended menu of food and wine in an authentic setting. 5-minute walk (400m).
  • Taj MG Road – Just north up the junction with the flyover, this refurbished hotel offers: The Trinity Square (excellent meals and extensive buffets), Memories of China (authentic and popular), and ICE (trendy bar for cocktails and snacks). 7-minute walk (600m).
  • The Oberoi – This opulent hotel is on the other side of M.G. Road from Starbucks, and next to the Taj. (Use the metro underpass.) It offers: The Orchid Room (elegant setting and silver service), Rim Naam (lovely garden position and award-winning Thai menu), and The Polo Club (adorable colonial-style bar/lounge/café). The Oberoi is worth visiting just to explore the amazing gardens. 8-minute walk (650m).
  • Mamma Mexicana – One of several restaurants on the top floor of the 1MG-Lido Mall (see below). Long menu, fun décor, and well-priced. 9-minute walk (650m).
  • Tandoor Restaurant +91 (0)80 2559 6961 – Old-fashioned (almost outdated) décor, but tasty food. Lunchtime specials. 12-minute walk (1km).

Shops

  • Rathna Avenue (which the guesthouse is virtually along) does not continue to M.G. Road, which has a mall, shops, and cafés. So, head to Richmond (General KS Thimayya) Road (at the end of Rathna Avenue), turn left, and left again at Midford Garden Road. About 400m from the guesthouse is the corner on M.G. Road with a Starbucks (5-minute walk). This section of M.G. Road seems to be full of banks (none of which change money), although there are a few handicraft stores.
  • The finest shopping is at 1MG-Lido Mall, just north up from the major junction with the flyover, which is almost opposite Starbucks. The mall is home to a games arcade, several great restaurants (including familiar fast-food outlets), and a wonderful Foodhall outlet selling fresh and imported produce. The mall is open from 10 am to 10 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 10 pm weekends. 9-minute walk (650m).

Laika Boutique Stay – The Hotel

The friendly, family-run guesthouse i located in the city center.

The Laika is a friendly and family-run guesthouse within the inner city, in a shady and quiet dead-end lane.

The guest lounge is very welcoming.

Part of a family home, the guest lounge at ground level is welcoming.

Breakfast is served to all guests in the communal dining room.

A cooked breakfast is provided for all guests and served in the communal dining room.

The upper floor houses another guest lounge and dining area.

There is another lounge and dining area for guests on the upper floor.

The guesthouse even features a small book exchange-cum-library.

Extras like a book exchange-cum-library add to the appeal.

The simply-furnished rooms have all the expected amenities.

All rooms are simply furnished, but everything is offered, e.g. air-con, hot water, Wi-Fi, and cable TV.

The rooms are very spacious.

Rooms are more spacious than some hotels costing far more.

The several windows add to the feeling of space and light.

Rooms feature plenty of windows, which add to the feeling of space and light.

The upper-floor balcony is a designated smoking area.

Smoking is allowed on the communal balcony on the upper floor.

Some rooms offer views of the shady lane out front.

Some rooms face the very shady lane in front of the guesthouse.

There are plenty of signs leading to the guesthouse.

The guesthouse is well-signed from along the main road, Richmond (KS Thimayya) Road.

Rathna Avenue also has signs leading to the guesthouse.

The Laika is also signposted along Rathna Avenue.

A small shop is located at the corner of the lane leading to the guesthouse.

There is a basic shop at the corner of Rathna Avenue and the unnamed lane leading to the guesthouse.

M.G. Road has interesting facilities for guests.

Facilities of interest to guests can be found along M.G. Road, about 400m via Midford Garden Road (which runs parallel to Rathna Avenue).

The area around the metro station has several Indian-style cafés.

Plenty of cheap Indian-style cafés are along M.G. Road, especially around the metro station.

The shady M.G. Road near the guesthouse is lined with banks and a few handicraft stores.

While most of M.G. Road close to the guesthouse is lined with banks, there are a few handicraft stores.

The noisy and polluted M.G. Road has shady sidewalks.

M.G. Road has shady sidewalks, but the area is very noisy, and pollution levels can be unpleasant at times.

A Starbucks outlet is located at the corner of Midford Garden Road and M.G. Road.

At the corner of M.G. Road and Midford Garden Road (which runs parallel to Rathna Avenue) is Starbucks, a useful landmark and decent coffee shop.

A Pizza Hut outlet is also located in the same building.

In the same building as Starbucks is the equally familiar Pizza Hut.

Chianti Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar is located in the same building as Pizza Hut.

Also in the same building as Starbucks is the elegant Chianti Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar.

The Orchid Room café at The Oberoi offers outdoor seating.

Another option is a meal and/or drink at The Orchid Room café in the opulent Oberoi hotel, on the other side of the main road from Starbucks.

Rim Naam at The Oberoi overlooks a pond.

Another terrific place to dine and wine at The Oberoi is Rim Naam.

Tandoor Restaurant is popular for its lunchtime specials.

About 600m west of Starbucks, the Tandoor Restaurant offers tempting lunchtime specials.

The 1MG-Lido Mall is close to the hotel.

From the corner of Rathna Avenue and Richmond (General KS Thimayya) Road, head left for 700m to the excellent 1MG-Lido Mall.

Mamma Mexicana is a great bistro at the mall.

The top floor of the mall is home to several inviting bistros, including Mamma Mexicana.

Foodhall sells an incredible range of fresh and imported produce.

Inside the 1MG-Lido Mall, the wonderful Foodhall sells all sorts of fresh and imported produce.

The mall has a large games arcade.

There is also a games arcade in the mall.

There are plenty of auto-rickshaws hanging around M.G. Road.

There are always plenty of auto-rickshaws along M.G. Road.

The limited metro service connects to major train and bus stations.

From a metro station (near Starbucks), a limited service links M.G. Road to the major train and bus stations.

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