Taj MG Road Hotel in Bengaluru, India

by Santorini Dave • Updated: July 6, 2019

Review of Hotel Taj MG Road in Bengaluru, India.

Taj MG Road, Bengaluru – Refined and refurbished, a magnificent option in the heart of downtown.

One among a renowned chain of opulent hotels across India, the Taj MG Road hotel has been completely revamped (mid-2019). It provides the sort of rooms expected of a five-star, except they also now feature a contemporary design and modern extras like ergonomic desks. The floor-to-ceiling (and tripled-glazed) windows offer vast views of the city or distant vistas of the manmade Ulsoor Lake from a balcony. The outdoor pool is large and shady, and the gym and spa are more spacious than at most rivals. One definite attraction is the inner-city location: walkable to the metro and directly over the road from an excellent mall which is home to swish bistros/bars, a games arcade, and a fabulous supermarket.

Taj MG Road, Bengaluru – The Location

  • Address: The official address is 41/3 M.G. (Mahatma Gandhi) Road, but the hotel gates actually face Bhaskaran Road at a major junction with a flyover.
  • Area: Affluent business and shopping district along the eastern end of M.G. Road in the inner city. Decent cafés and a metro station within a 3-minute walk. A large mall is just across the road.
  • How to Get There: From the airport (38km, 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 along M.G. Road. About 7km from the Bengaluru City (Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna) railway terminal and adjoining Majestic (Kempegowda) bus station (30-minute drive).
  • Handy to: 1MG-Lido Mall.

Taj MG Road, Bengaluru – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters mostly to business people on weekdays and Indian tourists during weekends, but foreigners are always welcome, of course.
  • Views: As the only major high-rise in the vicinity, views are extensive. Rooms either provide ‘city views’ (i.e. of the streets) or ‘lake views’ (i.e. distant vistas of the man-made Ulsoor Lake).
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Neither provided nor unexpected at this business-oriented hotel, first built in the 1980s.

  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 (0)80 6660 4444
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: tajhotels.com

Taj MG Road, Bengaluru – Amenities

  • Pool: Outdoors and large. Plenty of natural shade, umbrellas, and sunbeds.
  • Spa: With soothing music and intimate rooms, the impressive Jiva Spa offers a wide range of treatments.
  • Fitness Center: Surprisingly large, it overlooks a small garden on the 2nd floor. Open 24/7.
  • Other Facilities: Business center. Travel desk. Money-changing.

Taj MG Road, Bengaluru – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: The Trinity Square – Completely revamped, it serves excellent meals and extensive buffets at breakfast and lunch. Also, tables along a terrace facing the pool. • Memories of China – Renowned across the city for its outstanding Chinese cuisine created by an expat chef. • ICE – Trendy and intimate, it’s popular among locals for cocktails and martinis.
  • Breakfast: May be included, but this depends on the room and how it was booked.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7.

Taj MG Road, Bengaluru – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Rooms (City View or Lake View) • Deluxe Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: Some rooms allow smoking.
  • Best Room: Deluxe Suites are about twice as spacious as the rooms. Lovely sofa alongside the floor-to-ceiling window.
  • For Families: All types of accommodations allow 1 small extra single bed, and many have connecting doors. With separate living areas, the suites are better for families.

Taj MG Road, Bengaluru – Local Transport

  • Walking: The hotel is just around the corner from the noisy and polluted M.G. Road, but walking is inevitable because of all the facilities. Strolling is more pleasant along Bhaskaran Road, which the hotel gates face.
  • 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 350m away. Around the corner, opposite The Oberoi hotel. 4-minute walk.
  • 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.

Taj MG Road, Bengaluru – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Mamma Mexicana – One of several restaurants on the top floor of the 1MG-Lido Mall (see below). Long menu, fun décor, and well-priced. 2-minute walk (100m).
  • Pizza Hut – This familiar outlet (and a Starbucks) are along M.G. Road, just 200m around the corner from the hotel. 3-minute walk (200m).
  • Chianti Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar +91 (0)80 4375 5274 – In the same building as Pizza Hut. Extended menu of food and wine in authentic setting. 3-minute walk (200m).
  • The Oberoi – This opulent hotel next to the Taj offers: The Orchid Room (elegant setting and silver service), Rim Naam (garden setting and award-winning Thai), and The Polo Club (adorable colonial-style bar/lounge/café). This hotel is worth visiting just to explore the amazing gardens. 4-minute walk (300m).

Shops

  • This section of M.G. Road seems overrun by banks (none of which change money), but there are a few handicraft stores. The finest shopping is at 1MG-Lido Mall, just over the road from the hotel. It offers a games arcade, several great eateries (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. 1-minute walk (100m).

Taj MG Road, Bengaluru – The Hotel

The hotel has been recently refurbished.

Recently refurbished, this is one among a chain of renowned luxury hotels across India.

The outdoor pool is large and inviting.

The outdoor pool is more appealing than those at many nearby rivals.

The pool offers plenty of shade and sunbeds.

The pool is particularly shady and offers plenty of sunbeds.

The Jiva Spa is large and impressive.

The design and size of the Jiva Spa at the Taj hotel is impressive.

The gym is well-equipped and spacious.

The L-shaped fitness center is very spacious and contains all the latest gear.

The second floor has a small garden.

On the 2nd floor is a small garden that serves no apparent purpose.

The Trinity Square is the hotel's main restaurant.

The main hotel restaurant is The Trinity Square.

The Trinity Square offers breakfast/lunch buffets as well as a la carte meals.

The Trinity Square offers extensive buffets at breakfast and lunch and an a la carte menu all day.

The Trinity Square offers poolside seating.

Seating at The Trinity Square restaurant at the hotel extends to the shady terrace alongside the pool.

Memories of China is also at the lobby level.

On the other side of the lobby from The Trinity Square is the Memories of China restaurant.

Memories of China is renowned for its authentic cuisine and Chinese chef.

The Memories of China restaurant is renowned across the city for its authentic cuisine and expat chef.

All accommodations were refurbished in 2018.

All rooms and suites were completely renovated as recently as late 2018.

Rooms feature an old-style charm and contemporary amenities.

Rooms feature a very likable combination of old-style charm and contemporary conveniences.

Rooms offers views of the city or the artificial lake at the back of the hotel.

The triple-glazed windows provide broad views of the city (and metro line) or the man-made lake to the back.

The newly-redesigned rooms feature ergonomic desks.

The special ergonomic table/desk is a feature of the newly-redesigned rooms.

The spacious suites feature separate living areas.

The suites are more spacious and feature separate living areas with chic furniture.

All accommodations feature full-length sound-proofed windows.

All rooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows that are heavily soundproofed to ensure serenity.

Suites come with spacious bathrooms as well.

A standout feature of the suites is the spacious bathroom in each.

One can find a Pizza Hut and Starbucks among several cafés and shops on M.G. Road.

On M.G. Road, just around the corner from the hotel, this cluster of cafés and shops includes a Pizza Hut and Starbucks.

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

In the same building as the Pizza Hut is the elegant Chianti Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar.

The Polo Club at The Oberoi is a great place to enjoy a drink.

Worth a visit – if only to see the extraordinary gardens – is the neighboring Oberoi hotel. It also offers several places to eat and drink, including The Polo Club.

Rim Naam at The Oberoi overlooks a pond.

Another restaurant at The Oberoi is Rim Naam, overlooking a pond packed with goldfish.

The Orchid Room café offers outdoor seating.

Some tables at The Orchid Room café at The Oberoi face the remarkable gardens.

The 1MG-Lido Mall is right across from the hotel.

One considerable advantage of staying at the Taj hotel is that it’s directly over the road from the excellent 1MG-Lido Mall.

Mamma Mexicana is a great bistro at the mall.

On the top floor of the mall, Mamma Mexicana is one of several tempting bistro/bars.

Foodhall sells an incredible range of fresh and imported produce.

Also within the 1MG-Lido mall is the outstanding Foodhall. It sells a range of fresh and imported products rarely seen in Bengaluru.

The mall has a large games arcade.

The mall is also home to an extensive games arcade.

The shady M.G. Road near the hotel is lined with banks.

Sidewalks alongside M.G. Road are shady, but most of the section of the road near the hotel is lined with banks.

M.G. Road also has a few handicraft stores.

Among the multitude of banks on M.G. Road are a few handicrafts stores.

The hotel is located at the corner of M.G. Road and Bhaskaran Road.

The hotel is virtually at a junction of the chaotic and polluted M.G. Road and the comparatively quieter and cleaner Bhaskaran Road, which the hotel actually faces.

There are plenty of auto-rickshaws around the hotel.

All around the hotel are plenty of auto-rickshaws.

The metro is a convenient way to travel down M.G. Road and to major bus and train stations.

The metro is one way to travel down M.G. Road and as far as the major bus and train stations.

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