Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru opens in South India's capital state of Karnataka

Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru opened in South India's capital state of Karnataka. The 397-room Shangri-La property is located on nearly two acres of land between the central business district and residential suburb, overlooking Bangalore Palace and Cubbon Park. Located 30 minutes from the international airport, Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru stands 19-stories tall.

The nine-meter (about 30 feet) high lobby has nine cylindrical chandeliers, each weighing almost of half a ton, while marble columns are highlighted by wall sconces with intricate Indian motifs.

Referencing the Garden City, the hotel’s interior has tiles, carpets and wood carved screens with abstract floral silhouettes. The public spaces also have marble from Italy, Turkey and China; textiles originating from the UK and Asia; as well as a glass elevator.

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In the lobby lounge, a sandstone wall installation sourced in Rajasthan measures four by nine meters (about 13 by 30 feet) and depicts a gold-stained palm leaf pattern.

The guestrooms are in beige. Starting from 41 square meters (about 441 square feet), each room has a leather headboard, plush patterned carpeting, wireless Internet access, an executive desk and window-side sofa. Meanwhile, the bathrooms use New Gold Vein marble, and have built-in wardrobe, bathtub, separate walk-in rain shower and antique bronze mirrors.

The hotel's 30 suites - using colors of gold, plum and green - range from 98 square meters (1,055 square feet) to 274 square meters (about 1,054 square feet to 6,178 square feet), and include three Governor Suites and the Shangri-La Suite, all offering panoramic views.

For dining, the property has eight venues with indoor and outdoor seating.

Chinese restaurant Shang Palace is surrounded by greenery, with a setting decorated with gold and silver leaf, pearls, rock crystals and marble. It also has two private rooms. b Cafe, the all-day dining restaurant on the lobby level, has interactive kitchens. Accents in the space include upholstered seating, crown molding in deep red, and black screens. Adjoining the restaurant is b Cafe Pastry.

Three more restaurants will open at Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru. These will include Caprese, a Mediterranean restaurant on level 18; Ssaffron, which will have ornate carvings and metallic sandstone sculptures; and Yataii, a Japanese restaurant. Meanwhile, Hype, scheduled to open before yearend, will be located on level 19. It will have an indoor and outdoor lounge.

CHI, The Spa is at the level three entrance. It has a brass sculpture fashioned to resemble a blooming flower and flaming sun, and is decked with dark timber floors. Adjacent to CHI, The Spa is the health club, facing the outdoor and kid's swimming pools. Other hotel wellness facilities include a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi.

For events, the property has function rooms spread over two levels. The Grand Ballroom, with its own pre-function area and a ceiling height of 9.5 meters (about 31 feet), covers 739 square meters (about 7,954 square feet). The flora-inspired venue holds up to 900 guests. It is supported by five additional function rooms on level two.

Jens Corder serves as the general manager of Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru.