Taj Westend Bangalore

One of the most popular hotels in Bangalore is the Taj Westend Bangalore. Taj Westend is located on Race Course Road, a 5 Star Hotel in Bangalore. As part of the Postal Heritage Walk that was organised by India Post, I had an opportunity to visit the Taj Westend Bangalore Hotel.

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About Taj Westend Bangalore, 5 Star Hotel in Bangalore

Located at a prime place in Bangalore, Taj Westend is a 130-year-old property amidst plantations and greenery. Being the 5 star hotel, Taj Westend Bangalore blends the colonial charm with the modern conveniences and is listed as a heritage property in Bangalore.

Paintings - Taj Westend Bangalore

History of Taj Westend Bangalore

Taj Westend Bangalore has shifted through many owners. It started as a boarding house with just ten beds in 1887 by a British woman called Mrs. Bronson. It was the first hotel in the city. Due to its popularity, the hotel was expanded, and in 1912, it was bought by Spencer for just Rupees 4000. The hotel was again sold in 1984 to Taj Group.

Rooms at Taj Westend Bangalore

Taj Westend Bangalore has 117 spacious rooms/suites between lush green plantations and trees. Guests can select nine rooms/suites depending on their budget and views.

Room/Suite type Inclusions
Luxury Grande Room with Garden View 1 King bed
Balcony
Accommodates up to 3 guests
Taj Club Room 1 King bed
Balcony
Accommodates up to 3 guests
Welcome drink
Access to Taj Club*, butler and other services
Grand Luxury Suite 1 King bed
Balcony
Accommodates up to 3 guests
Welcome drink
Large private verandah
Access to Taj Club*, butler and other services
Dry and whole fruits
Chocolate platter
The Tata Suite 1 King bed
Accommodates up to 3 guests
Dry and whole fruits
Chocolate platter
Access to the terrace garden
Luxury Room with Garden View 1 King bed/ Twin bed
Private sit out
Accommodates up to 3 guests
Executive Suite 1 Bedroom with Garden View 1 King bed
Balcony
Accommodates up to 3 guests
Welcome drink
Access to Taj Club*, butler and other services
Luxury Suite 1 Bedroom with Garden View 1 King bed
Verandah
Accommodates up to 3 guests
Welcome drink
Large private verandah
Access to Taj Club*, butler and other services
Dry and whole fruits
Chocolate platter
Luxury Room Heritage Wing
– Room in Heritage Block, built in 1905
1 King bed
Accommodates up to 3 guests
Dry and whole fruits
Chocolate platter
Luxury Grande Room Heritage Wing
– Room in Heritage Block, built in 1905
1 King bed
Accommodates up to 3 guests
Dry and whole fruits
Chocolate platter
Access to terrace garden
Room/Suite types in Taj Westend Bangalore

*Taj Club Access:

  • Complimentary airport pick-up from the airport
  • Daily continental breakfast at Taj Club Lounge
  • Complimentary use of Taj Club meeting room for 2 hours
  • Hot and soft beverages at Club Lounge
  • Evening cocktails
  • Ironing services for two pieces of clothing
  • Premium Wi-Fi at a discounted price

Booking and Cost at Taj Westend Bangalore

Location: Race Course Road | Guest Rating of 8.3/10 on Agoda

The rooms can easily be booked online through Agoda or Booking.com. All you need to do is select the dates you wish to book, choose the room, and make the required payment.

Click here to check prices on the Agoda website

The prices of each room/suite vary depending on the type of room/suite and facilities required. The room prices start from Rupees 15,000 + GST.

Taj Westend Bangalore
Taj Westend Bangalore

Amenities at Taj Westend Bangalore

Each room has newspapers, ironing services, mini bar, bathrobes and slippers, two drinking water bottles, tea/coffee maker, and 49 inch flat screen television.

The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, airport shuttle (complimentary based on the type of room/suite booked), fitness centre, spa and massage centre, daily newspaper and luggage services, travel desk, butler service, and tennis courts.

Outside decor - Taj Westend Bangalore

Food/Restaurant at Taj Westend Bangalore

The hotel has two in-house restaurants:

  • Machan restaurant offers all-day international dining options.
  • Blue Ginger restaurant for Asian cuisine.

The hotel also has a bar called Blue Bar, with great cocktails and drinks, providing a relaxed environment for the guests.

Cakes - Taj Westend Bangalore

Things To Do In and Around Taj Westend Bangalore

  • Oldest Functional Post BoxTaj Westend Bangalore is home to the oldest functional post box. This post box was one of the postboxes from Britain to India that established India Post.
Oldest functional post box - Taj Westend
Oldest functional postbox

Apart from the above post box, Taj Westend has many other attractions around which you can visit and explore:

  • Bangalore Turf Club – Just opposite the property is the turf club where the races happen even today.
  • Cubbon Park – A few hundred metres walk from the property, you can enjoy the silence and beauty of the green Cubbon Park.
  • Vidhana Soudha – Another important landmark near the property is the Vidhana Soudha.
  • Mantri Mall – There is a shopping centre near the property where you can shop.
Vidhana Soudha - Bengaluru
Vidhana Soudha

How to Get to Taj Westend Bangalore?

By Road

The hotel is just 4 kilometres from the city centre. It is walkable, or you can hire an auto-rickshaw or a cab from the city centre to the hotel.

By Public Transport

The nearest metro station is the Dr. B. R Ambedkar metro station. This metro station is just about a kilometre from the hotel. You can either walk or take an auto rickshaw. The cost for the auto rickshaw must not be more than Rupees 30 and always ask the driver to turn on the metre.

By Air

Bangalore has an international and domestic airport with two terminals. Located in Devanahalli, Kempegowda International Airport is one of the biggest airports in India. The airport is around 35 kilometres from the hotel, and you can easily take a cab from the airport to get to the hotel.

The hotel can arrange for an airport pick-up and drop-off. Paid or Complimentary depends on the type of room/suite you have booked.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Taj Westend Bangalore

Q: Where is Taj Westend Bangalore located?

Taj Westend Bangalore is located on Race Course Road in Bangalore.

Q: What are the different kinds of rooms/villas available at Taj Westend Bangalore?

Taj Westend Bangalore has nine types of rooms/suites.

  1. Luxury Grande Room with Garden View
  2. Taj Club Room
  3. Grand Luxury Suite
  4. The Tata Suite
  5. Luxury Room with Garden View
  6. Executive Suite 1 Bedroom with Garden View
  7. Luxury Suite 1 Bedroom with Garden View
  8. Luxury Room Heritage Wing
  9. Luxury Grande Room Heritage Wing

Q: What are the charges for the rooms at Taj Westend Bangalore?

The prices start from Rupees 15,000 (excluding tax).

Q: How do we book the rooms at Taj Westend Bangalore?

The rooms/suites can be booked online via Agoda or Booking.com.

Q: Does Taj Westend Bangalore have a Wi-Fi?

Yes, they have complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property, including the rooms and suites.

Q: What are the amenities available at Taj Westend Bangalore?

The property has:

  • Outdoor swimming pool.
  • Spa and massage centre.
  • Fitness centre.
  • And many more.

Q: What experiences can you get at Taj Westend Bangalore?

The property arranges for:

  • Guided plantation walk.
  • Bird watching.
  • Day trips/city tours (ask travel desk).

Q: Are pets allowed at Taj Westend Bangalore?

No, pets are not allowed.

Q: Are unmarried couples allowed at Taj Westend Bangalore?

No, unmarried couples are not allowed at the hotel.

Closing Notes

Taj Westend Bangalore is undoubtedly one of the best 5-star hotels in Bangalore. It is a hotel with history and luxury. I highly recommend staying at this beautiful property when you are visiting Bangalore.

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