Bengaluru, the capital of the southern state of Karnataka in India, is booming. Currently the fastest-growing city in the country, it is widely regarded as India’s Silicon Valley and renowned for its parks, gardens and palaces—a winning combination of business and beauty. So it’s no surprise that Four Seasons selected the city (aka Bangalore) as the home for its second property in India.
The new-build, 230-key Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru at Embassy ONE opened on May 1, 2019. It is housed in a modern building set amid 5.6 acres of landscaped gardens and water features.
“We are delighted to welcome our first guests and particularly excited to showcase the modern city of Bengaluru to our visitors,” said Fredrik Blomqvist, the property’s general manager. “It’s such an exciting time in southern India, and we are proud to be at the forefront of the city’s business and social lives.”
“It’s very fulfilling to see Four Seasons open its doors in the city of Bangalore,” said Jitu Virwani, chairman and managing director, Embassy Group, the property’s developer. “What started off as a vision of excellence in service and hospitality is now a reality. The many synergies in culture, service offerings, and vision Between Four Seasons and the Embassy Group have brought us together to create this iconic asset.”
The property reflects the city, blending modern sophistication with calming natural elements and cultural elements. The Yabu Pushelberg-designed interiors are complemented by a carefully-curated collection of paintings, prints and sculptures by more than 25 contemporary Indian artists throughout the hotel. Rooms and suites offer views of parks, some featuring the Palace Grounds. And the Infuse Spa offers signature treatments that incorporate local ingredients—a scrub using coffee grown in nearby Coorg, for example.
The property has 191 guestrooms and 39 suites. The latter category includes Garden Suites, which have a living and dining area opening onto a private terrace that is separated from the bedroom, bathroom and double closets. All accommodations feature the Four Seasons Bed, which can be fully-customized from a choice of plush signature mattress toppers.
Executive Chef Stéphane Calvet leads the hotel’s culinary team. Its restaurants and bars are:
- CUR8 – an indoor/outdoor restaurant with open kitchens;
- Far & East – Asian brasserie on the hotel’s 21st floor;
- The Lobby Lounge & Terrace – a place for morning coffee and afternoon tea;
- Copitas – destination bar on the 21st floor;
- The Collection – lobby bar offering a curated collection of whiskies from around the world;
- Pool Bar – light bites and tropical drinks;
- and an in-room dining service that allows guests to order from the restaurants’ menus.
Planners will be happy to know that the hotel also has 16,574 square feet of meeting and event space, which can accommodate up to 1,000 guests. Spaces include the divisible Grand Ballroom, an open terrace with built-in chef’s kitchen, and a variety of smaller spaces, all on one floor with direct access to the main entrance.