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WIC Travel – Bangalore India

June 1, 2010

Lunch at the Oberoi Hotel

My husband had been raving on about his trips to Bangalore for the past 12 months and wanted me to experience first hand how fantastic the hotel he stayed at was.

So I was not sure what to expect; my vision (illusion) of India was dusty streets and very spicy food (which I am not a fan of). The end result was a mixture of both a wonderful and an enjoyable surprise with a little bit of frustration thrown in on the side.

Staying at The Oberoi Hotel exceeded expectations, I can positively say that there is not one flaw in the way they conduct every single function there. From the gardeners to the hotel manager; each and every person’s behaviour made for the most unforgettable experience I have ever been part of.

I have stayed at my fair share of hotels and apartments in the past ten years and by far this is an experience worth making the effort to see for yourself. Are all of the hotels like this? Well I can not answer that question now however I now intend on trying out one of many of the locations to see for myself.

What makes this hotel so special you might ask – the little things! From the fact that where ever I went they addressed me as “Mrs Barnes” before I could remember what they looked like; or remembering my order every time I sat down for a meal. Each person I came across asked us “How could we improve” and they really meant it. We asked for sautéed mushrooms at the buffet breakfast and was told that “I will ensure that we they will be on your table as soon as you enter each morning”. Now that is service.

Or the little pack that you receive when you sit down by the pool which includes sun cream, fruit, water, freezing cold wash cloth and some spray! I think I could have possibly been mistaken as thinking perhaps I died and went to heaven. With the grounds beautifully manicured and the staff being so pleasant to offer advice the experience was second to none.

Walking out of the gates of The Oberoi Hotel gave me the biggest shock of my life; I had forgotten that we were in a major city where crossing the road almost cost me my life! The streets were dusty and muddy due to construction that has been happening outside the door and the when I finally walked back inside the premises of The Oberoi Hotel I was dirty and coughing with the amount of dust that I consumed.

I do have to say though I finally conquered my fear of spicy food and order a curry – not once but twice in one day. I did explain that I was not a spicy eater and to my amazement it was fantastic; the chef came out to check that it wasnt too spicy (as the waiter must have mentioned it to him) – now that is service!

The shopping is also pretty good with both Indian and western products; the cost is quarter of the price of what you would find in Hong Kong.

Overall – would I go back? Yes, of course, I was so taken by the hotel I bought the book Dare to dream – A life of M.S Oberoi.