TAJ opens its 5th hotel in Bangalore
Saturday 20 December 2008
Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces today announced the highly anticipated opening ofits new premium city hotel in the IT nerve centre of Bangalore. The hotel also bears a new nameand identity: "Vivanta by Taj -Whitefield, Bangalore"and is slotted in the 'upper upscale' segment. The stunningly designed hotelarrests attention, being located right at the entry-point of the ITPB (International TechPark, Bangalore)at Whitefield in East Bangalore. With this,the Taj now operates five hotels inthe city.
Vivanta addresses the needs of a sophisticated and cosmopolitan customer group, with199 stylish guest rooms, eclectic entertainment and dining options and aspectrum of facilities offered specifically based on a deep study of the newgeneration traveler's lifestyle. Vivanta is designed to deliver vibrantexperiences; combining the charming hospitality that is the hallmark of the Taj, with a contemporary, vivacious twist!
The name Vivanta is drawn from vivacity, vividness & 'bon vivant': an appreciationof the good things in life. It speaks of style, refinement and living life tothe full
"We aredelighted to open this new hotel in the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Bangalore. Our growth plansenvisage a critical role for this key metropolis and we look forward to makinga strong impression with this unique offering" commented Raymond N Bickson,Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, The Indian Hotels CompanyLimited.
Jamshed Daboo, the Chief Operating Officer, Taj Premium Hotels explained "Our hotel in itsphysical form, the services we offer & the imagery that Vivanta creates areall in perfect sync with the ethos of Bangalore.Vivanta Whitefield Bangalore is high-spirited & stylish and will appeal tothe agile 'work-hard-play-hard' hotel user. We have collaborated with thiscustomer set and have devised a creative set of experiences which seek tosurprise & delight our guests in small but meaningful ways"
Design at Vivanta
WOW Architects/Warner Wong Design, Singapore have created a stellarstructure that weaves from the ground and flexes its way mid-air to contain thespaces within. To personify the borderless/always-on profile of its newgeneration guests, the building is designed as a flowing "landscraper" thatblends the building with the earth and makes it an experientially richhospitality space.
Seeking tocreate a hub within the Tech Park, the lobby serves as a confluence from wherespace 'flows' in several directions, encouraging social interaction on a myriadof levels. Many public areas are in the open; green and inviting guests towalk, climb and seek relief from the dense city life.
In orderto integrate the distinction between architecture and landscape the materialpalette is striking yet sympathetic to each other. An amalgam of 'in-situ' concrete,stone, rough plaster, wood making up the façade and the room block sheathed ina digitized landscape image of green and blue glass makes Vivanta probably themost unique hotel structure in a long time!
Form at Vivanta
The roomsat Vivanta are designed for a perfect amalgam of work and play. Natural moodlighting, different layouts & intelligent use of space makes for a habitatthat is both involving as well as comforting. Considering its location in the Tech Park,the rooms have a strong tech orientation: Interactive TVs, Internet Protocol (IP)telephones, a multimedia panel allow the guest to work or play with topefficiency. Of course, high bandwidth wireless internet & home-theatresurround system are par for the course.
The accommodationsare also named to describe the stay experience. Thus Vivanta has Charm, Delight& Indulgence rooms and Allure, Temptation and Nirvana suites! And theresident lounge is Rhythm. A twenty-five meter long pool and tennis courtscompliment the smart gym; and a signature Jiva spa along with a salon opensshortly. An already operational TajKhazana outlet will be complimented by other retail shops very soon
Thelegendary Taj flair for food &beverage is taken further enhanced with a swath of innovative F&B options.Orchestrated by Chef Ananda Solomon,there is a new twist to all of the cuisines on offer. Latitude, the all-day diner gives world cuisine a spin and sports a'buffet guide' to help navigate the variety of options. Terracotta is the Indian specialty restaurant, with live cookingfrom the north-west frontier region and a collection of show-case cookingelements. The rooftop bar & grill is Tease:its garden pavilion is the epitome of cool while indoors an international DJspins hot. Caramel a deli servingsinful indulgences as well as health foods will soon open. All of the outletshave al fresco sections, allowing patrons to enjoy the Bangalore weather
Vivanta byTaj Whitefield, Bangalore is a hotel for the business nomad& offers a suite of conferencing & banquet facilities. Tango, the banquet hall is over 500square meters of contemporary meeting space, tuned with digital audio systems& hi speed T-1 internet access. Agendais the board room equipped for power meets
Experiences at Vivanta
Guestswill notice a new hospitality experience at Vivanta: touching all the senses.The customer's interaction with hotels was studied & a series oftouch-points have been engineered: to energize as well as relax the guest.Starting with the limousine, which has touches like games, massage seat, directconnect phone to the hotel, a signature brand aroma in the lobby, theexperiences continue all across. The mini-bar in the room stocks a range ofhealth drinks & is called 'TreatYourself". On offer in the rooms are yoga mats with instructions for simple'asnas'. In all of the F&B outlets too there will be such small surprisesin store.
Vivanta byTaj Whitefield, Bangaloreis slated to be the ultimate urban escape & a perfect spot for work or play
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