Courtyard By Marriott

Courtyard By Marriott
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The new Courtyard by Marriott in Bengaluru is designed to make life easier for the corporate traveller

Suman Tarafdar
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For a corporate executive climb­ing the proverbial ladder, the rites of career, before making it to the corner office, often in­clude extensive stretches of life on the road. An integral facet are face­less, often characterless rooms that pro­vide the basics and leave few memories. A new generation of hotels, despite not having the luxury tag, are pulling out all the stops for their guests to create some­thing memorable. The new Courtyard by Marriott, and the joined-at-the-hip Fairfield by Marriott, Bengaluru (part of a new trend of dual hotels), fit right into this emerging trend.

Set in the midst of an emerging part of the city, surrounded by tech parks, the hotels are futuristic, a prototype for the coming decades. At once chic and ‘connected’, combining global norms with local sensibilities, the hotels are tuned to anticipate the needs of the 21st-century traveller. Yamini, whom I met at the front desk on arrival, was solicitous when I checked in, without the over-the-top obsequiousness that Indian luxury hotels see almost as an SOP. That tenor continued with others I was to meet, making the stay pleasurable. As conversations over meals with other guests revealed—and hotels such as this often have largely single travellers, I wasn’t an exception in noting this.

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The 170-room Courtyard fronts the U-shaped complex, and you might just not discover that there is a Fairfield, a more affordable, pared down version of the Courtyard, but for the shared common floor, which has a largish, amply equipped fitness centre, a decently sized pool with a bar alongside, even a spa—outsourced, yes, but perfect post a long day’s exer­tions. Yes, for those used to Courtyards in the US, this is definitely a fancier version. Note the putting greens on arrival!

There are more dining options, even the Momo Café, common to the brand glob­ally, is a jazzed-up version, with a break­fast buffet rivalling more luxurious hotel counterparts. Fresh juices, eggs, breads and bakes come in a wide selection. Por­ridge, bacon, sausages, even congee-style steamed seafood, and aloo paratha and more are all there. I overlooked them for the more local stuff, deliciously warm and lightly spiced pongal, wheat upma and, of course, crispy-soft dosas and fluffy idlis with an array of gunpowder mixes as you can only get in the south of India. Massive French windows, no-fuss, soothing décor, little pots of parsley, sage and wheatgrass and a wall of Chennapatna ninepin-like toys make you linger. Lunches and din­ners offer buffets and a la carte options.

For lighter meals and drinks, there’s MoMo 2 Go, with an artful counter that’s candy and coffees on one side and bar stool on the other! The lobby’s comfort­able seating is enhanced by generous splashes of local motifs on tabletops.

My pool view Deluxe Room was fairly spacious, and the décor evoked a pan-global sense of comfort. Various touches accentuate the differences—a glass-topped round table with a wood stump in the centre, high thread count sheets, a well-stocked washroom and, for when you are feeling lazy, a recliner—with a great view of the pool! The in-room art is less remarkable, though the 42’’ TV could be an alternate visual. For those who need to login, a long work desk, a comfy swivel chair and free wi-fi make life easier.

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Getting There: Outer Ring Road, Marathahalli Sarjapur Road, Bellandur, Bengaluru. 49km/2hrs from the airport. Distance to city centre is 15km.
Accommodation: 170 rooms at Courtyard, 166 rooms at Fairfield
Tariff Rs 6,500 per night for Deluxe Room, Rs 9,000 for Executive Room, Rs 10,500 for Executive Suite at Courtyard; for Fairfield the Deluxe Room rate is Rs 5,500
Contact: +91-80-7120 3040, marriott.com 


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