If there is one place in India, where royalty and palace are still an “IN” thing, it ought to be Mysuru A.K.A Mysore which is known for its famous Mysuru Amba Vilas Palace for its majestic structure and the famous Dussehra festival which is celebrated here in grandeur style is a sight to watch out for.
The Closer you stay to a place, The lesser you visit, That’s exactly the case with me with regards to Mysuru.Staying in Bangalore for 25 years now, have just visited Mysore twice and it’s been already 11 years since my last visit.So when I was invited by Grand Mercure Hotel, was thrilled to visit Mysuru and explore the place and also have a king size experience at Grand Mercure Mysuru.
We planned for a weekend visit to Grand Mercure Mysuru with Fellow Bloggers for a nice long drive to Mysuru which is approx 150 km from Bangalore and based on traffic in Bangalore, would take anywhere between 3-4 hrs.The Roadtrip started from Press Club at 8 AM to the final destination.The journey was quite comfortable and enjoyable as it was fun interacting with other bloggers during the journey and we made our first pit stop at Kamat Lokaruchi which is located at Channapatna which is 55 km from Bangalore located on NH275.For a local food experience, Do tries their Khotto or Kottige which are steamed idly in jackfruit leaves and the famous maddur vada and Mysuru masala dosa as well. If they have the jowar roti meal,Don’t miss that too.
After a hearty Meal, We continued our journey and reached the Hotel at Noon.As you enter Mysuru from the Highway, just follow the directions on the road and you won’t miss the hotel which is Situated to the north of the Mysore Palace on the famous Sayaji Rao Road that is known to host the famous Dashera Puja.My First Impressions of the hotel from the outside itself gave it a majestic look that goes well with the location that is meant for royals.
We were Greeted in Style with traditional Mysuru Welcome with garland and tilak at the lobby of the Hotel.We were offered welcome drink which was refreshing after a long journey.The Lobby had contemporary looks blended with history and artifacts that go well with the tradition and culture of Karnataka and mysuru in particular.Every wall of the hotel had paintings and decor related to the culture of the place that syncs well with the history and every wall has a story to talk that is rich in culture and heritage of mysuru.Even the colors used in the hotel are coordinated to give it a vibrant look.
The Hotel has 146 contemporary rooms.The hotel is also close to all major attractions that the city is famous for and is so refreshing to see a city without much traffic and chaos.The Hotel Manager was kind enough to take us for the hotel tour. The rooms are spread out over 5 floors of the hotel. Each room features a comprehensive set of in-room amenities for your convenience. Connecting room options are available upon request and availability.
There are 97 Deluxe Room with 1 double bed and 32 Deluxe Room with 2 single beds and 3 Executive Room with 1 king size bed and 5 Junior Suite with 1 double bed and Sofa and 5 Junior Suite with 1 double bed, with Balcony and 4 Deluxe Suite with 1 double bed, with Balcony.
The main reason of the visit was for the special meal for Ramadan.The Ramadan spread was prepared at the main restaurant of Grand Mercure Mysuru “La Uppu” which means salt in Kannada “Üppu” which is the first ingredient that is served during a meal. That’s how the name La Uppu was christened.
La Uppu is the hotel’s coffee shop and the multi-cuisine restaurant, which serves buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner and a la carte. The cuisines served are from around the world and also the delicacies of our City of Palaces.The Spread was so vast and truly amazing even though being a vegetarian, I didn’t expect so many options on the table for Ramadan that surprised me pleasantly.
Here Silk Bar is the lounge at Grand Mercure Mysuru that offers an array of cocktails and a wide range of beverages at the bar that will refresh you after a long day of sightseeing.
The Hotel has meeting rooms are spread out over two floors.All rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi access and state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. Natural lighting, elegant design, and the staff are friendly and helpful with all your requests to make your stay a memorable one.
You can also pamper yourself at the spa in the hotel and rejuvenate yourself after a long day.
Here are some of the Places to visit in Mysore when you are staying at the hotel.
• Mysore Palace
• Jaganmohan Palace & Art Gallery • Lalitha Palace
• Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion
• Mysore Zoo
• Raganthittu Bird Sanctuary
• Karanji Lake
• Kukkarahalli Lake
• Brindavan Gardens
• Chamudeshwari Temple
• St. Philomena’s Church
• Mysore Rail Museum
• Folklore Museum
• Srirangapatna Fort & Gimbaz • Devaraja Market
Mysuru, a city in India’s Karnataka state, was the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore from 1399-1947. In its centre is opulent Mysore Palace, former seat of the ruling Wodeyar dynasty. The palace blends Hindu, Islamic, Gothic and Rajput styles, and is dramatically lit at night. Mysore is also home to the centuries-old Devaraja Market, filled with spices, silk and sandalwood.
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