JW Marriott, Bangalore

JW Marriott Hotel Bengaluru, Bangalore, India

JW Marriott Hotel Bengaluru

Bangalore, Karnataka, India

With the 300-acre Cubbon Park on one side, and the high-end boutiques, galleries, and restaurants of UB City on the other, the JW Marriott is the best-located hotel in Bangalore. Spacious rooms, Italian and Indian restaurants, and an excellent spa only add to its allure.

Location

9 / 10

With its running trails, tennis courts, birding and photography groups that convene on weekends, Cubbon Park is an oasis amid the bustle of Bangalore, and right across the street from JW Marriott. As well as great access for the town centre, there are the pubs, restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries that are nearby on Lavelle Road – a two-minute walk from the hotel.

Style & character

8 / 10

With soaring triple-height ceilings and minimalist furnishings, the hotel exudes a clean, functional vibe. Once you get inside, you could well be anywhere in the world, devoid as the décor is of overtly Indian touches. The marble- and granite-clad public spaces brim with light and are spacious for a hotel in the centre of the city. The hotel has plenty of business guests and wedding parties, but exudes warmth.

Service & facilities

8 / 10

Members of staff, dressed in black business suits, are courteous. People walk briskly here, or feel that they ought to. The third floor has a Warren Tricome salon, a heated swimming pool that is open to the sky and offers great views of the glittering towers of Bangalore’s skyline at night, fitness rooms, and a JW spa with exceptionally well trained therapists from Northeast India and Bhutan. The hotel also arranges activities such as yoga in the park for its guests.

  • Bar
  • Fitness centre
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room/hammam
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

7 / 10

Even the basic rooms are a nice size, with a colourful textile headboard, docking station, electronic safe, and all requisite amenities. The wood floors give warmth and cosiness to what could otherwise be an impersonal space. Most rooms have great views of leafy Cubbon Park. There are no balconies. Bathroom have separate tubs and showers. Families can opt for connecting rooms.

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Food & drink

8 / 10

There are five dining outlets. The Bangalore Baking Company (BBC) serves as an in-house market and café, selling reasonably priced bottles of wine and champagne. The red velvet and cheesecakes are popular among locals. BBC serves an afternoon tea with local specialties such as coconut buns, vegetable puffs, and banana chips.

JW Kitchen serves food all day; buffet lunch and dinner. Weekends are packed with families. There is live music, balloon-sculpture makers, and face painters on hand. They also serve a sprawling buffet breakfast thatincludes Indian specialties: dosa-crepes, flatbreads, chutneys; and also the usual egg-station, breads, Asian porridge (congee) and cheeses.

Alba, open only for dinner, is headed by an Italian chef from Milan. Its pillowy ravioli and dense risotto offer great respite from the spicy Indian food elsewhere. Spice Terrace serves Northwest frontier food in a lovely outdoor, poolside setting. Go here for well marinated grilled meats.

Value for money

7 / 10

Double rooms from INR 10,500 (£125) in low season; and from INR 16,500 (£196) in high. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

Adapted rooms include features such as Braille signs, special lighting and ramps.

Family-friendly?

Although local families do visit the hotel for its hugely popular Sunday brunch, the hotel is primarily aimed at adults. There are interconnecting rooms and children’s menus, but no kids club’. Babysitters are available on request at an extra charge, as are cots and extra beds. The staff is not necessarily geared to cater to children.

24/1 Vittal Mallya Road, Bengaluru, 560001, India.

00 91 80 6718 9999marriott.com

Rooms from£174per night

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Use your commute

24 September 2016 | E-Paper
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Work out during your commute

Engaging your core while in the car, bus or autorickshaw is simple. All you need to do is make sure that your back doesn’t lean against the backrest


Try sitting upright in your car rather than slumping back into the seat. Photo: iStock

Try sitting upright in your car rather than slumping back into the seat. Photo: iStock

There is a great scene in The Other Guys, where Mark Wahlberg pumps his arms up and down and shouts, “I want to be a peacock.” His chicken-like pose works for the movie, but would be totally wrong in the real world. Peacocks don’t pump their arms and jump up and down. They are more haughty divas on the catwalk than irate cop.

Have you ever wondered about good posture in animals? About how a giraffe maintains its poise in spite of an ungainly long neck? About how a porcupine, which looks horrendously ill-proportioned (big body, tiny legs), still manages to run elegantly? Harvard University professor Andrew Biewener runs a lab that studies animal locomotion. And one of his early discoveries was about why large animals with relatively small bones and muscles move so elegantly, without overloading their skeletons. The reason: good posture.

When I’m stuck in traffic, I tend to slump back into the seat and curse fluently. One day, I tried something different. Since my back hurt, I decided to sit upright, moving a couple of inches forward instead of leaning back, as I usually did. The pain didn’t go away, but there was a side benefit. I discovered I had to engage my core muscles to sit upright as the driver zigzagged his way through traffic. I have been doing this ever since.

Engaging your core while in the car, bus or autorickshaw is simple. All you need to do is make sure that your back doesn’t lean against the backrest. Sit a few inches forward in the seat. No matter how much the vehicle jerks or turns, don’t lean back. If possible, pretend that there is a rod going through your spine. Or pretend you are a peacock.

Stay alert, of course, to ensure the jerks or sudden brakes don’t injure you. But hold the forward position for the length of the ride. You will be surprised at how tight your abs feel at the end of the trip.

This exercise works better when you are stuck in stop-and-go traffic and have a driver who’s trying to beat the odds. You are trying to hold your position by tightening your core during the jerky starts and stops. After a 45-minute car ride, with you sitting in this position, you will be ready for the advanced level.

This too is simple practice. You lift your feet off the floor while sitting in the car. Just lift up your feet, oh, maybe a couple of inches. That’s it. Hold your position. After a while, your thighs will start to hurt—that is the objective.

Harder than you think, isn’t it? Your back has no support, so you have to rely on your core to sit upright. Stay for 15 minutes in this position, if you can.

Sitting upright has another benefit: It improves your willpower. Studies have shown that students who don’t slouch build up discipline and willpower over time. No matter where you are, reminding yourself to sit upright and have good posture has far-reaching benefits that have nothing to do with your body muscles.

The great thing is that you can do this workout during a commute. Every long commute, then, becomes a gift. Isn’t that great?

Shoba Narayan is an expert sitter-without-slouching on car rides. The fact that she slouches everywhere else is besides the point. Write to her with your tips, tricks and short cuts. She blogs at Shobanarayan.com, tweets at @shobanarayan and Instagrams at #shobanarayan.