I stayed here for 8 days in April 2013 on a business trip.Overall very pleased; the location is great if you are in town for the IT firms in Electronic City; location is bad if you want to focus on the shops and bars of , say, MG road and Church street.
good things about the hotel:
-modern rooms, spacious enough, good a/c (but it seemed impossible not to have it blow on you when in bed or at the desk, even at the lowest volume; also quite noisy, but this is the case in many hotels the world over, even classy and expensive ones; designing a good a/c system seems to be difficult)
-everything in the building is stylish, with bright colors; pool (smallish; I guess something like 15 by 4 or 5meters) is a nice bonus. Wife of colleague enjoyed the spa all day
-great breakfast buffet, with choice of both western (croissants, brioches, English breakfast, even nürnberger suasages on one occasion) and Indian dishes; all kinds of ommelettes etc. on request
-Citrus Café does a more than decent buffet at night, with lots of local dishes but also some European things on offer; à la carte there is a very wide choice (though not everything is available at any time); the Pan-asian restaurant is really good
-fleet of cars with driver available, at rates that are very attractive to westerners (though 9000 rupees for a 12 hr is not very cheap for a tourist trip to neighbouring (150 km one way) Mysore compared to what you pay in the middle east, 1500 rupees for a 4 hr trip to the city centre is a great bargain)
-small but very nice touches are the complimentary newspaper and bottle of water (1 litre) every day
less good things about the hotel:
-location bang in the middle of Electronic City makes it ideal if you're here for one of the IT firms; the traditional center (MG Rd.) of Bangalore is 40 minutes to 1.5 hours away by car (depending on traffic)- count on 1 hr on average
-if you want a supermarket or ATM you need to walk at least 10, more like 15 minutes through unattractive streets; if you want other shops, you need to take a taxi; in other words, Wipro is around the corner, but in many senses the hotel is in the middle of nowhere, in an environment that is like a business park
- small issues: for airco, see s above; bathroom has bath and shower (with curtain, not glass) in one, whereas stand-alone shower without bath is always more comfortable; jet of shower is also rather weak whereas jet of tap for bath is strong.
- the hotel is plastered with frames containing the text of jokes; some of these are downright offensive to women- I'm a man myself- and the others too mostly contain the sort of humour that in Europe and the west was common until probably the 1950's or perhaps even '70s but certainly no later
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Lemon Tree Hotel, Electronics City, Bengaluru. Well connected by the new elevated expressway, the hotel is a short 15 minute drive from Koramangala; 40 minutes from M.G. Road; and 30 minutes from Old Airport Road (Leela Palace Kempinski Hotel). Experience value-for-money, full service accommodation at our hotel. The refreshing interiors and large windows are designed to bring the 'outdoors in'. Business and leisure travelers will appreciate our well appointed guest rooms and suites, friendly service and range of amenities. ... more less
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