I usually stay at the Vivanta at the Trinity Circle but for a change decided to try out the Gateway Hotel. Its all about the location ... fantastic is one word for it. Right at the crossing of Brigade Road and Residency Road, this is a 'less' frill version of the Vivanta - with almost matching quality of comfort in rooms. Quality of amenities do vary and I did not get the opportunity to try out the restaurant or gym so will update that later.
As I said, the rooms are as spacious and comfortable ... reflecting Taj's efficiency and philosophy I guess. A warm welcome, bouquet of flowers in the room ... what more can you ask for.
About the locations, it rocks. For a lone traveler, it beats the Vivanta anyday. Just get our and turn left - you have the most happening area of Bangalore at your disposal. Turn right, and you hit select pubs, ice cream parlors and about 5 mins walk - the Garuda Mall. Had my dinner at Kobe's there and a short walk back - you are in a quiet world of your own. Try it out - you wont be disappointed.