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Sai Vishram Business Hotel
Ranked #14 of 652 Hotels in Bengaluru
Certificate of Excellence
Kolkata
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43 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Loved the overall hotel.”
Reviewed December 3, 2009

This was my first stay at the hotel, and I was very pleased with the hotel.

The hotel runs an alcohol-free and smoke-free policy, but this didn't deter me, the food served is cheap, delicious and fantastic. It is a bit out of the way from central Bangalore - but the location and space in the rooms more than makes up for that.

You can get a good nights sleep there.

I was amazed with the hospitality as they have even packed me a breakfast when I was leaving as I left at 5.30 in the morning and airport is 2 hours drive from the place.

There is a very small gym and also a swimming pool with guard on hand. Even the SPA facility is available.

All in all - I can't fault the hotel - it was fairly close to my place of work and at the same time - not too difficult to get into the city centre.

  • Liked — Overall I rate it excellent
  • Disliked — Location
  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
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Bangalore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed September 17, 2009

As a stranger I entered E-inn, after a tiring journey along Hosur road, with a growling tummy with no high expectations. Reaching E-inn, I was met with very affectionate and welcoming smiles by all administering the hotel. The completely hi-tech place has a very inviting appeal to it, and I was immediately mesmerised. The stupendous rooms, the warm hospitality and the fantastic views were a refreshing change that made the journey worth the while.
The infinite swimming pool on the terrace brought an excited and unrestrained squeal, and so did the fully-equipped gym. The spa, with its expert healing hands was the main attraction, offering brilliant treatments from all over the world to bring a smile to the erstwhile stressed mind and body. The food was heavenly - with courses ranging from Italian to continental and south and north Indian, with a remarkable spread of desserts (hear! hear!).
The environment is one of genuity and unreplicable conviviality that has never been seen in such a magnitude at any hotel. The extremely professional yet homely ambience and service are the hallmarks of E-inn. The completely sanitised kitchen is open to all interested, and so are a multitude of other services like wi-fi and conference room, banquet, etc.
My little brother was so enamoured with the “yummy” samosas that he traced the “chacha” who prepared them to profusely thank him.
Apart from the fantastic service, what makes E-inn stand out are the policies of promoting healthy living, even if it seems to be against the management’s commercial interests. It is difficult to find a place for a vegan where he can eat everything, not be exposed to even passive smoking (it is a no-smoking zone), and away from the evils of alcohol too.
Leaving E-inn was a heartbreaking experience but happiness came with the firm decision to re-live this experience again and again. This one-of-a-kind hotel is a must stay for all those who value a healthy mind, body and soul.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled on business
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7 Thank TravelRajBangalore
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Colnbrook
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Reviewed May 31, 2009

This was my second stay at the hotel, and once again - I was very pleased with the hotel.
The hotel runs an alcohol-free policy, but this didn't deter me, the food served is cheap and fantastic. It is a bit out of the way from central Bangalore - but the location and space in the rooms more than makes up for that.
You can get a good nights sleep there.
There is a very small gym and also a swimming pool with guard on hand.
All in all - I can't fault the hotel - it was fairly close to my place of work and at the same time - not too difficult to get into the city centre.
There was a slight issue with the taxi not arriving at the airport to take me to the hotel - so make sure you get that confirmed.

  • Stayed January 2008, traveled on business
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4 Thank T_Virdee
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sidheart, Marketing Manager at Sai Vishram Business Hotel, responded to this review, June 2, 2009
Dear Mr.Virdee.

Warm Greetings from e-inn!!!

It was indeed our happiness and great pleasure to serve you with our hospitality. What more do we want, but to see that our guest has had a healthy experience with us.
We look forward to serve you again in the future.

Thank you!

Stay. Healthy.

Siddharth Nayak
Marketing Manager
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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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31 hotel reviews
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Reviewed August 12, 2008

Excellent hotel, very big and spacious rooms, we stayed in the medium class room. Fully stocked fridge (free of charge), fruit basket on arrival, lots of nice things. Cost was around 8000 rupees a night, which is quite expensive for India, but it definitely lives up to it's 5 star status.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank CarlAndJoanna
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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Reviewed August 11, 2008

I've stayed here three times now. The first most important thing to say is that this hotel is nowhere near the centre of Bangalore. With traffic (and India's traffic and roads can be terrible), it can take up to 90 minutes to reach the centre of town from it. However, this place is right next door to Electronic City, which is where a lot of the Technical and Business Process outsource firms, plus a number of "captive" companies operate. So if you don't want to have to stay at one of the hotels in town and commute from town to Electronic City every day (which we don't), this is a good option.

One other thing that is a little unusual about this hotel is that it is a totally vegetarian, non smoking and alcohol free hotel. This is actually the philosophy of someone who either founded the hotel, or inspired it's owners. There is a big picture of him up in reception and books of his reviews are available in the rooms. However the hotel does not ram his views down your throat (so much so I can't remember this guys name anyway!) and I'm a vegetarian anyway, so this suits me.

I have stayed here three times, once in the summer of 2007 for a night, once in March 2008 for a week and once in July / Aug 2008 for two weeks. Here is the good and bad:

Good:

Clean
Huge number of helpful, well meaning and polite staff (I think they must have more staff than guests)
Free internet
Lovely vegetarian food in two restaurants, soon to be joined by a third when the rooftop one opens
Very short commute to Electronic city
Good room service
Foreign exchange to GBP, USD and EURO available on site
Fitness suite
Good security and in its own grounds

Bad:

Some staff have poor, or no English language skills. I know I'm not in the English speaking world in Bangalore, as such, but a hotel serving India's central area for IT and Business Process outsourcing could expect to have many English speaking guests. I met no one in the army of staff with, what I would term "fluent" English. Some of the room service staff have no English at all. This eventually built up to quite a frustration for me, as I had to explain some things many, many times and this was not helped by the Indian habit of saying "yes", even though sometimes it was really clear they had no idea what I asked them. So some things take a long time to explain and get done and some things don't get done in the way you ask.

The free internet is now accessed via an authentication system that works with a scratch card that you get from reception (it had no authentication system the first two times I stayed there). The card contains a code that you input into the field that your browser will re-direct you to when you first open it. When we checked in, the Receptionist explained this was for "Security" - someone must have been logging onto their network for free! This is all very well but the second day we were there, the authentication system broke down and when you opened a browser, it didn't re-direct you anywhere, it just did nothing. When I explained this to Reception, the simply took the authentication off the network again and solved the problem that way. However, when the authentication system started working again a week later, they didn't tell us and we just got disconnected in the middle of using the internet and had to ask them what had gone wrong. There then followed a day or two when their network switched from needing the password on the scratch card, to not needing it again, which was frustrating and confusing. When the authentication does work, the scratch cards they give you only last 12 hours, then you need a new scratch card and a new code. They do give you, if you ask, up to three cards at once, but it's annoying to have to keep remembering when you last put in your code, so that you know to put in a new one to avoid disconnection. Also, needing all those paper cards, seems wasteful in a country that has very poor garbage disposal. I don't understand why they can't do what I have seen done in many other hotels, just have a system whereby you put your name and room number into the browser each time you connect to their network and authenticate that way.

The army of staff are nice, but occasional the level of service gets overwhelming. Examples were; the people who stick with you in the fitness suite and insist on putting on the TV for you (even if you have an iPod with you), setting all the controls of the treadmill when you are standing on it, and on one bizarre occasion actually just standing staring at me for 20 minutes. I felt sure he would go away eventually and leave me in peace, but he couldn't have had anything else to do. Forget about opening any door for yourself, they always want to do it for you. We had a funny little game we used to play at breakfast. There was a toaster and bread out where guests could use it, but as soon as we got anywhere near it, two guys would appear out of nowhere and want to do it for us. So the level of service is nice, but over time, for people from the west, it can grate on your nerves a bit. One of the stranger experiences of the two weeks was a female colleague in our party who called housekeeping and asked that they come and pick up her dirty laundry, only to have a male member of staff come to her room, empty her dirty laundry onto her bed and manually sort through it all with her watching.

I'd love it if they played nice Indian music in the "Time Traveler" which the name of the main restaurant, however the music choice can be strange and repetitive. Especially when I was there in March of this year, they only seemed to have one CD, which got played constantly. It was a collection of '80's hits with the likes of Cyndi Lauper and Bonnie Tyler on it. It was OK the first time, but every day for breakfast and dinner it was driving me mad. Imagine going on business to India and having Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" constantly stuck in your head - not nice..... Worse, as anyone who knows India will know, the mains power kicks in and out a lot and the back up generator will take about 15 seconds to take over from the mains. In gap where there is no power, the CD player in the restaurant re-sets and goes back to track 1. One day there were about three transitions between the mains power and the generator, so you have to listen to track 1 of a CD over and over again. Happily, they seemed to have more than one CD when I returned in July but they still don't have many and what they did have got waring after a while. Even if you are the only person in the whole place and are sitting with an iPod, they always turn the music on for you - lucky you!

This hotel really has nowhere you can walk to in the immediate area. We have been to the local market twice, but this area is pretty unusual for westerners. We were not made to feel unwelcome, but we did get some funny looks as if the locals were pretty amazed to see non Indian people in there area. So you would have to drive anywhere to do something at night or on the weekends. One day we had had too much of the Indian roads, so we just decided to stay in the hotel - so you can feel a little "trapped" there.

Sometimes, despite the army of staff, the service is surprisingly slow, especially in the main restaurant. I ended up working out that, even if you ask twice for the bill, it does not come in a hurry and the only way to get it in a hurry is to walk out and they will come running after you with it!

But all in all these were relatively minor issues and a hotel always gets on my nerves a bit if I have to stay there more that a few days. We were a particular challenge for them as we were working through the night and sleeping in the day a we were supporting a new business process that was covering US hours and they seemed to accommodate this remarkably well.

So all in all, I'd say 8 out of 10. I'd go back there again, but hopefully Bonnie Tyler is staying somewhere else now!

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled on business
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4 Thank Lochardil
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Property: Sai Vishram Business Hotel
Address: C-144/1 Kirloskar Road Bommasandra | Bommasandra Industrial Estate, Hebbagodi, Bengaluru 560099, India (Formerly E-Inn)
Location: India > Karnataka > Bengaluru
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Family Hotel in Bengaluru
#13 Luxury Hotel in Bengaluru
#16 Business Hotel in Bengaluru
#50 Best Value Hotel in Bengaluru
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Sai Vishram Business Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 252
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