Hotel Review: Fairfield by Marriott Bengaluru Rajajinagar in India
While in Bangalore recently, I was invited for a fam trip to the fairly new Fairfield by Marriott hotel in Rajajinagar. Fairfield by Marriott is known as an established leader in the moderate tier segment, the brand offers guests a productive stay with well-designed rooms, consistent and reliable service at an exceptional value. Introduced in 1987, Fairfield is Marriott’s solution for affordability, quality and innovation in its segment. Marriott is committed to making the Fairfield brand the preferred lodging option for travelers in the moderate tier, as well as a strong development opportunity for owners and franchisees. With more than 715 properties throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and now India, Fairfield is designed to provide both business and leisure guests with just what they need so travel is uncomplicated and successful.
I was accorded a warm welcome at the airport by the chauffeur and Debmaullya Chowdhury from the hotel’s team. The Fairfield Bengaluru Rajajinagar in South India offers 148-rooms and Kava, a three-meal-a-day restaurant which serves authentic Indian cuisine along with Western menu options, featuring both buffet and à la carte options. In addition the hotel has a functional lobby with a bar lounge and 24/7 Market for drinks and snacks; ample banquet and meeting room space with modern technology, a well-equipped business centre as well as a fitness center and a rooftop pool.
Fairfield by Marriott is designed for today’s traveler who is looking to be productive on the road, whether for business or leisure. With modern design and amenities, Fairfield by Marriott is known for providing consistent and reliable service at an exceptional value. With more than 700 properties throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, India Fairfield participates in the award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. SAMHI, a leading hotel investment and development firm, was incorporated in early 2011 with intent to provide a unique multi-branded hotel development platform in the Indian sub-continent. With a focus on fast-growing mid-scale and economy segment, the company was founded by Ashish Jakhanwala, Manav Thadani and Steve Rushmore to offer a perfect blend of Indian experience and global relationships. Started by a group of experienced industry players, the company has made a mark for itself in a short span of time. SAMHI offers a strong asset base under brands like Fairfield by Marriott, Hyatt Place, Courtyard by Marriott and Formule-1 (Accor).
I was pleasantly surprised to see an elaborate cheese platter in my room when I checked-in. Executive Chef Aniket Das recommended that I try the local cuisine and dished up a delicious portion of Bissi bele bhaath (a mixture of rice and lentils South Indian style). I went for a relaxing spa session at Scent Spa which was followed by a fabulous meal at the rooftop restaurant. It was very thoughtful of Operations Manager, Sanjeev Mandal to organize a day out for me during my stay. I was accompanied by Devyani from the hotel’s team to watch a movie at the Orion Mall and got to spend a fun day out at the mall and multiplex.
White Smoke Barbeque, Bangalore’s newest hot spot, located in the Fairfield by Marriott Bengaluru Rajajinagar, combines the excitement of fusion cuisine with the universal appeal of the grill for a restaurant unlike any other. Billed as an organic, fusion wish-grill, this hotel restaurant in Bengaluru, India relies on fresh, organic ingredients that are sourced within 100 miles of the property. That translates to experiences like tucking into Goan sausages or sampling sashimi-grade yellow-fin tuna from Lakshadweep as diners explore the fusion-style menu. The restaurant’s primary influence may be the Eastern Mediterranean, but its dishes hail from all over the world. So diners are as likely to order tandoori salmon and paneer as Greek halloumi cheese, lamb chops (a house special) and minestrone soup. Where the restaurant really breaks away from other Bengaluru catering options, however, is in its egalitarian approach to cooking. Executive Chef Aniket Das maintains a carefully edited menu, but he welcomes input from diners who want to explore epicurean possibilities. To that end, visitors can pair herbs and marinades of their choice with striploin, tenderloin, tiger prawn, salmon, basa fish, pork and lamb, as well as several vegetarian options.
Even less adventurous diners may be moved to try something new given the restaurant’s inspiring location. Positioned alongside the sparkling pool with the sky above and the city stretched out below, White Smoke Barbeque encompasses earth, air, water and fire in ways both visual and gastronomic for a rooftop dining experience that inspires all the senses. White Smoke Barbeque’s approach also resonates with that of the hotel, which has quickly distinguished itself among business hotels in Bengaluru. Guests enjoy the property’s sophisticated style (think clean lines, rich accents of wood and an uplifting color palette) as well as its range of amenities like complimentary, high-speed Internet; a fitness centre; a business centre and, of course, two restaurants that redefine the city’s culinary landscape. On day two, the talented Chef Aniket Das dished up a delectable Bengali meal for me on request.
The Market located right next to the front desk is a unique concept by the Fairfield by Marriott and is a great place to go shopping as it offers everything at MRP. So whether it is books, gifts, show pieces, snacks, souvenirs, everything is available in the Market.
A stay at the Fairfield by Marriott Rajajinagar proved to be a fabulous one owing to the warmth and hospitality of the hotel’s team.
Address: 59th C Cross, 4th M Block, Rajaji Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560010.