I am a firm believer of the adage, ‘Start as you mean to go’.
So, when The Husband surprised me with a staycation for New Year’s Eve I jumped at the idea. When he shared that the hotel he chose was The Taj Gateway Hotel on Residency Road, Bangalore, my immediate response was a double thumbs up.
And that is how the of 31st December 2016 had us driving to the hotel from our home. On checking in at noon we were welcomed with a glass of Lemon Iced Tea. The check in procedure was smooth and we were in our plush room within minutes, to realize that we had been given an upgrade! Joy! Our special New Year’s package included an entry into all the parties the hotel was hosting and of course the stay with breakfast the next day.
The Taj Group of Hotels are known worldwide for their comfort, gracious service and great locations, and this hotel was no different. Our room was tastefully decorated, the bed and pillows were just right, midway between firm and squishy, always very important to ensure a good night’s sleep and wake up revived.
As we knew that we had a night of partying ahead we decided to take a nap, from which we woke up refreshed. The advantage of the location of this hotel is its proximity to the 3 most happening streets of Bangalore, Commercial Street, Brigade Road and MG Road and we stepped out to walk around all 3, shopping, window shopping and snacking for a good 3 hours. The streets and stores were gaily decorated and they all lit up as dusk fell and what a gorgeous sight it was!
Returning to the hotel we relaxed over a cup of hot tea, made to our specification, in their restaurant as we went over 2016 that had passed.
Back to our room, and a luxurious shower with top of the line toiletries later, we watched PM Narendra Modi address the nation as we dressed to the nines to go party hopping and welcome 2017.
The first party had tables pre-reserved for the guests, with eye masks and oversized coloured glasses adding the fun element. A special mention to the attentive and gracious staff who were unobtrusive but at our elbow as soon as they felt we needed something. Custom made Cocktails and Mock-tails which were delicious and food that was flavourful, with enough variety for each palate and preference. The 2nd party was informal with a buffet spread out and a bar that was perennially crowded.
Catchy music had us on the dance floor and we welcomed 2017 with feet tapping, satiated with great food and drinks and the Taj Gateway ensuring a memorable time and New Year’s Eve for us.