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The Gateway Hotel Residency Road Bangalore unveils its new look

Bangalore, August 23, 2012: Since it welcomed its first guest in 1990, The Gateway Hotel Residency Road Bangalore has consistently offered the highest standards of quality, service and style to business travellers seeking smarter choices. With its newly-renovated contemporary lobby; Sphyre - the new lounge bar and the restoration of the iconic Karavalli, the hotel has been re-designed with a 'green' theme, keeping the urban nomad in mind.

Commenting on the re-launch, Mr. PK Mohankumar, Chief Operating Officer, The Gateway Hotels & Resorts said, "The Gateway Hotels & Resorts are full service upscale hotels and resorts in the South Asia region offering consistent, quick and crisp service for travellers seeking contemporary experiences. The Gateway Hotels & Resorts are located in 21 cities and holiday destinations with plans to open in many more. We offer a relaxed, refreshing and contemporary experience to deliver the brand promise of welcome perfection. We are flexible, on the move, and instantly responsive. We work around the clock and around guests' schedules with a 24/7 attitude. We are about active and healthier choices. We are about flexibility and freedom. Freedom to make whatever demands you want of us so that you can go about your business uninterrupted."

Mr. Albert Rebello, General Manager, The Gateway Hotel Residency Road Bangalore added, "Gateway Bangalore is the preferred choice for business in Bangalore. The recently completed renovation with a new lobby and Deli at Gateway, bar and a renewed and refreshed Karavalli ensures that we once again stake our claim as the preeminent address of the garden city. Upping the ante is Sphyre, a swank new bar and lounge with alfresco seating, spirited embellishments to the institution that is Karavalli and a spanking new lobby to welcome you back. Reason enough to warrant a revisit."

The green-inspired experience begins from the moment you enter the hotel through the tree-covered forecourt. The renovated lobby housing a new Deli at Gateway is swank and contemporary with a soaring ceiling, marble finishes and distinctive accents of modern art. The highlight of the space is the lobby lounge, designed with dramatic ceilings, suspended wood panels and large new-age chandeliers along with new clerestory glass windows and French doors. The new lounge terrace with its 'living wall', woven lounge furniture, custom overhead lighting and planters that also act as lanterns, offers guests a reason to indulge in the outdoor al fresco experience through the day.

Sphyre is the ultimate escape to an environment that will truly draw you into its orbit! This new lounge bar is a design marvel, made of sustainable elements and imbibes the green philosophy. The spherical design motifs are the first-of-its-kind in the city creating a relaxed lounge atmosphere on the weekdays and changing colour to a hip, high-energy ambience over the weekends. The bar features wood flooring from sustainable sources, 'earth' screens with circles of backlit stained glass made from recycled material, fabrics with rapidly renewable content as well as many other 'green' design elements. The cuisine comprises pub classics in the afternoons and world cuisine in the evenings.

At the iconic Karavalli, authenticity is the hallmark, where well-researched home-food recipes come together to ensure an experience that reiterates the greatness of Karavalli with a refreshed blend of novel additions to the menu, innovative desserts and unique dining experiences. The restored Karavalli captures the essence of 22 years of extensive research by the restaurant's expert Chefs, reflecting the culinary legacy of the coastal regions of south west India. The Chefs have put together a distinctive compilation of vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies with extensive culinary journeys ranging from the best of the Mangalorean Bunts and Konkanis, Kodavas from Coorg, Malayalees, Calicut Muslims and Syrian Christians of Travancore, Havyaka Brahmins of Vitla and the Portuguese of Goa. The highlight of the dining experience is the West Coast Seafood Grills section in the alfresco area of the restaurant which gives guests the opportunity for an interactive session with the chef and co-creation in the cooking experience.

About The Gateway Hotels and Resorts
The Gateway Hotels & Resorts is a full service upscale hospitality brand in the South Asia region and a part of the Taj Group of Hotels. Designed for the modern nomad, Gateway provides consistent, courteous and crisp service for business and leisure travellers seeking contemporary and refreshing experiences. Keeping in mind those looking for comfort, familiarity and flexibility, the hotels & resorts are divided into 8 zones - Enter, Stay, Hangout, Meet, Work, Workout, Unwind and Explore. 24/7 services such as 24/7 breakfast, 24/7 'active studio' and 24/7 laundry are all designed to cater to guests round-the-clock. Gateway provides welcome perfection through an unrivalled network and innovative cuisine offerings like 'active food' - superfoods and low glycemic index foods for the health conscious; regional home-style cuisine; 'eat-in' - refreshed in-room dining menus and 'wake up' - buffet breakfasts with a range of healthy and indulgent options. Flexible, dynamic and warm service, 'in-room yoga' amenities and 'explore' packages all make The Gateway Hotels & Resorts sanctuaries that refresh, refuel and renew.

About Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces
Established in 1901, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia's largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 99 hotels in 56 locations across India with an additional 16 international hotels in the Maldives, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury. For over a century, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, the iconic flagship has set a benchmark for fine living with exquisite refinement, inventiveness and warmth. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India's premier business house.

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