St Mark's Hotel, Bangalore
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Big Thumbs Down for St. Marksfrom Mokedog
Home away from home that exceed expectationsfrom SharmaG
What a treatfrom tripbug
Another Good time at St. Marksfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Personal service makes the differencefrom PamMunich
We loved this placefrom NYTravelers2
Pretty impressive considering the limitationsfrom Arif_M
If you do get one, at first glance, the Hotel looks mediocre, physically. The the main restaurant has a surprisingly limited menu. I wouldn't call this a "budget" or a "luxury" hotel- it's an imbetween. Maybe one of those "business class" hotels? If you want comfort but aren't willing to spend something like INR 15,000+ per night, I'd suggest this destination. The location, though is a BIG plus!
The room is pretty decent, but is somewhat smaller than other hotels in this category. Aesthetically, the hotel is simple and modern. The bed, the lamps, etc. I thought were a bid on the lower side, quality wise. Certainly smelled "generic." But nevertheless, it was comfortable. The bathroom, though a bit small for comfort, was clean.
As far as the in house restaurant goes, there is a HUGE difference in quality between the buffet and menu-card. Go for the latter by all means! Even there, the variety was quite limited. The Muglai Kebob was by far the best dish they served here.
However, what made me forget about all the limitations was the attitude of the staffers. As far as hospitality goes, this is the closest thing to come to South-East Asia (Ex: Philippines, Thailand). For one, the receptionist always makes you feel welcome.
This paragraph might only be of value to some of the younger, Indian folk.To elaborate, let's begin by saying that I HATE formal attire. MANY bigger hotels have a real plug problem in that the staffer always looks at you funny when you want to stay there- especially if you're not a foriegner. Not here. Any querry I had on almost any matter was always attended to the instant I asked the question. Also, these guys go an extra mile to ensure you get what you need- which is a rare thing in top class Indian hotels. Although rooms here are fully booked most of the time, they don't make you feel as if "you're just a customer"- they try and make you feel that you are "THE customer."
For instance, I only smoke Scissors filter-less cigarettes. They didn't have that in house. The bellboy went to the marketplace just to get me a pack. And he came back lightning fast! Better yet, he didn't even flicker when I told him what I wanted! Some of the other hotel staffers do this also, but they either delay or give you that quizzical thinking look.
This might sound a bit radical for a post, but this is a problem in the Indian hospitality scene, I want to highlight nevertheless. Lots of times, if you're an Indian and are young, many, MANY establishments give you that "Hey...! How'd YOU get here?!" or "Are you REALLY the guest?" kind of signal. Not here.
Proximity wise, this hotel is especially appealing to a wide range of people. You should be able to access the nightclubs, the restaurants, the shopping complexes or whatever there is to it. If you want, the staffers will arrange out of house transportation for you- and they don't cheat you, rate wise.
The no questions asked attitude of the staffers coupled with their hospitality training makes this place very ideal if you wanted to stay close to the city, enjoy some luxury without having to spend a large amount of dough...I really think other hotels, even the 5 stars, must try and match this place in terms of hospitality and staff training.
Out of this world!from cronk11
Nice hotel with fantastic stafffrom blondeinsf
Business hotel is home away from homefrom A TripAdvisor Member
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Other names for St Mark's Hotel
- st. marks hotel
- st marks hotel bangalore
- hotel st marks
- "st mark's hotel"
- Address: 4/1, St. Mark's Road - Bangalore - 560 001 - India
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