There are multiple options when it comes to accommodation in Mysore. During our recent visit to Mysore, we decided to book our stay at the Radisson Blu. A relatively new property (around 3 years old) which is located at the heart of the city, it turned out to be one of our best stay in Mysore.
It was a very short ad-hoc trip that we had planned this time around. The main agenda was to visit the Mysore palace (we somehow missed visiting it on our 3 previous visits) and a trip to the zoo – the little one had been requesting for quiet sometime now. Considering that we had a lot to cover on during the 2 day trip, we wanted to book a hotel right in the heart of the city. Radisson Blu checked all our requirements. It is hardly at a stone’s throw distance from the zoo (hardly a 5 mins walk) and a kilometer from the Mysore palace.
Booking experience was good and we were all set for our weekend getaway. We started our drive from Bangalore at around 7 am and were in Mysore by 10 am. Made good time despite the usual traffic as we did not take any break (had packed few sandwiches). The hotel lobby was pretty impressive and we quickly realized that the hotel was fully booked. The entire lobby was buzzing with activity and as expected the hotel could not accommodate and early check-in.
To be honest, we were not looking for an early check-in as the plan was to visit Mysore palace in the morning. We finished the check-in formalities and dumped our bags and wanted to grab something to eat. The restaurant at the lobby was serving buffet breakfast, but we took the gamble of placing an order for couple of Mysore special dosas – a bad idea indeed. For the next 20 odd minutes, we kept watching dosas after dosas flying by our table only to be landing on other tables. With my daughter getting crankier by the minute, I had to raise the issue with the manager. The manager quickly sorted the issue and ensured that we had our order within the next few minutes. I always rate a hotel service by the way they attend to an escalation and I was impressed with the way the situation was handled (10/10)
After having the breakfast we headed to visit Mysore palace and returned to the hotel by around 1:30 PM. We had our room allocated and were guided to room no: 206, which was facing towards the city, the other option being pool facing (you get a glimpse of Chamundi hills also). The room was very neatly laid out with a King bed, a working desk and a couch to relax by the window. The bathroom was neat and clean with a full sized bathing tub. They could have stocked a few more toiletries, but I did see the placard which mentioned that you can request for more.
The hotel has couple of restaurants: Details
- Spring which is an all day dining option. The hotel offers a range of Indian, Asian and global cuisine.
- My South which serves only lunch and dinner. The restaurant serves some mouth watering Veg and Non-veg cuisine of Southern India.
The hotel also has a well stocked Myst Bar where one can relax and have a couple of drinks.
The hotel also has a well equipped fitness center which is open from 6 AM to 10 PM. The pool area which is right next to the Spring restaurant was very well maintained and looked inviting. Unfortunately, by the time we hit the pool at the evening, this place had turned into a fish market. There were no sun-beds or chairs to keep our stuff and we had to borrow a centerpiece to keep our stuff.
The hotel is located right next to the Mysore mall – in-fact you can use the connecting path from the 1st floor of the hotel to reach the mall. Having a mall right next to your hotel is an added advantage as it provides easy access to all basic needs and restaurants.
The biggest disappointment were the kids who were creating a ruckus in the pool. I agree that the management cannot be held entirely responsible, but it is unacceptable to see floating phlegm. My daughter usually loves the pool area, but looking at the dirt and chaos was ready to move out of the pool. Would have loved to have a peaceful dip with my kiddo. Did raise the issue with the management while checking out, but the front desk person wore a helpless look and mentioned that it was peak season and it was difficult to manage the crowd. Hopefully we would have better luck next time around 🙂
This provided us time to pamper ourselves at the Tattva Spa. It is very well maintained spa and we had a very good session. Would definitely recommend this to the fellow travelers
Overall, I would rate our stay as a 4/5. The hotel managed to check most of our boxes, but for few areas where they could excel. The staff are very polite and ready to take feedback and work on it. The only area where they need to focus is not to ensure their quality to drop over time and during peak season. I would definitely return to this hotel during our next visit to Mysore !!
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