The Taj West End is a rejuvenated old regal property set in a 20 acre garden in the heart of fast-paced Bangalore. Once an army base, it grew into a boarding house for passing army officers in the 1880s, and has remained a beacon of Indian warmth and hospitality ever since.

Image of Rosie Whitefield
Image of Miranda Boord

Miranda and Rosie are here to help give you the inside track.

As far as accommodation goes, there's plenty of choice here with 117 guest rooms and suites, each a complementary blend of haunts of its past and mod cons that combine for understated luxury. Most rooms offer private verandas with sweeping views of the garden below. However for a step up in grandeur and comfort, check into one of the generously appointed suites that comes with complimentary use of the Taj Club lounge, in other words copious amounts of complimentary treats and beverages. The Tata Suite is a plush villa with everything you could possibly need and more: a ten-seater dining table, living area, kitchen pantry, master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and Jacuzzi-equipped bathroom, as well as its own plunge pool and massage facility in the private courtyard (of course). If it's good enough for the likes of Julia Roberts and Lewis Hamilton, well it's good enough for us.

There is a serious threat at Taj West End of the fine cuisine being overshadowed by the spectacular surroundings. Enjoy breakfast under the whopping 150 year old rain tree that glistens with droplets of morning dew (or something to that affect). We're pretty sure you'll agree that it's a rather good setting to enjoy your freshly squeezed juice, fresh fruits, pastries, cereals and even a slap up Full English made to order. Later in the day you have the choice of Masala Klub with its Indian specialities or open-air Blue Ginger - one of the few Vietnamese restaurants in India. For a more relaxed fare, there's also the option of a poolside barbeque. Given the stunning surrounds, it may be worth opting for private dining one evening, where you can dine under the Indian skies by candlelight with personal touches - individual tailor-made menus, white glove butler service and carefully created dishes and wine pairings.

Besides lazing in the sun alternating between the two swimming pools, there's plenty to keep you occupied. The Taj West End has the obligatory health club fully decked out with fitness centre, sauna, Jacuzzi and Jiva spa. The two flood-lit tennis courts are there simply to help you work up an appetite again after the last scrumptious meal. Activities off-site include the Bangalore Golf Club just across the road; fishing on the Kabini River; trekking in the Nandi Hills; and visiting Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium.

Why we love it


The Taj West End is a lush green retreat in the centre of hectic Bangalore.

Frances, Original Traveller


Key Info

Number of rooms


Eco Rating




Other places to stay in Karnataka

The Bison Resort

The Bison Resort

Right where the Bandipur and Nagarhole National Parks meet, on the shores of the Kabini River, boldly stands The Bison Resort; an East African camp meets lavish Raj lodge.

Royal Orchid Metropole

Royal Orchid Metropole

Built by the former Maharaja of Mysore in 1920 for his British guests, Royal Orchid Metropole is a conveniently placed heritage hotel saturated with Mysore culture and colonial influences. It quietly stands on the Cauvery River looking out across the stunning Brindavan Gardens.

Shreyas Retreat

Shreyas Retreat

As one of the world’s best yoga getaways Shreyas Retreat is the place to go to cleanse mind, body and soul and all that zenful jazz. Guests are spoiled with rejuvenating spa treatments, fresh organic food and 25 acres of landscaped greenery to bring them closer to nature.

Vivanta by Taj – Madikeri

Vivanta by Taj – Madikeri

Vivanta by Taj – Madikeri is a strong contender for the best hotel in the Coorg (otherwise known as Kodagu) region of Karnataka.

Hampi's Boulders

Hampi's Boulders

Hampi’s Boulders Resort is just five miles from the impressive UNSECO World Heritage Site of Hampi, set in the ruins of the city of Vijayanagara.


Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace

Embodying the grandeur of the 14th Century Vijayanagara Empire, Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace is a charming boutique hotel and tranquil retreat on the outskirts of Hampi, in Southern India.

Tent interior

Kishkinda Camp

Opening its doors for the start of 2018, the newest addition to the Ultimate Travelling Camp collection is the beautiful and luxurious Kishkinda Camp, in Hampi.

Start creating your tailored trip today

Miranda and Rosie are our Karnataka experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

Call us on +44 (0) 20 7978 7333

Or enquire online