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The City has yet another star hotel – The Ritz-Carlton. Launching its first in the country, the chain of international hotels, opened its doors to a small gathering of well-wishers and guests on Thursday morning on Residency Road. Meeting all international standards with a touch of India, the hotel welcomed each guest with a flower to the ragas of carnatic music.

Unlike most hotel launches, Ritz Carlton set its standard by starting the launch on time. The opening ceremony had actress Mandira Bedi hosting the inauguration while former Miss World Diana Haydon was the first guest in the hotel. 

Said Mandira, “The Ritz-Carlton has always set standards for luxury and this place too has not let us down. I find that the people who work here have been very kind and also the detailing given to every nook and

corner is brilliant.” Diana too was glad that the first Ritz-Carlton opened in her home- town. “Being a Bangalore girl, it’s a proud moment for me that I am the first guest at the hotel. I am looking forward to my stay here. I really liked the jaali work and the art work placed at every corner of the hotel. I feel it will set high standards for the rest of the hospitality industry here,” said Diana.

The jaali work from the Mughal era is a constant theme around the hotel and so are the striking theme of colours which are different for different areas, in keeping with the characteristics of the area. The hotel has 277 rooms, seven dining venues, club lounge, spa, salon and also has the City’s largest no-pillar ballroom.

Another highlight of the hotel is ‘The Lantern’, a three-level restaurant, shaped like a glass lantern. One can also visit an all-day dining restaurant called the ‘The Market’ and the signature fine-dining Indian restaurant Riwaz. There is also a rooftop bar and sky lounge called ‘Bang’.

The hotel also aims to bring the afternoon tea culture into the City. “We have a comfortable seating area at the lobby lounge where the guests will be treated to the legendary ‘Ritz-Carlton Afternoon Tea Service’ along with some delectable desserts. We hope to give a unique experience to the guests no matter where they are dining in the hotel,” says Nilesh Singh, the executive assistant manager.

“The hotel will bring our Ritz-Carlton service philosophy to life in this magical country, and blend it with traditional Indian hospitality to create memorable experiences for our guests. Our first hotel in India underlines our commitment to the Indian people who have long been supporters of our hotels overseas,” sums up Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer, Ritz-Carlton.

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