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Katie
Los Angeles

Bangalore

What's the best neighborhood in Bangalore for a first time visitor?

I've never been to Bangalore and I'm a little overwhelmed by all the hotel options. I'd like to stay in a hotel that is central and gives me good sense of what Bangalore is like. I'd love to know where locals tell their friends to stay when they visit, and why those areas and hotels are special. thanks!


14 Answers

answered by
Mysore

There are a large number of options. what is the kind of budget you are planning to spend on hotels in central Bangalore. Pleased to help.


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answered by
Alwin from Tiruchirappalli, India

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answered by
Karan

Hey, you could stay on the MG Road Metro Station or Indira Nagar to get a good of sense of what Bangalore is like. You could check Social Rehab Hostel, its a decent hostel. Hope it helps! 


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answered by
Yashas

Jayanagar. choose a hotel per your budget around this locality. 


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answered by
Samarth

Hi Katie, 

The central area of Bangalore is M G Rd, and the few sight seeing options that Bangalore has are near there (Cubbon ParkVidhana Soudha,  etc). Staying either there or nearby Lavelle Road would be my recommendation. 

If nightlife is more the priority of your trip then while the central area has many options, it might be worth checking out the cheaper options in Indira Nagar and Koramangala.


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  1. Bangalore (city)
  2. M G Rd (attraction)
  3. Cubbon Park (attraction)
  4. Vidhana Soudha (attraction)
  5. Lavelle Road (attraction)
  6. Indira Nagar (neighborhood)
  7. Koramangala (attraction)
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answered by
Ayush from Pune, India

One of the best places to stay in Bangalore would be either Koramangala or Indira Nagar depending on your budget. 

Most of the sites to visit in the city are easily accessible from either of the places. 


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answered by
Sunny from Chandigarh, India

Stay near M G Rd. That is central Bangalore & the so called Downtown.. You will have everything at a stone throw distance.


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answered by
Pop

Hey, try staying in Indira Nagar. It's got both quiet residential streets and oodles of hip. It's close to almost everywhere as it's quite central. Justa is where I tell everyone to stay!


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answered by
Smit from Bangalore

Hi Katie,

I'm glad to know that you're coming to B'lore. The weather is pleasant here. This city is like Silicon Valley of India.

The best place to stay would be near M G Rd. It is at the center of the city and all the places are within 20 km from there. You can find 4/5 star hotels like Taj West EndVivanta By Taj - MG Road, BangaloreJW Marriott Hotel BengaluruITC Gardenia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bengaluru etc. there. 

Night life is good at Church St, MG road. If you want to spend more then you can also go to UB City for shopping, food and drinks. 

Indira Nagar and 5th Block Koramangla, also host a lot of good food and drinks places. If you crafted beers then Toit Brewpub is must go place with a prior reservation. crafted beer, Glen's Bakehouse for breakfast, and Smoke House Deli for dinner.

Uber for intra-city transport is recommended. It is economical (INR 7-10 per km), convenient and comfortable. Zomato app/web useful to explore food/drink places. Bookmyshow app/web for events, concerts, plays etc. Zoom Car to rent self driving cars.

A lot of night treks also happen on weekends around B'lore by some clubs. You can go to Antara Gange, or Savandurga Hill for trekking.

Weekend gateways: CoorgCoonoorWayanadPondicherryKodaikanalHampiOoty .


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  1. M G Rd (attraction)
  2. Taj West End (hotel)
  3. Vivanta By Taj - MG Road, Bangalore (hotel)
  4. JW Marriott Hotel Bengaluru (restaurant)
  5. ITC Gardenia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bengaluru (hotel)
  6. Church St (attraction)
  7. UB City (attraction)
  8. Indira Nagar (neighborhood)
  9. 5th Block (attraction)
  10. Toit Brewpub (attraction)
  11. Glen's Bakehouse (restaurant)
  12. Smoke House Deli (restaurant)
  13. Antara Gange (attraction)
  14. Savandurga Hill (attraction)
  15. Coorg (city)
  16. Coonoor (attraction)
  17. Wayanad (city)
  18. Pondicherry (attraction)
  19. Kodaikanal (city)
  20. Hampi (attraction)
  21. Ooty (attraction)
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answered by
Rahul from Bangalore

Bangalore is bigger city to roam around. Also the interest of visiting the city defines your centre point in the  city. City has  a vast range  option to explore,  example cultural, museum, historical importance , nightlife.

I generally suggest my friend's  hotels  near the MG Road or  Indira Nagar.. Because these places are in proximity to the  most of the places . And specially it will give you an escape route  from the  Bangalore  traffic.While staying in these area gives you an an added advantage of  better nightlife  from rest of the places in bangalore.

I cannot tell  the exact name of hotel as i never stayed in hotel here. But you can get lot of budget places there.

I hope this will help you planning your trip more effectively and Welcome  to the city :)

 


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answered by
Avik from Calcutta, India

Hey Katie, if you are looking for budget hotels then the best place for you is the area around the Majestic Bus Stand Terminal 3, which in spite of being a crowded place, is easily accessible. There are a lot of hotels around that area and you can choose on your own. But if you prefer a more central area, there is the the central park hotel in Trinity Circle and you can check out the rates there.


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answered first by
Elle from Bangalore

Hey Katie!

Hmm. A central hotel that gives you a good sense of what Bangalore is like? I'd suggest picking something in the MG Road Indira Nagar/ Koramangala areas as they are the most central and most cosmopolitan part of town. They are also where you'l find the most options for food, drink and the rather short lived Bangalore nightlife. (we have a weekly deadline of 11.30pm and a weekend deadline of 1.30am for bars).

Also, do share the budget you have in mind as Bangalore's hotels can tend to vary rather wildly in terms of price and quality (they aren't always directly proportional). However, may I also recommend a quick look at AirBnB instead of just hotels if you're looking for some character?

If you want a feel of Bangalore proper though, a visit to its older, more local heavy neighborhoods would be great. Places like Jayanagar, BasavanagudiShivaji Nagar, and Malleswaram have great local food and atmosphere, but maybe slightly daunting without a guide to help you out. There's a bunch of guided Bangalore Walks you can take to discover these places. A quick Google search will help with that.

And pro tip: Don't take the public transport. The buses are unpredictable and the autos are rip-offs. Just Uber it everywhere. It's the most honest, most safe and in some cases, the most inexpensive way to get around town. 

Another tip: Bangalore by itself can get boring, but if you have the time, make a day/overnight/weekend trip to some of the excellent places to culture and nature trip, which are a 2-6 hr cab ride from the city (Mysore, Belur, Masinagudi, Kodagu, Chikmagalur etc)

Have a good trip!

Elle.


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  1. MG Road (attraction)
  2. Indira Nagar (neighborhood)
  3. Koramangala (attraction)
  4. Jayanagar (attraction)
  5. Basavanagudi (attraction)
  6. Shivaji Nagar (attraction)
  7. Malleswaram (attraction)
  8. Mysore (city)
  9. Belur (city)
  10. Masinagudi (attraction)
  11. Kodagu (attraction)
  12. Chikmagalur (city)
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answered by
Divyendu

When in Bangalore it is important to experience the fun, food, booze and the nightlife of the city. Some of the areas that will not only provide you with good hotel options but also great food, drinks and also make you experience the nightlife here, would be, KoramangalaIndira NagarMG RoadJayanagar and JP Nagar . If you are someone who likes shopping a lot, then Commercial Street is a must for you. 

 Bangalore offers a lot of others places to have fun around too. While in Bangalore, do plan a trip around to the neighboring cities too.


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  2. Koramangala (attraction)
  3. Indira Nagar (neighborhood)
  4. MG Road (attraction)
  5. Jayanagar (attraction)
  6. JP Nagar (attraction)
  7. Commercial Street (attraction)


answered by
Sanyam from Ajmer City, Rajasthan, India

stay in hotel in and around Hyatt Bangalore MG Road . Center of city and nice locality


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