A stay at Grand Mercure Mysore is the best way to experience the royal city in an environment that marries luxury with a local touch.
A close to three hour drive from Bengaluru brings me to my destination in Mysore – the rand Mercure. As I enter the property I cannot miss the large black gates, beige façade and traditional music notes that are playing at the entrance. I am greeted by a drum roll and suddenly feel like a celebrity; after all I am in the city of palaces.
Grand Mercure is an Accor brand that focuses on all things local and this experience starts when you are welcomed here. I was given a traditional welcome with a sandal tika (applied on the forehead) and an aarti as well as a chain made locally. As I am escorted to my room, I see a clear mix of Indian and French sensibilities in the design of the space. My room is a Junior Suite with balcony located on the 5th Floor and offers a stunning view of the city. There is a small note from the General Manager Sunaina Sharma Manerker along with my photo in a frame as well as the local dessert Mysore Pak and a selection of fruits, dry fruits and a cake with my name in the room. The sense of welcome here is certainly as personal as it can get. As I stayed alone, I was also given a glass bowl with a fighter fish for company! The walls of the lobby leading to the room as well as through the hotel have photographs of the local area including the famed palace, Mysore silk saree motifs as well as of temple architecture from nearby places.
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