Whitefield’s Four Points by Sheraton blends international standards with local touches
The NEWLY launched Four Points by Sheraton balances comfort and affordability quite easily. Step into the lobby, with its cosy library area, and you’ll be greeted by black and white canvas prints reflecting glimpses of Hampi, Mahabalipuram, Coorg by NID graduate Ayan Ghosh, also featured vividly in the rooms, adding a sense of place to the property. On your way up to the bar on the first floor, it’s hard to miss the 150-year-old Nandi statue, poised above a spectacular water feature from the personal collection of the hotel owner, Bimal Desai. While overnight guests can relax in the rooftop pool or work out in the fitness centre, there’s plenty to attract city-dwellers too.
Beer is something of a house-specialty. Apart from draught beer and an impressive international selection, (we were particularly excited to see Belgian white wheat beer Hoegaarden), the bartender at the Best Brews bar is more than happy to whip up a beer cocktail. The Beer Khazi is a smooth, infinitely drinkable concoction, blending vodka, lemon juice and lager, with sprigs of coriander adding a refreshing note. Whisky-lovers can sample the Citrus Oak, which brings together whiskey, orange juice, lager and thyme seasoning to create a mellow blend. For those who’d prefer to avoid beer altogether, there’s an extensive drinks menu with all the usual suspects: classic cocktails, single malt whiskeys and a full range of liquors, mocktails, soft drinks and even hot beverages. Our vote for small eats goes to the mahi tikka: deliciously tender tandoori-cooked fish marinated in yoghurt and chilli powder.
For more than bar snacks, head to The Eatery, a world-cuisine restaurant that runs a lunch and dinner-time buffet, as well as having a full a la carte menu. Take in the laid-back ambience as you peruse the wide-ranging menu devised by executive chef Mangilal Kurly which encompasses continental, classic Indian and pan Asian. Try the Risotto Verdure, which is generously seasoned with parmesan and fresh basil, or the spicy Singaporean rice noodles that comes tossed with chilies, crunchy bean sprouts, spring onion and ginger. Head in before the end of September to take advantage of the opening offer, which is just `499 for either the lunch or dinner buffet. For those who live locally, breakfast is also an option, and healthy continental, full English fry-ups and north and south Indian dishes including idli, dosa, parantha and poori bhaji are all available. Our vote goes to the delicious apple brioche loaf, a Sheraton specialty.
At Whitefield Main Road. Details: 40301212
—Maegan Dobson Sippy