Located at the ‘West End’ of the Bangalore Cantonment, in the year 1887, Mrs. Bronson’s 10-room boarding house was the goto place for the Upper Class Officers of the British Residency for a taste of home. If the rooms were all taken, one could find solace in the fine dining experience that the place dished out to the Officers and Ladies.
Times changed. Mrs. Bronson’s guesthouse grew, the ownership changed hands, it was re-christened as the West End Hotel. Currently the 23 acre property with its 7 blocks of 117 rooms is looked after and managed by the Taj Hotels and is called the Taj West End. While green spaces are rapidly diminishing in Bangalore, this property is one of the few oases of foliage. The hotel blocks are nestled beneath the canopies of many grand trees like the gulmohars, banyans and rain trees.
While walking through the property I found myself taking deep breaths unconsciously, like as if my body needed to take in all the clean air as was possible before stepping out into the heat and dust and pollution!
The hotel has hosted many well known people in its 130+ years’ history. World Presidents, Prime Ministers, Royalty, Actors, Painters, Scientists, Kings & Princes, have all called it home, some for a few days and some others for a few decades!