Fortune hotels are mid-scale and upscale properties by the ITC hotel group. Fortune JP Palace markets itself as a resort in Mysore, the erstwhile capital of the Wodeyars. It is famous for MICE groups and tourists alike.
WHAT’S IT LIKE?
Fortune JP Palace shares a wall with the Mall of Mysore — one of the biggest in the city. The hotel’s exterior is shaped to emulate a palace, contrary to its modest, coffee-coloured interiors and casual ambience. One can enjoy a view of the swimming pool from the sofa seatings in the lobby. Two lifts that open just outside the Orchid restaurant, where breakfast is served, take you to the rooms. On one side are the famous Chamundi Hills and on the other side is the main road leading to the city centre.
WHERE IS IT?
It is 12km from the Mysore airport, 3km from the railway station and 2km from the city centre.
Biotique toiletries, tea/coffee maker, bathrobe, room slippers, work desk, a 1.5-litre free water bottle per person, weighing scale, and Samsung LCD television, are available in all room categories. Of the 108 rooms, 24 enjoy a clear view of the Chamundi Hills, the remaining have a view of the main road and the swimming pool. Luckily Mysore doesn’t have much traffic, and even if there is a honking car zooming by, double glazed windows help muffle the sound.
The rooms categories are divided into Deluxe (35 sqm), Fortune Club (35 sqm), Junior suite (42 sqm), Executive suite (52 sqm), and Garden suite (75 sqm). There isn’t much difference between the Deluxe and Fortune rooms — except that the latter has an iron and ironing board, bathtub, and a dental and shaving kit, much like the suites.
The bathrooms are of a compact size, with sufficient counter space though. A hot water shower/bath can result in some stuffiness, but the air clears almost immediately on cracking open the door.
Wifi is free for just two hours, and is chargeable at ₹100 for six hours, ₹200 for 12 hours, ₹400 for 24 hours — plus 26.5 per cent tax.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
Evenings are best enjoyed watching the sun set from Fortune JP Palace’s rooftop bar and restaurant — Terrace Grill & Tandoor (open 7:30pm – 11pm). Of course, true to their name, the spiced kebabs are succulent to say the least. The 24-hours Orchid restaurant outside the lift on the lobby area is where the breakfast buffet is served. Try the crispy Mysore dosas. They also have an a la carte menu, and serve lunch and dinner too — all famous for their traditional foods. Southeast Asian food is served at The Oriental Pavilion. Neptune is the only bar on the property.
BUSINESS AND MEETING FACILITIES
The Vijaynagar hall (225 sqm), Chalukya hall (199 sqm), Wodeyar hall (439 sqm), and the boardroom (43 sqm) are equipped with an internet connection, audio-video facility and a screen. The boardroom for 20 people opens into a small garden at the back, good for taking breaks. In addition to this is a business centre with two computers and a printer.
The gym has basic cardio and weight equipment and is open from 6am to 10pm. The spa is open from 10:30am to 8pm, and the pool from 7am to 7pm.
The service has a personal touch to it with the staff going out of their way to meet your requests.
PRICE: Internet rates for a midweek stay in March started at ₹5,130.
CONTACT: Fortune JP Palace, #3, Abba Road, Nazarbad, Mysore; tel: +91 821 3988444; fortunehotels.in
Neha Gupta Kapoor