The exponential growth of Bengaluru as a major technology hub over the years has lured leading Israeli hospitality chain Dan Hotels to begin its global foray in India from Namma Bengaluru.
According to a top executive Bengaluru, as India’s Silicon Valley, has a lot of common with Israel, known as the Silicon valley of West Asia. Bengaluru’s booming growth, which is faster than other Indian cities, attracted the Dan Hotels to open their first hotel ‘The Den’ outside Israel in Bengaluru.
Co-founded in 1947 by brothers Yekutiel and Shmuel Federmann as a luxury hospitality chain, the Tel Aviv-based Dan Hotels has 14 properties across Israel in seven cities, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the northern port city of Haifa.
Though the chain had a soft launch of its first international property in Bengaluru in December 2017, Nissenbaum, Dan Hotels President and CEO officially unveiled it recently, making Dan the first Israeli hospitality group to own a five-star luxury hotel in the subcontinent.
Located in the city’s bustling eastern suburb of Whitefield, home to several tech firms, the 226-room The Den with 21 floors was built at an upfront cost of $70 million (Rs 490 crore), with a helipad on the rooftop, a personal movie theatre, a 70-seater auditorium, a gaming zone and plenty of space for partying.
The hotel offers spacious rooms upwards of 360 sq ft in four categories starting from Rs.10,000 up to Rs.80,000 for its Paramount Suite; over 10,000 sq ft of indoor banqueting space equipped with the latest technology, in addition to alfresco dining and partying spaces on its lawns and around the water bodies dotting the hotel.
The construction of the hotel was by L&T and the project management by JLL. The Den will compete with hotels such as Vivanta by Taj, Marriott Hotel, Four Points by Sheraton and The Zuri that have already established a steady clientele in Whitefield.