Kolkata Check Out Your Options
drop in leisure and business visitors makes luxury accommodation
in Kolkata a steal these days. Joy Roy Choudhury discovers
some of the best hotels in the city
do people fall in love with Kolkata? Its easy for people who
have grown up in the city because for them it is their cosy home.
They are familiar with the nuances of the city, but what about those
who land in the city for a pleasure trip, or a business deal, for
an interview, or, god forbid, medicare? For the stranger, this unfamiliar
city holds experiences of varied sorts. Roads clogged by long processions
and demonstrators, unwilling taxi drivers, hostile policemen, unfamiliar
road signs in an alien language and people lazing around in groups
discussing their favourite pastime - politics and football - over
a hot cup of tea. These can be reasons enough to put you off.
was a time when people from all over the country flocked to West
Bengal, Kolkata in particular, for studies, jobs and even medicare.
Now these same people are heading for other metropolises. But Kolkata
- the city of hope and aspirations - is ready to shed
its inhibitions and is poised to take a giant leap into the future
and embrace the world. The
city, which houses the headquarters of three important public sector
banks, United Bank of India, UCO Bank and Allahabad Bank and several
other important financial institutions and companies, has emerged
as a premier business and trading hub of eastern India.
The rapid growth of IT and other industries has lured several international
chains to set up their properties in Kolkata. Apart from the upcoming
hotels, the city boasts some of the finest properties in the country.
But inspite of its world-class facilities, the hotel industry in
the state is passing through a difficult phase. The Mayhem
at Manhattan on September 11 and the subsequent attacks on
the Indian Parliament and the US embassy in the city has had a telling
effect on tourist arrivals and business executives to the state.
But hoteliers are putting up a brave front inspite of these constraints.
The hotels in the city, with their remarkable blend of quality services
coupled with traditional Bengali hospitality, offer a memorable
business experience. So to beat the summer heat, check out the cool
options offered by luxury hotels in Kolkata that perfectly mix business
34-B, Belvedere Road,
Tel: (033) 2235200
Fax: (033) 2231766
of the finest luxury properties in the city situated amidst a sylvan
surrounding at Alipore, it is the ultimate choice for the discerning
business traveller visiting Kolkata. Situated close to the greenery
of the Kolkata Maidan, the Kolkata Zoological Gardens and the National
Library, the property is a visual treat for tourists visiting the
state capital. Taj Bengal has won several accolades over the years.
The new deluxe rooms at Taj Bengal designed by Wilson and Associates
of Los Angeles are contemporary and yet reflect the art, elegance
and warmth of Bengal. The rooms boast an in-house ISDN Internet
connectivity and other sophisticated equipment. The sound-proof
windows help you to concentrate and relax in the confines of your
The miniature and headboard paintings of the East India Company
transports one to the old world charm of a colonial flavour - an
inherent part of historical Kolkata. Taj Bengal provides large and
exclusive banqueting facilities too. New carpets with contemporary
design have replaced the old ones in addition to the unique flower
arrangements, contemporary buffet set-ups and subtle colour schemes,
variety of international cuisine and a new uniform. The business
centre and health and fitness club is always ready to cater to the
needs of the business fraternity. Dining at Taj Bengal is an exotic
experience. The Hub, the 24-hour international food
theatre, offers an array of international cuisine. By The
Way, the new international eatery, takes you on a culinary
journey of international and Anglo-Indian cuisine. Junction,
the new-look bar, serves an exhaustive range of liquors and cigars.
Jawaharlal Nehru Road,
Tel: (033) 2492323
Fax: (033) 2493229
Grand is the premier business hotel of the city. Characterised by
its old-world charm and gracious hospitality, the hotel offers all
the comforts of a luxury hotel with state-of-the-art business facilities.
Its distinguished accommodation includes the completely refurbished
rooms and suites, elegantly appointed with plush fabrics and finely
detailed classical furniture. For the discerning business traveller,
there are modern amenities from communication systems to in-room
entertainment. This 213-room hotel features La Terrase
for European and Asian cuisine;
two specialty restaurants, Gharana for fine dining from
Royal India and Baan Thai for authentic Thai cuisine
in a traditional ambience. There is also a tea lounge and bar. Oberoi
Grand has banqueting facilities for large conferences and receptions
for over 1,000 persons, meeting rooms for select board meetings
and seminars. The Grand Ballroom, ideal for large conferences and
receptions, accommodates up to 800 persons. The three meeting rooms,
including a boardroom, are suitable for select gatherings and seminars.
The hotel also offers satellite teleconferencing facility. Other
facilities include a fully equipped health club with gymnasium,
a large swimming pool and a 24X7 business centre equipped with modern
Tel: (033) 2493121,
Fax: (033) 2497343
City Toll Free:
Superior Single- Rs 7,000
Superior Double - Rs 7,500
Deluxe Suite - Rs 9,500 and
Deluxe Room - Rs 8,500
on the Park Street, the
fashion street of the city, The Park features 150 rooms
including The Residence with 24 deluxe rooms and suites. The decor
and ambience of this boutique hotel, one of the oldest in the city,
reflects the rich legacy of Indian culture. The selling points of
the hotel are its international quality services and location. It
offers a wide range of business and conferencing facilities like
voice mail, international direct dialing, e-mail and Internet facilities.
The meeting room and six banquet halls are well-equipped to host
any sort of business conference. The guests can also leaf through
the latest editions at the Oxford Bookstore situated at the hotel
arcade. The spa provides an opportunity for health-buffs to rejuvenate.
Enjoy a wild night out at Tantra, the international
nightclub. Someplace Else, the pub-cum-restaurant, is
the ideal place to chill off and enjoy the evening over live jazz.
Dining at The Park is a gastronomical delight. Zen -
the Oriental cuisine speciality restaurant, Saffron
- the contemporary Indian restaurant, and The Atrium Cafe
- the 24-hour restaurant are the right places to tempt your tastebuds.
AJC Bose Road, Kolkata-700020
Tel: (033) 247-2394
Fax: (033) 280-0111
Deluxe Room - Rs 6,000
Imperial Club - Rs 7,000
The Colony - Rs 8,500 and
Club Suite - Rs 10,000
next time you touchdown at Kolkata, just ask your chauffeur or cabbie
to take you to Hotel Hindusthan International (HHI), and he would
easily drop you off at the hotel. This 180-room luxury hotel is
located in the commercial and cultural heart of the city. But the
best of the draw is the 24-room The Colony on the eight
floor totally dedicated to the business traveller. The rooms exquisitely
designed by master interior designers provides guests with personal
fax machines, personal computers, laptop connectivity, DVD, personalised
stationery, personalised butler service, express check-in and check-out
facility, an exclusive bar and dining area for guests and even a
dedicated elevator for the eight floor. When asked why a business
traveller should opt for HHI, Sanjeev Kapoor, general manager of
the hotel, said: HHI has stood the test of time and over the
years has ensured that the guest gets world-class services and his
minutest of necessities are taken care of. Right from the U
clip to his diet chart, everything is personally looked into.
hotel is the perfect place to host business meetings and conferences.
The conference halls of different sizes with seating capacity of
30 to 300 match international standards. HHI boasts some of the
finest restaurants in the city. Palm Court, the 24-hour
eatery serves mouth-watering dishes. Kalash, the Indian
speciality restaurant with live entertainment, and Oriental,
serving Chinese and Far Eastern cuisine, draws the gourmet connoisseurs
of the city. The Pool Bar breathes the spirit of the
city, besides the Winning Streak Sports Bar that tests
your adrenaline amidst some great music and spirits. The Verve
- the newly renovated health club and gym of the hotel - is a one-stop
shop for total body fitness. Apart from the usual multi-gym equipment,
steam and sauna facilities, a brand new oxyzone parlour is another
attractive feature of Verve. The hotel authorities have engaged
a physician who will check the guest thoroughly and then in agreement
with the trainer decide on the fitness regime to be prescribed.
Ffort-A Radisson Resort
Bag 1, Sarisa,
South 24 Paraganas,
91 3174 75444
City Office: 6/7A, AJC Bose Road, Kolkata-700017
Tel: (033) 2800043/44/45
you a software professional or a busy corporate executive? Can you
remember the date when you last flew a kite? I am sure most of you
would say - No. If you want to fly kites or want to
teach your son how to fly a kite then check in at the Ffort, Raichak.
The Ffort, as it is popularly called, is just 50 kms and hardly
a 90 minutes drive from the heart of Kolkata. The hotel provides
an enchanting experience for guests along the waters of the Hooghly.
The red-bricked Ffort, which resembles a 19th century fort, also
has a bit of history attached to it. It is the perfect getaway not
only for relaxation with friends or relatives, but also to chalk
out business strategies.
host of games and entertainment facilities available make sure that
your stay is a memorable experience. The Ffort Radisson, built around
a 200-year old legend, has 59 river-facing rooms and two Presidential
Suites with balconies. All the rooms overlook the dramatic bend
of the Hooghly. The state-of-the-art conferencing facilities are
available at Citadel I and Citadel II.
Club Magna Carta is another added attraction of the Ffort. Spread
over 60 sprawling acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, the complex
houses designer homes, town houses and beautifully architectured-condominiums.
It will satisfy every whim and fancy with pleasure. The Kids Klub,
a virtual paradise for your kids and an international quality tennis
court, is the other attraction of this riverside retreat. The health
club complete with a gym, sauna, steam bath and jaccuzi offers rejuvenating
experiences. Reflections, the multicuisine cafe, is
an apt reflection of the high quality of food spread out at the
retreat for its patrons.
Little Russel Street,
Tel: (033) 282-3939/40 ,
Fax: (033) 282-5136/1381
Single Occupancy - Rs 4,000
Double Occupancy - Rs 4,400
Suite - Rs 5,500
Premier Club - Rs 5,500
Deluxe Suite - Rs 6,000 and
Premier Club Suite - Rs 6,500
Advantage-Location for The Kenilworth. Yes, the superior
location of The Kenilworth keeps business trickling for this 105-room
hotel. In the words of Raju Bharat, director of The Kenilworth:
It is, of course, a boon to be in the heart of the city, within
minutes of the business district as well as major shopping arcades.
The hotel is right at the heart of the business and entertainment
hub of the city. Our long term commitment towards quality
and customer satisfaction have earned us a distinct name and recognition,
the business traveller, a stay at The Kenilworth is a welcome experience.
Not only is he easily connected with all the corporate headquarters,
banks and financial institutions, he can also unwind at the various
nightclubs and entertainment spots in and around the hotel. The
banquets at The Kenilworth take care of the business meetings of
the corporate houses. Executives can also access their mail at the
24X7 Business Centre. The Premier Club is
a different experience altogether. The corporate can also avail
of all the business facilities like Internet, fax and other communication
in mind the extent of travelling a corporate executive does today,
the hotel authorities have also for the first time introduced low
calorie, low fat and high energy meals, which are even served in
the guests rooms. The hotel plans to feature interactive televisions
in all guestrooms. Do visit The Big Ben, the exclusive
English-style pub where the colonial legacy of the British has been
resurrected. The ambience and decor of the pub is just the right
place to unwind yourself over a couple of pegs. The Marble Room
offers a gourmet dining experience.
Ho Chi Minh Sarani
Tel: (033) 288-3939
Fax: (033) 288-9600
Superior Room -
Rs 4,100 (single),
Rs 4,400 (double)
Superior Deluxe Room -
Rs 5,000 and
Suites - Rs 6,000
80-room boutique hotel is the latest entrant in Kolkatas luxury
hotels segment. Situated at Ho Chi Minh Sarani, off Jawaharlal Nehru
Road or Chowringhee, it is located on the nerve centre of the city.
The exquisitely carved wooden interiors of the hotel creates a unique
experience altogether. What is its USP? Kanishka Mazumdar, general
manager of the hotel, reveals, The Golden Park is a mid-segment
hotel and bridges the gap between a five-star and three-star hotel.
It offers five-star facilities at value for money prices.
The success story of The Golden Park is, undoubtedly, its competitive
pricing at the given facilities, Mazumdar added.
facilities at Golden Park
feature, which has done wonders for the hotel, is its location.
The hotel being in the heart of the central business district, it
is well connected with all parts of the city, the airport and Howrah
station. The conferencing facilities at the Golden Park match international
standards. Piccadilly I & II are well-equipped to take care
of all your business and conferencing needs. The 80 well-appointed
rooms including the eight suites, superior deluxe rooms and superior
rooms offers IDD, Internet and e-mail, voice mail, multichannel
cable TV, minibar and tea and coffee-making facilities. For health
freaks, the fitness centre and health club provide modern equipment
for total body fitness. DJs at the London Pub not only
captivate the audience with their latest numbers, but the decor,
ambience and sound-system of the pub takes you to cloud nine.
Dining at The Golden Park is a gastronomical delight. Vibgyor,
the 24-hour coffee shop, Pakhtoon, the Indian restaurant,
and the newly-opened Hunan, the Oriental
restaurant, are excellent places to savour exotic delicacies.
Jawaharlal Nehru Road,
Tel: (033) 2280301
Fax: (033) 2286650
Single - Rs 3,200
Double - Rs 3,700
Deluxe - Rs 5,000
Suites - Rs 6,000
Peerless Inn, Bengali hospitality welcomes you with all its warmth
and charm into the heart of Kolkatas vivacious life. You have
to step into the hotel and feel the soothing ambience of its efficient
hospitality. Situated at the heart of the city in the Esplanade
area, Peerless Inns location has scripted its success story.
Be it a discerning business traveller or tourist visiting Kolkata
for the first time - a stay at the Peerless would keep him connected
with all parts of the city. Though situated amidst the concrete
jungle of the central business district, the services and typical
Bengali hospitality at Peerless Inn gives you a feeling of a home-away-from-home.
It is an ideal place to host corporate conferences and business
meetings. The four different sized banquets of the hotel; Aakaashpot,
Aalaapan, Jogajog and Ekaantikaa can accommodate upto 300 guests.
The business centre is geared to meet any requirement of the high-flying
executive. If you want to check out authentic Bengali cuisine during
your short stint in the city, then Aaheli, the Bengali
restaurant, is the ideal option. If your tastebuds are ready for
an exciting gastronomical tour of Chinese, Continental and Indian
cuisine in accompaniment with live Hindi orchestra, then check out
Bichitra. But if youre looking to celebrate after
cracking a business deal then Lahari bar is spot on.
Nishidin, the 24-hour coffee shop-cum-restaurant, is
the best place to steal a rare relaxed moment or two.
From The Past
& 14/1, Sudder Street,
Tel: (033) 2491872
Fax: (033) 2491747
Single - Rs 1,600
Double - Rs 2,200
Super Deluxe (Single) -
Super Deluxe (Double) -
Rs 2,700 and
Suite - Rs 3,300
in the heart of the City of Joy, Lytton is equidistant from the
citys pulsating business district and its charming tourist
attractions, namely, Victoria Memorial, Indian Museum and New Market.
From an old British guest house to a premium hotel, Lytton has come
a long way. It was gradually positioned as a business hotel by the
Punwanis. Their vision has made it one of the best, if not the best
business class hotel in the three-star category.
location is a big advantage for the hotel. It is at the heart of
the business hub of Kolkata and if someone wants to blend business
with entertainment, Lytton has plenty within the close vicinity
of the hotel. The corporate traveller prefers Lytton because of
its competitive tariff and latest communication systems. Once you
come to Lytton, you become a part of a big family and will always
love to come back again. The hotel authorities promise a memorable
dining experience for all the guests and the discerning business
traveller who puts up at Lytton. Dynasty, the exclusive
Chinese restaurant, takes you on a gastronomical tour of authentic
Chinese cuisine. Gaylord offers authentic Indian and
dishes to its guests. Sunset Bar, its well-stocked bar,
is the ideal place to chill out.
rates subject to revision and taxes applicable