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Bhubaneswar is rapidly emerging as a significant business hub in eastern India. Joy Roy Choudhury highlights some of the hotels that offer not just traditional Oriya hospitality and mouth-watering local delicacies, but a memorable business experience

Apart from the world-famous Konark and Puri temples and the Jagannath Rathyatra, very little has been written about Orissa. Very few lines have been devoted to Bhubaneswar, the state capital, its magnificent temples and monuments, its people and its potential to become a major Information Technology (IT) hub of the country. This, despite thousands of people visiting Bhubaneswar frequently, be it on leisure, for a business meeting or advanced medicare. Bhubaneswar is a city of temples, be it the ancient Lingaraj temple or the post-modern citadels of Satyam or Infosys. The city has not only grown in size and become commercially vital, it has also started to offer the best of advanced medicare and educational facilities. It has the potential to lure people from different parts of the globe, not only to crack business deals, but also for leisure travel. It has some of the finest hotel properties, offering world-class accommodation. Following the rapid growth of IT and other industries, several new hotels too have sprung up. Swosti Plaza (which boasts Eastern India’s biggest convention centre with a seating capacity of 1,500 people) is worth mentioning. Other important luxury hotels of the city are The Marion, The Royal Midtown, Hotel Sishmo, The Mayfair Lagoon, The Oberoi and Quality Inn Crown among others. Most of the hotels are located in Janpath and Station Square at the heart of the city and Nayapalli on the outer fringes. In spite of the internationally comparable facilities offered, the hotel industry in the city and the state as a whole is passing through troubled times sans Puri. Hotel owners blame it on the super-cyclone which ravaged the state a couple of years ago. They charge the media with overemphasizing the impact of the cyclone leading to customers staying away from the state. Despite the constraints, hoteliers are putting up a brave front. Many of them have formulated long-term strategies to combat the situation. Hotels in Orissa, with their blend of quality service coupled with traditional Oriya hospitality and mouth-watering local delicacies, offer a memorable business experience. Check out the options offered by Bhubaneswar’s luxury hotels to ideally mix pleasure with your business trip.

City Centre Bargain

Hotel Keshari
113, Station Square,
Phone: (0674) 535093, 534994,
535095, 534597
Fax: (0674) 535553, 535554
E-mail: keshari@orissaindia.com

Tariff: A/C Rs 1,300 Single, Rs 1,450 Double, and Executive Suite - Rs 2,800

The 50-room (A/C and Non-A/C) hotel is very close to the main railway station of the city, hardly a minute’s walk. The marble-white hotel is situated at Station Square, the nerve centre of Bhubaneswar, just a stone’s throw away from important business establishments and tourist spots. Hotel Keshari, a unit of Bimala Projects Pvt Ltd, is ideally located to suit all your business and entertainment needs. As soon as you enter, the ambience of the hotel exudes warm hospitality. The luxurious rooms too create an atmosphere of ease and comfort. Dining at Keshari is a memorable experience. The multicuisine restaurant of the hotel offers a wide range of Continental, Indian and Chinese delicacies. Some of the finest cocktails flow in the bar. The varied needs of business travellers are taken care of by the business centre. The conference hall, mini-conference hall and banquet halls are ideal for hosting meetings, conferences and other business meets. “We believe in providing value for money to our customers,” said D K Nanda, one of the hotel’s directors. The Tours & Travels Division of Keshari Hotel takes care of all your ticketing needs and organises transport facilities. Guests can also carry back home world-famous handicrafts of the state from the Keshari Crafts Emporium situated on the ground floor of the hotel.

Anti-Clockwise from top right
Conference facilities, room and restaurant at Hotel Keshari

Comfort Zone

The Royale Midtown
52-53, Janpath, Bhubaneswar-751009
Phone: (0674) 536138-141
Fax: (0674) 536142
E-mail: midtown@royalehotels.com

Tariff: Standard - Rs 1,200 (Single), Double - Rs 1,400 and Exclusive - Rs 1,600 (Double)

The Royale Midtown

As soon as you reach Bhubaneswar railway station, a glow-sign, welcoming you to the city, also invites the traveller to savour the warmth and hospitality of The Royale Midtown Hotel. Located at Janpath, The Royale Midtown, a unit of Royale Hotels Pvt Ltd, provides the ultimate staying and dining experience. The hotel believes in providing value in hospitality. It is situated in the hub of the city, hardly a kilometre from the railway station and three kilometres from the airport. The State Secretariat, the State Assembly and offices of other important public and private sector undertakings are a few minutes drive from The Royale Midtown Hotel. Dining at Host, the multicuisine restaurant of the hotel, is a gourmet delight with a spread of delectable fares ranging from Mughlai and Chinese to Continental. Oasis is perfect for guests to socialise, merely unwind after a hectic day’s work or simply exchange pleasantries with fellow guests over a drink. Conclave - the banquet and conference facility - is spacious enough to accommodate 50 delegates with an excellent ambience to convene meetings, organise seminars or host a party. The business centre of the hotel offers secretarial services, communication facilities and office equipment to fulfill the secretarial needs of the business executive.

Corporate Convenience

Hotel Sishmo
Exterior view of Hotel Sishmo, Bhubaneswar

86/A-1, Gautam Nagar, Bhubaneswar-751014
Phone: (0674) 433600, Fax: (0674) 433351
E-mail: hotelsishmo@satyam.net.in

Tariff: Single Occupancy - Rs 2,200 Double Occupancy - Rs 2,900 and Family Suite - Rs 4,200

The centrally located hotel, painted in stark white, has 64 well-decorated rooms and eight luxury suites. The hotel is hardly a kilometre from the railway station and two kilometres from the airport. The hospitality is comfortable and caring. The Lounge Bar, the well-stocked bar of the hotel, is an ideal place to relax. Sangam offers guests a premier multicuisine dining facility serving sumptuous Chinese, Indian and Continental cuisine. Adding to your gastronomic delight is the lilting live music. Nandan, the open-air barbeque serves mouth-watering tandoori and grilled preparations like kababs. JLord, the 24-hour coffee shop-cum-restaurant, serves tasty delicacies and beverages. The business visitor will find the ideal boardroom setting at the Ashok Darbar and Baithak. After a hectic day of meetings, cool off at the health club complete with steam and sauna bath, and state-of-the-art equipment. Or else, take a dip in the swimming pool set amidst lush green environs.

Crème De La Crème

The Oberoi Bhubaneswar
CB-1, Nayapalli, Bhubaneswar-751013
Phone: (0674) 301010, Fax: (0674) 301302
E-mail: reservations@oberoibh.com

The Oberoi Bhubaneswar is the premier business and luxury hotel of the city. Characterised by charm and gracious hospitality, this property is a unique combination of subtle elegance and modern efficiency. Its accommodation includes completely refurbished rooms and suites, elegantly designed with plush fabrics, finely detailed modern furniture and traditional statues. The 64-room hotel features an all-day dining restaurant Pushpanjali serving Indian and Continental cuisine plus a bar - Madhushala. Oberoi Bhubaneswar has banqueting facilities for conferences and receptions, and meeting rooms for board meetings and seminars. The hotel also has a large swimming pool, gift shop and a business centre equipped with modern facilities. Besides two flood-lit tennis courts and a one kilometre long jogging track, it is surrounded by eight acres of beautifully maintained lush green gardens. The hotel is in the process of introducing a state-of-the-art gymnasium for its health-conscious residents.

Exterior view of The Oberoi, Bhubaneswar

Service À La Carte

The Crown Bhubaneswar
A1/(a), IRC Village, Nayapalli, Bhubaneswar-751015
Phone: (0674) 555500, Fax: (0674) 550001
Website: www.crownbhubaneswar.com

Tariff: Standard Room (Single) - Rs 2,150, Double Rs - 2,800, Deluxe Room - Rs 3,000 and Suites - Rs 4,000

The selling point of The Crown Bhubaneswar is, undoubtedly, its location. The 68-room hotel situated on the National Highway (NH-5) opposite to the Kalinga Stadium, near the ISKCON Temple, promises guests a memorable experience. The spacious and elegant rooms of the hotel provide luxury and business comforts to its guests. Other selling points of the hotel are its services. For corporates, the hotel offers all business facilities including conferencing, secretarial services, e-mailing and Internet access. Dining at The Crown is a gastronomical delight. Zodiac, the coffee shop, and Bollywood 70s are the right places to pamper your taste buds. Hunters Bar is the ideal place to chill out and enjoy the evening. The Club De Regalia, a unique institution in the city, offers guests privileged benefits.

Exterior view of The Crown, Bhubaneswar
Coffee Shop at The Crown, Bhubaneswar

Oriya Delight

Hotel Swosti
103, Janpath, Bhubneswar-751001
Phone: (0674) 534497, Fax: (0674) 534794

Tariff: Standard (Single) - Rs 2,430, Double - Rs 3,250 (MAP)

All the 60 centrally air-conditioned rooms of Hotel Swosti, Bhubaneswar, boast an 11 channel CCTV with in-house movies, satellite dish antenna for 24- hour TV reception, individual temperature control system in every room and direct dial EPABX facility. When it is time to tempt your taste buds, Exclusive Swosti and Executive Swosti serve the choicest delicacies from all over the world - Indian, Continental, Chinese, South Indian and Special Orissan food. Swosti’s bar serves some of the world’s finest cocktails. Hotel Swosti offers various conference facilities. The gorgeously decorated banquet hall with a seating capacity of 300 guests, is ideal for cultural programmes and parties. It is equipped with the most advanced and modern audio-visual aids and equipment for conferences, seminars and congresses.

King-Size Hospitality

Swosti Plaza
P-1, Jaydev Vihar, Bhubneswar-751013
Phone: (0674) 301936, Fax: (0674) 301880

Tariff: Single - Rs 2,750 and Double - Rs 3,500

With the new millennium, the Swosti Plaza promises a new experience. The 21st century will usher in hospitality king size. The Swosti Plaza is set and inspired by ancient architectural traditions of Vastu Sastra. Its also boasts Eastern India’s largest convention centre with a 1,500 passenger seating capacity, four large capacity conference halls and three furnished boardrooms. With 140 Royal Rooms and 18 superb suites, the hotel’s atrium lobby features a capsule elevator. It offers a host of dining options. It also has a leisure centre with cyber games, kiosks, pool tables, video juke box etc. The ‘Platinum Class Club’ comprises billiard tables, card tables, private dining, health club and massage parlour, besides a 4-lane bowling alley.
Note: All rates subject to revision. Taxes and charges as applicable.

Swosti Plaza