India, West Bengal
Info : Oberoi Grand
The Oberoi Grand (the Grande Dame of Chowringhee) is more than 100 years old, and carries with it a certain sense of pride, having hosted national and international leaders in its impressive suites since its Colonial heyday. It was recently refurbished with modern luxury fittings, but still has a 90’s feel to it. Despite this, it’s a comfortable and high quality experience.
Calcutta is certainly vibrant but often overwhelming, and the Oberoi Grand is a grand and peaceful retreat. It’s within walking distance from the sprawling park at Maidan, Fort William, Victoria Memorial, and the Indian Museum.
The rooms and suites have spectacular views of the bustling market on one side and tranquil gardens on the other. All feature luxury bathrooms, modern facilities, and Colonial furnishings. The premier room with a balcony is a great choice for extra space and elegance.
There are a couple of great restaurants and of course the renowned Chowringhee Bar, which is quirky and pleasant with live jazz musicians and comical caricatures on the wall. The pool and courtyard is a truly peaceful inner sanctum, and a great way to get away from the immense hustle and bustle of Calcutta. If you want sleek and modern, you might find it a bit dated, but it’s a terrific and comfortable home away from home in central Calcutta.
Deluxe - This is our first really 'upmarket' category. It might be a beautiful tiny hotel with very limited facilities or a 5* resort hotel with all the trimmings; but any hotel in this category will be a well-run establishment with very comfortable rooms, a strong service ethos and excellent food.
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