Time machine: The Oberoi Grand, Kolkatasmriti saxena
Why should you be here? To stay in an elegant and historic building of the British era. This hotel has some interesting stories that date back to the ‘days of the Raj’. Besides being one of the famous hot spots of British nationals, the Oberoi Grand has also gained a lot of attention for its association to World War II. It’s said that during World War II, about 4000 soldiers were billeted here, and they would party here regularly.
What’s about the stay? The interiors are still restored as they would look in earlier times. The food is great and so is the hospitality. Interestingly, there are stories of this hotel being haunted, though we didn’t experience anything like that. However, because of the old construction, there are a few rooms with moist smell and the noise of water flow noise can possibly disturb your sleep.
What else can you do? In addition to the recreational services , spa and fine dining, the Oberoi Grand Kolkata also has a ‘Oberoi Experience’ under which the hotel offers excursions to the city, such as cultural experience, guided city tour etc. You could opt for these tours especially if you are a first timer to the city of joy.
Places to visit nearby: Since its located downtown, there’s lot you can do around the hotel. The moment you step out of the hotel gate, you can feel the pulse of the city, try out some local street food, go to the new market, and even go nearby to do some sightseeing.
Where: 15, Jawaharlal Nehru Rd., Kolkata, 700013, India. Ph: +91 33-2249-2323