The Grande Dame of Chowringhee

We were returning from our Maldives and Colombo trip to Ranchi in April this year. Due to our flight connections, we had to stay a night in Kolkata. We decided to stay in a hotel. I have grown up watching the magnificent building of the Grand Hotel in Kolkata. I had attended a few official meetings here but I have never stayed here before. I booked our overnight stay in the Grand Hotel.  The hotel is owned by Oberoi chain of hotels. Fondly known as The Grande Dame of Chowringhee, The Oberoi Grand is situated in Chowringhee, the prime location of the city, unrivalled by other luxury hotels in Kolkata, near the central business district, bustling markets and cultural landmarks of the city.

Designed in a grand, neoclassical style, the exteriors have whitewashed columns, stucco detailing and cast iron balconies throughout. The hallways are resplendent with marble floors, crystal chandeliers and fragrant floral displays.

Dating back to the 1880’s The Oberoi Grand is one of the oldest operating hotels in the world and has a very colourful history to show for it. Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) was the capital of India during the British Empire’s rule and The Grand formed the social epicentre of this then vibrant and young city.

The hotel has lived through the World Wars, Indian independence and an influx of celebrity and royal guests over the years.

The architectural structure of the hotel with a central courtyard, swimming pool, gardens and a gated entrance, means that once inside the grounds, you leave behind the chaotic hustle and bustle of Kolkata’s streets.

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