The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
For World Discovery, The Oberoi Grand is without doubt the hotel to choose for your stay in Kolkata (Calcutta). This elegant colonial-era treasure has been accepting guests for more than 125 years. Step outside and you are immediately in the heart of the city's shopping hub, the streets lined with vendors and all the colours and atmosphere of an oriental bazaar. Located on Kolkata's most famous road - officially renamed Jawaharlal Nehru Road, but known to everyone as Chowringhee - the hotel is within easy reach of the most famous monuments and musems of the city. The traffic doesn't start building up until around 9 a.m. so early morning is a great time to walk around this area, perhaps strolling through the wide open spaces of the maidan to the imposing Victoria Memorial.
All rooms at the Oberoi Grand come with LCD TV, DVD player, wired and wireless broadband internet access, electronic safe, dual line telephones with voice mail, a personal bar and a well-appointed bathroom. World Discovery prices are based on Deluxe Rooms (pictured below).
The ground floor Threesixtythree restaurant offers an extensive buffet breakfast (with eggs cooked to order) and buffet or a la carte lunch and dinner; it has been voted the best all day dining restaurant in Kolkata. The Baan Thai offers authentic Thai cuisine of very high quality, while the Pool Bar offers light meals and snacks along with drinks. Next door to Threesixtythree, the Chowringhee Bar is the perfect place to relax before or after dinner. 24 hour in-room dining is also available.
The outdoor swimming pool at The Oberoi Grand, and its surrounding garden, occupies the central area of the hotel at ground floor level. There is also a highly recommended Spa and Fitness Centre.