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The Oberoi Grand, fondly referred as the 'Grande Dame of Chowringhee' offers the ultimate classical residence in the City of Joy.
Standing stately for a century (the hotel is built on the site of the old Theatre Royal, which burned down in 1911), the Oberoi Grand combines classic Victorian architecture and charm with state of the art amenities and facilities.
The 200 rooms and nine suites are all different shapes and sizes but the décor throughout is colonial in theme.
Breakfast is something of a banquet, and ideal for fuelling a day's sightseeing in Calcutta. A good lunch is served at the shaded garden Terrace restaurant and there's also an excellent Thai restaurant. For a perfect early evening gin and tonic, head to the Chowringhee bar, and elsewhere there is an excellent pool.
Finally, the staff throughout the hotel strike the perfect balance of attentive and charming service without being overly formal in this, a big hotel that feels anything but.
Why we love it
The Oberoi Grand has a policy whereby returning guests are never allocated a smaller or less luxurious room than the one they had on their last visit.
Nick, Original Traveller