Hotel Review

1. Hotel Esplanade, Zagreb and the Orient Express:

Hotel Esplanade, Zagreb at nightHotel Esplanade the most iconic hotel of Zagreb, Croatia was built in 1925 to carter to the tourist on the luxurious Orient Express, which once operated between Paris and Istambul. Today the Orient Express has long stopped operating but Hotel Esplanade still remains the centre of attraction of Zagreb’s social life, offering unseen luxuries to its guests. including kings, politicians and artists. Read more… 

2. Bawali Rajbari, Budge Budge, 24 Parganas (South):

Bawali Rajbari Courtyard, Bawali, 24 Parganas (South)Recently the magnificent but the crumbling Bawali Mansion of the Mondal have been taken over by Calcutta (Kolkata) based businessman Ajay Rawla, who has taken up the initiative of turning the ruined mansion into a heritage hotel.Presently four rooms have been renovated and are opening to public. The open area consisting of a dinning hall and two drawing rooms have also been renovated but keeping the old rustic look alive. Read more…

3. Cochrane Place, Kurseong:

Cocharne Place, KurseongLocated on the outskirts of the town of Kurseong (near Darjeeling) is Cochrane Place, the restored and recreated residence of Percy John Cochrane, MBE (1866 – 1944), Honorable Magistrate and Barrister of Kurseong Town. Cochrane Place is a heritage resort with an unique blend of tea, trains and tranquility. Restored in stone, log and cast iron splendor, Cocharne Place  is a botique hotel for guests looking for warm and friendly ambiance. Perched high up on the ridge, Cochrane Place offers breathtaking views of the mighty Kanchenjunga and also of the rolling tea gardens. Read more…

4. Heritage Tour of The Lalit Great Eastern Hotel:

Great Eastern EntryStarted in 1840 as the Auckland Hotel it was renamed as the Great Eastern Hotel in 1865. It was the “Jewel of the East” and the best hotel east of Suez. It long list of esteemed guest included members of the Royalty and celebrities from round the world, including Queen Elizabeth II, Mahatma Gandhi, Ho Chi Min, Rudyard Kipling and Mark Twain. It closed down in 2015 after 165 years of continuous operation, the longest by any hotel, any where in the world. It was reopened in 2013 as The Lalit Great Eastern Hotel, and can be best explored by a guided walking tour of the hotel. Read more…

5: The Rajbari Bawali, Inspired Heritage:

Bawali Rajbari 1The crumbling Mondal Mansion of Bawali (near Budge Budge) has been converted into a heritage hotel, thanks to the initiative of Ajay Rawala. Today the heritage hotel, a true example of inspired heritage, operates with 30 rooms. Other felicities include swimming pool, pool side bar, spa and a pavilion for open air meals. The verandha comes in with a mini bar and provides grand view of the courtyard and thakurdalan and is ideal for musical performance. Behind the thakurdalan lies the rustic yet beautiful dinning room. Read more…

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