Talk about the first international hospitality group in Kolkata, the luxury destination that pops into our mind is Hyatt Regency Kolkata. Nestling over 6 acres of land area, the hospitality set-up is a world of luxury with a plethora of open spaces and landscaped gardens. Equipped with 234 well-appointed, refurbished rooms with world-class amenities, the global hospitality group made its foray into the city in 2002 and has been rated as one of the best five-star business properties in the city. Lying in the vicinity of Salt Lake Stadium and close to the Information Technology hub of the city, the property enjoys a convenient location and is just 15 minutes drive from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport.
Right in the glittering lobby is The Bakery which provides an ambiance for quick business meets and has an extensive list of bakery items including delish cakes and pastries that are gluten-free and have healthy options. The aroma of freshly baked cakes wafts from the bakery. The Bakery remains open from 7 AM to 9 PM.
For those looking to have a grand lunch in grand style, there is Waterside Café with unlimited buffet lunch where one can feast on a bouquet of options. Resting on the ground floor of the hotel, the all-day dining outlet has a high ceiling overlooking the atrium lobby. The interiors have floor-to-ceiling windows that offer fabulous views of the pool and the garden. The 150-seater outlet with elegant seating arrangements has a live kitchen and there are five separate counters- live Indian Street Food, North-Western Frontier and Bengali, quintessential Asian, European and Mediterranean, and Dessert Studio. The Indian Street Food section has an array of chaats and appetizers. Each counter has as many as 20 items. The Asian counter has dishes from Myanmar, Korea, Mainland China, and Indonesia. The Mediterranean-inspired cuisine has a lot of takers. The buffet lunch platter has more than 60 options.
The dessert studio comes with the widest array of sweet bites. For a chocolate lover, Dutch truffle chocolate cake is a sinful indulgence. There is a delicious list of chocolate-themed items like chocolate mousse fondue. If you are a fan of delicate pastries, take your pick from black forest, coffee, and mango pastries. The drool-worthy outlet also has a beverage counter. The major high point of the outlet is the elaborate buffet lunch and dinner spread for guests. The outlet lives up to the reputation of being one of the best buffet outlets in the city. Buffet lunch for each person is tagged at Rs 1,850-plus taxes on weekdays, the dinner buffet is priced at Rs 1,850 while Sunday brunch charges are Rs 2,000-plus taxes.
For gourmet lovers interested to gorge on authentic Italian cuisine, there is La Cucina-the fine-dining outlet that serves Italian and European platters with a variety of global wines. The Italian brunch on offer is unmissable.
For those fitness aficionados on the lookout for the ultimate destination to soothe their tired nerves, there is Club Prana –the state-of-the-art fitness centre done up with a swimming pool, squash, and tennis court and salon that tempts a fair number of wellness visitors. There are facilities for yoga, meditation, and pranic healing. The spa has on offers steam and sauna baths and a slew of massages like Thai, Balinese, Swedish, deep tissue, and aromatherapy. This is the only fitness center of a city-based luxury property that provides Ayurvedic massages. It operates from 6 AM to 9.30 PM. A one-hour massage would cost you Rs 4,000 with complimentary steam, sauna bath, and Jacuzzi.
Kumar Shobhan, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Kolkata commented, “Our hotel lies midway between the airport and the city hub. Our luxury property hosts a plethora of weddings during winter. The city has four months of winter when weddings are held in the open air. The property is an oasis of green that entices a fair number of business travellers.”
The hospitality group stands tall in its unique selling proposition. Shobhan said, “It is the one and only luxury property in the city with a tennis court and squash. We are one of the luxury hotels where each room boasts a bathtub. Our Club Prana prides itself on having 350 members. Our hospitality group has fared better than in 2019. In current times, with the rise in demand and supply, we have surpassed the pre-pandemic times in terms of revenue based on the annual figures for 2022. Our hotel is running an occupancy of 85-90 percent. The pandemic has been a living nightmare. However, we are looking forward to good times in 2023 when global travel will pick up in the city.”
As of now, the global hotel group is emphasizing more on corporate travel more. Shobhan further said, “Our hotel is famed for its grand wedding business. Keeping an eye on the New Year, we are stressing on corporate groups. We are constantly upgrading with hygiene and better customer service.” The hospitality player is coming up with a novel outdoor destination called Incog overlooking the façade of the property. It would be an interactive place with great cocktails.
by Swati Chaudhury
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