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Empires Hotel Bhubaneswar
Ranked #16 of 57 Hotels in Bhubaneswar
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Pleasant enough, hot water would have been a nice bonus”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2013

In a fairly central location, although some taxi and auto drivers won't know it (try asking for it under the old name, Hotel Meghdoot).

My comments are made as an international traveller on a short trip to this part of India, so I can't compare the Empires directly with other hotels in Bhubaneswar. This review is probably more of use to other foreign travellers, to get an idea of what to expect for this type/price of hotel.

Overall, it was a pleasant experience. My room was a good size, quiet and pretty clean. Just the typical glitches you'd expect to encounter in India, eg no basin plug, sparking electrics. The only real irritation was the lack of reliable hot water (although to be fair it was never worse than 'quite warm' and okay for a quick shower).

The staff were very pleasant, if erring slightly on the over-attentive at times, by international norms.

I had recurring problems with the internet for the first few days, compounded by the annoying (but usual I think in India) charging by one- or three-hour vouchers. When I asked for a price for a straightforward 24/7 internet connection, the front desk staff seemed not to want to offer it - but when they did, it turned out to be complimentary! When it was working properly, the internet speed was good - I was able to skype with video a couple of times.

There are two restaurants, both absolutely fine as far as I was concerned but I guess local reviewers would be better guide on that. If you're a foreigner you might find the international menu a bit uninspiring, but as a (typical) Brit I love Indian food so no problem (okay, I know practically all 'Indian' restaurants in the UK are actually Bangladeshi!). And the Kingfisher beer was nice and cold. If you do decide to go out to eat, you'll probably need to jump in an autorickshaw as the street where the hotel is seems to sell nothing except computers.

I'm sure there are other nice places in town, but I found the Empires a pleasant and practical base, and I'd be happy to stay there again.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013

The hotel is clean, lavishly decorated, heavily influenced by the Rajasthani- Mughal architecture , it as a nice pool on the terrace. Food s good and there is live music in the restaurant. Service was good and the location is central.
Good business hotel, decent rooms, not as good as exteriors. Pleasant stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

This hotel is one of the few good hotels in the City.
This is really good option when you are on Business trip. Rooms are big and beautiful.
Food is average.
you can stay in this hotel and have food outside.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2013

I had visited Bhubneshwar on a businees call. Stayed at the empire for a 2 days.
Firstly the Hotel is located at the city centre and is very well known so easy to locate.
The staff is very friendly and has a prompt service.
The room service is pretty good also the food that i ordered was delicious, I would suggest everyone to taste the chicken biryani from thier kitchen.
But the best part about the hotel is it has a compilmentary breakfast included and the spread is amazing equivalent to any 5 star hotel.
The rooms are decent and well maintained and clean.
I would recommend this hotel to people visiting bhubneshwar!!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

Excellent hotel with good service , external looks resembled a palace & internally well decorated with flowers & other items.

Have been visiting this hotel for long for the above mentioned reasons on official & family trips as well.

Room Tip: Always ask for front facing rooms!!!!!!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

We were at the Empires Hotel celebrating 20 years of our passing out . The Hospitality and the proactiveness of the entire hotel staff is worth a mention . Right from the GM to the staffmembers made every effort to make our stay comfortable . I recommend this property to all .

Room Tip: Select the suite . It will put the 5 star hotels to shame .
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

It was an unexpected surprise to find an hotel like Empires' in a place like Bhubaneswar. From the moment of arrival till after checking out I felt like a king. No complaints at all. Good accommodation, nice and professional staff throughout the whole hotel, It's definitely no a cheap hotel, but they offered me a good corporate rate. It will be my first choice hotel everytime I'll visit Bhubaneswar, that's for sure.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Empires Hotel Bhubaneswar

Property: Empires Hotel Bhubaneswar
Address: 5B Saheed Nagar, Bhubaneswar 751007, India (Formerly Triumph Residency Hotel)
Location: India > Odisha > Bhubaneswar
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 57 Hotels in Bhubaneswar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Empires Hotel Bhubaneswar 3*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Redefining Hotel Experiencce ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Empires Hotel Bhubaneswar Odisha

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