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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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- Also Known As:
- Empires Hotel Bhubaneswar Odisha