Best thing about The Park: Location
Other good points:
- In general, friendly staff.
- Overall, clean room, but greater attention to detail required (clearing shower plug hole - not pleasant but its the small things that matter)
- Food in The Bridge restaurant was good
Points that make me question how this is a five star:
- 30 minutes to get food in the restaurant despite it not being that busy. Also, a bit pricey for what it was. (We also visited the Oberoi for lunch and food was better and same/less money with impeccable service). Plus it took an age to get the bill, such that one of us would always stay behind so the rest could go and get on with the day!
- Loud dance music played in reception at all times (why?!). Music matched the disco type decor so perhaps this was the idea but a good hotel can offer good music for a range of tastes without the need to play such music in areas where people will naturally be trying to congregate/meet/plan and also acclimatise.
- The pub/bar was a great space to relax after a day out but, again, the music was so loud that you struggled to hear the person next to you, let alone across the table. Think English pub at 5pm playing loud Prodigy. No need. Good range of beers stocked - perhaps if you drink enough you drown out the music?
- The Street cafe is a walk-through with snacks, not a cafe. And this is the main entrance to the hotel for a pedestrian - absolute madness.
- The room was decorated in black. I see that some people have called this hotel artistic/trendy which I agree if you look at the reception but do I need to feel like I'm sleeping in a gothic cave? No. The bedroom is for relaxation, what designer would choose black for this? (Plus the 'wardrobe' door was actually just metal chains that were supremely impractical, another case of a designer gone mad, who also doesn't actually have to USE their design).
- Noise from the swimming pool kept us awake.
Would I recommend this?
I wonder to whom. The actual hotel would suit a young group but they are not likely to pay the higher room/restaurant rate compared with other hotels. We were a family and don't think it was that suitable apart from literally a place to sleep - a five star hotel should offer more than this. So maybe its good for a business traveller who just needs a bed - but if that were the case I would suggest staying at the Kenilworth (where I have also stayed) as it is more peaceful (I have no affiliations with the Kenilworth!). If you want to go clubbing you can maybe go to The Park ;)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Park, Kolkata, offers urban luxury at the best downtown location, which allows you to access the main commercial and entertainment districts of the city. Its rooms and suites are all lavishly furnished, offering exclusive services to guests, and is a popular destination for the young business traveler and those from the fashion and entertainment fraternity. Known for its exciting after hours entertainment, it is home to 4 nightlife destinations under one roof, which creates a buzz for itself around the country. Someplace Else – the British style pub with live bands every day of the week, Tantra - a 5000 sq ft international nightclub, Roxy – the cocktail bar & lounge and Aqua – the al fresco bar and dining option ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Park Kolkata Hotel Kolkata (Calcutta)
- Park Hotel Kolkata
- The Park Hotel Kolkata
- The Park Kolkata India/Kolkata (Calcutta), Asia