The 33-room Raajkutir recreates an old world traditional Bengali Raajbari in spirit, design, décor and cuisine
Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), today announced the opening of Raajkutir, an IHCL SeleQtions hotel in Kolkata, West Bengal. The heritage-inspired hotel embodies the spirit of quintessential Bengal Renaissance.
Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, IHCL said, “We are delighted to extend IHCL’s portfolio in Kolkata with the addition of Raajkutir – our first SeleQtions branded hotel in the city. Kolkata is a major business and cultural centre, and we remain committed to growing our presence in East India. This new opening further strengthens our partnership with the Ambuja Neotia Group.”
The 33-room Raajkutir recreates an old world traditional Bengali Raajbari in spirit, design, décor and cuisine. Guests can enjoy authentic British Colonial and Bengali Zamindari cuisine at East India Room, the all-day diner; an original Victorian-style high-tea at Loafer’s Café, the delicatessen; and the finest collection of select beverages at The Swig, the bar. It also features the award-winning Indian and all-natural Jiva Spa. The hotel has approximately 4,600 sq. m of indoor and outdoor banqueting space to host sophisticated conferences and lavish social events.
Speaking on the occasion, Harshavardhan Neotia, Chairman, Ambuja Neotia Group, said, “We are delighted to extend our partnership with IHCL once again. Raajkutir is perfectly positioned to capture the growing leisure and conferencing demand in Kolkata.” Neotia added that his group has partnered with IHCL in six projects so far with a combined room strength of 600.
Swabhumi Heritage Plaza, located off E M Bypass in the eastern part of Kolkata, has been converted to a heritage property to be run by IHCL, with a spend running to around Rs 60 crore.
Neotia said that the group is eyeing more properties in the Sunderbans and Gorumara forest in West Bengal and Sikkim, besides exploring heritage ones.
He said that the Taj City Centre New Town (formerly Swissotel) hotel will be operational by the first quarter of the next fiscal.
With the addition of Raajkutir, IHCL will have six hotels across brands in Kolkata, including two under development and it also takes the total SeleQtions portfolio to 24 hotels including 18 in operation.