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Taj Bengal ~ Celebrating 25 years of Timeless Hospitality!

October 16, 2014 Luxury Hotels No Comments Email Email

Built on close to 3 acres in the prime residential district of Kolkata, the Taj Bengal forever changed the landscape of the city when it opened on 10th October, 1989. It redefined the bar for 5 star luxury hotels in the city and continues to lead the industry in Kolkata. With 229 rooms and iconic restaurants, the hotel has been an integral part of the city’s history for the past 25 years.

Speaking on this momentous occasion, Taj Bengal General Manager, K Mohanchandran said: ‘October 10th, 2014 celebrates a key milestone in the life of this hotel – 25 years. As an iconic landmark in the east of the country, Taj Bengal has played host to numerous dignitaries, corporate and industry unnamed (6)leaders, film thespians, sports stars and art doyens. We are proud of where we stand today, and look forward to the future, to lead the way for the hospitality industry’.

Built in the city’s greenest precinct, Taj Bengal is a city landmark in downtown Kolkata, within walking distance of Kolkata’s heritage properties like Victoria Memorial, Royal Calcutta Race Course, Horticulture Gardens and The National Library. Since its opening, the hotel has counted amongst its guest’s dignitaries such as Hillary Clinton, Dalai Lama, Vikram Seth, Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, Jeffrey Archer, Prince Andrew, The Duchess of Kent, John Prescott- Deputy PM of England, Amitabh Bachchan, Michelangelo Antonioni, Sachin Tendulkar, and Sonia Gandhi.

Taj Bengal is decorated richly with Heritage Art and Sculpture, capturing the essence of Bengal through its Iconic Terracotta Musician statues in the atrium lobby, and the terracotta panels on the floors. The hotel features an impressive array of five specialist cuisine restaurants – Oriental, Indian, Eastern Mediterranean and an Italian accented Coffee Shop and a specialist European Members Only Dining Room at the Chambers.

To mark 25 years, the hotel has released a special private label red wine with wine maker Fratelli and a special exclusive label champagne with Drappier, and guests staying on October 10th will receive a special celebratory cupcake. Several 25th anniversary promotions will be held exclusively for guests in the coming weeks.

And this is what some of the esteemed celebrity guests had to say about Taj Bengal…

Internationally acclaimed actor Victor Banerjee from the film “A Passage to India”- “From the violin concertos in its lobby to the soloists in the “Chambers”, from tickling my nose with bubbly Bollinger and reminiscing with quiet jazz at the “Junction”, to jostling for a table midst the hubbub at the “Hub” that must serve one of the most eclectic buffet brunches you can find, The Taj caters to every class and age of mutant that enters its portals.” 

unnamed (5)Noted Indian Classical Vocalist Padmashree Shubha Mudgal – “It was sometime in 1999, during a promotional tour for an album I had recorded for Virgin Records India, titled Ab Ke Sawan, that I first experienced the hospitality and luxury that the Taj Bengal has become synonymous with… I offer my felicitations and greetings on the 25th anniversary of Taj Bengal, for the sustained support it has provided to the arts, crafts, artistes and artisans.” 

Olaf Van Cleef of Cartier, Paris- “During my 25 year relationship with Taj, I had a chance to taste so many things. The Dal Sonargaon and Dhaniya Murg (chicken coriander), Chingri Malai Curry (lovely prawn with coconut) and Parsi Kulfi, just like the ones you get from the 200 year-old Parsi Dairy in Mumbai. When I am alone in my suite, I order from Chinoiserie – seafood soup, prawn and butter garlic sauce and Veg Hakka Noodle. And from my best friends in Chambers… Ooh la… of course the Camembert Cheese Soufflé and Blackened Chilean Seabass. And for the grand finale – one Apple Tart with Cinnamon Ice Cream, the famous Chambers dessert from the day Taj Chambers opened. I’m waiting for the many surprises that the next 25 years will unfold!” 

Cricketing Legend from Australia- Steve Waugh – “In Calcutta, Taj Bengal is my home away from home, assuring comfort, style and delectable cuisine. In fact, I love the Salad Caprese at their Hub.” 

Vidya Balan, Award winning Indian actor & Jury of the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 – “While Kolkata is the city I’ve spent the most amount of time in (after Mumbai where I was born n brought up), The Taj Bengal has literally been my home in Kolkata. The sounds of warm ‘Welcome back Ma’am ‘ fill my being right from the moment I step out of the car all through my encounters with security personnel at the gate, bell boys running in or out with bags, reception staff waiting in attendance all the way to my room (my unchanged favourite 359). While I know that the hospitality industry functions to make each guest feel special, the staff at the Taj Bengal genuinely care. As an instance, on the 2nd day of my 1st visit/ stay I was amazed to find rose petals placed in a little bag on the bed side table for my prayer ritual… a need they noiselessly observed from the previous days remnants. I can go on and on but suffice to say that it’s not just a beautiful property meticulously maintained, it’s the staff that makes the Taj Bengal a home away from home for me and I’m sure for every guest.”

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