After a couple of very hectic months on the work front, I really wanted to head off somewhere during the festive season. Unfortunately neither did I have enough leaves nor did I have enough money to plan for a trip so when the invite came in from Vivanta Kolkata EM Bypass to stay at the property for a day, I was rather elated to enjoy the mini break. While some people may find it strange, I absolutely love staying in a hotel on my own. There is so much happiness in spending the day relaxing in bed, soaking in a hot tub, watching tv and eating food ordered from room service. It is quite difficult to do all this while travelling so a staycation in the city is the ideal way to indulge in these little pleasures of life.
Vivanta Kolkata EM Bypass
Rooms & Facilities
Vivanta Kolkata is not a new property. It used to be The Gateway Hotel and after a change in ownership, a revamped Vivanta has taken its place. The building remains the same but the interiors have changed a lot. There is a lot more of Kolkata now in the property. Starting from the 187 ft long mural on the ceiling depicting Kolkata landmarks that greet you once you walk into the hotel to the Durga installation in the lobby to the paintings and photographs hung all over to the room décor with the kantha stitch embroidered pillow covers and bed runners, Kolkata is everywhere. Even the mini bar is stocked with local snacks like jhal muri and chanachur.
Other local elements include live Rabindrasangeet and folk music in the lobby, a tribute to the ‘cha and adda’ concept where any guest in the hotel can help themselves to the tea and jhalmuri served in the lobby every evening, traditional cookware used to decorate the buffet area at Mynt and a Viva Achievers Wall where prominent persons from the city and his/her achievements are highlighted. I found all these changes refreshing and I am sure they will be quite interesting for any guest coming to the hotel.
Currently there are 158 rooms that are operational in the hotel out of the total number of 197. I stayed in one of the Executive suites and thoroughly enjoyed the luxurious experience. The room was spacious and comfortable with all standard amenities and what made me even more happy was seeing the huge tub in the bathroom. There are very few things that are as relaxing as a long, undisturbed, hot soak in the tub and that is exactly what I did to end my day. There was also some wine involved 🙂
Vivanta Kolkata EM Bypass Executive Suite