luxe - The Park, Kolkata, India
Written by Dheer Kothari
Attentive yet unobtrusive service and a penchant for creative excellence in décor and cuisine are reasons for customers to visit The Park again and again.
The underlying theme of the hotel’s transformation in design is meditation and seven bodily ‘chakras’ (explained in Kundalini Yoga), each of which has an element colour (like the seven colours of the spectrum) and associated behavioural characteristics. The new design is also influenced by the paintings and terracotta works of the sixties (the hotel started in 1967).
A veritable feast of colours, beginning with red and ending in violet (the first and final colours of the spectrum), greets guests. A clever combination of Swarovski ceiling lights and Tom Dixon mirror pendants illustrate the rich, violet-hued dual shot silk drape behind the welcome desk and the violet furniture. The walls of the reception are clad in pure white marble, and both the ceiling and welcome desk are finished in silver leaf.
A black-on-black damask corridor leads you to the new residential wing of luxury premium rooms. The radiant room number on the door knob is suggestive of the colour within. Guests get much more than comfort and convenience. It is a wholesome experience in entertainment and hospitality.
After eight-and-a-half decades of existence in the heart of Kolkata and Park Street, Flury’s is unarguably the last word on cakes, pastries, chocolates, rum balls, and chicken patties. Acquired from its Swiss owners in 1965 by the owners of The Park, Flury’s continues to tickle the taste buds of young and old alike, and is an ideal place to rekindle favourite memories and relationships with the city’s iconic buildings, music bands, bookstores, friends, celebrities, and nightclubs.