Hotel Review: JW Marriott Kolkata, Kolkata in India
My recent visit to the city of joy Kolkata proved to be a fabulous one owing to the JW Marriott Kolkata. The first hotel in Kolkata & East India by Marriott International, JW Marriott Hotel Kolkata towers over JBS Haldane Avenue and is located in the heart of the city, minutes from the old central business district. It was a lovely surprise to be greeted by unique in room welcome amenities as I checked in to the hotel. When I woke up in the morning, the sight of the beautifully designed swimming pool from my room was a pleasant one.
The hotel houses 281 spacious rooms, modern meeting and conference facilities, as well as a host of dining experiences. JW Marriott Kolkata has the largest ballroom in the city and is the destination of choice for weddings, corporate events and social gatherings. A unique bridal room, offering brides an exclusive, private space available for pre-wedding preparations is located at lobby level.
In addition to 38,370 square feet of indoor and outdoor event spaces measuring, the hotel offers five intimate studios for meetings each one equipped with cutting-edge facilities. As part of the hotel’s commitment to the latest technology, JW Marriott Kolkata is home to India’s largest in-built video wall measuring 32 feet x 18 feet and comprising 64 LED panels.
Gaurav Singh is the General Manager of JW Marriott Kolkata and Cluster General Manager, Bangladesh. In his current role, Gaurav oversees all aspects of operational management and is responsible for enhancing the productivity, guest satisfaction and implementation of strategic initiatives for the hotel. Additionally, he also administers the portfolio of hotels in Bangladesh.
Having gained substantial experience in a career span of close to two decades, Gaurav Singh brings with him a wealth of knowledge in hotel management, administration and operations. In his previous assignment, Gaurav held the position of Multi Property General Manager of Courtyard Bengaluru Outer Ring Road and Fairfield by Marriott Bengaluru Outer Ring Road.
He said: “JW Marriott Hotel Kolkata has been presenting their discerning guests with signature JW Marriott experiences and has become the property of choice in a very short span of time. The Grand Ballroom, the biggest in the city, has hosted some of the biggest weddings and events in the past two years.
“Our dine-in options, JW Kitchen and Vintage Asia have been doing phenomenally well and have carved a niche in Kolkata. Our team of chefs has been applauded for their hard work and we as a property have received a number of accolades too. JW Marriott is a distinctive luxury brand globally recognized for its craftsmanship, warm personalized service and an alluring modern design and we have truly aligned that with our experiences. We are elated to have received an overwhelming response from our patrons and look forward to their continued support for the future.”
JW Kitchen, an all-day restaurant featuring residential style kitchens, prepares made to-order dishes with four interactive cooking stations. I was treated to an authentic Bengali thaali for lunch in the company of Trina Mukherjee, Senior Marketing and Communications Manager, JW Marriott Kolkata and Sayantani Ghosh. The delicious thaali consisted of Hilsa maach, baingan bhaja, cholaar daal, luchis, rice, kosha mangsho, chingri malai curry, mishti doi, aloo poshto and rossogulla.
Vintage Asia is a fine dine restaurant and serves authentic Thai and Chinese dishes. Shubham Sharma, assistant beverage manager created an interesting cocktail for me while I was dining at Vintage Asia. While in Vintage Asia, I tried the assorted dimsum platter, the crispy fried prawns with wasabi mayo, the lotus stem with cashew nuts and vegetables. JW Lounge, a casual meeting space is the venue of choice for freshly baked items and afternoon tea or crafted cocktails and a premium wine and spirits selection in the evening.
The lounge has a unique concept called Monsoon Chai evenings where the chefs dish up a tiered snack platter consisting of Bengali style samosas, onion pakoras, jalebis, chops, etc. I was delighted to notice flavored popcorn on the menu which was served along with the tea. I try and eat a lot of the local cuisine whenever I travel to different cities whether domestic or international.
At the JW Marriott Kolkata Chef Anil Duvvi created a lot of the local food for me such as luchis and aloor dum for breakfast on one occasion as well as stuffed luchis and ghugni so that I can get a taste of the local flavor. I tried the interesting baked rossogullas from the buffet as well. Gold, the hotel’s chic nightclub is immensely popular with locals owing to its sleek design, refined opulence, pulsating music and intoxicating drinks.
JW Marriott Hotel Kolkata features the brand’s signature Spa by JW. Created to demystify and re-imagine the spa experience, the global spa concept offers guests wellness experience that are luxurious yet purposeful with treatments and products designed to address four core benefit states: Calm, Indulge, Invigorate and Renew.
To complement the range of rejuvenating therapies offered, the wellness facilities also include an outdoor infinity pool with Jaccuzzi and private cabanas for guests to unwind and relax. After a relaxing spa treatment as I walked into my room, it was a pleasant surprise to see a bunch of fresh roses along with welcome note from the housekeeping team.
During my stay I went sightseeing with Sayantani Ghosh, the hotel’s Assistant Social Media Manager. We visited a lot of Kolkata’s iconic places such as Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge, Howrah Station, Gangaghat and Princep Ghat. Sayantani also suggested that we should try some of the yummy street food that Kolkata is known for. So we ate the roadside puchkas and kathi rolls from Kusum.
JW Marriott Hotel Kolkata is a contemporary landmark of true luxury, delivered with passion, tradition and world-renowned JW Marriott hospitality! My stay at the JW Marriott Kolkata was a memorable one as I had never visited the city of joy and the hotel ensured that I had a pleasant stay and got a taste of the local flavor too!
Address: 4A, J.B.S Haldane Avenue, Tangra, Kolkata, West Bengal 700105, India
Phone: +91 33 6633 0000