Raajkutir is a metaphor for a figment of our imagination. It is a time capsule that endeavours to take you back in time.
Into the enlightenment called the Bengal Renaissance.
It was set in the mid-nineteenth century untill the time our country attained Independence.
While it is an inspired period piece, it is also a boutique hotel, very suited for the global
traveller and complete with contemporary amenities including an all-day dining restaurant,
spa, shopping arcade, café cum deli and an artisans gallery.
Adjoining facilities include 3 large banquets (indoor and outdoor), a mini banquet and
restaurants, along with facilities for exhibitions and celebrations.
Spread over a 13-acre campus, Swabhumi Raajkutir has been built around a fictional representation
of 19th century Bengal. The entire hotel is spread over multiple ground levels where
a deliberate attempt has been made to create changing sight lines and perspectives to
keep alive the explorative and intriguing character of the design.
The hotel proper is designed like a grand double storied mansion with an enclosed courtyard;
the sense of vintage created through colonnaded verandas, balconies with cast iron railings and
louvered shades, fenestrations, etc. The majority of the rooms were designed after the life and
passions of the fictional occupants with four poster beds, some with curtains, faux hand-pulled fans,
designer mirrors and other period furniture.
The lighting of the lamp and the blowing of the conch-shell was also reminiscent of a centuries
old daily ritual practised even now in many Hindu Bengali homes.
But that does not mean you are stuck in a time capsule. The vintage romance has been balanced with
contemporary amenities for the global traveller. A total of 33 keys, 26 are ‘character rooms’ and seven are ‘Atithi Rooms’
or guest rooms. There is an all-day dining restaurant, a modern bar, spa and swimming pool, shopping arcade, café cum deli
and an artisan’s gallery.
The all-day dining area, named The East India Room, sports a menu that reflects the cosmopolitan nature of Kolkata,
with dishes drawn from Jewish, Portuguese, British and Anglo-Indian cuisines. On the other hand, at The Loafers Café,
guests can settle down for a Victorian High Tea. The deli and café stocks up on scones, freshly baked artisanal bread,
sandwich blinis, palmier, quiche, bagel, tart, hand rolled chocolates, macaroon, muffins, English tea, iced tea, single
origin coffee etc. Guests are encouraged to interact with butlers or the chefs directly about what they feel like eating,
rather than just be given a menu to choose from. The bar, aptly named The Swig, has a wide range of liquors and alcoholicbeverages.
Or, you can also relax at the Velvet Lounge (The Traveller’s Room) for a brandy and cigar with your
friends or family or simply revel among the souvenirs collected from around the world and lovingly arranged here.
The Arcadia will have high-end shops for those who love retail therapy while the Colonnade will serve as the exhibition area.
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