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Sleek & Chic ~ ITC Sonar, Kolkata, India

August 12, 2009

ITC Sonar Bangla Hotel_IN_2If there’s one thing India does well it’s massive, lavish, and extremely well-equipped business hotels — unfortunately for the more design-sensitive among us, they tend to be extremely conservative in style. Not so, however, the ITC Sonar, on the outskirts of town near the Science City.

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This is a sleek, modern and surprisingly green hotel, billing itself as a “business resort” — and set on sixteen acres of land, with golf, tennis and jogging facilities, it’s more than just a slogan.
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Singapore-based Kerry Hill Architects is the creative force behind this hotel. With a portfolio that includes some of the sexiest hotels and resorts across Asia Pacific – including Alila Ubud, Alila Manggis and Amanusa in Bali, Amankora Bhutan, The Datai Langkawi in Malaysia, and The Lalu in Taiwan.
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Kerry Hill laid out this wide-open resort along lily-padded waterways, bringing a bit of riverside romance to what could otherwise have looked a bit like an office park. Rooms are spread about the grounds, the more basic ones occupying the tower, the more lavish ones in low-slung secondary buildings, with views out over the lush surroundings. All rooms, tower or otherwise, are standard high-end luxury, crisp and contemporary but not overwhelmingly high-design.

ITC Sonar Bangla Hotel_IN_4From the pool, spa and fitness center to the modest handful of restaurants and bars, you’ll find the ITC Sonar to be a pretty self-sufficient hotel. If there’s a down side, it’s in the fact that it’s a taxi ride from the city center — but that’s the trade you make for such country charms as the lily ponds and the pitch & putt golf course.

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