With a recorded history dating back to 1690 AD, Calcutta, or Kolkata as it is known today is a city of charming chaos and churn that defines it even to this day. Declared a presidency city, Calcutta became the headquarters of the East India Company by 1773 effused with Colonial buildings with the accolade of having the highest density of British Architecture outside of the United Kingdom. Parallelly an all too Indian and Bengali cosmos exists within the city – in its temples, bazaars and overflowing streets.
Everything at Glenburn is unhurried and timed to perfection with a generous effusion of the sophisticated and chic. The attention to detail is impeccable and defines all dimensions of the stay.
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Husna-Tara Prakash grew up with the best of both worlds; born and brought up in England, she spent eight years of her childhood at a boarding school in India. She returned to England at 16 to complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Oxford. During a gap-year backpacking expedition...
Husna-Tara Prakash grew up with the best of both worlds; born and brought up in England, she spent eight years of her childhood at a boarding school in India. She returned to England at 16 to complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Oxford. During a gap-year backpacking expedition around the world, she met Anshuman Prakash, a fourth-generation tea planter and six years later after a Natural Science and Post Graduate Certificate of Education degree at the University of Cambridge, she returned to India to marry him. After two years on a tea plantation in Kerala where tourism was growing, Anshuman and Husna-Tara conceived the idea of opening tea estates to visitors, a bit like vineyards do in other parts of the world. In the summer of 2002, Husna-Tara and Bronwyn Latif, a talented designer from Delhi, lovingly restored The Burra Bungalow at Glenburn. Five years later The Tatler Travel Guide included Glenburn in its list of The Best 101 Hotels of the World. A decade later she was able to extend The Glenburn Experience to Calcutta, unravelling the rich colonial history of the city to visitors through cultural and historical walks and tours.
Glenburn Penthouse is strategically located just off Park Street, perched high with panoramic views of the city enjoyed from the open-air lounge or the infinity pool. Inspired by all that is chic and elegant, from French doors, antique four-poster beds, mirrored furniture, fine carpets that adorn the wooden floors to the Parisian designed bespoke wallpaper, distilling the essence of scenes of rural India from days gone by, Glenburn Penthouse is a secret retreat, a haven of quiet luxury above the bustling streets of the city of Kolkata.
The centre stage of the experience at Glenburn Penthouse is the Drawing and Dining Room showcasing scenes of rural India from yesteryears on aesthetically designed, bespoke 'Hindoostan' wallpaper. This serenade of beauty and grace continues leading to a balcony and a Tea Verandah overlooking Victoria Memorial, perfect for outdoor dining, and where breakfast and afternoon tea is served when the weather gods smile. Ubiquitous, pleasant breeze flourish these terraces most part of the year, transforming it into the ideal lounge. The thoughtfully curated vintage fans and crisp white wicker furniture, tropical plants and cool marble floors enhance the charm of the many private guest areas of The Penthouse.
The chic, cosmopolitan feel is omnipresent in the Glenburn Penthouse creating the perfect city escape flavoured with ‘Glenburn Experience’ perfected over the years in the hills of Darjeeling in a blissful tea estate. Starting with your airport pickup, every aspect of this curated experience is programmed to comprehensive detail.
Glenburn Penthouse has nine spacious suites, each with a large sleeping area decked with antique four-poster beds, sufficient work desk and sitting space for a couple to live and work comfortably. The soft, elegant ambience juxtaposed with lots of natural light creates an ambience for focus. Wooden shutters on all the windows allow for control over the filtered shade during the hottest parts of the day. Twist them open to reveal the spectacular views rendering curtains or blinds redundant. The choice of colours and hues are well thought out with shades of celadon green, yellow and white, complementing mirrored furniture and fabrics. Glenburn’s signature tea print on the bed linen and hand-embroidered luxury cotton sheets are at once reminiscent of the hills or an invitation to experience it. Art curation here reflects the historical theme with all walls whispering interesting tales of journeys taken by travellers before.
Wooden floors accented by fine carpets create warmth and serenity for a soulful rest in the privacy of suites. The elegant hallways, dressing rooms and the private bathrooms are decked by cool marble floors providing much-needed respite on the sunnier days of Kolkata.
Two categories of suites are on offer at Glenburn Penthouse. The Royal Bengal Suites are large and spacious suites with panoramic vistas of Victoria Memorial through the picturesque windows or private access to a verandah and terrace. Four of the nine suites are of this category. The Calcutta Suites, although are as luxurious as Royal Bengal Suites, the views are slightly pedestrian with little or hindered views of the Calcutta skyline. One of them has a private verandah while all of them have beautiful antique four-poster beds, some twin-sized, others king-sized. Every suite has well-appointed large white-marble bathrooms, equipped with bathtubs and walk-in showers, with lots of natural light and Glenburn Therapy Darjeeling Green Tea bath accessories to soothe.
The Glenburn Experience is palpable even in the culinary choices, mealtimes, an epitome of this with a blend of Colonial, Bengali, Anglo-Indian and Kolkata street-food inspired dishes with a contemporary twist using fresh local ingredients. Breakfast and Afternoon Tea are included in the nightly tariff. 'Menu of the Day' for lunch and dinner offers choices spanning these gastronomical themes.
Glenburn Penthouse partners with the intellectual elite of Kolkata who are proud and happy to showcase their city to as you are led on expertly curated city experiences of Calcutta and Kolkata.
One such is Nayana Gangooly. She has over 30 years’ experience in curating the finest Indian textiles and encouraging local craftspeople and artisans to showcase their wares. She is also deeply committed to Kolkata, its heritage, culture, history and vibrancy. More recently, she has immersed herself in the history and idiosyncrasies of the city, using her own family history, her wide range of connections and her immense interest in the subject to become an established "Kolkata host". She is someone who feels and describes one of India's most fascinating and soulful cities with passion, eloquence and knowledge. She is an active member of Kolkata's jazz movement and also a founder member of the city's wine club. Kolkata city walk transforms into a personal experience for those who take her tours, showing them aspects of Kolkata that take them beyond the obvious and the surface.
A family getaway, a special occasion, an ideal way to recharge, a perfect city hotel and exploring the energy of the city of Kolkata while retreating to the serene ambience of Glenburn Penthouse. Glenburn is suited for all with a reasonable fitness level. The city itself is charged with abundant energy that is sometimes challenging to match. For history buffs and connoisseurs of Colonial life, Glenburn Penthouse offers experiences to keep you occupied and learning infusing a sense of wonder at every turn. Glenburn is fantastic for the young with lively nightlife and club culture, wine clubs and bespoke jazz speakeasy proliferating in the cultural nerve centre of a city. Culinary and Colonial excursions take you through history immersively. The riverfront offers peaceful venues for a stint of meditation or just to breathe easy as you escape from the chaos of this vigorous city briefly.
Open all year
Safe filtered drinking water is available in glass bottles. There is minimal use of single-use plastic in use and there is focussed attempt to reduce usage further. Bamboo toiletries are available in the bathrooms. As with the Tea Estate, Glenburn Penthouse is deeply engaged with the local community as well and the staff are from the city. Support is given in the form of training and upskilling of staff and community and members of the staff receive subsidised rations and free medical treatment.
Glenburn locally sources produce and other items. The Glenburn Penthouse has the choicest of antique furniture, lovingly restored. Expert guided walks help unravel the cultural undercurrent of this centuries-old city. Recycling and composting measures are in place.
by ShivangiSanganeria on 07/24/2021
The afternoon English tea experience at Glenburn Penthouse is definitely worth every penny. The food served was made even more delicious admits the fantastic backdrop of Victoria Memorial. It offers...
by AshPoddar on 07/13/2021
Nestled in the heart of the city of joy, the Glenburn Penthouse is like a secret getaway without actually getting away. Located on the top floors of a busy commercial building, one would never expect...
by travbug2019 on 07/12/2021
Our recent staycation with friends at The Glenburn Penthouse was an absolutely magical experience! Everything was perfect... there is no other word for it. The property itself is breath-takingly...