Travelling to Kolkata in the coming months? The city’s latest boutique hotel, The Corner Courtyard, will surely draw attention. Here are a few things things we love about this seven-room property.

  1. Most of the antiques—writing tables, armchairs—are over 80 years old.
  2. The antiques were sourced by Megha Agarwal and her team from warehouses and antique dealers, as well as based on leads received from restoration specialists.
  3. The building dates back to 1904 and lay abandoned for over a century before undergoing a massive two-year restoration process.
  4. The Charcoal Room at The Corner Courtyard is inspired by filmmaker Satyajit Ray and is done entirely in black and white. It features black and white photographs of Ray as well as some of his old movie posters.
  5. The 60-cover restaurant, by the same name, is now considered to be one of the finest in the city, helmed by Mumbai chef Rohan D’souza.
  6. The restaurant is done in a contemporary style, with nostalgic elements like cameras, record players and old books. This is in stark contrast to the old-world charm of the rooms.
  7. The house originally belonged to a Zamindar.
  8. The restoration process involved replacing 52 steel beams, weighing 2 tonnes each, and restructuring the ground floor completely modern.
  9. A 40-feet high pyramid was installed at the top of the atrium, to bathe the restaurant with natural light.
  10. Must try on the menu: Peruvian style grilled bhetki with cajun-spiced crabmeat, tomato caper butter and salad. Signature baked chicken with spinach lasagne. Swiss potato and garlic rosti with creamed leeks.