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Heritage hotel opens soon

Ranchi, Feb. 23: For years, the BNR Hotel had wooed its guests with hospitality and its old-world charm and the same will lure them here again.

This time the hospitality would be shown not by the Indian Railway Tourism Corporation (IRTC) but by Chanakya Group of Hotels, which took over the Station Road property from IRTC in May 2007. The hotel is all set to open for the public within six months.

Though the hotel is getting a facelift, the authorities promised the old-world charm would remain untarnished. Visitors can warm themselves near the fireplace, relax on the reclining chair taking in the beauty of the green lawns and enjoy their morning cuppa yet again.

The new addition to this list of facilities at the 5.5-acre hub would be a health club, swimming pool, two private dinings and a multicuisine restaurant, which promises mouth-watering delicacies. Besides an open-air banquet hall with a capacity to hold 600 people has been constructed to host marriage parties.

The bar, which remained closed for past five years, has been revamped and will open doors by April. Seventy-two AC rooms would come up on the rear but the 18 heritage rooms built during the Brist era would remain as they were. Only the flooring would be of wood and the lights would be changed, said Sudhir Kumar, the resident manager of Chanakya BNR Hotels.

“The four cottages are also on the renovation list. We are just changing the interiors without touching the 100-year-old building. The rooms still exudes an aura of the British era,” said Kumar, adding that three suites will also come up in the new four-storeyed block.

He added that to provide employment to the people of the area they have asked a placement agency here to provide additional staff.

The front portion of the lawn would be decked up with colourful canopies where visitors can enjoy their meals and bask in the sun during chilly winter mornings.

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