India: The Denmark Tavern in Serampore, India’s oldest hotel, will reopen this month as part of THE Park Collection.
Set on the banks of the Hooghly river, the hotel was originally established in 1786 while the area was under Danish control. It was traditionally considered a meeting place for traders, clergy and travellers exploring Bengal.
In 2010, more than 200 years after the hotel’s heyday, The Denmark Tavern stood in ruins and surrounded by debris. Two years later, the Tavern was restored and has now had its management taken over by THE Park Hotels.
THE Park Hotels has taken on The Denmark Tavern as its first heritage location where it “will look to seamlessly meld contemporary aesthetics with the building’s historic bones”.
The hotel will be home to six bedrooms and a café inspired by the bustling Indian Coffee House in Kolkata.
Priya Paul, chairperson of the Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels Ltd said: “We are delighted to manage The Denmark Tavern on behalf of the West Bengal Government. THE Park Hotels will build on the rich legacy of the Tavern and bring it and the area back to life. The hotel will soon be buzzing with guests enjoying a quiet break on the banks of Hooghly and the sights and sounds of old-world Serampore and beyond.”