The Stadel Hotel
The Stadel, a three star boutique hotel & leisure club, is situated within the Salt Lake Stadium. Formally known as the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan the stadium prides itself in being the second largest non-auto racing stadium in the world and the largest in the Indian sub-continent. It is perhaps the only hotel in India to be built under the Stadium ramps and is a pilot project highlighting the potential and the optimum utilisation of vacant spaces. Started on the auspicious day of the Bengali New Year i.e. 14th April 2003, the hotel within its tenure, has many milestones to its credit.
More than a decade old it has already made its mark in the hospitality industry in Kolkata. The vision behind the hotel was to create a world class budget three star facility for sportsmen and business travellers, with a host of hospitality services. The hotel management believes in nurturing the growth of the organization & its guests with its services. Growth that is manifold : individual, societal and organizational.
Over the years The Stadel has identified itself with the word 'unique' and has worked towards achieving the same status. its hosting of a range of multifarious sporting, cultural and social events have helped it to go beyond just being a name in the hospitality sector. The hotel has also been the progenitor of many creative causes and supports innumerable N.G.O's in pursuing their commendable work.
One of the strengths of the hotel is its food and beverage units that have featured in the list of various food guides regularly. The varied cuisines served through its various restaurants and bars add to the acute palates of its discerning guests. The guests have often remarked The Stadel as being highly warm and having a personalized approach to its guests. its ambiance too, is cosy, intimate and inviting.
With the increase of the business traveller globally, the need for budget hospitality alternatives has increased and questions arise in finding the best possible option for comfort and luxury at reasonable prices. The Stadel is an apt answer to all these concerns and has been constantly raising the bar as far as service, comfort and luxury standards are concerned.
Also part of the niche area in The Stadel is Club Stadel. Built over an expanse, it is the ultimate destination for corporate guests, who enjoy provisions for multiple clubbing options. The members feature the crème de la crème of Kolkata.
The Stadel's biggest strength till date remains its originality in ideas, quality services and evolution with time.
It prides itself on its ability to meet the unique needs of its diverse and ever-increasing customer base who leave satisfied, happy and loyal after every visit.
The journey of a dream begins with a single step.
2003 - Inauguration of The Stadel
The hotel started operations on the auspicious occasion of the Bengali New Year - Poila Baisakh on 14th April 2003. Within it's First year of operations the hotel proved to be a haven for sports persons, cultural ambassadors and corporate guests. Landmark event for the first year was that it hosted the Champions of the ASEAN cup winners East Bengal. The Stadel is the first and perhaps the only hotel in India to be built under the stadium ramps.
A world full of possibilities
Already a year old and the only three star hotel in Salt Lake, The Stadel soon found it's loyalists who loved dining at the multicuisine restaurant at The Stadel. Also a major highlight was Heka, The Egyptian Theme Lounge Bar that hosted one of the first ever Hawaiian Food Festival in this part of the city. From Night Bazaars to being the hosts for the players of the Billiards National selection tournament for 4th Asian Billiards Championships in Netherlands we had our sights set high. The Stadel also hosted 'The Stadel Crown - Beauty Contest, Manhunt and Fashion Show' where the best of the designers in the city participated. It also gave the fashion industry in Kolkata new entrants in the industry. From Jesse Randhawa, Megha Kawale, Aryan Vaid to the best know models in the city were part of this fashion extravaganza.
Carving reality out of a dream
Women have always been one of our favourite clients. From Kitty parties to get together we have always customized our services for women. In 2005 we started the 'Poorna Annapurna' workshops for women. These workshops aimed at making women more efficient, skilled and informed about food and it's various aspects. It also included empowerment segments like self defense and mentoring by industry experts. We have also gone offsite and hosted the workshop in the prestigious Calcutta Club, Tanishq Kakurgachi and J.D. Birla Institute. Since fitness has always been our mantra we reiterated the fact by starting Salsa Classes at Studio Bodyart. The highlight of the year was the felicitation of former All England badminton Champion , Mr. Pullela Gopichand.
Treading on a destined journey
With the increase in our vegetarian clientele we realized the need for an exclusive vegetarian outlet with it's own kitchen. The manifestation of the dream was Rasam, the pure vegetarian South Indian Restaurant . We also invited Chef Harry Mercur from Netherlands to guide our in house bakery Chef's and hosted a Poorna Annapurna workshop on Chocolate making. The Technical Director of Karate- Do federation India also : Shihan Pervez B. Mistry conducted a skill training workshop.
Creating a name for itself
It is never easy to create a name in the hospitality market in Kolkata but with our quality standards and consistent performance we were able to carve a niche for ourselves. 2007 saw the launch of the Children's Park with joyrides and installation of an ATM. We also celebrated Pongal at Rasam, our South Indian Restaurant.
Strength to strength
We re-positioned the First Innings, Multicuisine Restaurant with a new menu and decor and created three distinct family alcoves along with a mocktail counter within the restaurant. June Tomkyns Beauty Salon too became a part of The Stadel extended services. Visit by Mohun Bagan Coach Karim Bencherifa
Exploring new avenues
We created 'The Stadel Art initiative' that serves as a platform for artists and artisans. The initiative started with Prof. Dhiraj Chowdhury's Art Exhibition celebrating women and released a book on his works. The highlight of the event was a phenomenal Odissi performance called the 'Draupadi Phenomenon' by Guru Sanchita Bhattacharya. We launched our new club services and re positioned Bodyline, health club.
Fruits of our labour
Rasam was nominated for the Best South Indian restaurant in the city by The Times food Guide. The Stadel, G.M. , Mr. Ayan Mitra won the most popular show on Bengali television ‘Dadagiri Unlimited’ by beating all other Star hoteliers across Kolkata. Other highlights were - FIFA World Cup screening and special menu at Heka, Jamai Sasthi Special menu at First Innings & Art exhibition by Samir Dutta. In an effort to give back to the city we also took part in the 1.5 km stretch (from Beliaghata to the first island after The Stadel) Boulevard maintenance and Mr. Sourav Ganguly on Zee Bangla beautification drive : Go Green.
Celebrating new cultures
We hosted our First ever Chinese New Year celebrations with authentic Chinese food and lion dance. Kolkata loved it! Kathak Guru Padamshri Shovana Narayan visited us at Rasam.
Pathway to our future
International band - Moog Conspiracy played at the banquets. Chef Vincenzo Cavallaro from Spain joined us and was part of the team for a year. He trained our Chef's and hosted food festivals during his stint with us. Brett Lee visited The Stadel, poolside.
Creating a buzz
We hosted one of the first ever 'Silent Noise Headphone Party' in our lawn. Lou Majaw the legendary singer performed at Heka. Stand up comedy acts also became part of our events. We also opened the cake mixing party to outside guests, before 2013 it was more of an in house affair.
Dreams turning to reality
We felicitated Padma Bhushan Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia at Nandan under the aegis of The Stadel Art Initiative. We went live on NDTV for a stand up comedy act by Kalkutta Komedians.
Continuing the winning stride
The Stadel Art Initiative hosted yet another unique event - Romance on Canvas. Superstar of Silver Screen, Sri Prosenjit Chatterjee inaugurated the event. We hosted a fundraiser party for the Nepal earthquake victims.
We introduced two new authentic, exclusive food events to our existing bouquet of food festivals. The Oriya food festival & Jamva Chalo Ji - Parsee pop up restaurant at First Innings, Multicuisine Restaurant. Hosted the IAM (International Art Meet). Sixteen artists from countries as diverse as Austria, Finland, India , Iran, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania & Taiwan participated in this prestigious meet.
The year has just begun. Wait and watch as the magic unravels...