Z Hotel, at Puri, Orissa, on the east coast of India, is situated on the beach side of town on Chacrateertha road. Puri is 62 kms from Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa and the nearest airport. Indian Airlines and Jet Airways connect Bhubaneswar to Delhi (daily), Calcutta and Bombay on certain days of the week. Also connected, but not daily, are Bangalore and Madras.
The building of Z Hotel was earlier known as "Amulya Bhavan" It used to belong to the King (Raja) of Serampore, now a part of West Bengal. The ground floor was built in 1917 and the 1st floor subsequently. Designed by one Mr A. Paul, a Britisher, Amulya Bhavan was built according to Vaastu (the ancient and natural Indian construction science) and still retains the same frame.
Of a total of 16 rooms, there are now 12 let-able ones. Of the remaining 04, one is a kitchen, another the main store, a Women's dorm and the fourth a TV/recreation room.
The Z caters mostly to budget travelers, both domestic and international. Twin bedded Air Con rooms with attached bath cost ranges from Rs. 700 to Rs.3500. Twin bedded rooms with shared baths cost Rs.500. (Non Air Con). There is a wonderful women only Dorm at Rs.100.00 per bed/night. Single room costs Rs.500 (non Air Con). Room tariffs are all taxes and levies inclusive. FREE Wi Fi available to guests. This facility is limited to the Reception and TV Room area only.
Built on a large plot of land, nearly an acre in size, the Z has a lot of free space around it for parking. It is ideal for having small and private parties/cocktails, bar-b-que and receptions.
Special cultural programs like Orissi dance/music, rock 'n roll (live or recorded) concerts and such entertainment could be organized by the Manager, provided timely notice is given.
The Z was not designed as a hotel. As the summer palace of the Raja (King), it was primarily meant as an abode for the royalty. In the old days, this palace had seen many dance recitals, mujras, classical nusic performances and all else that made life interesting for the rich and famous who had ample time to while away enjoying all pleasures and comforts.