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“Best hotel to stay in Taki” 4 of 5 stars
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Amrapali Guest House
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Puraton Bazaar | 24 Pgs (N), Taki, India   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Taki B&B and Inns
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“Best hotel to stay in Taki”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

I visit Taki very frequently and according to me Amrapali Guest House is the best place to stay over there.The hotel is very clean and well maintained.No other hotels in Taki can beat Amrapali in cleanliness.They have an attached restaurant in the ground floor which is well furnished & decorated with very good quality food.The rooms are well furnished and spacious with a big balcony facing river Icchamati.They have options for both A/C & non A/c.Bathrooms are also very clean.One more advantage of Amrapali which distinguishes it from other holets in Taki is that they have their own water treatment plant by which, only they get clear water over there,otherwise the water of Taki is of very poor quality(full of iron).Last time when i visited Amrapali the shooting of the film 'Goyner Baksho' by aparna sen were being held there.The behaviour of the staffs were very nice.They too have ample space for parking.Moreover a very nice and decent hotel from where u can enjoy the beauty of the nature.

Room Tip: All rooms are spacious and clean..specially the rooms facing the river are too good.
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Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

We spent two nights at Amrapali Guest House, Taki, in beginning November 2012.. We were on a getaway to Taki, a sleepy little border town on the bank of the Ichamati River, with friends and we're looking at a decent accommodation. We had tried booking at the Suhasini Hotel but but could not find accommodation. As a second choice, based on the recommendation of a friend who had visited Taki earlier, we booked at the Amrapali Guest House.

The approach to the Hotel and the unfinished facade made us a little circumspect, which was further reinforced as we found the check in counter was unmanned. We had to draw the attention of the house boys, who we found were quite cooperative and produced the guest register after searching around a bit. The lobby was sparse, sans an aquarium with a single exotic fish. The boys ushered us to our room on the first floor.

The room was spacious and the sheets clean. The large sliding glass French windows opened to a panoramic view of the Ichamati River, which was interspaced by a BSF tower and fringed by a Sulabh toilet block. On the foreground was an otherwise clean but moss covered pond which the locals use for ablutions. The toilets were clean, but stained with water marks, the bolts out of alignment and shelf under the mirror broken. There were no hooks or arrangement for hanging clothes. The water flow out of the taps was copious albeit a little turbid. The night lamp did not work as was the case with the mosquito repellent heater.

The riverside promenade was about 100 metres away, approached by a side road. The approach road is a public road, clean, lighted and reportedly safe. The promenade has a number of shops and eateries, and affords an excellent view of the river. The Taki Municipality must be complemented for putting in efforts to keep the place as neat, clean and hospitable as the locals and the tourists would allow (though you need not agree with their thoughts on beautification).

We decided to have food in the Hotel to avoid the hassles of going out every time. The food was on set menus and needed to be ordered in advance. The cost was quite moderate and the taste quite insipid. The waiters lacked training though friendly were quite lackadaisical.

To us it looked that the hotel needs to make all-round improvements. The property is good, but developments seem to have been halted before completion. That apart, there seem to be apathy to look at details. Also, friendliness can be a complement but not a replacement for professional handlings.

For us though, the shortcomings as they were could not spoil our mood, as we had excellent company, and we enjoyed our stay at Taki, munching on fried portions of freshly caught fish, which we persuaded a local shop owner to fry for us, delicious local sweets and our first ever ride on a motorcycle van rickshaw.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Taki is a great place, can be reached within 2 hours from Kolkata. I would advise you to take the Hasnabad local train and avoid the Science City route (road conditions are too bad). From the station take a van for Rs 10 to reach this place. We booked this hotel as we did not get in Suhasini Guest House.
The hotel is pretty new, very very well maintained with all modern amenities in room. We took a room in the 1st floor (Rs 600). The room has an attached verandah and a huge glass sliding door overlooking the river. But, the hotel is a little far from the river, a pond is in between. A bit closer to the river would have been really great. As a result, view is not as good as expected.
Food is very expensive and tasteless. The best option is to have food in local shops beside the river or in the Taki Government Tourist Bungalow (they allow outsiders to have food). At Taki Bungalow, rooms are also available but the problem is they have no booking centre in Kolkata. The best and cheap place for food is the Tourist Bungalow
The best hotel in this area is Suhasini Guest House, perfect location.
One more problem with Amrapali is, Taki being the Indo Bangladesh border, BSF towers are present, one of them just infront of this place. As a result, you cannot keep the verandah door and curtains open in the evening time, lacks privacy.
There are many things to do in Taki, like go on a stroll along the river bank, visit the Ramkrishna Math, Choto Sunderban or even take a trip down the ichamati river. The sunset is worth viewing. During durga pujas, Taki sees a huge footfall as there is immersion occuring at the same time on both side of the rivers in East and West Bengal.
Try the local delicacies like MALPOYA.. too good.

Room Tip: you can take any room facing the river.. 1st and 2nd floor rooms have better views
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Puraton Bazaar | 24 Pgs (N), Taki, India
Location: India > West Bengal > Taki
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Taki
Number of rooms: 32
Also Known As:
Amrapali Guest House Taki, West Bengal

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