I stayed at this hotel twice on my way through Kolkata on a recent trip to India. Of all the places I stayed on that three-month trip, this was by far the best. Best value and best overall experience.
The hotel oozes character - lots of old-school charm, as only Kolkata can do it. From stepping off the street into the cozy lobby, to the old elevator, the dark staircases...everything right through to the great rooms (which were spotless by Indian standards).
The staff were also great. Sure, some guys are quieter than others, but all are willing to help when asked. My wife was really sick on the first stay and the staff were nothing short of brilliant, even walking us over to visit the doctor they recommended (and saying no to the tip for doing so).
We stayed in April and May, so it was a hot time to visit. The absence of hot water wasn't an issue. Sure, it was hot inside...damned hot. But there's a fan and it does the trick. If you're visiting Kolkata in the hot season, you're going to be hot at some point so you may as well be warm in your hotel too so you can acclimatise. It was never too hot to sleep.
Honestly, a brilliant place that I can't recommend enough. It isn't for everybody - not in the backpacker enclave of Sudder St, nor is it a fancy five-star place - but it's unique, clean, comfortable and definitely character-filled.
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