We stayed at the Fairlawn Hotel from the 20th - 22nd July 2007. Our party consisted of two adults and two small children.
Right from the moment we checked in we felt completely at home. We had arrived by train following a 24 hour run from Darjeeling. We were able to check in straightaway at 0840hrs, which was great. Once we had completed the usual formalities we were shown upstairs to a couple of old-fashioned type rooms that had everything we could possibly want; although I suspect that a degree in engineering would have enabled me to get the best out of the plumbing! The rooms were clean, had air-conditioning and had the largest supply of toilet paper ever seen during our travels in India.
The Fairlawn is a Heritage property with plenty of character. I had the opportunity to discuss the history of the hotel with the proprietor, Mrs Violet Smith, who is usually to be found around the reception area at various times of the day. She spoke about the hotel, Calcutta, British India etc. I could have easily spoken to her all day. I also had the opportunity to speak to her son-in-law who helps with the business (with his wife). All of our family were made to feel very welcome.
For a very modest tariff, we enjoyed full board and afternoon tea at the Fairlawn. The menu, which changed daily, was fixed and was take it or leave it. The food was perfectly ok. I also enjoyed spending the evenings in the Beer Garden, when I was not at the Bengal Club.
I would be quite happy to stay there again.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Fairlawn
- Fairlawn Hotel India/Kolkata (Calcutta), Asia