We stayed at Metali Homestays during our recent visit to Santiniketan. We were a family group of 12 people; 8 of our group was from Kolkata and rest from overseas (Indian too). I have stayed in homestays in other countries but it was my first homestays in India. Mr Krishno Dey has reminded me of his 'homestays' few times before our visit, may be to tame our expectation.
I have read almost all the reviews about Metali before our stay and until the time I am writing this review. Regarding the facility I can agree with some comments (good and not too good) of most traveller.
Mr Krishno dey and Mrs Sukanya is very friendly and polite host. All email and phone communication before our stay was very prompt and detailed. Payment option was acceptable with me (by Pay Pal) though credit card facility was not working. Advice about local area trip was perfect. Other nice things about our stay was presentation of a birthday cake, on my wife's request, on my birthday and "Bawol" song and dance program organised by the host during one of the evening.
It is a facility in India and run by a well-travelled Indian at a special rural place. This business looks like operating in a sellers’ market.
We paid for our stay in full several months before our stay. Communication about meal preferences was spelt out in advance very clearly along with composition of our group and their background expectation. We had all 5 main meals at Metali. Rate asked Rs400/- flat per meal per person. We were quite happy with the price, taste and variety of the food. Mrs Sukanya is an excellent cook herself. But the way food was served and their quantity was very unsatisfactory. My local quests were not at all impressed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is an exclusive property (villa) in the Shantiniketan area and guests receive highly personalised attention and service in spacious, natural surroundings. Dining is a speciality, and all meals with accommodation are also available. The emphasis is on maintaining a peaceful and unpolluted base for relaxation. As a Homestay with the owners in residence, care is exercised with the process of guest admission. ... more less