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“1986 & 1990”
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Fairlawn Hotel
Ranked #53 of 221 Hotels in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Melbourne, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“1986 & 1990”
Reviewed November 12, 2013 via mobile

Stayed at the fairlawn 1 night in 1986 and just loved it, an oasis in the middle of a very chaotic city the beer garden was the place to be in the evenings, came back in 1990 with my now wife and we stayed for 3 nights, of all the hotels I have stayed in the fairlawn has been the most memorable, a step back in time like stepping into a Agatha Christie novel and it's good to hear that Mrs Smith is still mixing with the guests, it's not for everyone if your expecting the Hyatt then stay at home and don't bother - India may not be for you.



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Nuuk, Greenland
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

I stayed at the Fairlawn in 1982.
A very old, and very Colonial style lodge at at that time. It was run and owned by an elderly couple, very Colonial British.
There was a set dinner. That staff would be very Indiens, suits and white gloves, and gone the old school of serving in time when they were young, some 50 years relier.
It was an experience never forgotten.
The place was old, but absolute spotless clean.
It is fantastic to see the outdoor photos, - nothing has changed.
The place was an oasis in the middle of what was then Calcutta, filled with crowds, buffaloes, and rickshaws pulled by men. Not forget the beggars in multiplexes.
So many years later I only remember even at that time, a five start place i its own means.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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41 reviews
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

I recently stayed 6 nights at the Fairlawn and enjoyed every minute. Thanks to its unique place in history and the committment of its unique owner, Mrs Violet Smith, the Fairlawn is a gem among hotels and especially among Kolkata hotels.
Rooms are large and very clean and the beds are a joy. The staff is efficient and polite and service is exceptional. What to say? Stay there, its not expensive, its very relaxing and there is something interesting in every nook and cranny.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Houston, Texas
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53 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2013

The Fairlawn Hotel is an old mansion changed into a hotel. It is outstanding for the adventurous and those wanting to experience Kolkata 24/7. Going to your room you walk through the original dinning room and sitting room from ca.1910 with its old furniture and glass cases filled with stuff collected by the owners. Outside is a large covered terrace that is packed at night with locals on dates or in same-sex groups. The beer is good and is cold. The bathrooms are large enough but the fixtures are ca.1940's. We talked to the wife of the original owner, she is 95 and Armenian. The whole place is great in it's authenticity and individuality.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Cheddar, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

Had a great 3 night stay here, good size rooms and tranquill surroundings amid bedlam of city!

Comfortable beds, good food but decor very green!

Worth a visit if I area, would happily recommend and stay again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

I first walked throught the gates of the Fairlawn in 1979, came back in 1982 and returned once again in 2012 and for the most part the place hasn't changed!
My last trip found my girl;friend and I celebrating Misses Smith’s birthday (I believe she’s been running the hotel since 1939). I love the old colonial feel of this place which has a great location. Rooms are basic but are airy and large. Beer is cold though anything but breakfast should be avoided.
One of the big selling points is the Manager Sam. He was incredibly in finding us a room when we landed on his doorsteps without a reservation, not once but twice. Sam’s your man behind the desk!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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New Delhi, India
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed October 5, 2013

This old Kolkata institution is highly eccentric, immaculately clean and has everything you need in the way of functional baths, comfy beds and pleasant friendly staff. The location could not be better; it is right around the corner from the venerable Indian Museum and walking distance from Park St and the New Market.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Fairlawn Hotel
Address: Sudder Street, Kolkata (Calcutta) 700016, India
Location: India > West Bengal > Kolkata District > Kolkata (Calcutta)
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Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #53 of 221 Hotels in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Fairlawn Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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