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“Colonial nostalgia”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Tollygunge Club

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Tollygunge Club
Ranked #35 of 218 Hotels in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Brisbane, Australia
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Colonial nostalgia”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2013

The Tolly is an institution in Kolkata which tries to maintain a sense of old British club tradition. Some nice green scenery around the club makes you feel worlds apart from busy Kolkata. There are a lot of facilities guests can enjoy such as the swimming pool, golf, horse riding, squash, tennis, spa, etc... There is a nice feeling of nostalgia when going through some of those buildings which have seen better days.
We stayed there three nights as guests of a wedding and had a great time. The food at the reception was excellent but we were less impressed by the breakfast and dinner we had at the belvedere restaurant. Although our room was a bit dated with pretty hard bedding, it was quite spacious. We also saw that some other rooms had undergone renovation and were much better standard than ours. Minus points for the internet, impossible to use properly and staff could be more welcoming. Overall, nice place to stay, especially if you are into golf or horse riding.

Room Tip: Rooms on the 2nd floor and suites on the first floor are very nice.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2013

We had registered in this place on the 8th night. We were informed by our client that the place is one of the best in Kolkata. As we were new to this place we had agreed to this rather than a hotel. We had 2 single rooms for four nights. The troubles started the same day, when we went for dinner. It turned out to be a buffet, but with extremely very limited selection. And to make matters worse, there was not even one product which was medium spicy. The chili seems to be cheap in this place. The soup, the main course etc was all spicy to the maximum extend.

Then back to room, the free WiFi never seems to be connecting. We called and complained to the reception. Neither me nor my colleague could the connection working on the laptop, ipad nor the smart phones. The guys were not even a bit helpful. They were not even willing to come up to the room to resolve it. Their take was come down to reception and we will try to resolve the issue.

Next day morning (9th), another buffet breakfast. Fried Paneer, Pork Sausage, omelette, and bread. Nothing else. So if you are not interested in bread, leave. Back to the rooms after meetings at 9:30 pm and there was only warm water in the pipe. Didn't have the energy to face another dinner there. The toilet flush started to act funny. No one comes to repair it.

10th morning. No warm water even to take a bath. Complained to the reception and they informed to keep the taps open for 20-30 minutes and they were not even willing to accept the fact there is no hot water. Kept it open for long period. Nothing happened. Called again and they were getting pissed off. Informed us to wait for the hot water as and when it will come. We were getting late for meetings and now was on verge on accepting any option. So took a bath in the cold water. We decided to move out of the place as we were facing delays in meetings. We packed up everything and informed the reception we were moving out. To add insult to injury the guy in the reception informed us they were not putting penalty on us for moving out earlier than the booked days. As if we were at mistake for their short comings.

The club was built at the time of the British and was well managed by them. The current , management wants make it look as if it's still under the British management, but falls very short of it. First ensure the rooms are in good conditions. Start with the basic before you try bigger stunts. Maybe it's good for people who comes for a break, doesn't want the disturbance from daily hassles like telephone, internet etc. But definitely not for people coming into Kolkata for business.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2013

The 100 acre club grounds boast an 18 hole golf course. Most of the club's sporting activities are closed on Monday so be careful and plan your travel accordingly. It has facilities like Restaurant, Squash, Bar, Swimming, Gym, Tennis, Horse Riding. The rooms are nice, spacious and clean but I found the beds a little uncomfortable to sleep on. There's no room service after 9:30 PM so I felt that the club rooms and service could improve slightly.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Global
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

As usual, the other reviews that I read about "Tolly" are quite accurate.

The "Club Culture" is quite interesting in India. I was fortunate to be able to visit a number of clubs, and Tolly definitely stands out.

My room, specifically the bathroom was not as modern as I would have hoped. The business center is helpful to know about, and is staffed with someone to help you.

The property is indeed a respite from the hustle and noise of the streets.
I am not accustomed to seeing some of the signs about where "domestic help" can stay, sit, park, etc.
The food was good, and I appreciated the many different dining and bar options.

Wifi was not consistent -- but I understand that this happens sometimes
I could see how this property might have had better days -- and from what I understand, they are doing a lot of work to update the facilities, and restore some of original grandeur.
It helped to have friends that were members...
The front desk/office staff were helpful, but know that you have to go to them.
I found that the more I shared where I stayed with people in the U.S. and Europe -- many people had friends and family connections to "the club."
I can definitely see myself returning on my next visit.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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1 Thank BusTraveler40
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Umdloti, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

We stayed for three nights in this oasis amongst the hustle and bustle of Kolkata. Lovely rooms with full bathroom and ample cupboard space. Free Wifi is a plus too. With the room comes usage of all club facilities, like pool (inside and out), golf course etc. Various eateries and bars most of which are closed on Mondays. There is a spa offering Ayurveda treatments too.

Room Tip: Try the Indian breakfast options but you might need to add another sachet or two of instant coffee t...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

In the midst of the cacophony of Kolkata's traffic, lies a 100 acres of lush green surroundings - the Tollygunje Club. Tolly Club as it is popularly called, is a sports club that has facilities for golf, tennis, squash, riding, bridge etc. The property has a colonial feel to it, reminiscent of the British Raj. The club is enclosed with variety of fauna, making the atmosphere very serene.

The room we stayed were very modern, comfortable and clean with all basic amenities.

We had our dinner in an open air restaurant called "Shamiana" , overlooking the pristine green golf course. The food, alocohol and snacks are very affordable.

In some restaurant like Tipu Sultan, you are supposed to wear collared shirts and proper footwear, else you will be turned back.

The only not to satisfying point of my stay was the service, it is very laid back.

This club is a complete get-away from the hustle bustle of the city.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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154 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

What a difference you feel once you turn away from the busy street to the club property. From the time you enter it is a different world. Miles and miles of long lawn with the golf course is a such an eye soothing scenery. In the night you can hear the jackals hooting. A very rare experience these days. The restaurant and the club is very well maintained. kept .

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Tollygunge Club
Address: 120 Deshapran Sasmal Road, Kolkata (Calcutta) 700 033, India
Location: India > West Bengal > Kolkata (Calcutta)
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
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Ranked #35 of 218 Hotels in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Number of rooms: 67
Also Known As:
Tollygunge Club Hotel Kolkata (Calcutta)
Tollygunge Club India/Kolkata (Calcutta), Asia

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