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“Days of the Raj”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Tollygunge Club

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Tollygunge Club
Ranked #35 of 218 Hotels in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Kathmandu, Nepal
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“Days of the Raj”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2011

My friend from England insisted we stay at a club in Kolkata to experience the British Raj legacy which her parents lived in 70 years back. Tollygunge Club was an obvious choice.
Located slightly away from the heart of the city, the club and all its amenities sit in the midst of its relatively small 18 hole golf course. A wonderfully green and quiet oasis in an otherwise chaotic city. The club is broken up into old builings which house the food outlets, indoor swimming pool and sports centre and two more modern buildings which house the rooms. The rooms in the older block are wonderfully large and overlook the golf course, however beware that the furnishings and fixtures could do with an overhaul. The new block was being refurbished and the rooms refurbished to date were comfortable,bright and had modern amenities.
You do have a choice of eating outlets but the fare, whether Indian or English, still remains peculiarly of the1940's. The food is bearly passable and the waiters fairly sullen and jaded. The breakfast buffet is unmemorable.The prices of food and drinks are outlandishly cheap, which makes one remember that one is not here for the fare.
If you enjoy sports then you are spoilt for choice. Golf,swimming,tennis,riding,squash,billiards,cards,fitness centre are all available.
If you want to sample the Raj legacy of Kolkota or a quiet holiday then Tollygunge is a perfect choice. Being more of a weekend club avoid Saturdays and Sundays if you want peace and quiet.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2011

I tried to book rooms here based on the good reviews, but was told that this is a club, and only provides accommodation to members, or guests of members, or members of another club affiliated to the Tolly. Since I did not qualify, I've had to look elsewhere. Just thought that none of the reviewers had mentioned this so I should point this out to others for future reference.

Was really looking forward to staying here because the theme of my Calcutta holiday is to explore all the architecture of the Raj in this city, and this would be a perfect place to stay, but Joe Public isn't even allowed entry to the bar for a beer.

So, are there any generous Tolly club members wishing to extend a warm invitation? :-)

Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2011

The Club has seen better days despite having a wing with refurbished rooms. Nothing much works properly, the grounds are dirty and with stray dogs everywhere, and worst of all the kitchen is extremely unhygenic with cockroaches running around, even at the breakfast buffet in the restaurant. The Club still subscribes to the notion of Indian exceptionalism in the sense that standards are much lower than in the rest of the world when it comes to cleanliness and hygiene. Would not recommend this place to anyone. As someone else mentioned, this place needs new management and major investment.

  • Stayed December 2010
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India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2011

Great place to stay. Excellent renovated rooms. Very reasonable for the quality. Beautiful property with a huge campus. The breakfast is an a nice old dining room. Good quality. Eggs made to order and a buffet of Indian and Continental food. There are a few other restaurants but I did not get to try them. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
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Boyertown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2011

Lets start with the fact that I'm from Pennsylvania, USA. We stayed for the first 2 nights in an older room. The deco was dated, but functional. There was a shower/bath tub. In order to use the outlets, we needed a power converter? because the plugs are different. This was expected.

I also realized that you could hear the crows most of the night and when they stopped you could hear the foxes. This wasn't an issue in the newer rooms.

For the rest of the week we stayed in a newer remodeled room. I'm still not sure which room I liked best as there are pros and cons to both. There were more english speaking channels than I expected with plenty of access to news. This room had shower only.

The cyber cafe was adequate with 3 computers. I only had to wait for a computer once and it was less than a minute.

The restaurants were quite good even though I'd never eaten Indian food before. I did find the Chinese (Indian style of course) food to be hotter than I'd expected, but still really good. It turns out that in the outdoor eating area there is also a South Indian menu that they don't tell you about. You have to ask. I can't comment on it because I didn't find out about it until the last day we were there. I did like the South Indian coffee, which you can order. Regular coffee seems to be Nescafe instant.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2011

We spent 11 nights at the Tolly (including Christmas) and all absolutely loved it. The facilities are wonderful - there is something for everyone - and it was the perfect choice for our active teenage son, who would have been climbing up the walls in a central Calcutta hotel. Although we all enjoyed the street life in Calcutta it is very intense, so this was a real oasis and great place to come back to at the end of a busy day, or spend a whole day in, as there's so much to do there - the other reviews give an idea of the facilities available.

The grounds are vast, so there is a lovely feeling of space, there are a couple of restaurants to choose from (the Indian food was the best we've ever eaten - so this has definitely improved greatly over the years as I know the food used to be only so-so - the Chinese buffet is less great and the lighting/decor in both restaurants could be a bit more ambient). The open-sided Shamiana bar overlooks the golf course and is a delightful place to enjoy an early-evening cold kingfisher beer, and all the prices are very reasonable. We stayed in the newly furnished rooms, which are very smart and contemporary, extremely clean, equipped with a fridge and complementary water and with powerful showers and plentiful hot water. There is also a great and very reasonable laundry service.

I completely disagree with the New Zealand reviewer below who says that a European or American company should step in and run the place and turn it into a hotel. There are millions of places like that all around the world already.....it is precisely the fact that it isn't a smooth, western-style hotel that gives it its unique, relaxing country club atmosphere. [NB no mobiles are allowed in the bars and restaurants - an excellent decision that really does make for a much more relaxing ambience]. Also, we found it very efficient generally. Every single day we were there there was a major wedding or banquet - incredible creative flower arrangements, arches and garlands, lighting displays and marquees were assembled throughout the course of the day, removed the next morning and a completely new one set up by the evening. Service wasn't perfect at all times in the bars and restaurants (and tipping was an issue, as mentioned by other reviewers - the waiters in the Shamiana are over-keen to cash up and hover around somewhat shamelessly for tips!)). However, it was never really bad or rude, and we fully appreciated how very well run the club was after we returned from our travels in Darjeeling and Kalimpong, where the service in hotels really was pretty poor.

It was also extremely refreshing having the hotel filled with Indian families rather than lots of western tourists.

If you are looking for a western-style hotel this isn't it. There are dogs lying all over the place (which can be a bit noisy at night), and quirky things like an Ayurvedic centre on top of a fire escape-type roof, where you step past groups of kitchen staff peeling vegetables on the floor. Probably none of these things would pass muster with western health & safety standards, but we loved these quirky elements - it was all part of the charm.

It is a great place for families and small groups - probably not so good if you're on your own as there isn't a traveller culture there and everyone seems to be with their families and friends.

I would definitely like to go back to the Tolly.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2010

Tollygunge Club belongs to a bygone era - the British Raj one. It's moved on, but only partially. Therein lies its strengths and its weakensses.

The strengths: good location, sprawling, beautiful, open spaces like nowhere else in Calcutta, simple, but nice rooms, and all very, very value-for money.

The weaknesses: the food (but this is true of all old-world clubs), the service (a trifle slow), no-frills even if you are willing to pay for them.

I'd strongly recommend this to anybody who is nostalgic about the past and has a little bit of sense of humour! I myself, will definitely choose Tollygunge over any other hotel every single time I am in Calcutta.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled on business
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Property: Tollygunge Club
Address: 120 Deshapran Sasmal Road, Kolkata (Calcutta) 700 033, India
Location: India > West Bengal > Kolkata (Calcutta)
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Swimming Pool
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Ranked #35 of 218 Hotels in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Number of rooms: 67
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Tollygunge Club Hotel Kolkata (Calcutta)
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