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.
- Also Known As:
- Tollygunge Club Hotel Kolkata (Calcutta)
- Tollygunge Club India/Kolkata (Calcutta), Asia