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Chhuti Holiday Resort
Reviewed September 9, 2013

Visiting shantiniketan in monsoon season is one of the fabulous thing you dont wanna miss out if your are real nature lover specially staying at chhuti, which brings more beauty to the resort, where you wont require AC rooms & enjoy the fried stuff with wide open doors in nature.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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10  Thank ujjwalujk
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

well i planned my vacation to shantiniketan last month...after whole day of research, i found this awesome place "chutti resort".
The resort is located centrally to railway station 30 mints, university 10 mints by rickshaw, 15 mints to craft emporium & several temples nearby, the best part of this resort being surrounded by garden & nature..in evening you'll find birds chirping as u sip in tea at your door....night is pleasant & peaceful.

i prefer this resort for family & couples as well, what more to say it was magical...
thanks to chutti resorts...

heyy...one more thing dont forget to try chicken curry & aloo dum..its awesome..

thanks.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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8  Thank ujjwalujk
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Named after a famous short story by Tagore, the hotel is a perfect place to spend your "chhuti" (vacation). Away from the chaos of the main center, it is located in a residential area. You might need a rickshaw to reach Vishwabharati and other well-known attractions.

Many beautiful plants welcomes you to the peaceful abode. The rooms are in the form of small cottages with stone beds (of course with mattress on top). The reception is neat and the so are the rooms and toilets. Loved the the iron grills on the windows in the shape of a local hut. What caught my attention was, the cottages are named after the poems and short stories by Tagore - so you get the feel of the place right away. Narrow winding paths take you from one cottage to the other and to the reception and restaurant area. The restaurant has a unique design and looks beautiful in the evening, when the lights are turned on.

If you do not have your own vehicle, the hotel can arrange for the same for your local sight seeing and day trips to Massanjore dam, Tara pith, Bakreshwar etc.

The hotel is very good for couples, elders and family.

How to book: From resort's website, you can call one of their offices and book them or make bank transfers. Weekends, holiday seasons are usually peak time for the resort, so do not rely on booking on arrival. Early November is the best time to visit, as there are fewer guests and the weather is comfortable.

Thumbs Up for:

1. The resort itself, look of the cottages and the cleaniness.
2. Food : Delicious!!! And prepared quite quickly
3. Staff: All the staffs are very well behaved and courteous and are ready to provide assistance at all times.
4. Restaurant Decor: Nice lights and arrangements
5. Greenery: Lots of trees and plants in boom add to the beauty of the place.


Thumbs down for:

1. Food: Quite expensive. So many sure you have quite a bit of money to pay for your food bills. But overall good food served, so perhaps worth the money spent. There are no restaurants nearby, so you have to get dinner at the hotel.
2. Mosquitoes: Restaurant is very pretty, but can hardly sit there because of the mosquitoes ready to bite where ever you go!
3. Recreation: Not much to do at the resort as they do not have provisions for games etc. If you are travelling with small children, please carry their play kits.
4. Pets not allowed: Family with pets will not be able to take their pets to the hotel as they do not allow pets inside the resort.

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Try to book rooms well in advance for your stay during Poush Mela as it would be a very good experience. The resort arranges Folk music and jamming sessions on the campus. They have a separate stage for this purpose and a small area inside the restaurant has also been kept for for the same.

Overall we had a wonderful stay and would love to stay at the Chhuti resort again.

Room Tip: All the rooms are well kept. There are A/C as well as non-A/C rooms. A/C rooms have higher charges a...
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank debolina_banerjee
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

Stayed at the Chhuti holiday resort for about 4 days, in early October 2012.

Must tell you something about Santiniketan first. This being the place where Tagore, India's national poet, started the Viswabharati University. while this is a university town, since it is also Tagore's workplace, there are museums etc that has historical significance (albeit modern history). Also, this place has not yet been taken over by shopping malls and designer restaurants, and retains the rustic ambiance of the early 1900's.

As for Chhuti, my expectations were very specific. As much peace and quiet as possible. Decent, clean facilities. Simple home food. Was not looking for a spectacle, or excitement.

Chhuti resort delivered to a large extent. It's reasonably spacious, and like the rest of Santinikean, green. While not exactly 'American clean', there's absolutely no complaint about the linen, the bathrooms or the living rooms. In the evenings, there are insects that hover around the light (few get in the rooms however), which I found delightful. But if one is uncomfortable with insects, Santiniketan itself could be given a miss.

Cleanups done daily. No internet. Food, if a little costly, is consistently good. Lots of parking space. Staff are very courteous, friendly and helpful.

A warning: there could be mosquitoes. Mosquito repellants are provided at the resort, but I suffered one day for keeping the windows open till late.

Location: at Jamboni, which is about 4 km from the Santiniketan University and Tagore's museum. I tended to walk, but rickshaws could be hailed.

Recommended for a peaceful getaway for a small duration.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank godof86
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

I spend the last weekend in Chhuti Resort in Santiniketan. We reached there an hour before the check-in time. They have given a cottage without kept waiting us. The room size of the cottage was good. But there was big gap between the floor and bottom of the door. Which cause feeling insecured. Because during monsoon, snake can be seen on the roads and gardens in this place. The geyser can be used with a prior notice to the reception only. The switch of the geyser is controlled by the reception people. Bath towels has to be changed immediately. They have no power back-up for AC.
The food we ordered was Chicken butter masala and Chicken Bharta in dinner. Those were absolutely tasteless. We could not eat half of the quantity. They could not serve toast in the breakfast due to unavailability of bread.
Service was not bad.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank AshisRoy
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

This resort looks as if it was abandoned by the builders and the maintenance staff soon after it was built during the hay days of the erstwhile East India Company.

It was late in the evening when we landed up at this resort and confronted the front desk officer who gave us a glance as if we were intellectual inferiors who had no right to enter Shantiniketan itself let alone their resort. He brightened though when we opted for the super deluxe cottage quickly realizing , intellectuals we may not be but had the right stuff in our pockets to interest him.

The super deluxe cottage is said to be the best accommodation in the resort and I am glad I did not take the other cottage for the best is one of the worst I have seen in that region. The room was small and the bath room was small too and the interiors had odd shapes built probably as an artistic experiment. The flooring was dirty and stained. The cot was also stained although the bed sheets looked clean.

false roofing looked like faded mats woven from palm leaves or some such stuff . There were printed papers in the room that made things clear to the occupants that the management was not responsible for power cuts or for non functional electrical appliances. A dress code banning lungis and sleep ware was also included in the set of rules formulated by he management.

Some kind of relief in this uncomfortable surroundings came our way from most of the staff members in the resort. The waiters were very cooperative and helpful and the food was OK .

I would not recommend this resort to anyone in the present condition or at the current tariff.

If you are a well heeled intellectual, impervious to creature comforts you could enjoy a refreshing and enlightening conversation with the members of the management.

Room Tip: Avoid this place if you can
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Thank tjjohn
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

I have stayed at Chhuti twice in the last couple of years and enjoyed both my stays there. The food is pretty nice and the rooms are clean and well kept. Though it might seem that they are a bit under staffed, we did not face any problems with the service.

Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
2  Thank alaka_1986
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Address: 3 Kms. from Bolpur station, Santiniketan, India
Location: India > West Bengal > Birbhum District > Santiniketan
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Ranked #4 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Santiniketan
Price Range: $38 - $47 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 22

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