We visited Shantiniketan immediately after the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata. It was a full family affair so we had booked the entire guest house. There are a number of accommodation options, including rooms with double beds, triple beds and even a suite with four beds.
The rooms are large and were very clean. There are all the basic facilities as well. However do not expect any luxuries. The beds are comfortable and large too so for a single night two adults and a child can fit in without too much of a squeeze.
Breakfast was included in our package but it's a very ordinary affair with just toast, omlette, a few fruits and tea or bad coffee on offer.
The guest house offers parking space too but there is no separate garage or anything. The cars are left lined behind each other on the drive way itself. The compound though is fairly large with decent lawns on either side of the drive way. The best part of this guest house is the huge balcony overlooking the driveway and the lawns. A fine seating arrangement exists for pre- or post dinner get togethers. This though would be possible only if one is going in a large group.
On the downside, the guest house is a little away from the hubbub of the main town. That also means that it isn't particularly easy to get transport into the main town. However it is close to the Prantik railway station, which is a plus.
My recommendation would be you stay here if you're travelling in a large group, like we did, and if you're travelling by road or if you've already arranged for transport during your stay in Shantiniketan.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A double storied garden Guest House with all modern facilities is available just with in 1km from main campus of Santiniketan i.e. Uttarayan Complex and very close to Khoai & Prantik Station. Bolpur Station is 4km away. 11 double bedded AC rooms are available on daily hiring basis (1pm to 12 noon next day). ... more less
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