Travel Blogs from Kolkata (Calcutta)
It was India bye-bye time.
We had our grand breakfast and our swim in the pool.
Then it was too burning hot too stay outside, for me anyway, so I opted for another bubbly Jacuzzi, whereas the kids went mad enjoying the pool despite the hot sun.
The airport was a nightmare, firstly because Jai accidentally pushed his trolley into Ellie’s heel. The wound got her screeching and we had to rush her off for medical ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Fairlawn Hotel Kolkata (Calcutta)
Il Fairlawn è fantastico
Un hotel delizioso molto diverso da qualsiasi altro in cui ho soggiornato. Posizione ideale e piena di fascino.
A delightful hotel very different that any others I had stayed in. Brilliant location and full of charm
Wie in vergangenen Zeiten
auf meinen bisherigen 4 Besuchen seit 1994 im Fairlawn habe ich die aeusserst schlechten sanitaere Anlage immer wieder hingenommen. Nun selbst in die Jahre gekommen werde ich das naechste Mal wegen dieser Unzulaenglichkeit nur noch als Gast das "gruene Restaurant" zu einem Drink besuchen. Die Zimmer im Hauptgebaeude sing geraeumig und das Personal ist freundlich. Hier fuehlt man sich wie ein Brite zur Jahrhundertwende. Von einer Vollpension wuerde ich aufgrund der vielen guten Restaurants abraten.
Tous les voyageurs le diront : trouver le lieu où il est bon de se retrouver le soir après une bonne journée bien chaude, bien bruyante et pleine d'émotions est chose somme toute assez rare ! Notre havre "vert" FAIRLAWN hôtel en plein centre de Kolkata répond à ce critère ! Et si notre séjour de 10 jours dans cette ville s'est révélé être aussi agréable, sans aucun doute, cet établissement a largement contribué à ce bonheur. Nous y avons pris pension complète - ce que nous rechignons à faire en général car, comme beaucoup de voyageurs, la liberté se doit d'être totale. Mais surprise ! plutôt que d'être une contrainte, rentrer pour un déjeuner frais et copieux, servi très agréablement par un personnel efficace et d'une grande gentillesse, s'est révélé être en fait une véritable détente ! ressourcés par tant de douceur et de bons menus, nous étions ragaillardis pour l'après-midi ... prêts à affronter tous les tourments de cette ville intrépide ! Le soir, apès un apéritif sous la tonnelle - largement agrémentée de plantes vertes et d'un mobilier vitorien de même tonalité (Mrs SMITH doit aimer le vert et le vert le lui rend bien), nous passions à la salle de restaurant, d'un blanc très frais, pour le service du soir ... j'oubliais : service en habit bengali seyant parfaitement à nos hôtes !
This hotel is living off its past reputation and at $40( Single) per night (including poor food) compares favourably with Kolkata hotels at half the cost. The common areas are quirky but uninteresting. The fading testimonial on the wall to the 'new' managing director describes what the hotel once was. The rooms are shabby, hot water is non existant. I spoke to the 80 year owner who describes her staff as her family, in practice this translates to surly service ( especiallly in the restuarant). You have no menu or choice at any meal time, they just serve up what they want and expect you to eat it. My (one & only) evening meal was stodgy rice and noodles with rubberised prawns. At this price you would expect late check out shower facilities but there are none.
Lush green haven
Delightful, quirky hotel on busy Sudder Street. Green and shady courtyard entrance leads to a comfortable reception and helpful staff. Eccentric rooms with a wonderful selection of books and artefacts left by previous travellers. Bathrooms and air conditioning very primative, but both work after a fashion. Hotel has all facilities including a dhobi and car and driver for hire. Very theatrical owner who runs the hotel as it has been run since the days of the raj.
Staying on at the Fairlawn
What to say about the Fairlawn? Public rooms are a taste of the raj--the owner is 80 plus years old and the hotel is frozen in the style of her heyday, some 50 years ago. The rooms ostensibly have air conditioning--old window units that blow vaguely and creakily and lumpy beds. Breakfast is anemic eggs and toast on a rack with bacon! and greasy fries...
and yet, the most interesting people stay here.
While I was here, there was a BBC reporter, a social worker, some man on a spiritual quest, a couple of young yoga groupies, and assorted other colorful characters.
My advice--stay somewhere else and hang out at the bar...
Charming place in midst of sea of humanity
If you are looking to stay for over 4 days in a clean, safe and budget hotel, this is it. But 5 star luxury, it is not!! And there are numerous cheaper hotels nearby, but none that exudes the charm of this quaint place. It is a replica of old British home, with a small garden. The dinner menus are printed on table and served by turbanned butlers. The area, however is full of travellers and locals offering wares and hopes to whomsoever is willing to listen and pay - but you are better off without them. I am presently on a 1 yr assignment in Kolkata, so you may get in touch !!
OK its been around since 1810, and in the same family for for the last 60 years, so its bound to be a little threadbare around the edges, but the atmosphere is second to none, if you are looking for a 5star hotel where you could be in any country, dont stay at Fairlawn.
Passed its useby date
Having booked to stay at the Fairlawn Hotel in February 2005 it was the biggest disappointment I have ever had regarding accommodation as it certainly did not live up to the publicity that I had read. The place has definitely passed is useby date. The furniture in the bedrooms is shaby and would not be collected by an Australian welfare organisation, the airconditioning was very noisy and there was a lack of continuous hot water in the bathroom. The food in the dining room was uninspiring. The large public room on the first floor does have some interesting furniture, however, this area and the rooms going off it is locked at night. How guests were expected to get out in an emergency I do not know. We transferred out at the first opportunity.