Fairlawn hotel, Calcutta: "Stay in a film star" India Hotel Tip by sourbugger

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by sourbugger

Calcutta has all the big chains of faceless hotels somewhere about the plave and of course the Oberoi - palatial opulance on a street of beggars.

In my opinion however there is only one hotel in Calcutta that is worth considering. At only sixty dollars a night (full-board) it is officially a two-star hotel, but it is leagues above the budget hotels in Sudder street that it faces.

The place has been run for forty odd years by the same husband and wife team and in that time just about every travel writer or travel documentary has used the place due to its unique mixture of colonial and Indian styles. Rooms (nowadays) are modern a/c affairs with the usual comforts, but the real star of the place is the leafy green garden and restaurant with waiters looking like Maharjahs (except they are the ones doing the serving).

I personally stayed in another hotel as the place was fully booked, but I had the pleasure of eating there twice. Do book ahead - it really is something else.

Unique Qualities: The hotel features in the film 'City of Joy' . It's given another name in the film, but is is very recognisable.

Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: At one end of Sudder street
Price: US$20-40
Theme: Hotel

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 10, 2006
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