This was my first trip to India, and I stayed in range of accommodation from B&Bs to 5 star hotels.
Although I would place the Fairlawn Hotel in middle market accommodation, it's the sense of Raj history and timelessness that sets it apart from others in its field. This reason alone makes it more than just tempting accommodation, it makes it an essential place to stay because you are not just getting a room - you are getting an experience.
Capping off the hotel's proudly displayed history through its photographs and ornate decor, is its owner - Violet - who you may meet during your stay. According to her, James Ivory (of Merchant Ivory films) stayed in Room 17.
My room was a few doors down in Room 20. Being in one corner of a 'wing', I loved how my room did not have much internal traffic. The downside was that the windows faced a lane which was noisy from about 11am to 9pm. But, you can still sleep well. I would recommend ear plugs though as you never know when some dogs might start barking in the middle of the night.
Hotel staff are very friendly and accommodating. Also, they are more sincere than staff at 5 star hotels.
I was slightly worried about some of the reviews of the food - but I actually found it fine, and the portions are huge. The egg fried rice is very good.
This is more than just a hotel. I would definitely stay there again.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Fairlawn
- Fairlawn Hotel Kolkata (Calcutta), India - West Bengal