Fraserganj and Bakkhalli has many hotels and lodges but this time we wanted to stay away from the crowd so we had booked State Govt Fisheries Guest house in advance from Kolkata. This place is at Henry's Island and about 6kms away from Bakkhali Sea beach. The the quality of accomodation in not upto the mark as in all govt run hotels, but our stay was more or less comfortable. Set amidst natural and artificial water bodies and State Fisheries breeding centre, you are surrounded by forest, water, birds, small animals, insects, very few people, if you are non complaining type your stay is very comfortable. You enjoy the Sunderban forest and Sea at the same time.
It also has some wooden rooms but they are comfortable only in winter.
BAKKHALI HAS MANY BUDGET ACCOMODATIONS TO MIDDLE RANGE HOTELS. WE STAYED AT HOTEL DIPAK. THE OTHER HOTELS ARE WEST BENGAL TOURISM HOTEL, HOTEL DOLPHIN. THE PRICE RANGES FROM RS500/- PER NIGHT TO RS 2000/- PER NIGHT, INCLUDING AIR CONDITIONING FACILITY. SINCE THIS BEACH HAS LESSER TOURISTS ONE SHOULD NOT EXPECT OF BETTER FACILITY EVEN AT A HIGHER PRICE. THE HOTEL ARE ALWAYS EMPTY AND FULL DURING LONG WEEKENDS AND ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS. THESE DAY PEOPLE PREFER TO GO TO DIGHA BEACUSE OF BETTER FACILITIES AND ROAD.
SORRY I HAVE NOT TAKEN ANY PHOTOGRAPH OF THIS PLACE. BUT YES SOME OF THE HOTELS HAS SWIMMING POOL THOUGH NOT UP TO THE MARK.
The photograph was missed during last visit but taken yesterday. We did not stay in this hotel.
This is the hotel having some basic facilities like Restaurant, Bar, Conference Room, Lawn and a Swimming Pool. They claim that they have all the service facility but actually it is only basic facility, one should not expect the facilities to be like Kolkata hotels as everything depends on Economics. They dont get business throughout the year. The hotels remains empty most of the year.
The Government of West Bengal has built many tourist lodges at many tourist locations in West Bengal. But they committed greatest mistake by running it by themselves by government staffs, who are least bothered for the guests and for the job they have been selected for. They are only bothered for themselves and always craving for tips. The situation is like this that every service asked for ( even for a glass of water) they will come in a group of two and SHAMELESSLY demand tips. And they think this is their right.
We visited Bakkhali on 28th on official visit and stayed at WBTDC's tourist lodge, but compared to Digha this is in bad shape and is a perfect example of how a beautiful property can be ruined/ misused by a bunch of unprofessional people( see photographs). This hotel
As I have mentioned in my earlier tips that the place Bakkhali lacks proper touristy hotels with professional service. This hotel too is no exception, though it is large, modern with all amenities but lacks total professionalism. Advance booking is a pain in itself, the front office reception is in total mess run by a totally unprofessional manager, who has no knowledge of proper booking etiquette. They also do not have a booking counter at Kolkata. When asked for booking over phone he insisted one or two days advance to be given. This place is nearly four hour's drive from Kolkata, there is no way one can pay them. There is no net booking facility or payment counter in Kolkata. We had to send a person with money to book the three rooms for us. When asked why so much of fuss, he could have accepted booking over phone. The manager Sukamal Bera's smart answer was , suppose you don't' turn up, I would not be able to give the room to other traveler! This attitude is good enough to shock you as the hotel always remains less than half full! May be on long holidays or during Christmas it is full.
Then comes the service, in one word it can be put as very poor, as the untrained manager the hotel boys are also untrained. You need to call them several times by pushing the bell( there is no telephone in the room but does have air conditioning facility and colour TV).
Air Conditioning is also something you need to check as the hotel man will say there is very low voltage so through out the day or evening you shall not get Air Conditioning but they will run it from 11.00PM till morning! This will drain out your energy. They have modern air conditioners but no transformer to support.
Despite so much dis comfort I shall rate this hotel much better than WB Tourism Tourist Lodge. The rooms are good, airy& clean. The bed is good, pillows are good. They also provide 2 liters of mineral water per day for the tourist included in the room rent. They also have a generator and shall run the air conditioning with generator if you pay Rs500/- (USD$12 ) extra during evening. This is one of their catch line. Food is very basic though charges are high and cooking is poor.
The owner lives in Kolkata, a businessman but without much knowledge of service industry. There is no email address of the owner or phone no shared. So he is not approachable. With this kind of nice property he can run this business in a much better and profitable way. With slight professional approach this property could have attracted the moneyed and upper class tourists!
the Henry Island tourist complex is very shabbily maintained.I went on 23rd January 2010 and there was no WATER,NO ELECTIRICITY,NO Proper food at the MANGROVE TOURIST COMPLEX.
The room i stayed was VIP ROOM.Although they charged 1000 bucks per night but it was very shabby.should not be more than 250.
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