Fairlawn Hotel

13/A Sudder St, Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, 700 016, India

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Excellent
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53
Very Good
43%
88
Average
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Poor
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  • Couples76
  • Solo72
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    A Touch of the Raj

    by

    Staying at the Fairlawn makes Calcutta tolerable. Set in the backpacker area of Sudder Street, It is a wonderful retreat, but don't expect anything modern. It is cluttered with memorabilia including autographed photographs of the celebrities who have stayed here such as the author of City of Joy, Dominique Lapierre, Gunther Grass, Tom Stoppard, Sting, Patrick Swayze, Julie Christie and Felicity Kendal. The rooms are large and very old-fashioned.

    There is a lush garden in front of the hotel, where you can sit and drink afternoon tea or beer in the evenings.

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    Weird, Eccentric & Wonderful Fairlawn

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    We have tried three times to get accomodation at this wonderfully eccentric and unusual hotel. It is ALWAYS heavily booked. I have, however, had a tour of the establishment, and loved everything about it.
    The Fairlawn has been run by the same family for very many years, and now is owned by the matriarch- Mrs Violet Smith and her daughter. Read the history of the building @ http://www.fairlawnhotel.com/html/abus.html. Very interesting.
    Built in late 1700's, it has a wide balastraded balcony running the length of the building upstairs, and much of it is painted bright green.
    The lush gardens have a beer-garden that is always filled with happy travellers.
    It has a full board (3 meals a day) or a bed & breakfast tariff. The dining room is genteel and well run. Food is English with an Indian Influence, and served by smartly white-uniformed waiters.
    I have seen inside the rooms, and they are quite eccentric- each room is different All have attached bathrooms , air-conditioning, phones & TV (also tea-making facilities.))
    Quaint aspects are the many many artifacts that cover every square inch of surface- walls and furniture , in the lounges, stairways and sitting rooms. Posters & pictures line the walls. A feast for the eyes!!!!

    This hotel has been the choice of many famous people in the past (and still is) :

    Ishmail Merchant and James Ivory

    Tom Stoppard

    Patrick Swayze and the cast of The City of Joy, the Fairlawn is featured in the film.

    Tirtio Terzani (writer) and family. (His son has his wedding here in 1997)

    Julie Christie

    Sting

    Dominique Lapierre and his wife Dominique.

    Gunther Grasse

    please take a moment to look at the photo's- they took me ages to upload!

    Unique Quality: Lush Garden with a great beer-garden- it has a casual, friendly atmosphere, and is the choice of many tourists for a"chill out"

    I also love the eccentric decor and beautiful wooden staircase.

    It is in the Sudder Street Area- which is conveniently close to Park Street & Chowringee.

    Directions: 18 Sudder Street Kolkata

  • An 'experience'

    by

    The Fairlawn arranged to have a car pick us up from the Airport - it didn't turn up (3am on Sunday morning). When we did arrive in our own taxi, they put us in a room directly off the dining room with no windows and ceiling fan noisy enough to be heard in Darjeeling. After much complaining and bribing the night manager moved us to another room - still off the open, ground floor dining area but at least with a small window (albeit covered in zinc security mesh). The bathrooms are best described as functional, not dirty but well past their original intended period of use. Hot water is promised at all times but the definition of hot and 'all-times' is debateable.

    The full english breakfast (which I only eat on the third day after the manager asked why we didn't like the food and attend breakfast) consisted of 3 cold french fries, a mass of soggy scrambled egg which tasted slightly bad and (no exageration here) 1 square inch of 'bacon' (seriously I should have taken a picture of it!). The accompanying melon slice was dried out. The toast was ok and swiftly consumed, he he.

    The hotel is on Sudder Street which means you can't go ten yards without being offered a taxi or a 'good' hash deal. One morning we were woken at around 7am by a Hare Krishna procession banging drums and clapping their hands - normally I'd enjoy this but the barking dogs had kept me awake until 2:30am.

    Two german girls who had been there a few nights were told that despite the confirmation that, because of a mix-up, they didn't really have a room for them and they would have to leave!

    Despite all this, though I just can't bring myself to dislike the Fairlawn.

    It has an undeniable charm, the decor and ambience is like walking through your maiden great-aunt's house. Every wall-space is covered with photos and newspapaer clippings - normally of the owners family and reviews hotel. There are cupboards containing trinkets and ornaments from the history of Calcutta and the building. It mustn't have changed much since the Canadians military requisitioned it in the second war.

    We were pleased to chat to the lady owner - an anglophile Armenian whose family have been there for decades. A very charismatic old lady who commanded the staff with a flick of her hand from her special chair on the terrace, whilst attended in the background by her small,obedient Indian maid.

    To be fare, after a couple of nights, they moved us to the 'best room in the place, darling' (according to the Matriarch.) The terrace was a pleasant respite from Crazy Kolkatta, serving great tea and nice cold beer - a seamingly rare oasis in this city. People come to the terrace for a quiet break and in the afternoon, there's always someone interesting to talk to.

    Sudder Street is Sudder Street and enough is written it that to complain when you get there seems a bit, well, stupid really. Personally, I liked it - it had a slower pace than the rest of the city and more than enough places to sit, eat and watch a eclectic mix of Indians and Foreigners go about their business.

    Unique Quality: The terrace. The sense of history and the uniqueness of the place. It's like being in a rusty old ocean liner, kept afloat by a lot of bailing-out by the staff and by the shear will power and charisma of the captain.

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    The famous getaway

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    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 fourty 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 Quality: The hotel features in the film 'City of Joy' (see othe tip). It's given another name in the film, but is is very recognisable.

More about Fairlawn Hotel

The famous getaway

by sourbugger about The Fairlawn hotel

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 fourty 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. The hotel features in the film 'City of Joy' (see othe tip). It's given another name in the film, but is is very recognisable.

Stay in a film star

by sourbugger about Fairlawn hotel, Calcutta

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

wonderful hotel in Kolkata!!!

by jorgejuansanchez about Fairlawn hotel Pvt Ltd

Indeed, this is the best hotel in Sudder Street, with a wonderful patio full of exotic plants.
Prices are high but the conditions also high. the patio for breakfast is the best!

A Touch of the Raj

by iwys about Fairlawn Hotel

Staying at the Fairlawn makes Calcutta tolerable. Set in the backpacker area of Sudder Street, It is a wonderful retreat, but don't expect anything modern. It is cluttered with memorabilia including autographed photographs of the celebrities who have stayed here such as the author of City of Joy, Dominique Lapierre, Gunther Grass, Tom Stoppard, Sting, Patrick Swayze, Julie Christie and Felicity Kendal. The rooms are large and very old-fashioned.

There is a lush garden in front of the hotel, where you can sit and drink afternoon tea or beer in the evenings.

KOLKATA ACCOMODATION

by goutammitra

Kolkata has many hotels but it still felt that there is a great shortage of budget hotels or the hotels meant for travellers, especially for backpack travellers from european and american countries. though recently some new hotels like golden park, peerless inn, have come up but their prices are not at all encouraging to the basic travellers.
some of the guest houses offer excellent bed and breakfast but that info is currently not ready with me.
For stay in star category hotel please connect to vt link and for budget accomodation trust your lonely planet guide. So far some of the hotels in sudder street area like , fairlawn hotel, lyton hotel, YWCA guest house, new kennilworth hotel offer fairly good accomodation.

Weird, Eccentric & Wonderful Fairlawn

by lynnehamman about Fairlawn Hotel

We have tried three times to get accomodation at this wonderfully eccentric and unusual hotel. It is ALWAYS heavily booked. I have, however, had a tour of the establishment, and loved everything about it.
The Fairlawn has been run by the same family for very many years, and now is owned by the matriarch- Mrs Violet Smith and her daughter. Read the history of the building @ http://www.fairlawnhotel.com/html/abus.html. Very interesting.
Built in late 1700's, it has a wide balastraded balcony running the length of the building upstairs, and much of it is painted bright green.
The lush gardens have a beer-garden that is always filled with happy travellers.
It has a full board (3 meals a day) or a bed & breakfast tariff. The dining room is genteel and well run. Food is English with an Indian Influence, and served by smartly white-uniformed waiters.
I have seen inside the rooms, and they are quite eccentric- each room is different All have attached bathrooms , air-conditioning, phones & TV (also tea-making facilities.))
Quaint aspects are the many many artifacts that cover every square inch of surface- walls and furniture , in the lounges, stairways and sitting rooms. Posters & pictures line the walls. A feast for the eyes!!!!

This hotel has been the choice of many famous people in the past (and still is) :

Ishmail Merchant and James Ivory

Tom Stoppard

Patrick Swayze and the cast of The City of Joy, the Fairlawn is featured in the film.

Tirtio Terzani (writer) and family. (His son has his wedding here in 1997)

Julie Christie

Sting

Dominique Lapierre and his wife Dominique.

Gunther Grasse

please take a moment to look at the photo's- they took me ages to upload! Lush Garden with a great beer-garden- it has a casual, friendly atmosphere, and is the choice of many tourists for a"chill out"

I also love the eccentric decor and beautiful wooden staircase.

It is in the Sudder Street Area- which is conveniently close to Park Street & Chowringee.

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Hotel or guest house

by laptitmarie

Last year, i took a room at the Fairlawn hotel. I wanted to go back again this year but I just recieved a mail from them saying that they have no free rooms anymore.....

So, i'm looking for another hotel in the same old style or something unique like the Fairlawn....and same budget....

Thanks for help. Mary

RE: Hotel or guest house

by rationalacts

Although I do not know of any place similar to Fairlawn of Sudder St. ( unique), you may try the Old Kenilworth on Russel Street ( Not the New Kenilworth).This property was closed for long but has opened again of late and has some of the old charm. Alternately the Oberoi Grand ( costlier since 5* del) would also have some old world facade with all modern amenities.

Re: Hotel or guest house

by som_sengupta2001

here are some hotels
Park Hotel
Hindustan International
Peerless Inn,
Kenilworth Hotel,
The Oberoi Grand
Royal Garden Kolkata




for more info, try
http://www.calcuttatravelsmart.com/

taxis and cheap accomodation in Kolkata

by emmac82

Hi

how much will a pre paid taxi be from the stand at the airport to Sudder street?

Also any recommendations for a cheap hotel around Sudder street?

Thanks

Re: taxis and cheap accomodation in Kolkata

by lynnehamman

A pre-paid taxi will cost about R300. (from pre paid stand)
I recommend the Fairlawn Hotel in Sudder Street. Have
a look at my Kolkata page (link is on my homepage) for review, photos and cost.

If the Fairlawn is not suitable, or is booked out (which it usually is) try the link below (copy and paste into browser)

http://www.kolkatahub.com/hotels-in-kolkata/budget-hotels-in-kolkata.html

Re: taxis and cheap accomodation in Kolkata

by emmac82

i saw the fairlawn but seems bit expensive for me really :-(

Re: taxis and cheap accomodation in Kolkata

by lynnehamman

Emma- Sudder Street is absolutely lined with backpacker hostels and cheap hotels. I don't think that you will have any problem finding accommodation. It may be a good idea to look around once you get there....inspect the rooms,ad choose whichever you find suitable.

This website lists a few. (Mirza Ghalib street is very close to Sudder Street)

http://www.kolkatahub.com/hotels-in-kolkata/budget-hotels-in-kolkata.html

Re: taxis and cheap accomodation in Kolkata

by ashisharyan

Hey...I suggest U get out of the airport and then take a taxi it will cost abut Rs 200 nothing more than that...on the other hand what is ur budget for rooms i stay near 2 tht area if u want i can help U...

Re: taxis and cheap accomodation in Kolkata

by samitbabu

There are two taxi operators which operate inside the NSCB Int Airport.
One of them is cheaper....I guess the Bengal Taxi Assoc....kindly check the rates for both .
Sudder Street is near Park street.
Drivers may expect a tip from foreigners especially if the no of luggages are above 2.Indian RS 20 or USD 0.5 equivalent), should be fine enough

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 Fairlawn Hotel

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Address: 13/A Sudder St, Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, 700 016, India