I have not long returned from Calcutta having stayed in the Fairlawn initally out of a 6 week stay.
For the same price you can stay in the Lindsay Hotel, it is much cleaner and better equipped than the fairlawn but lacks the charm. ( two buildings down the street) I did find that i just returned to the failawn garden if ever i wanted to have a little "peace" from Sudder street.
My final two weeks i spent at Tollygunge club hotel, again the same price. This is at the end of the metro line but is a quiet sanctuary away form the noise and raquet of sudder street. It is an older building and many of the buildings in the massive grounds are originating in the mid 1800. There is a great golf course, swimming pool, stables etc available. The standard in many ways is similar to the Fairlawn as it is an older hotel but again i found the over all condition of the rooms better.
As much as i loved the fairlawn you are paying for the name, history and its charm. The rooms for the money are really quite poor and the nosiy aircondidtioner units are enough to drive you mad.
I had 4 different rooms over a two week period as they were trying to accomadate my last minute request to stay longer.In the end i moved on as i couldnt sleep due to the AC noise.
All the best for finding suitable accomadation. Both hotels i have mentioned have their own websites.
YES! Great A/C bar :Martini :Beer :Martini [banana] :Beer :Martini :Beer , great buffet breakfast, I have never staid at the Fairlawn, but I have hung out in its jungle beer garden about 16 million times, so if you're at the Lindsay, you can still hang out at the Fairlawn.:gathering
Camac Street??? Nahh [noway]
Here's a tip. Buy all the kitchen staff at Blue Sky a coke (if you eat there). I did, there's about 10 of them, and they were so GRATEFUL - nobody had ever done such a thing before. They all had a mini-party & all personally thanked me. Well worth Rs. 200/-!
Neither worry about, nor rejoice in the future (Ancient Egyptian saying)
Yep the Lindsay Hotel will be fine for arriving after 12pm or even the Fairlawn will accomadate "out of hours" check in's, but you must book one of them before you leave as both hotels are typically booked full. Good Luck
Having read through a lot of posts I'm thinking the Fairlawn and Tolly Club may be good for a night or two of relative luxury, however for additional nights I'm after something that's a 'better class' of budget, not drab and depressing, and definetly not the partitioned cubicle, windowless style of room.
I'm curious if anyone's stayed at the following and if they'd recommend them, a rating would be great too if poss :) :
Hotel Neelam - Dr M Ishaque Road Hotel Maria - Sudder Street Paragon Hotel - Sudder Street Modern Lodge - Sudder Street
The brave may die young but the cautious don't live at all.