At the outset, let me say this is not a hotel by any means. It's better to call a guest house. It has only 11 rooms. What it appears an entire 3/4 bedroom apartment on the first floor of a multi-storied building (I'm forgetting the name of the apartment) has been converted into a guest house. The rear portion of the first floor, which is in all probability a different apartment makes up for the remaining part of the guest house. The living-cum-dining room of the apartment has been converted into the dining hall, which can accommodate only two couples at a time. The kitchen doesn't look like the one we normally see at hotels. Instead, it resembles that of a 3/4 bed apartment with a store room. It serves only vegetarian food.
The rooms are really small ... not much of a space to move around. Most importantly, there's no difference between deluxe and super-deluxe rooms. We had booked one Super-Deluxe room but what we got really surprised us. The Super-Deluxe option available at the time of booking is just a trick to fox a traveler to earn a few extra bucks. However, the rooms are neat and clean, and well-appointed. Though they are supposed to provide refills for tea and coffee everyday on their own, you always have to ask for them. Wifi is pathetic … it just didn’t work for a moment.
The rooms offer absolutely zero views. Without AC, you can’t think of staying inside. The worst thing about a room is that you tend to feel claustrophobic after some time as you just can’t open the windows. Not even you can think of removing the blinds. Else you lose all your privacy. The balcony next building is just in front of your room windows. The place is certainly not recommended for people who want to spend more time in hotels and less outside. This is particularly suitable for business travelers or for people who go out in the morning and comes back late in the evening.
The complimentary breakfast was OK. Just once we had ordered for meal. The quality was quite good. The best thing about this place is that within a 2 km radius you have some of the best places to eat in Kolkata, including the famous Dhaba in Ballygunj and of course the 6 Ballygunj Place, which is famous for its Bengali cuisine.
The bathroom is certainly not up to the standard they are charging for a room. The bath area gets waterlogged fast. The worst part is that there’s no exhaust fan in the bathroom that makes life absolutely miserable and smelly. However, you get hot water 24 hours. You can’t expect boiler in such a small place. Water pressure is also fine, which ensures you spend less time under the shower.
Relax Inn is not the kind of place that offers you the true value for money if you are willing to shell out to the tune of ` 3700 – ` 4000 per night. Much better offers are available on the net. In fact, if you are willing to spend ` 4000 per night all inclusive, you can easily spend a few hundreds more for a better deal from many other hotels, some of which are hotels in the real sense. The manner in which it has been described as a 3 star property on some websites, is totally misleading. Some of the reviews about this hotel on this website also appear not genuine as we could make out once we landed there. This is one grey area, which TripAdvisor must look into. Else travelers are bound to be taken for a ride, especially in places like Kolkata where small hotels have mushroomed up in apartments, most of them claiming to be 3 star properties. It’s not worth spending ` 3700 per night at Relax Inn. Anything in the range of ` 2000-2500 is perfect for this place.
Nevertheless, you won’t regret staying here. Atleast we didn’t. We had a great time at Relax Inn. And of course sweet memories about this place, which happen to be more precious. The rooms are neat and clean. You will definitely enjoy your night’s sleep. The room service people are well-mannered, though occasionally they took longer time to attend you. I don’t know how they manage if all the rooms are booked. The food is good if you are OK with veg meals. The place, though not centrally-located in a strict sense of the term, it is very conveniently located for travelers. Within a stone-throwing distance of Ballygunj Crossing, one of the busiest intersections of the city. You can easily access Gariahat, South Kolkata’s best shopping hub, which boasts of having some of the city’s best jewelers, and retailers dealing in readymade garments, electronics, and of course Pantaloons and the famous Bengali sweet makers. One can easily access Science City, Milan Mela Ground (Kolkata’s very own Pragati Maidan), Airport, Outram Ghat, and Central Kolkata from this place. Safely recommended for single ladies. However, if you are traveling on your own vehicle, this place is a strict no no.
The rooms adjacent to dining hall offers no privacy. The best rooms – 105 and 106, where you can truly Relax.
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- Also Known As:
- Relax Inn Kolkata (Calcutta), India - West Bengal