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“Such a serene old world charm.....” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Itachuna Rajbari
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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76 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Such a serene old world charm.....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

The 'Rajbari' is a sprawling property, old architecture, passages and staircases suddenly discovered, locked rooms with musty smell, archways.....something new to be discovered at every bend. Me and my friend and our moms - had an amazing time for 3 days at the Rajbari. We found the basic amenities in place, like modern bathrooms and toilets, and clean rooms. Rooms and furniture were kept as authentic as possible to preserve the feel of the place and they were perfectly comfortable. The sheets and towels were very clean and changed everyday. We did not find the price high because maintenance of a place like this is expensive. The management try their best to keep the place in good shape, which is a monstrous task considering the size of the Rajbari. The staff were helpful, food excellent. We were taken good care of. We particularly enjoyed the day when we were the only guests, and it rained as if the sky will fall off, lightning being the only source of light amidst the power cut. We enjoyed the rain and beauty of the Rajbari in the wild weather. The staff were apologetic about the power cut and about telephone lines being cut. But we could do without those.
It is perhaps not the place if you want a lot of 'fun activity' with friends and if you expect luxury of any city hotel and everything modern and spic and span. But it is definitely the place if you enjoy the serene beauty and walking around a place very different from the commotion of urban Kolkata.

Room Tip: One of the first floor rooms.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Biyas
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2014

This is not a hotel in true sense. It is more like a home stay. Actually it is a "Zamindar Bari". Part of it is renovated and is let out on rent. The rooms are the old ones with modern amenities in them. Even the furniture in the rooms are from the old days. The staff may not be trained at any hotel management institute, but they are trained to be attentive to your all needs. The area of the Zamindar Bari very beautiful with plenty of greens. The are is semi urban. The breakfast, lunch and dinner is served in the dining room. They are served in traditional brass and copper utensils. A guided tour of the Zamindar Bari will take you down the history lane. If you are looking for a alm and quiet outing far from the maddening crowd, opt for this.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Saikat1972
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kolkata
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2014

This is a badly executed ambitious project with poor hospitality. Room was damp and had an awful smell. Bad bathroom with no geyser. Overpriced food. The service staff don't agree to do anything apart from cooking and carrying your bags. No reception helpline. In the middle of nowhere - so you need a large group of friends to while away.

Essentially an overrated place not quite worth your dough. Go there for a night if you madly want to experience a Bengali rajbari.

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank indranildatta
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2014 via mobile

Located in Pandua (nearest station Khanyan), this place is a palace converted into a homestay.

The outer facade has been restored with a fresh coat of paint. However the inside of this magnificent structure craves for attention.

Ground floor rooms are just okay but avoid the one with the on the extreme left. It might be bigger in size but it stinks a bit. Also no geyser installed in these rooms. However they provide immersion heater which does the job after some creative manipulation from their staffs.

The first floor rooms are good and well maintained. The food is good.
They serve traditional bengali food which is really good. However when we re ordered our evening snacks we were politely denied.

The evening starts with a guided tour around the palace during which they open the usually locked rooms. This is followed by sandhya arati followed by a musical sesssion performed by local musicians. As the evening progresses and silence sets in, the interplay of the light and shadow throghout the nook and cranny of the building makes the place mystical. A round of ghost stories under the starry sky makes it more romantic.

If you are passionate about the stories of royalty and if you want to unearth the secret of may be a royal court dancer or a secret chamber filled with treasure, this place is a must for you.

Do take a walk on the huge terrace in the morning as well as in the evening. Presently they are not allowing people on the terrace late at night.

A village walk early in the morning for a refreshing start to the day.

Some cons now.

The people running the place need to be bit more friendly.

During breakfast time they refused to serve when 2 of my friends went to the dining room telling they would serve a minimum of 4 people together.

Overall the experience was good.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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11 Thank ShiladityaSengupta
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Kolkata
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27 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2014

It was a very different and satisfying experience at this place. Just about a 100 Km drive from Kolkata, we were mesmerized by the grandeur and vastness of this palatial building. The owners have done a marvelous job in preserving most of the history associated with this building complex. To add to that, they have created a very decent infrastructure for stay with good modern facilities. They have been very particular about maintaining cleanliness and hygiene. The food was a Bengali menu but prepared with lot of care and thought. Breakfast was complimentary since we took both Lunch and Dinner. The service was good and we liked the warmth showed on us. There was a guided tour in the afternoon for all guests that gave insight to the life and style of the owners of this place. All in all, a very refreshing break from normal tourist destinations.

Room Tip: Most rooms on first floor are good. If possible avoid Chhorda's room which is small and somewhat...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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9 Thank Debkrishna
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Kolkata
Level Contributor
48 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2014

We visited the Itachuna Rajbari in December on 21st and 22nd with family.

This palace was built by the Bargees (Maratha invaders who settled in Bengal) and has been built on a grand scale and is supposed to be 260 years old. One can get glimpses of the archaeological and social structure of the time by looking at the building and understanding the reasons for having certain structures the way they are.

The palace is well preserved and is being maintained well. Only 11 rooms are let out to visitors and a sizeable portion of the Rajbari has not been let out yet (something to do with one of the owners not wanting to let out his portion). There is a charm to the entire place and one feels as if one if cocooned by history and the eras gone by. One gets a feeling of staying among so many things which have seen so much and would have such interesting tales to tell. If only walls could speak .......

Coming to the rooms - we were in the Boroboudir and Chotoboudir ghor, both of which are tastefully done up in period furniture. The palanka (royal bed) in Choto Boudir ghor is huge and it is an experience to just see it and sleep in it. The rooms are quite big and spacious and have huge attached bathrooms with all modern facilities. Basic toiletries are provided.

The portion of the building which is let out is build around a courtyard in the Andarmahal (inner portion of the house for the ladies in the bygone era). The upper rooms have an inner balcony before the outer balcony - excellent as an insulator as well as to maintain privacy. The dining room is in the ground floor and seats around 25 persons.

The Rajbari chaad (roof) is huge and fun to explore. There is a well maintained garden inside the compound. There is a swing for the children on the first floor. There is a garden as one enters the Rajbari and the same is also well maintained.

The food available is wholesome and simple as in home made food.

The staff have been employed from the village nearby and are quite helpful and decent. They do their best to help in whatever way possible. There is an arrangement from the Rajbari for a flute to be played in the morning and evening and the sound of the flute floats through the buildings enchanting all. There is an arrangement for a guided tour of the Rajbari and several interesting facts are learnt.

There is a temple in the compound of the Rajbari and daily puja is performed. Visitors may be part of the puja ceremonies.

There is provision for Dolai Molai (village style massage). The experience was a good one. They also arrange for tours of the village, bonfires, barbeques etc.

We had my little children and old grandmother as part of the group and had a great time.

I feel this is a trip worth doing if only to relax and take a peep into the bygone era. Highly recommended by me.

Room Tip: Take the rooms on the first floor or the suite.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
10 Thank Devjeet_Mullick
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Mumbai
Level Contributor
31 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2013

This place needs some serious hospitality training. The rajbari is frozen in time, the heritage rooms are clean and lovely. They have old colonial furniture and are tastefully done up. The food is great, nothing fancy. Light and tasty like home cooked Bengali food should be. The staff in the office are proffessional and mild mannered. However the impolite behaviour of a few people who do up the rooms was a serious put off. Also bad are the rooms on the ground floor which are non heritage. Just because they come cheaper does not mean that the staff should not pay attention to them. One room in particular was stinking.
Overall I would recommend this place for the experience but there is plenty of room for improvement and I do hope they will take notice of feedback and work on their weaknesses.

Room Tip: Go for the Heritage rooms only.
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Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Itachuna Rajbari
Address: Itachuna | Hoogly District, Kolkata (Calcutta) 712147, India
Region: India > West Bengal > Kolkata (Calcutta)
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Ranked #10 of 325 B&Bs / Inns in Kolkata (Calcutta)
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