About this listing
A cosy and modern room in a quintessentially BENGALI part of town. A very safe neighbourhood, enjoy local pubs, restaurants and shops with great connections to central Kolkata by bus or tube.
We are a family of three , owned by two cocker spaniels.
Our only daughter has relocated to England for a while and we love having people over from all walks of life and we welcome you to our home.
Ours is an air conditioned studio apartment on the 3rd floor roughly 300 sq ft in size. It comes with a double bed - just right for two people or a single traveler. The studio has an attached bath/toilet with 24 hours hot and cold water , a kitchenette with a refrigerator, microwave, to store and warm your food.
In a cozy nook rests a dinette area for two. Bright and well lit, it has a separate work desk and chair and complimentary Wifi internet is available. When you want to put your feet up and relax , there is a LCD television with a D2H connection and comfortable seating. A guided meditation session can be arranged if informed in advance. For guests who want to stay with us longer ,please feel free to use the washing machine located in the utility area adjoining the roof. Guests have roof access and its quite an experience savoring a hot cup of tea surrounded by over 100 potted plants. Our little patch of green in this concrete jungle.
The Studio apartment is conveniently placed in the Gariahat- Ballygunge area, one of the main roads of south kolkata. It is famous for its retail market for Saris and hand loom materials. Many shopping complexes and state govt. emporiums are located nearby. Tucked away in a private road you are just away enough to escape the traffic. A 5 min walk takes you to the Rabindra Sarover lakes, a must go for joggers and early risers.
10 kms away from the Howrah Station (30 mins on a good day) and 20 kms from the airport (45 mins thanks to the bypass). If you need access to the IT hub , its only 40 mins away.
Easily accessible by buses, taxis and auto's ( India's version of the TukTuk ) are available all day. The Kali ghat Metro station is a 5 mins auto ride away , and it takes you to the down town and central business district in 10 mins. If you want to soak in some history take a 15 mins ride on the Metro to North Calcutta.
The area is an epicurean delight and a foodies paradise, Over the years mid range restaurants sprang up in every nook and cranny of the street. Chinese remains the most popular followed by North Indian and Italian cuisine. If stomach permits try the best street food in Kolkata here. All restaurants also deliver food and the kitchenette has a good collection of Menu cards. But If you crave a traditional Bengali meal look no further than our kitchen. If you are staying for four days or more we invite you for a complimentary traditional Bengali meal with our family. Our expert cooks also gives lessons.
About us :
We live in the main house which is on the same floor but has a separate entrance. We are a family with wanderlust and are well travelled and cross culturally seasoned. Many of the artifacts around the house have been collected by me during our travels around the world. I am an ex airline manager now a meditation teacher. My husband is a management consultant and our daughter is a sociologist working in the public health sector. We are all owned by two super friendly cocker spanies , Goopy and Bagha. As a rule they do not venture into the studio apartment but if guests are uncomfortable then they can be restricted to the main house. However, we admit to like pet lovers more. Our staff is trustworthy and efficient and most of them have been with us for decades.We hope you enter as strangers and leave as friends.
to the Terrace .
Interaction with Guests
We are very sociable and love interacting with our guests . However we respect guests privacy .
1. Breakfast is complimentary and will be served in your room. Any additional request or meals will be charged extra.
2. House keeping services will be provided every morning but please keep your space reasonably clean. Sheets/towels will be changed for each guest.
3. Guests will be given their own set of keys. Water and electricity are precious resources, kindly switch off all appliances when not in use.
4. Though the studio apartment is on the top floor and separate from the main house the building has other residents. Please be responsible and remember to close the elevator door on your way out.
5. We are not here to judge you but strictly NO DRUGS & ALCHOHOL please.
6. Your safety is our concern. Please do not invite , tour guides, escorts and strangers you meet during your visit, inside the apartment premises.
7.Guests are not allowed in your room. If you have local friends you are advised to meet with them outside.
8. For anything else, Ask and you shall receive.
Rajasree was a great host! The first day she took me on an orientation tour of the city and kept me well fed the rest of my stay with some of the best meals I had in Kolkata.
The room is clean and comfortable with a very good wifi connection. It is located in a very safe part of Kolkata. I very much enjoyed my stay here and would be more than happy to return in the future.
Rajasree was a wonderful hostess! The meals we shared with here were delicious and she was very sweet and the room was clean and comfortable. Thank you Rajasree!!
This was our first airbnb experience. If every host is like Rajasree, we'll use airbnb again and again. Rajasree is a genuinely affectionate, knowledgeable, and attentive host. She looked after us every step of the way - offering tips, delicious food, cultural know how, and even one of her beautiful saris for me to wear to the wedding I was attending! We felt at home among her, her husband and doggies. She's an instant friend, and one we hope to have for many years!
Rajasree is a gem of a person. She has this knack of resonating with everyone irrespective of their age. She made my first Airbnb experience wonderful.
Her ultra hospitable nature coupled with beautiful terrace garden made our stay a perfect weekend getaway in kolkata.
After this experience , there is no way I would even think about staying in some mundane hotel especially when I plan to travel to kolkata next.
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My colleague had a great stay. Rajasree is a fantastic host. The accommodation is great value for money. We would definitely stay here again.
Our stay at Rajasree’s studio apartment was everything we had hoped it would be. We were well looked after and Rajasree gave us much valuable advice to help us get around Kolkata. She was always there to help us. The apartment was comfortable and well situated and after a day or two we found our feet to explore the city. It was great that Rajasree could arrange a driver to pick us up and take us back to the airport. Thank you!
Rajasree is a warm and friendly human being. I felt the warmth from the moment of her meeting me the first time till the day I left. She would ensure comfort and security for women travellers with ingenuity. She always tried her best to give the best to the guests when it came to food. We were served warm breakfasts everyday. The lovely part of the house is her beautiful terrace adorned with lovely plants. The neighbourhood is calm and peaceful. The geographic location of the house is very convenient for public transportactions.
About the Host, Rajasree
I have worked in the travel industry for 24 years and I have an insatiable need to travel and meet people. I have travelled to many parts of the world all by myself and sometimes my family joins me.
I am a trained classical and rabindra sangeet singer and I currently teach meditation and would be happy to give you a guided meditation session .