5 star flat near metro stn, wifi

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Prince Gholam Mohammad Shah Road, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Shoma

An intimate space. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living n dining space, a well-equipped kitchen, a washing machine, a water heater, a leisurely 10-min walk to the nearest subway, guards 24/7. The surrounds are leafy:quiet, a guest said Rome of the 60s.

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An intimate space. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living n dining space, a well-equipped kitchen, a washing machine, a water heater, a leisurely 10-min walk to the nearest subway, guards 24/7. The surrounds are leafy:quiet, a guest said Rome of the 60s.

The Space

Warm yet unobtrusive Bengali hospitality awaits you in this cozy nook of Kolkata. This is on the first floor just above the garage which is on the ground floor. It is a 4-storied building in a complex of 2 such buildings. There is an elevator. There are 2 security guards at the gate at any given time.

Well, what makes my listing unique? I'm thinking... When I travel to a different city, I want a home there, not a hotel. I want to feel like a citizen there, a native maybe a limited native, not a guest, an outsider. (Of course I know at the back of my mind that I can only pay-act at being a citizen... as the evolving world keeps changing colors.) So that's the sense, I hope, my space will give you. A feel of being a Kolkata citizen for a bit of time. Treat it as your own, and care for it as your own. It should comfortably fit in 4 people.

Please note that the address mentioned as 49 Prince Anwar Shah is not correct. It is the street next to it. Prince Gholam Mohammad (PGM) Shah Road. The exact address will be provided on request.

The interiors:
The apartment has a sunny and airy living-cum-dining area with large windows facing each other. With trees all around, the room gets a cool filtered green light. It has among other things, a two double-seater sofas, a coffee table.

A tiny, narrow corridor connects the living area with the master bedroom, which has a four-poster queen-sized bed, a side table, both vintage, and a TV with cable. It is fitted with an AC.

The attached bathroom has ceramic tiles on the wall and marble flooring. It has a wash basin with mirror, shower, commode.

The second bedroom has a black wrought iron queen bed. Other furniture include a writing table, a shelf, yet another shelf. This room is also air-conditioned.

The attached bathroom is fitted with a geyser/water heater in addition to the usual facilities.

The walls are lined with original artworks and posters. In the apartment, tradition blends with the more edgy and utilitarian.

Meals and Dine

Fully-equipped, operational kitchen available for cooking breakfast, lunch, dinner. The kitchen is fairly spacious and has the following:
A double gas stove, microwave, electric kettle, mixer-grinder, water filter, cups, mugs, crystal glasses, crockery, cutlery, pots and pans. Cleaning fluids can please be used to keep the used cookware, kitchen counter and floor clean.

There's a fully-automatic washing machine and a clothes line for drying clothes indoors. There is also an ironing stall down the lane. A boy will come and collect and drop laundry that needs ironing at appointed hours.

The dining den comprises a 3-seater wrought iron-wooden table and chairs, and a frost-free refrigerator.

A storage cupboard has been provided, where you can hang your clothes. The linen is kept in there as well.

There's also a glass-fronted showcase lined with really old brass utensils that had come with my mother's 'dowry' :)

Security

You are requested to hand over a photo copy of an ID proof, that is passport and visa.

Before a booking is made you will also have to give a description of yourself, your job or your vocation, the place from where you are arriving, your purpose of visit. In case you are planning to have someone join you later, you will have to provide similar details of that person as well.

Please read the house rules regarding local guests and visitors.

If you are staying for a long stint and intend to employ helps, details must be provided to me regarding their timings and purpose.

From the airport:

From the airport to my apartment, it will take 30-60 mins, depending on traffic. You can take a taxi from the prepaid taxi booth, which is inside the airport. A more economical option would be to take the AC shuttle bus, which stands in front of the airport. It should say destination Tollygunge. However, it will obviously be taking longer (around 1.5 hours) than the taxi as it will be stopping very often. Get down at the terminal stop, the Tollygunge Metro Station. From there, my apartment can be reached very easily.

From the 2 main stations:
Howrah Station- 45 min
Sealdah Station- 30 min

From nearest Metro station:
Metro Tollygunge- a 10-min walk

From the transport point of view, the apartment comes up trumps as it's very close to Metro station. The underground trains will take you to most tourist destinations in the city in 20-30 minutes. The system is efficiently run and miles ahead of overground transport options.

Check-in: 12-2 pm
Check-out: 12 pm

Internet

Unlimited and free wireless internet

Nearby

The apartment is a 10 minute walk from the nearest (Tollygunge) metro station. Cabs are readily available near the pad. For shorter distances, cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws are the best bet. Pharmacies and restaurants and a smallish 'supermarket' called Family Care, all three with home delivery, ATMs, banks, farmers' markets, cinema halls, a gym are all at a radius of 0.5 km.

The South City mall, which also has a multiplex cinema and a number of good restaurants besides the mandatory food court on the top floor, is a 10-minute walk from here. The really good supermarket, called Spencers in the basement. It also stocks cold meats, sausages and other imported frozen edibles. Besides an abundance of fresh ware and millions of grocery goods.

Bakery

You can source freshly-baked multigrain, whole wheat, rye, corn, cheese, masala (and so on) bread and other items from Patisserie, the bakery at Spencers. Two other standalone bakery units also near at hand.

I have another apartment in the older part of the city, titled, 'Quiet, pretty space, heart of city'. which is also listed in this portal. 2-day stays in each of the properties will give you a comprehensive flavor of Calcutta's contrasts.

Among paid services on offer are:
1. A pickup from the airport in an AC MUV.

In case a booking is made offline and payment's in cash a cancellation fee of Rs 500/night is chargeable.

Guest Access

I rent out the entire flat. So the guests will have access to everything inside..

Interaction with Guests

I stay 4 buildings down the road. I'm almost always available on the phone and the Net. If I'm in town and not on another job, I'm also available in person. Also, if I'm in Kolkata, I will show in my guests.

With both my listings, my constant craving for meeting new people gets satisfied to a certain extent. If a few guests agree to become my friends, I feel extremely fortunate. I also am forever trying to beef up my vocabulary. And in the process, I sometimes end up shocking my guests by begging them to teach me some 'questionable' words in their native languages ... even after a very brief interaction. :)

The Neighborhood

IThanks to the adjacent Royal Calcutta Golf Course, which dates back to colonial times, abundant vegetation and freedom from vehicular traffic, out here the mercury is always 2-3 degrees below the normal city temperature levels. There's a park nearby. No large public vehicles intrude, just the sound of the occasional private car, vendor or school children.

The neighborhood comes closest to being Bengal's Beverly Hills. It's here that many of our film stars have chosen to home in as the air is clean and the views green and leafy wherever you look. It's genteel, almost hushed atmosphere is often pierced by various cries and calls of dogs, birds, vegetable sellers or zip repairers... and even foxes and frogs in late evening. You will spot kingfishers if you are patient.

Kolkata's TV hub, the Doordarshan Kendra, and the oldest film studio, Indrapuri Studios are short walks away. Go a little further, and you reach Lakshmi House, an ashram dedicated to Sri Aurobindo and his French muse, Mira. Here, you can meditate to your heart's content and later check out handmade stuff crafted by ashramites of Pondicherry. If you are an eastern classical music enthusiast, you can also walk down to the Sangeet Research Academy, which hosts concerts at regular intervals.

Take another route and you find yourself in tree-lined Southern Avenue, which lines the 'great lakes' of Calcutta, the Dhakuria Lakes. This place is a roughly 20-30 minute walk from the apartment. Here, the health-conscious citizenry do their daily swimming, rowing, walking and so on very conscientiously. Health drinks will be on offer, conjured out of anything from bitter gourd to sugarcane.

Also on this road is the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, a multi-storied art space which always has a couple of shows going. You will find a yoga school on the way. A multitude of street food kiosks and restaurants, serving Indian, Italian, Chinese, Singaporean dots the area. Shopping centres like South City Mall (for brands) and Dakhinapan (for ethnic goods) are close at hand.

The ancient Kalighat temple (3 km approx) and the newer Birla Mandir (5 km approx) are close by.

Besides these lesser-known attractions, the Victoria Memorial, Maidan, Indian Museum, Rabindranath Tagore's Calcutta home, Jorasanko (among so many other spots) are all a 15 to 20-minute metro ride away.

Getting around

The nearest Metro station has two names: 'Tollygunge area' and 'Mahanayak Uttam Kumar'. This causes some confusion at times but the mad and dictatorial chief minister wants it this way!

This Metro stop is a 8-10 minute walk from the apartment. You can also take a 'cycle rickshaw' if you want. The Metro is a convenient and easy mode of transport. The fares are laughably low. You can buy a card from the station for long-term usage.

A couple of cabs usually stand by the park nearby. The park is a 3-minute walk from here. There is a taxi stand nearby as well.

Autorickshaws or tuktuks are also available, but in Kolkata this mode of transport works on fixed routes and is a shuttle service.

The nearest bus stops (Golf Green and south City) is a 10-minute walk from here.

Other Things to Note

A domestic help comes in every alternate day at a fixed time of 6-615 pm to clean (sweep and swab) the flat. She is trustworthy and has her own set of keys to let herself in in case guests are not in.
If any guest has problems regarding this free service or if they do not want her to come in when they are not inside, please ket me know.

For guests staying for a month and above, an electricity charge of Rs 3500/month is payable.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Extra people: $20 / night after 2 guests
Monthly Price: $750 /month
Cleaning Fee: $10
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  • We stayed in the apartment for 8 days. It's in a very quiet neighbourhood, 15 minutes walking from a big city mall where buying food and all you need. The apartment was comfortable, well equipped and furnished, we had been travelling for a long time so liked to use the kitchen for home made cooking and everything worked fine. Our only complaint is about the wifi, it didn't worked during a week. Owners phoned the company but nobody came to fix it, so Shoma's husband offered us to go to his nearby office to use his wifi, which we appreciated although it wasn't the same like having the freedom to use internet when you want. We had said in advance it was a real necessity for us for professional reasons. We think it was bad luck with the company but we would recommend to change it to avoid this happens to other customers.
    The apartment is very safe, with security in entrance and fits the description given. Air conditioning is at bedrooms, so if you come in june, which is hot and wet season (kolkata is hard travelling in this period), maybe you will want to live in the bedroom all the day!, but there are fans in all rooms anyway.
    Shoma was out of city so that's why we dealed more with her husband, who explained us the most important things about the area and apartment when we arrived, was very polite.

    The area is good if you don't mind not to be in the center, kolkata is quite big to move around. A taxi to park street area will cost you around 100 rp and to the airport around 350 rp. Metro is 15 minutes walking from the apartment and has direct line to city center.

    June 2014
  • Truly enjoyed our stay at this very comfortable apartment, which has all the amenities one would need. Great support from the host, and really felt at home. Would recommend this apartment to anyone without hesitation! Thanks so much Shoma.

    March 2014
  • Although Shoma was very friendly to us, she kept on asking us to keep the place clean. We were pretty disappointed that the place itself was actually kind of dirty. Dust was settling in the windows and the shower didn't feel cleaned. This might just have been a one-time thing, but be sure to ask about it before you visit here.

    The area was a nice and peaceful residential place. If you plan on coming to Kolkata only for a short period of time though, I would advice to find a place a bit closer to the centre.

    March 2014
  • Simply the best host I've ever met

    February 2014
  • We flew into Calacutta late at night and someone had recommended a homestay which ended up being more like a halfway house. It was horrible. It was republic day weekend so a lot of the hotels were all booked out. I quickly searched airbnb the next morning, and with in an hour we were at Shoma's apartment and what a difference! Thanks so much Shoma for organising it all so quickly! Shoma did a great intro to Calcutta and the area and was great. We stayed for five or six nights and it was the apartment was perfect for us, and a beautiful rest after traveling through India for a few months. The apartment is situated in a really nice and leafy area. At first we had a few hassles finding it in a taxi (we don't speak bengali and the drivers don't like to look at maps, we had an iphone with (website hidden) maps, but it still was a difficult endeavor), but we found the subway (about ten minutes walk away), and that was a perfect and fast way to explore Calcutta. The apartment is really safe, very clean, quiet (except for the incessant building in calcutta and the lovely school near by). Our son (6) loved it as well. There are some little shops nearby, and some great street food near the station. Shoma organised a car to get us back to the airport.

    Don't hesitate and just book. This apartment would be cheaper and much better than any other accommodation you will find in Calcutta and most importantly, you will have a more local experience than staying in a hotel. Its spacious, clean and restful! Thanks again Shoma.

    January 2014
  • Shoma's flat was nice. The flat is safe and close to train which is nice. I fell a little ill during my time in the city, and Shoma was so helpful with clinic and hospital info. She's always a text message or a phone call away if you need anything. Thanks!

    December 2013
  • Its a good apartment with good facilities as mentioned in Shoma's apartment details in Airbnb. She is very accommodating with guest request, takes care of the apartment well and things are well maintained in the apartment. I liked the place and it was a good stay for us. Given a chance and when need arise, i will surely recommend this to my friends/ known people to avail and i will stay back again.

    December 2013
  • Summary: Awesome overall experience, 3-yr kid felt at home and my wife liked it (which seals the deal!). Would love to be back.
    * Location: Flat close to Southcity, metro etc. Hence overall quality of stay was gr8. Very secure apt complex. We felt safe. Its opposite a school. The school kids create a mid level hum when the school is in session, which did not bother us.
    * Host: Shoma was an excellent host, paid attention to fine details (often without us explicitly asking for things). Took care to thoroughly clean the apt. She trusted us and our interaction was uber smooth. If we needed any logistical help, she would text back very quickly with lots of useful tips and information. Even though I grew up here, these tips helped since I don't stay here anymore.
    * Apt: as described by her. If you keep the windows open you will have gr8 cross ventilation at the expense of a few mosquitoes but thats normal. All appliances worked and the kitchen was very usable i.e. we had no issues cooking meals. The apt has nice paintings (by her and by her husband) everywhere so you feel immersed in what defines Kolkata. The wireless worked and was enough for emails,(website hidden)and some youtube (for the kid).

    November 2013
  • Shoba was a great host. Her comfortable, familiar apartment was the perfect stay. We'll be back next time we are in Kolkata. Thank you.

    October 2013
  • We stayed in this apartment for several months and were really impressed by the ambiance and comfort Shoma has thoughtfully created there. We weren't overwhelmed by the cleanliness of the place though. The kitchen drawers, cabinets, and even the food processor had cobwebs and tiny dead insects in them when we arrived. Not a big deal, just not what we expected after previous reviewers had noted how clean the flat was.

    Shoma was very accommodating to our particular requests and went beyond her obligations as host on several occasions. But we did have some trouble in our interactions with her. Probably a lot of these problems arose because our communication was cross-cultural, as well as written rather than face-to-face. Because good communication is very helpful in an arrangement like this, I'd recommend establishing the unwritten expectations and rules that Shoma has at the outset--i.e. the number of bed linen pieces you are permitted to have laundered, how much you plan to use the AC or other appliances, etc. I'd also recommend that you check the apartment when you arrive and make sure everything is clean and working to avoid being asked to pay for repairs or extra cleaning of things that were overlooked when the flat was prepared for your arrival. It's not that Shoma's rules are hard to follow or that repairs are expensive, it just makes things a little tense and unpleasant to have to continually address these kinds of issues during your stay.

    A few other things that might be helpful: the nearest nice swimming pool that doesn't charge a lot for non-guests is at the Hotel Hindustan, the nearest fitness center we found was Karma near Menoka Cinema, and the Ar-Han-Thai shawarmas in the basement food court of South City Mall are to die for. Overall, we were glad to have found Shoma's place and enjoyed being in its artistic and homey atmosphere.

    August 2013
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My interests include food (delicious, low-oil), films, travel, photography, art, news, good conversation, among other things. My music's mostly eighties, seventies and sixties, and of course some of the current acts in rock-pop, western and eastern classical music as well. I used to be a journalist at one point of time. I write features and edit, if I feel like it, now and then. I like painting, and am fascinated with poster art at present. Well, I'm a wanderer (as Donna Summer sang many eons ago). I have travelled to most corners of India, other than the northeast. I'm just back from Kerala. Needless to say, it was a mind-boggling, even bone-rattling experience, though a bit rushed. I still feel stunned and am rained under millions of photographs that I and my husband snapped up. Other recent visits were to places like Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand (mainly Binsar) and Gujarat (Kutch) Outside my country, I have travelled to China, Bhutan, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Egypt, Nepal, Mexico, Milan, London (my personal love), Paris and Amsterdam, the last two being the last foreign destinations. Among authors, I like Marquez, Kundera, Fitzgerald, Salinger...intend to re-read the Russians. I live for my family, for meeting and getting to know interesting people (easy conversationalists an added bonus), and for travel and movies. Among my favorite directors are Bergman, Tarkovsky, Bertollucci, Kubric, Lars Von Triers, Woody Allen, David Lean, Satyajit Ray, Mike Leigh, Antonioni...and all well-made movies created with honest intent, I guess! People with a sharp sense of humour and an ability to take it nice and eaaasy always welcome in my space.
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