About This Listing
It is a walk-up, medium sized (250sq.ft) studio apartment on the top (4th) floor, with a wraparound terrace full of potted plants and herbs. It is air conditioned and has wi-fi. The hosts live on the floor below.
The air-conditioned studio apartment has twin beds, which may be joined together to form a double bed if required. It also has a closet, a writing desk, a small refrigerator and arrangements to make tea and coffee. The walls are adorned with an assortment of masks, original paintings and other artifacts from the hosts’ collection. There is wi-fi internet. The attached bathroom has running hot/cold water in the shower stall.
If the weather permits (which it does most of the year), guests can spend time on the terrace.
Long term stays (over 25 days) during summer (May to July) the rates are negotiable.
We are a family of designers and artists and collectors of traditional arts and crafts, interested in world literature and cinema. Our daughter is a jewelry designer. We love meeting people, cooking and music. Our house is a veritable museum, but much of our collection is locked up in boxes due to space constraints. On occasion we take them out to discuss their inherent artistic qualities to people who are interested. We understand and appreciate the finer things of life but live simply. Our home is cherished by all for its environment of laughter and bonhomie.
Welcome to our home!
What we offer:
1. Airport transfers are charged extra.
2. Breakfast made by the hosts. Please specify diet preferences.
3. Supply of fresh towels, etc.
4. Bed sheets are changed every week.
5. Free Wi-Fi internet.
6. Local calls are free from the land line in the dining room.
7. There is no room service.
Per night……………..45 USD per day
Cleaning charges......10 USD per week
All other charges must be paid in cash.
Interaction with Guests
Guests can come down to floor below and interact with us. We will personally welcome you to the house and show you around.
The house is located on Sarat Bose Road (originally known as Lansdowne Road) in south Calcutta (or Kolkata if you like). This used to be a quiet residential area on a tree-lined avenue. With urban growth, this area has fast turned into a busy commercial street with old Art-Deco buildings giving way to hospitals, offices, banks, shops and restaurants. Located behind a building facing the main road, ours is partly insulated from the street noise although we are in the bustling heart of south Calcutta. A somewhat upscale slum is right behind this building (meaning of course that – the people living here are better off and the stench and filth that one associates with slums elsewhere are not present) and therefore, one has a ring side seat to all the various festivals that the city is famous for.
A host of confectioneries, coffee shops and restaurants are within walking distance of the house. The Airport is an hour away. It takes about 30 minutes to reach Howrah Station and about 20 minutes to Sealdah Station, depending on traffic/mode of transport. The Metro Railway’s Jatin Das Station is just two blocks away, and a 12-minute Metro ride will take you to the downtown area.
Advantages of the neighbourhood:
1. Taxis are mostly available.
2. A number of good restaurants within a 1 km radius.
3. Close to three major markets.
4. The Dhakuria Lakes are less than a km away.
5. Plenty of shops, pharmacies and laundry services.
6. No water logging in this area during monsoon, so one can
enjoy the rains.
7. Major Art Galleries are within a 2 Km radius.
8. ATM counter (cashpoint) two houses away.
Proximity to important sites:
1. The Greek Orthodox Church is a short walk (10 minutes).
2. The Kalighat Temple is just a little further up (another 10
3. Mother Teresa’s Mission is next to it.
4. The Victoria Memorial Hall is a 10-minute ride on the Metro.
5. The Indian Museum is a 12-minute ride on the Metro.
6. Park Street is also a 12-minute ride on the Metro
7. Esplanade is just about a 15-minute ride on the Metro.
8. The Zoo and the National Library are a 15-minute taxi ride
9. Older parts of Calcutta are a 25-minute Metro ride away.
To pack in as much of the city as possible during your visit, consult us. Also pick up a street map from the tourist bureau counter when you land.
1. This is a "home-stay” facility. Therefore, we are unable to provide room service.
2. Bed sheets and towels are changed once a week. However, if you want bed linen or towels to be changed more frequently, it will be charged 5 USD extra.
3. There is tea and coffee and an electric kettle in your room
4. Breakfast will be served around 9 am, in your room. If the weather is not too hot, it’s lovely to sit on the terrace and have breakfast.
5. We do not serve lunch or dinner. You may bring in food and you are free to use the micro-wave downstairs to warm it up provided we are at home. There is also a map in your room which shows all the nearby food joints in the area.
6. Guests are not allowed in your room. If you have local friends you are advised to meet with them outside.
7. For all other needs ask us.
Mon amie et moi avons passé un magnifique 3 jours au Studio on the Terrace, un répit bien mérité après un mois de voyage. On s'y sent comme à la maison. La terrasse et la multitude d'œuvres d'arts mises en valeur dans la chambre rend l'endroit particulièrement attrayant. Plusieurs excellents restos à proximité pour le souper (Amini, Tamarind). À l'écart du brouhaha touristique et du centre-ville tout en étant très bien située et à quelques minutes à pied du métro. Un must quoi ! On vous le recommande chaudement. Seul bémol: ne pas compter sur l'Internet (ce qui devrait être arrangé sous peu)
I had a great time in what felt like my own apartment in Kolkata. Shohini and her mother made me feel super welcome and helped me navigate the city. Loved the daily Indian-style breakfasts. Will definitely rent the place again next time I'm in Kolkata. Didn't want to leave! Thanks, Shohini!
I am never staying anywhere else in Kolkata! The flat is large, airy, conveniently located and gorgeously decorated, and Shohini and her mother are absolutely wonderful hosts. They are kind, helpful and seem to know the city inside and out. While writing the review, looking at the pictures from the ad actually makes me "homesick". Thanks for a lovely stay and I hope to be back soon!
This was my second visit to the studio on the terrace. As expected it was a warm welcome to my home away from home. I stayed for just over two weeks. The room is perfect, clean, beautifully decorated, the bathroom is lovely and the terrace is perfect for looking out over the city. There is a fridge which is really convenient and plenty of cupboard space. The beds are very comfortable and the air conditioning is really efficient. Shohini is a wonderful host and has carried on her Dad's amazing hospitality. The breakfasts are always delicious and range from Western fare to local treats. Shohini and her mum looked after me like family, even helping me access some medicine when I was feeling unwell. The area is a great one, full of restaurants, markets and shops. It is safe and friendly as well as being near the metro station. The desk drawers are full of helpful tourist guides and Shohini is also really happy to advise on activities and places to go. I hope to keep visiting Kolkata and I know I will have a safe, welcoming and wonderful experience every time I stay with Shohini.
The moment I stepped in to the studio I felt at home. It is clean, tastefully decorated and shows how much thought was put in to. Having fridge, electric kettle and wifi was very helpful. What I miss the most is the roof top terrace. I enjoyed having tea outside. The scenery of the neighborhood never bored me. Surrounded by the plants and the visiting birds, my daily laundry was so much more fun. One night I saw the fireworks. One night I watched lightnings traveling through the city. I often did my morning stroll before breakfast. The lake is about 15-20 min away and Kalighat is 10-15 min away. And yes, the breakfast. It is homemade and I so looked forward to it every morning. I much prefer having something I have no idea what it will be than picking out from a menu. The metro station is less than 10 min walk from the studio. My first experience was very overwhelming (it was unusually crowded), but after that one particular ride, the rest of my rides were just fine. Metro is quite affordable and takes no time to get to central/north part of the town. Another favorite thing for me to do was to walk/shop around the “mumu street” (It is not an official name. I just call it that way. But Shohini will know it, if you would ask). Colorful, comfortable and extremely forgiving Bengali nighties (I call them Kolkata mumus) are sold on this street among many other things. It was a daily ritual to end my walk with the local’s favorite egg roll, a perfect, very addictive street snack. I flew in and out the city and Shohini arranged car service for me and it was easy, stress free and hustle free. Mrs. Gupta has such a sweet smile and made me feel so welcomed. Shohini has this wonderful laid back way and I treasure the time of us hanging out. I am so happy to have found my home in Kolkata.
Shohini and her Mother were wondeful and very welcoming, especially as i arrived late. They were able to organis a prebooked taxi for me from the airport which was af great assistance and made the transition very easy.
The studio was as the pictures exactly, a lovely space that was quiet and calming.
We enjoyed our time in Kolkata immensely. The Studio is just as described - clean, comfortable, and convenient. The hosts had a lot of useful travel information available in the room, including information on interesting sites and events in the city and a very handy neighbourhood map pointing nearby restaurant spots. We recommend eating at Tamarind and Oudh 1590, both walking distance. Kewpies, a bit further, is great for Bengali food.
Shohini and her mother appear to be very interesting, creative, and kind. Opportunities for more interaction would have enriched the experience.
The flat is conveniently located, with lots of restaurants, small convenient stores, and the metro nearby. It's really a perfect location from which to explore the city.
About the Host, Shohini
I have just taken over hosting responsibilities from my father, Abhijit, and me and my mother, Smriti, intend to follow in the footsteps of my Superhost Dad!
I am a self taught jewelry artist by profession but I’m also interested in folk and tribal art, dance and music. Our house is filled with art, craft, books and stories. Me and my mother are house proud and our home defines us.
My mother has green fingers and maintains a lush green roof top garden. She is also a great cook and dabbles with pottery once in a while.
We have many friends in the city who drop by unannounced and we love having people around. Good food, a little something to drink and a stimulating conversation is our source of inspiration!
My work keeps me at home most of the time that is why I enjoy little trips to the neighborhood cafe or craft shop in the evenings.
I cannot do without good food, the internet, friends, coffee, making things and window shopping!
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