by Swarnendu C on Mar 16, 2013
Hotel Aquatic Palace at Kalyani is located in a very serene surrounding. Though one should not expect all the comforts and facilities, it is a good place to stay if one is stuck up till late at Kalyani and cannot come back to Kolkata in the night.
by hfot2 on Feb 27, 2013
We made a reservation here because Kalyani was between Kolkata and Murshidabad and we needed a place for the night. For that, it was adequate at best.
At check-in we asked to see several rooms but we were told there was only one available (given that they claim there are only 14 rooms in the hotel to start with, it’s plausible, if you believe there are only 14 rooms in the whole big building)
We were dragged up three long flights of marble stairs to a corner room said to be overlooking a garden. It was a small and slightly rude place, with a perhaps-queen bed curiously uncentered on a huge Deco-y sort of headboard that also accommodates a single side table. There were two easy chairs with fresh upholstery tucked into a corner with a low glass coffee table and a multi-tiered TV stand. There also was a very small dressing room with armoire and a refrigerator cube that looked very unhygienic. The bathroom was a medium-sized self-cleaning sort with the shower midway between door and john, such that after showering you’ll get wet feet every time you have to go back into the toilet. There was mildew high on the walls near the permanently-open, screened vent. The bathroom did not seem very clean. The whole room smelled musty, in addition to the pervasive odor of moth balls.
Our immediate concern was that two walls of the room were essentially glazed, with vertical louvered curtains. Looking out the window we saw that we were right at the intersection of the major road and a busy minor road. We protested the possibility of noise, but they insist it will be quiet. Later, as the clerk was leaving, we discovered they were setting up for party outside, and we feared a wedding. It turned out, though, that it was a business meeting where people would sit and talk, then take dinner, then come in. All our other protests and demurs were brushed aside one way or another and we seemed to be stuck in room #209. As we started to settle in, there were constant interruptions from the staff - bringing up our luggage, bringing more check-in forms for us to fill out, returning our passport copies, coming with towels and toilet paper, menus, etc. In the midst of this, the curtain collapsed taking down with it the bracket that held it onto the wall; they said they would send someone to fix it (it seems as if they have dealt with this problem before) and it was fixed after dinner.
We had to eat dinner there and the bar/restaurant seemed to be our only option there in the middle of nowhere. It was dark, all men, and noisy from the one other occupied table. We were about to seat ourselves when a waiter rather insistently suggested the family restaurant.
The family restaurant was an altogether more amenable place, dead empty with one waiter watching Hindi TV. We tried to order from the menu, but nothing we wanted was available or we were told it would take too long to prepare. We settled on a half chicken tikka and minced veg, with two rotis and a Kingfisher. The Kingfisher was the highlight of the meal, though the chicken wasn’t bad. The veg was awful; the rotis were OK.
It was necessary to use sleep masks as the curtains did not block light. Traffic noise started by 4:30 and was a full-bore din by 6:15. We were interrupted for a time by mynahs unaccountably trying to get into the room, pecking at the glass and flapping against it.
We were surprised that they really did provide restaurant breakfast instead of room service, and that the restaurant was the bar we were driven out of the night before. It took a half an hour to get our breakfast delivered. It seemed like one ought only to order parantha. Our cheese omelets and 2 parantha with curd and masala chai were good, however. We also got a bottle of mineral water since we didn’t trust the juice.
We survived the night here, but we won’t return.
When we arrived in Kalyani, our driver first drove into Golden Palace Hotel, thinking that was our hotel. We don’t know if it is better or worse, but it is another Kalyani option.
by Scott O on Dec 01, 2012
Located on the highway means trucks travelling throughout the night, making it very noisy. The service is not good and the food is terrible. Unfortunately it is the only hotel in or near Kalyani. The restaurant is basically a drinking and smoking den after dark so unless you like breathing in smoke while eating, order room service (but only if you are hungry).
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