by Santorini Dave • Updated: July 1, 2019
Radisson Kolkata Ballygunge – Smart, elegant, and set along a quiet side street in a convenient location.
Cozily nestled within a residential area away from a main road, the Radisson offers more style and panache than others in the area. The marble lobby features a massive Buddha statue and mezzanine guest lounge, and the rooftop, an extremely appealing pool with jacuzzi. Other facilities often absent in rivals of a similar standard are the spa and well-appointed fitness center. Rooms are spacious, modern, and functional, but the main selling point is the location within the inner-city suburbs, without the crowds, beggars, traffic, and noise of downtown. Not a lot of facilities in the immediate area, but the city center is only a few minutes by auto-rickshaw.
Radisson Kolkata Ballygunge – The Location
- Address: 17 Garcha 1st Lane (also called Dover Place), about 200m from Old Ballygunge Road (also called Gariahat Road) in the inner southern suburbs. Follow the hotel signs along railings from the main road near the Gariahat Road Flyover.
- Area: Clean and safe residential area (with upmarket apartments and slums) in the inner south, yet convenient to downtown.
- How to Get There: Taxis from the pre-paid counters at the airport take 50-60 minutes (21km). From the main railway station (Howrah), the hotel is 35-45 minutes (11km) by taxi. See Local Transport below for more information about taxis and the metro.
Radisson Kolkata Ballygunge – The Basics
- Guests: Mix of foreign business people and Indian tourists.
- Views: As the only high-rise in a residential area, street views are more appealing than rivals closer to and within the city center.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at an inner-city hotel like this in Kolkata.
- Wi-Fi: Free throughout for all guests.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +91 (0)33 4040 9999
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: radisson.com
Radisson Kolkata Ballygunge – Amenities
- Pool: Pretty good. It also offers expansive views and welcome breezes. Inviting lounge chairs in a shallow section of the water, and jacuzzi attached.
- Spa: Unusually for hotels in Kolkata, there is a spa, but it offers little more than massages.
- Fitness Center: Reasonable size and well-equipped, with steam rooms and sauna.
- Other Facilities: Business center (open 24 hours). Same-day laundry.
Radisson Kolkata Ballygunge – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: K-19 – Indian and Mediterranean fare. Particularly bright and airy, and abundant space between tables. Open 24/7. • Smoke Shack – Rooftop bar for grills and tandoori. Terrific views, live music, and dance floor. • Brewin – Pleasant coffee shop opposite the reception desk. Cakes, pastries, sandwiches, and healthy drinks.
- Bars: KLINK – Sleek décor, hip DJs, and imported spirits. On the rooftop. • Nirvana – Trendy hotspot for cocktails. Light meals also available.
- Breakfast: Included in all rates, which is unusual among rivals.
- Room Service: Available 24/7.
Radisson Kolkata Ballygunge – Rooms
- Room Types: Superior Rooms • Deluxe Rooms • Business Class Rooms • Junior Suite Rooms • Executive Suites
- Smoking Rooms: Not permitted in the rooms or public areas.
- Best Room: Twice the size of the standard rooms, the Executive Suites feature separate living areas and particularly spacious bathrooms.
- For Families: All suites and suite rooms have space for 2 extra single beds, while some rooms and suites also have connecting doors.
Radisson Kolkata Ballygunge – Local Transport
- Walking: Backstreets are pleasant for strolling: safe, clean, and not too busy. A fascinating slice of less squalid Kolkata, but the main road 200m away is exceptionally noisy and dirty.
- Public Transport: Buses and trams career along the main road, 200m away, but are of no use to tourists. The nearest metro station, Jatin Das Park, is an inconvenient 2km away (13-minute drive). Additionally, the Kolkata Metro is not useful to most tourists anyway until it connects to the airport and main railway station at Howrah by mid-2021.
- Taxis & Auto-rickshaws: Plenty of yellow taxis (with no air-con) and blue-and-white ones (with air-con) for longer trips. Both types have meters, but drivers need to be pressured into using them. Rides can also be booked using Uber and Ola apps. Also, a few auto-rickshaws around the streets, and more along the main road. Man-pulled rickshaws also available for short trips around the backstreets.
Radisson Kolkata Ballygunge – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
- Mirch Masala Restaurant & Bar – Downstairs bar that’s not dingy as is typical in the area, and restaurant with a bizarre decor, but fantastic Chinese and Indian food. Easy to find about 100m towards the main road. 2-minute walk.
The only other options are at, or near, The Ivy House guesthouse, about 750m away. At the main road near the Radisson, turn left (north), then right at the traffic light, and follow Anil Maitra Road.
- Karma Kettle Tearoom – Within an undercover courtyard at The Ivy House. Limited array of light meals, sandwiches, and high teas every afternoon. Check out the amazing teashop attached. 9-minute walk (750m).
- Fish Fish – Classy little place directly opposite the guesthouse entrance. Also offers a few tasty Chinese meals and better-than-expected service. 9-minute walk (750m).
- Kasturi Food Plaza – 2 levels serving Indian food, just past Fish Fish. Nicer and quieter than typical street-side eateries. 10-minute walk (750m).
- Melting Pot – Very cozy and welcoming, with a menu more westernized than rivals, e.g. pasta and burgers. About 200m from The Ivy House. 10-minute walk (850m).
- Nothing along the street in front of the Radisson, but only 200m away along the main road are several shops – mostly jewelers and tailors, but interesting enough.
- Victoria Memorial – Kolkata’s most popular attraction, this opulent British-era white marble replica of the original Victoria Memorial in London was built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s 25-year rule of India. In addition to lush gardens, statues, and sculptures, there are sound and light shows from March to June (7:45 pm). Open daily from 11 am to 4pm. 18-minute drive (5km).
- Mother House – Also known as Missionaries of Charity, it houses the tomb of Mother Teresa as well as her photographs, awards, articles, and belongings. The description of work done by her charity is eye-opening. 21-minute drive (4.5km).
- The must-see Indian Museum is the country’s largest and oldest. It houses a world-class collection of ancient artifacts from India and beyond, along with Raj-era relics housed in an occasionally frustrating manner. Open from 10 am to 6.30 pm on weekdays and until 8 pm on weekends. 27-minute drive (8km).
- Howrah Bridge – This famous Kolkata landmark is the world’s busiest and sixth biggest cantilever bridge. Built in 1943, it connects Kolkata with the important Howrah Station, and features wide footpaths full of pedestrians on both sides. 35-minute drive (11km).
- Dakshineswar Kali Temple – Historic Hindu temple, built in 1855, featuring a vast courtyard, 12 shrines dedicated to Shiva, a Radha-Krishna temple, and a bathing ghat by the riverfront. 1-hour drive (18km).
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