The 2 double-seaters in the living roomYet another view of the seating arrangement in the living room
A green jewel, near metro stn, wifi
Domaćin – Shoma
Shoma je domaćin.
4 gosta
2 spavaće sobe
2 kreveta
2 kupaonice
4 gosta
2 spavaće sobe
2 kreveta
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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.

Prostor

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: 10 am
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.

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

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, interest in 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. :)


Thanks 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.

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.

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.

Dostupno gostima

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

Interakcija s gostima

I stay 4 buildings down the road. I'm mostly available on the phone and the Net. Also, if I'm in Kolkata, I will show in my guests.

Ostale napomene

Guests of guests: As this is a private housing society, it is discouraged to entertain guests due to security reasons. At the most, provided decorum is strictly maintained, a maximum of two guests can visit for a couple of hours during the course of your stay.

Help: A domestic help comes in every alternate day at a fixed time of 6-615 pm to clean (sweep and swab) the flat. She does not do the dishes or dispose garbage. 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.

There are 2 bathrooms and both have water heaters. However, please do not switch on both at the same time.

Please dispose of trash from both the kitchen as well as the bathrooms in the bins near the gate from where they are collected by the Corporation.

Please clean and dry the utensils, crockery, cutlery and implements that are used by you when you leave. I am an optimist, so always look forward to getting back a sparkling kitchen from you, same as when it was handed over to you. :)

If anything is damaged/broken you would have to inform me and either replace them or leave a roughly equivalent amount to cover the costs.

A note about the ACs: I know Kolkata is a hot and humid city. Unlike a big hotel and like most householder flats here and elsewhere, my flat too is not centrally air conditioned. There are 2 ACs or air conditioners in two rooms. So, when the AC is switched on, please shut the door/s of that room. If not, the AC will get overheated and malfunction.


Sadržaji
Dizalo
Klima-uređaj
Kabelska TV
Kuhinja

Kućni red
Dolazak je nakon 12:00
Odlazak do 10:00

Guest Policy:

This is a private residential apartment designed to give you a safe, personalised and home-like stay in a new city. I will try my best to keep it that way and feel I have been rather successful at that, going by the feedback of my guests.

Keeping both your and my security as well as the regulations of the housing society in mind, the rules for guest-of-guests are as follows.

1. During your stay, guests of guests will not be allowed in the premises, unless they are part of the family. In case of family, you can entertain them for a day/two for a few hours. If it is an extended gathering, it will have to be organized outside the flat.

2. People who act as professional escorts or travel guides will strictly not be allowed in the premises.

3. People who became your friends in the course of your travels locally will not be allowed in the premises.

4. If you plan to have a friend/spouse/any other family member join you later in the course of your stay I will have to be informed well in advance before the booking and ID proof provided along with yours.

Trash Disposal:

1. Trash cans lined with plastic bags are kept in the kitchen and two bathroom. You are requested to throw away the filled-up trash bags into the 2 large blue bins placed in the garage near the main gate. It is best if you do this every day if you are using the kitchen full scale. Otherwise, insects may gatecrash.

These bins are cleared every day by the corporation every day. Trash includes leftover perishable food items, empty bottles and everything else that you need to dispose of. You must clear the garbage on your last day at all costs.

2. Please do not throw paper or plastic inside the toilet bowls. This once clogged up the sewage system.

3. If there is any breakage or damage of anything, including crockery or decorative items, in the apartment, you will have to replace it if possible or compensate. I do not charge a security deposit because I keep my faith in the innate (though increasingly dormant) goodness of humanity.

4. Please do not treat the antique four-poster bed or any other piece of furniture as a clothes horse or to hang wet towels etc. A metallic and foldable clothes line has been provided, so that you can hang your wet things there. There are hooks behind doors and a cupboard as well, with hanger facilities.

5. Please shut the door of the room when the AC is on as it is meant for an enclosed space.

6. It is very important that you keep noise levels moderate. This apartment block is very particular about keeping the volume moderate.

7. Please lock the door when you leave the apartment. This is for your security. Also, it’s best if you shut all the glass windows before leaving the apartment.

8. Please ensure that all lights and fans have been switched off before you leave the house. Please switch off all electrical equipment like ACs, water heater and microwave, when not in use.

It is very important that you keep the apartment clean, so that both you and I can enjoy your stay here. The reason I do not charge a security deposit is that I have full faith in you, my guest.

BATHROOM RULES

Please switch off water heater after use.

Please use the wiper to swipe off water from the bathroom floor once you’ve had your bath. This is to ensure that the floor remains dry and convenient to use for the next user, which may be you yourself.

Please keep the pot clean. Use the toilet cleaner and brush if required.

KITCHEN RULES

1. Please wash and wipe dry the dishes and leave them in their respective places before you hand over the apartment to me. If there's any breakage, replacing or compensating are the two options. I should also be informed about it.

2. Please clean the counter and the gas table after each use, otherwise insects etc will invade. This is a tropical country, the high heat and humidity is very different ball game from up there where you may be coming from.

3. Please empty out the refrigerator and clean it after final use.

4. Please use the trash can and empty it out regularly. Spare garbage plastic liners are kept in the kitchen.

5. Please switch off filter, microwave, electric kettle, washing machine after EACH use.

6. Please do not move around the microwave and plug it into other points. It will cause a fuse blowout.


Cheers and Thanks a lot for your cooperation.


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Profil korisnika Abdullah
Ožujak 2017.
Shoma has a very clean and nice home. It is in a gated complex and filled with her art and keepsakes from her many travels. While her home is at first difficult to find in the quite south residential area of Kolkata, once located it is really easy and affordable to get Uber and drive up north to the several malls, bazaars, and attractions. Shoma has excellent communication and was always provided timely responses. If you are looking for a quite, safe and clean place to stay with wifi and a washing machine in Kalkata, I strongly recommend Shoma's place.

Profil korisnika Jaydeep
Prosinac 2016.
This was our second stay at Shoma's apartment. As usual, she was an excellent host. She greeted us when we arrived. The apartment's location is one of the attractions of this place. It us quiet and in a residential area but close to stores. The South city Mall is 5 tp 7 minutes by car and the Lords Bakery junction (5 minutes from the apartment) has numerous restaurants, sweet shops etc. the apartment itself is a gem. It has great wifi, a very well equipped kitchen, along with a clothes washer, water heaters in both bathrooms, cable tv, air conditioner in both bedrooms and a full size refrigerator. The security guards are very courteous. As the owners are professional artists the walls have lovely paintings by the owners. It gives the place a certain charm that you will not get elsewhere. I cannot think of a better place to spend 2 weeks in Kolkata and plan to return next year.

Profil korisnika Lisha
Veljača 2016.
This is a lovely apartment in a nice, walkable neighborhood. Shoma was very helpful.

Profil korisnika Jaydeep
Prosinac 2015.
Shoma's apartment is spacious, very clean, and had a very well equipped kitchen, with washer-dryer, microwave, gas range, toaster, and sandwich maker. The apartment came with tv and cable. The best part was the wi-fi. It was strong. The bedrooms were air-conditioned. A maid came every other day to clean the rooms. The apartment is in a very good neighborhood away from the hustle and bustle of Kolkata. There a lot if restaurants with home delivery. The security guards were very professional and helpful. A guard always accompanied the food delivery vendor. Shoma was a wonderful landlord. She had a lot if helpful tips and was present at the time of our arrival> We stayed for 11 days and did not have any problems. I highly recommend this apartment . This was a far better stay than any 4 star hotels

Profil korisnika Lucas
Prosinac 2015.
Was great staying at the place. Shoma was very communicative and quick to respond once I booked which made it very easy and relaxing for me. The place is very well maintained, spacious, and in a nice area that feels safe, but situated among the local community so you still feel connected to the population much more than staying at a hotel (if that is important to you). A couple notes for future guests: 1) (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) maps will easily help you locate the flat, but don't rely on the address, instead use the name of the nearby school that Shoma can provide, and that will get you 99% of the way there! 2) Hot shower water is in the other bedroom. 3) Swiggy is an app that can bring delicious food quickly and at reasonable prices. 4) There are lots of kids around the neighborhood that are fun to talk to and can play soccer with at the field next to the school.

Profil korisnika Nitya
Ožujak 2015.
This was my first time using Airbnb in India, and the experience was outstanding. This home was charming, homely and full of character. Most importantly, it was squeaky clean and the entire space including linen, towels, appliances etc. was well maintained and in proper working condition. Shoma, the host, was very kind to personally welcome me on my arrival and get me acquainted with the house. I really felt as if I were living in my own home, and this added to the richness of my experience of Calcutta as a whole. It was quite easy to find taxis and rickshaw's nearby. There are plenty of excellent take-out joints too and the host's food recommendations were spot on :) The apartment is quiet, so it is possible to work without disturbance. Being a short walk away from South City Mall, it was easy to get out whenever I needed entertainment. I would strong encourage friends and family to stay here in the future.

Profil korisnika Nandini
Veljača 2015.
First things first - the rent even considering that this is a short term rental is quite exorbitant –specially when you consider the location. The area is nice but it is very far away from the city. The nearest bus stop is at least 1 mile away and it is extremely difficult to get a cab or an auto (which is kind of a mini cab widely used in Calcutta). My parents stayed there for 2 months and they were totally disillusioned with the place and the hostess Shoma herself. The very first day that they moved there the place had no hot water. This was in the middle of winter. The hostess did get it fixed – however hot water is usually a pretty basic necessity and my parents could have been spared the hassle if the hostess had bothered to do a proper checkup of the apartment prior to them moving in. The place has two bathrooms – but hot water is available only in 1 of those bathrooms. The crockeries provided were minimal and the blankets were unclean. The dishes that the hostess described as microwaveable to my mom broke the moment they were put in the said microwave
Profil korisnika Shoma
Shoma odgovara:
Thanks a lot for your review. Each person is entitled to their personal grievances (opinions?) and these often depend on their state of mind at that time. So I'm not getting into that zone here. Of course these opinions seriously damage my reputation as a host. But I can only hope that the hugely positive and very kind feedback from other guests shows it up as something entirely subjective on your part. Here, I just want to clarify some of your factual allegations: Hot water: The geyser did not work because the last guest had turned off the hot water source tap. Not being an expert, i could not figure it out. The problem got resolved as soon as the plumber came. He just turned on the source tap and the hot water started flowing. Transport: The nearest bus stop from my flat is alleged to be one mile (2 km) away by Nandini. I went down and measured that distance and several other distances yesterday. I found that all the transport options are within a radius of 1 km. A) Nearest bus stop and taxi stand (pharmacy and restaurant) are 650 metres from my flat. B) A couple of taxi cabs often stand beside a joggers' park at a distance of 300 metres (but this is not guaranteed). C) Nearest auto-rickshaw stop is 350 metres from the flat. But autos are always fixed route shuttle service in Kolkata. D) the south city mall is 850 metres away. There is a second bus stop and a second taxi stand in front of this mall... 850 meters) E) the furthest is the metro rail station at 1 km. as mentioned it takes a 10 minute walk. A cycle rickshaw/auto rickshaw can take you there. Breaking bad: Further, in the review there are allegations about bad and breaking crockery and unclean blankets. A) Blankets are aired in the sun after each departure. B) the crockery is ceramic-ware, some plastic and some pale white glass material which is deemed microwave proof by the manufacturers. I buy them from a shop called Rajniklal's on Park Street in kolkata. A reputed shop i dare say. One day the guests told me that a plate (which they saw as labelled 'microwave-proof) cracked inside the oven. Like them, i too had gone by the label and the brand when i bought the plates. So the cracking is surely not my fault. Instead of not using a similar plate a second time, they did so several times and thus broke 4 more plates and demanded i replace them immediately. Which i incidentally did. (Though it is mentioned in the listing that it is the guests who have to replace anything they break)
Veljača 2015.

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My interests include food (low-oil), films, travel, photography, art, news, good conversation, among other things. My music's mostly eighties, seventies, and of course some of the current acts in electronic music, western and eastern classical music as well. I used to be a journa…
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