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The Rajbari Bawali
Ranked #25 of 251 Hotels in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 November 2016

The vision, resources and dedication to restore this 350 year old neo-classical mansion back to its former glory is simply gobsmacking. Arrive before dusk if you can. The evenings here have a glorious magic as hundreds of lamps are lit turning the palace into a romantic spectacle. There is a moving aarti ceremony and you may even be serenaded by Bauls, those mystical wandering bards of Bengal. The respect for the original bones of the buildings is impressive, the furnishings very individual, the rooms very comfortable. The surrounds are quite lovely with gardens, pool and small lake. I was personally greeted by the owner and joined him in a sumptuous meal that really showcased local cuisine. One of the most enjoyable aspects of my too short stay was wandering the delightful village the next morning with the hotel's neighbour and friend - a man with a fount of knowledge from medicinal plants, Ayurvedic philosophy, to being able to chant beautifully the ancient slokas. I was there during Rajbari's 'soft opening', and there is still some work to be done finishing everything off and refining the skills and confidence of mostly local and willing staff.
I have every reason to believe that the property will reach its full potential as a sanctuary and look forward to returning, next time I am visiting Kolkata.

  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled on business
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Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

A wonderful experience less than one hour away from kolkata..great ambience , lovely bengali food with warm n courteous staff..rooms n suites are very well designed and appointed..takes you to back in time of old zamindari dsys in bengal..evening aarti viewed from the terrace with loca snacks was an amazing experience..swimming pool is a sure high point..the kids loved the inviting kids pool..a must visit for kolkatans and the non kolkatans..a great spa experience adds to the stay experience...the resort owner,mr ajay rawla, is completely handson and ensures all guests at The Raj Badi have a memorable stay..

Stayed: November 2016, travelled with family
1  Thank sandhyamehrotra
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Management response:Responded 13 February 2017

Dear Guest,

Greetings of the day!

Thank you so much for the kind words!
It's your admiration and appreciation, which motivates us to serve you the best way possible and give you a lifetime experience.
We hope to serve you soon, again!

Regards,
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Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

It's too good and specially the service is excellent like to go 4 another weekend food was also good and and just give a tv to every room and a intercom it's very silent palace to relax very good must visit 1 time

Stayed: October 2016, travelled with family
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Management response:Responded 13 February 2017

Dear Guest,

Greetings of the day!

Thank you so much for the kind words!
It's your admiration and appreciation, which motivates us to serve you the best way possible and give you a lifetime experience.
We will work on the suggestions you have mentioned.
We hope to serve you soon, again!

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Guest Relations Manager
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Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

This is Raj Bari Raj means Kings Bari in Bengali means Home. So folks this was actually home of a local territory richest man or equivalent of King.
If you want to be in city and a modern structure this is not the place.
It's truly meant for someone who appreciates Heritage , antiques , solace , strictly amidst nature , fresh water pond with ducks and colourful fishes. This place is if you wish to do some soul searching, quite honeymoon , meditation, speaking to each brick of the walls around trying to tell you a story about each day spent by the Rajgharana or the House owners family and it's pass times. Each room echoes of its history.
The bamboo torch lights on tip odd stick with oil dipped cloth burning to create a special effects giving lights to the huge lawn the light to show it was really and the soft modern lifgts to take you in a completely different era.
This is not for shopping freaks or business. This is purely for quite family times where you will want to leave gadgets away, escape the madness of city life and sit by the pond chatting over coffee, selection of tea's, wine or perhaps single malt.
25 rooms are tastefully done by the owners wife Sheena who has an artistic touch with panache. Property is owned by Ajay Rawla who does things out of box. He had to face several obstacles and opposition from all angles as huge challenge to create such a beautiful huge structure into a superb resort keeping it's heritage originality strictly in place.
This is the place where one could celebrate his anniversary birthday or a special gathering very private marriage. Here one can arrange in the garden a musical , dances and or entertainment programmes for a selective audience to compliment any occasion with loved near and dear ones.
Food is served keeping each palate and choices by highly qualified chef's and their assistants.
It's actually a blast from past. Where choker Bali was shot and Aishwarya Rai created history acting in a great movie.
It's only an hours drive from city center of Kolkata.
To me it's 7 star as I am not for modern structure of plush so called hotel buildings.
One is welcomed with village warmth by ladies in local attractive attire putting tilak on each forhead and some fresh flowers not to mention a cheerful welcome drink. Guest's are welcome to create a menu in advance each day with creative chef's.
It's a wow factor destination so.....
Take your chances and go back into 1920's see if you can leave as in the movie Back to Future.

Stayed: March 2016, travelled with family
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Management response:Responded 13 February 2017

Dear Guest,

Greetings of the day!

Thank you so much for the kind words!
It's your admiration and appreciation, which motivates us to serve you the best way possible and give you a lifetime experience.
We hope to serve you soon, again!

Regards,
Guest Relations Manager
The Rajbari Bawali
#InspiredHeritage

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Reviewed 3 September 2016

The Rajbari at Bawali is a destination that fuses royalty living of the middle ages with the treatment and healing processes of the ancient times. Spent a quaint evening enjoying the serene ambience by the pool side, the evening arati and a wonder dinner spread of Bengali dishes.

A must visit for a week long getaway for some holistic healing.

Room Tip: Definitely go for the spa treatment
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  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled with friends
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1  Thank rahulbagchi93
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Management response:Responded 13 February 2017

Dear Guest,

Greetings of the day!

Thank you so much for the kind words!
It's your admiration and appreciation, which motivates us to serve you the best way possible and give you a lifetime experience.
We hope to serve you soon, again!

Regards,
Guest Relations Manager
The Rajbari Bawali
#InspiredHeritage

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Address: Village & P.O. North Bawali | 24 Parganas, Kolkata (Calcutta) 700137, India
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Region: India > West Bengal > Kolkata District > Kolkata (Calcutta)
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#15 Spa Hotel in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Price Range: RM 424 - RM 910 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Rajbari at Bawali is located an hour from the Taj Bengal in the general direction of Diamond Harbor. This 300 year old heritage property is built on 3 acres of land including 2 natural waterbodies. The Rajbari Bawali belonged to the Bawali Mondal family that had land grants going back to the time of Akbar. ... more   less 
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