This is a very bad choice for travellers.
This does not even fall under category of hotel..Only for those it does who has not been into any good hotel.Prople out there are very bad.we were given a small ..too smal room in the name of double AC deluxe room,.and also they try to cheat you if you book online.I had booked 3 months beore through Yatra and this hotel guy said they dint receive the payment it seems..when I called back yatra customer care, they just shut their mouth.
Rooms have all broken windows,but yes AC,FAN,TV do work.Comparing to room facilities peopple out there are much worst,they have too much of attitude, they behave as if they did something great to allow you in their hotel.
They have a kitchen it seems and in their kitchen cabbage curry which you will not even find in resturant menu is cost 200 per plate..LOL.
I would never ever go back here.
Nice simple guesthouse, apparently quite famous for having been in a well-known Indian movie called Kahaani (Hollywood remake coming up 2015 it seems). Well located not far from metro. Rooms are simple and clean, good size. I have the impression non-Indian guests are rather a rarity, but the staff do try to help, speak slowly and clearly and maybe take a dictionary with you. A tray of tea or coffee appeared automatically in the room upon return at the end of the day. Food is amazing - excellent chef. Bit of a noisy area but then again where isn't in the city of honking horns. Profit from the guest house goes to run a free charity school in a very poor suburb of Calcutta. Didn't get chance to visit unfortunately, but I see another review mentions it too. Can't think of a better reason to stay. Pass the word. Very reasonably priced.
The Mona Lisa is a relatively small guest house in a predominantly Bengali area of Kolkata boasting 17 rooms. By European standards it would not be rated but by Indian (and particularly Kolkata) standards it is one of the better places available. The rooms are reasonably priced and both clean and spacious, the fans in the rooms all work, and there's hot water for showers on tap after a 10-15 minute wait. Breakfast is complementary, and you can order lunches or evening meals from the kitchen. The cook is good and prepared some delightful dishes for us during our stay. As an added bonus the Mona Lisa features heavily in a famous Hindi film called 'Kehaanii', where the main character comes to stay there in room 15. We spent one night in there, before moving to the rear of the hotel as it was pre-booked by an Indian family.. The staff are all friendly and helpful, but as this is not a touristy area don't expect fluent English or any other european language at all. Still, with a bit of effort on both sides you'll make yourself understood. My girlfriend and I stayed there after discovering that the owners use the profit from the guest house to run a small school for around 140 poor children an hour or so outside the city in an area where many of the adults are paddy labourers on daily pay, rather than actual farmers. This is in addition to their attendance at the state school, which is for 3 hours or so a day. Since its establishment they have arrived at a point where 100% of their students pass their regular state school exams. As one of the owners was staying there at the time we were able to go out and take a look, though the journey itself was somewhat nerve-wracking given the driving style of the locals and the sheer volume of traffic on often narrow and potholed roads. The hotel is a 5 minute walk from the Kalighat temple, where you can also pick up the metro line, making almost everything else easily accessible. Metro fares are from 5-15 rupees, which by western standards means roughly free. There are a massive number of taxis on the streets, and thousands of small 'tuk-tuk' type vehicles carrying up to 4 passengers at a time along set routes for a few rupees per person. You can flag these down anywhere, but be sure the mini 'bus' is following a route you can use. The start and end points are painted on the bodywork front and back. There is wi-fi but it's intermittent in the rooms, and more easily accessed from the lobby. If you're going to Kolkata I suggest you avoid the big 4 and 5 star hotels and stay here - and you're helping advance the rural education standard at the same time!
It shot into fame after Vidya Balan's Kahaani was shot here. Needless to say it attracts lots of people who take photos in front of the gates of the guest house.
Its a bungalow converted into a guest house, so in that way its different from the normal hotel. It has an in house kitchen which prepares some decent food. The breakfast is complimentary which has choice among Poori n Potato Subzi or continental. Being on the Sarat Bose road there are no dearth of eateries or hotels in and around the hotel. The room (suite) was big one with a double bed. The toilet was clean too.
The location is its biggest advantage. The Kalighat metro is at a walkable distance of less than a kilometre. You can catch a city bus to Howrah just on the opposite side of the road.
The staff are very nice people and help you with how to explore the city and since I visited during the Durgo Pujo, helped me with Pandal Hopping. Also its the best place to be on the Bijoya Dashami Day when the Durga Puja idols head to immersion, as lots of them pass in front of the guest house and more on the Rasbehari and Sarat Bose junction just 100 meters away.
Given the location and the price, its a good option to stay for solo travel or while travelling with family. Book early in case you are planning to be here for Durga Pujo.
Only complaint, no WiFi.