Elgin Fairlawn, Kolkata

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Elgin Fairlawn, Kolkata
General information
LocationIndia India, Kolkata
13/A, Sudder Street, 700 016
OwnerElgin Hotels Pvt. Ltd.
ManagementElgin Hotels Pvt. Ltd.
Official Website

Elgin Fairlawn, Kolkata (formerly known as Fairlawn Hotel) was built around 1783. It is located on Sudder Street of Kolkata. Initially built as a house, it was later turned into a hotel in 1936.[1]


Elgin Fairlawn in Kolkata when it was known as 'Canada House' in 1908. It is a picture from the hotel's collection.

The colonial bungalow was built in 1783 by an Englishman William Ford, when Warren Hastings was the Governor General. The house on Sudder Street became a hotel in 1936 after passing into the hands of Mrs. Rose Smith (née Sarkies) of Armenian roots.[2] In 2018, the hotel was bought by Elgin Hotels & Resorts.[3]


Indian film actor Shashi Kapoor met his wife Jennifer Kendal in the hotel. The couple returned to the hotel after they got married in 1958 for their honeymoon.[4] Shashi Kapoor liked spending time in the hotel, specially in the Room No. 17 — which later on became known as the Shashi Kapoor Room.[5]

Felicity Kendal, the British actress and also the sister of Jennifer Kendal has spent some time with her family in the hotel. She wrote in 2012 - “I loved it here, and it is from this hotel that I left, aged 17, to try my luck in England, my father’s disapproval ringing in my ears.”[6]

The hotel has been a host to Eric Newby, a travel writer. Another notable guest was the French Writer Dominique Lapierre who stayed here while writing the story about Calcutta titled City of Joy published in 1985. This was made into a film in 1992 and the cast and crew of the film, including Patrick Swayze has also stayed here. Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, whose 1965 film Shakespeare Wallah was loosely based on and starred the Kendals also has been the guests at this hotel.[7]


  1. ^ "Stay: Fairlawn Hotel, Kolkata".
  2. ^ Llewellyn-Jones, Rosie (3 March 2018). "Fairlawn Hotel gave off the scent of antiquity — a bit damp, and wholly old Calcutta" – via www.thehindu.com.
  3. ^ "British-Armenian era checks out".
  4. ^ "Hotel in Kolkata mourns death of Shashi Kapoor, a long-time patron". 9 December 2017 – via The Economic Times.
  5. ^ "Shashi Kapoor Room turns top pick for tourists - Times of India".
  6. ^ "Violet Smith: The eccentric grande dame of the Fairlawn Hotel in".
  7. ^ "End of an era? Kolkata's British Raj-era Fairlawn Hotel changes hands".

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