Kolkata hotels range from the luxurious to the quirky, with many reflecting the city's colonial charm. The most convenient areas to stay in are around Park Street and Sudder Street, in the city center.
Here are five of the best hotels in Kolkata to suit all budgets.
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Undoubtedly the best luxury hotel in Kolkata, and often voted the top luxury hotel in India, The Oberoi Grand is the place to stay if you want to indulge yourself in Kolkata. It's high on old world charm, and has a prime central location on Jawaharlal Nehru Road, close to the nightlife of Park Street and shopping in New Market. Double rooms start from around $350, including tax.
Chrome is a new boutique hotel that's creating quite a stir in Kolkata. Billed as the city's first lifestyle hotel, it really does distinguish itself from other hotels in Kolkata. How? Comfortable Fat Beds ™, cutting edge ergonomically designed furniture, unconventionally "sexy" bathrooms, high definition television, Bose sound systems, auto blinds, I-Pod docks, high speed Internet, personal coffee percolators, and innovative menus. But what's really memorable is that the staff are genuinely friendly. The hotel is located on AJC Bose Road, a short distance from Park Street. Expect to pay around 6,500 rupees ($140) for a double room. Breakfast is additional.
If you want to stay in Kolkata's lively tourist district of Sudder Street, the Lytton Hotel offers the best value for money. It's located right next to the Fairlawn Hotel, which is a popular place to have a drink in the evenings. Rooms are spacious and clean, and breakfast is tasty. The hotel has wireless Internet and a business center as well. Expect to pay around 5,500 rupees ($120) for a double room, including complimentary buffet breakfast.
In a word, the renowned, family-owned Fairlawn Hotel is unique. It's certain that you won't come across another hotel like it. The hotel's colonial charm, rich history, leafy green setting, and quirky nature make it sought after by those who appreciate the unusual. If you don't mind a few idiosyncrasies, it's likely that you'll enjoy staying at the Fairlawn. The hotel has a central location on Sudder Street, and its outdoor bar is THE place to relax. Double rooms cost around 2,500 rupees ($55), including breakfast. Tax and service charges are extra. Note that the hotel is undergoing renovation through 2010, so guests can look forward to updated bathrooms and bedrooms.
The Sunflower Guesthouse is an excellent choice for the budget conscious. This rambling mansion has 30 rooms of all different sizes. It even has a handy location, just off Park Street. Head up to the rooftop at sunset for a great view. Rates start from 750 rupees ($15) per night, including tax, for a non-air conditioned room. Breakfast and tea/coffee are available. Those who are staying in Kolkata for an extended period might want to check out the serviced apartment facilities.