The best places to stay in Kolkata

From boutique hotels to business spaces – the City of Joy is flooded with a range of beautiful spaces

1. Swissotel Kolkata

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Swissotel is one of the latest entrants on Kolkata’s skyline, and a clear indication of the city’s commercial potential. It sits a few kilometres from the city centre, not too far from the airport. The hotel has 147 rooms, of which you must reserve one of the 10 suites – they come with Jacuzzis on open-air terraces. The service at Swissotel Kolkata is stellar and the main attraction is the rooftop Sky Lounge. Check online for Swissotel Kolkata rooms and rates. You can check the amenities and facilities in rooms before you book. Plan in advance for a relaxing stay.

2. The Park Kolkata

The Park is where Kolkata’s young come out to play. Its modern look translates well into its bars and discos, which spin out steady mixes of commercial and retro music. The hotel itself is over half a century old, but clearly age hasn’t slowed it down. It’s evident in the sheer choice of party spots located in one hotel. Try Someplace Else, which hosts live performances almost every night or Tantra, which spins house on weekends. The plush decor and luxurious ambience are added attractions. Check on the internet for The Park Kolkata pricing and facilities. Book in advance to be sure of getting the room of your choice.

3. ITC Sonar Bangla

Anywhere you go in West Bengal, the landscape is dotted with little ponds. The ITC Sonar Bangla pays tribute to this local feature by placing a calming fish pond in the middle of the hotel. The other highlight of the property is Dum Pukht, the restaurant that serves exceptional, slow-cooked Nawabi cuisine (note: kids below 12 are not allowed at the restaurant). Try and book the ITC One Suite – it’s been laid out to mimic the garden homes of the Bengali zamindar (a bagan bari) and is a truly luxurious experience. Book into ITC Sonar Kolkata for a peaceful stay. Thee are many options for stay like Executive Club and Tower. These rooms have all modern facilities you will expect from latest hotels.

4. Taj Bengal

Kolkata is all about reliving old-world charm. And Taj Bengal wears the crown in this aspect. The hotel itself sits in the greenest part of the city, surrounded by acres of trees and stretches of meadows. If the views are mesmerising, the interiors are equally inviting. The atrium boasts a high ceiling—and we mean a very high ceiling— that rises five storeys! This is where the city’s cinema and sport stars rub shoulders – it’s near the city centre and yet removed from the hustle and bustle. Check the room rates and availability online for Taj Bengal Hotel, Kolkata. You can book online and enjoy even special discounts on room bookings.

5. The Oberoi Grand

The Oberoi Grand—earlier named The Grand—is over 125 years old. It has hosted some of the country’s poshest dos as well as the strangest. In the early 1900s, the most extravagant New Year parties were held here where, as the clock struck midnight 12, piglets would be set free in the ballroom! Whoever caught a piglet could take it home. In 2014, there are no pigs running around, but the grandeur of the Neo-Classical building remains intact and awe inspiring. It’s the most imposing structure on one of Kolkata’s busiest, oldest and most iconic roads.
It’s been the star in bestseller books and movies and almost everyone you meet in Kolkata will have a ‘Grand’ story for you. So why not plan your next stay in The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata? It has all modern facilities that is needed for a pleasant stay.

Insider Tip:

There are a number of quirky boutique properties in Kolkata too.
Checkout Corner Courtyard on Sarat Bose Road, Hotel 233 on Park Street, and RedBrick Residency in Bhowanipur, all of which combine colonial charm with modern amenities.