Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta, is the birthplace of modern Indian literature and art and is chockful of cultural attractions and historical sites. That’s why budget travelers and backpackers from all over the world come to Kolkata to see sights like the oldest museum in Asia, the Book Fair, theatre, classical music and to see the places authors like Michael Madhusudan Dutt wrote about. Budget travelers and backpackers also look for budget hotels. Luckily, Kolkata is home to hundreds of them but these three are some of the best.
Bodhi Tree – The Bodhi Tree is a boutique budget hotel and serviced apartment facility situated close to the Rabindra Sarovar Metro station. It’s popular with budget travelers for its lovely decor, art cafe, pretty rooms and the patio library, where you can grab a book, enjoy a drink and relax in the sun.
It’s a small budget hotel with only a few rooms, split up into either Boutique or Value Boutique categories. Each guest room has antique furniture, en suite bathrooms, free Wi-Fi and TV with cable or satellite. Some also have fully stocked kitchens and living and dining areas. The rooms are absolutely gorgeous as each is individually designed in dark woods and warm lighting.
The hotel also serves delicious Indian and International food, that’s healthy and unique and it’s located in Swiss Park, close to shopping areas, parks and old temples.
Room rates begin at $25 a night for Deluxe Double Rooms and include breakfast. You’ll find the Bodhi Tree at 48/44 Swiss Park, Kolkata.
Hotel Trimoorti – The Hotel Trimoorti is a budget hotel centrally located in a perfect area for shopping, eating and sight seeing. The Forum Mall is also close by, so you can see a movie, or take your pick of a number of restaurants.
The hotel’s guest rooms are all equipped with en suite bath which, for Indian standards, are quite large. Decor is basic but very clean and rooms still have air conditioning, in-room Wi-Fi internet, TV, refrigerator and coffee and tea makers. There are also complimentary newspapers every morning.
The Hotel Trimoorti serves snacks and drinks, and the staff is exceptionally helpful with recommendations for restaurants or cafes close by. Room rates begin at $24 a night.
The Hotel Trimoorti is at 24 Ray Street, Kolkata.
Hotel Oriental – The Hotel Oriental is one of the lower end budget hotels with rates beginning at only $18 a night, but the hotel provides clean and safe accommodation in a central location, close to shopping areas, restaurants and bars. It’s also near the railway and bus stations, convenient for budget travelers and backpackers.
Each of the rooms has air conditioning, a television, a comfortable bed and telephone. The hotel itself has a small restaurant, where you can enjoy traditional Indian cuisine for an inexpensive price. There’s also a laundry service, parking if you happened to drive there and you’ll even get a daily complimentary newspaper. The hotel has a travel desk too, where you can book day trips or where the staff will give you advice on the best places to visit in Kolkata.
The Hotel Oriental is at 9A Marquis Street, Kolkata.