Concurrently dignified and squalid, civilized and fraught, Kolkata is an every day fiesta of human subsistence. And all this is performed before your very eyes on swarming lanes, where not an ounce of room is unused. Going by its previous name, Calcutta, India’s second-largest metropolis invokes reflections of human misery to most Europeans. But the Bongs have long since been irate by this prejudiced portrayal of their beloved and effervescent capital. Kolkata is locally regarded as the intellectual and cultural capital of the nation. Several of India’s great freedom fighters were Kolkatans, including the philosopher, Ramakrishna, Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore and eminent movie maker, Satyajit Ray. Hordes of sites hold cultural fests of Bengali dance, art and poetry. Do you need more reasons to stopover here to unwind?

Hotels in Kolkata have increased in number drastically due to its status as the cultural capital of India. Though travellers often complained that decent budget accommodations and even mid-range rooms are almost difficult to find, it is just a matter of knowing where to look for them. You can find some good picks downtown, close to Chowringhee. Tourists love the hotels perched on the bank of Hooghly as it promises a great view of dashing waters and beautiful sunset. Some of the airport hotels can be quite pricey as they are more in demand by business trippers.  

Unless otherwise specified, rooms of Kolkata hotels are fully air-conditioned with televisions and attached bath. They function on the European meal plan which means no meals are contained. Some of the more posh hotels offer foreign-exchange facilities. Deluxe or 5 star hotels have stylishly done floors with exceptional benefits and services for business travellers. Some of the finest hotels in Kolkata are highly established enough to meet the global hospitality and service standards. But if you don’t have the budget for the high-strung hotels, you can consider some 3 star business hotels or inns that do not compromise on class and facilities. Some cheaper rooms have the through-the-mill appearance and can be a tad bland. But there are purely functional budget rooms as well.

Needless to say, Kolkata’s mishmash appearance and character are completely adopted by the hospitality business. Whichever hotel you choose, you will not fail to note the strong traces of traditions laced with urbaneness. Walking past the Maidan and the Victoria Memorial, you can’t help but be thankful that you got a chance to experience this ‘Oh Calcutta’ effect. And while poverty unquestionably glares in your face, the elegant Bengali gentry go on to hang out in the grand old men’s associations, back horses at the Calcutta race roads and play relaxing rounds of golf at a few of India’s luxury golf courses. And you feel that this is what you have always yearned for.

Anu Sharma is article-marketing manager of Kenilworth Hotels. She is interested in travelling and shares her experience among others. Here she is telling about Hotels in Kolkata. Get information on different Kolkata Hotels prior to find some Hotels in Kolkata.