Where to stay in Kolkata

What is the best area to stay in Kolkata?

Sitting on the east bank of the Hooghly River, Kolkata, also known as Calcutta, is a fascinating city with a rich history spanning over 300 years. Once a major centre of trade, culture, and politics during colonial times, this vibrant city is now known for its rich cultural heritage, colonial architecture, and delicious street food. Visitors can explore the city's many temples, museums, and art galleries or simply stroll through the bustling streets and soak up the local atmosphere. Kolkata is also famous for its autumnal celebration of the Durga Puja, one of the largest and most colourful religious festivals.


The best area to stay in Kolkata is right at its throbbing heritage heart, CBD, or Central Business District. Comprising areas like Esplanade and BBD Bag, CBD is a great pick for travellers who want to experience the history, culture, and entertainment of Kolkata while being centrally located in the city. From luxurious to boutique, budget to backpacker hostels, there is a wide range of accommodations that are available here. While the palatial properties provide a shield from the noise and chaos of the street, others will give an immersive experience of local living in ‘The City of Joy.’

Hotel   Avg price
FabHotel Orion Crystal Park Circus
22/3 Ustad Enayat Khan Avenue Karya Road
26€ - 28$
FabExpress Quest
1A, Balu Hakkak Ln
27€ - 29$
Hotel   Avg price
The Astor
15, Shakespeare Sarani Rd
79€ - 85$
The Elgin Fairlawn
13A, Sudder St
79€ - 85$
Kenilworth Hotel
1 And 2, Little Russel St
95€ - 102$
Hotel   Avg price
Taj Bengal
34-B, Belvedere Rd
166€ - 178$



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Central Business District, the best area to stay in Kolkata


History Buffs, Sightseers, Connectivity



Kolkata CBD

Live the sights and sounds of Kolkata that have drawn you to this cacophonic city. The downtown area of the Central Business District is as hectic as it gets, with roads spilling with people and narrow backstreets packed with stalls of every kind.


The sluggish yet gorgeous Hooghly River and the engineering marvel of Howrah Bridge are located just a stone's throw away. Calming public parks like Maidan and impressive colonial sights like Victoria Memorial and St. Paul’s Cathedral are also around the corner. Connected with the metro, and long-distance buses and city cabs available round the clock, it is heaven for people who value smooth transit. Out-of-city travelers will find swift access to railway stations and the airport.


From the iconic old-world grandeur of Oberoi Grand and Lalit Great Eastern to the romantic hostels of Sudder Street, there is an abode to suit every mood





Other areas to stay in Kolkata


Park Street


Drinking & dining, shopping, nightlife



Park StreetRenamed Mother Teresa Sarani, Park Street is where the city gathers for partying every weekend! From live music gigs at Someplace Else and Trincas to pulsating disco clubs at The Park, Park Street has everything to promise you a lit night. Dotted with fancy restaurants and historic hole-in-the-wall eateries, you can have an upscale dining experience and your street food fill. High-end shopping boutiques and antique showrooms are there for you to shop till you drop. Situated just outside the southern fringe of CBD, Park Street is one of the oldest streets in the city and is known for its historical significance.


You can easily walk to important sites like St. Paul’s Cathedral, Victoria Memorial, and Park Street Cemetery. Visitors can admire the colonial-era architecture, which has been well-preserved over the years. It is also well-connected by public transport and is easily accessible by cars, buses, and trains.



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Family, Peace-seekers, budget conscious



BallyngunjWhat was once the haunt for the nouveau riche of the Calcutta elite, is now a serene leafy neighbourhood with quaint cafes and broad streets. Skip the madness of the central district and rest your wings after an eventful day at Ballygunje, Kolkata’s affluent southern suburb. Wrapped in a languid and laid back atmosphere of Bengali life, here you will find guest houses and rentals with ample homely vibes. Spend your days exploring the colourful local markets, visit the Kali Temple at Kalighat, or do saree shopping from non-touristy local shops.


You will get cabs from the main road, but the fun is to take a share-tuk-tuk ride to the nearest Metro station. If you are health conscious, wake up with the birds with a brisk morning walk around Rabindra Sarovar Lake. And for a quiet evening, take a stroll down the serpentine alleys, or sip some cold brew at an alfresco cafe.



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Salt Lake


Family, Business, Safe neighbourhood



Salt LakeSituated just 8 km from the Kolkata airport, Salt Lake or Bidhan Sarani is a satellite city that sits on the outskirts of Kolkata. Developed post-independence, the area is extremely well-planned, nicely lit, traffic-free, and absolutely safe. Both plush and pocket-friendly properties are available here, like Hyatt Regency, Altair-A Boutique Hotel, etc. Travellers with family or young children will find plenty of space here to relax and unwind.


Downtown is just 45 minutes car ride away, and given the location, finding a cab or a car-share is not a problem. Salt Lake Sector V is also the IT hub, so business travelers will find all the IT headquarters in and around this locality. Kids can enjoy adventure time in nearby amusement parks like Nicco Park and Wet O Wild Waterpark. Adults can chill at open-air malls and eat at various restaurants, bars, and pubs.



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New Town


Airport access, Travellers, Business



New TownLocated between the airport and Salt Lake, New Town is an up-and-coming urban settlement with swanky office buildings, posh hotels, and extensive parks. The area sparkles like any glitzy metropolis and is beautiful and clean, with artfully planted trees adding to the much-needed greenery. Lacking that quintessential Kolkata charm or character, this newly developing area tries to make up for it with its modern-day conveniences. With the superb availability of transport, you will feel connected with the city yet away from its hubbub. You can see the iconic structure of Biswa Bangla Gate, which stands as a proud symbol of New Kolkata.


Eco Park is a picturesque space for a peaceful rendezvous with nature, with amenities like cycling, boating, and walking. For entertainment and shopping, there are big shopping malls like Axis Mall and City Center 2. Also home to many IT and software companies, it is a popular destination for business travellers.



Hotels in New Town