When visiting Kolkata, many people like to stay in and around Park Street. However, during Durga Puja, it's not the best location to be in. The reason is because the famous Durga Puja pandals are all located away from this area, many of them in north and south Kolkata.
Out of the two areas, south Kolkata is definitely the more appealing one, with more facilities. There are a number of boutique hotels and guesthouses that you can choose from. Here are 10 convenient places to stay for Durga Puja in Kolkata.
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The Bodhi Tree is the place to stay in south Kolkata. This boutique hotel crossed with a homestay is simply divine. It's a place of remarkable peace and harmony, with spirituality as the underlying theme. Statues and pictures of the Buddha grace the property. It also has an Art Cafe, a very Zen garden, and patio library. Amazingly, the decor was all designed by the well-traveled owner. The hotel has a handy location close to Rabindra Sarovar Metro Station, in the quiet residential area of Swiss Park. There are a number of accommodation options available including serviced apartments with kitchens.
- Rates: From 2,900 rupees per night. Breakfast and wireless Internet are free.
- Address: 48/44 Swiss Park, Kolkata. Beside State Bank of India ATM.
- Close To: New Alibore, Jodhpur Park, Gariahat, Kalighat.
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The new and hip Corner Courtyard boutique hotel is housed in a restored 110 year old zamindar bungalow. It gets its name from its location on the corner of Sarat Bose Road in Bhowanipore in south Kolkata (about 20 minutes from Park Street). The property's interiors eclectically mix painstakingly restored antique furniture with contemporary splashes or color, and the restaurant serves fusion cuisine. Each of the seven guest rooms is themed on an aspect of the city.
- Rates: From around 6,000 rupees per night, including tax.
- Address: 92B, Sarat Bose Rd, Hazra, Bhowanipore, Kolkata.
- Close To: Maddox Square, Ballygunge, Singhi Park, Deshapriya Park.
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Hotel Esteem is excellent value for money in the Bhowanipore area in south Kolkata, a few minutes walk from Chowringhee Road. The hotel is modern, with recently renovated and clean rooms (although some are on the small side). Service is decent and staff are helpful. The hotel's restaurant serves Indian and Chinese cuisine.
- Rates: From around 2,300 rupees per night, including breakfast.
- Address: 6A, Sushil Sen Road (Nandan Road), opposite Ganja Park, Bhawanipore, Kolkata.
- Close To: Ballygunge, Maddox Square.
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Staying at a homestay or bed and breakfast is a good idea during Durga Puja, as you'll be able to get personal attention and advice from the hosts. Central Bed and Breakfast is among the best in the city, with a handy south Kolkata location about 10 minutes from Park Street. The accommodations consist of four guest rooms inside a big apartment, in the same building where the owner lives. The property offers fabulous city views, a communal living room, fully equipped kitchen that guests can use, and a treadmill for fitness fanatics. It's clean, safe, and great value for money.
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- Rates: From 3,000 rupees per night upwards.
- Address: Flat 28, 7th Floor, Lansdowne Court, 5B, Sarat Bose Road, Kolkata.
- Close To: Ballygunge, Hazra.
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For a luxurious stay in an upmarket south Kolkata neighborhood that's handy for visiting many popular Durga Puja pandals, the new Park Plaza Ballygunge is the place! The hotel has three bars (including one on the rooftop), two restaurants, a coffee shop, a spectacular outdoor infinity swimming pool, spa, fitness center, business center, and 92 guest rooms.
- Rates: From around 6,800 rupees per night, including breakfast.
- Address: 17 Garcha, 1st Lane, Ballygunge, Kolkata.
- Close To: Ballygunge, Singhi Park, Gariahat, Jodhpur Park.
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The Relax Inn opened in late 2011. It's a cheaper option that the Park Plaza in south Kolkata's Ballygunge neighborhood. There are 11 clean and attractively decorated rooms, housed in a converted apartment building. The hotel is particularly popular with foreign guests, who appreciate its notably friendly and helpful staff. Note that it's more like a bed and breakfast though, as it doesn't have a restaurant on the premises. Instead, food can be ordered and delivered from nearby places.
- Rates: From 3,500 rupees per night for a double room. Breakfast is included.
- Address: 52/1 Hazra Road, Ballygunge, Kolkata.
- Close To: Hazra, Singhi Park, Ballygunge.
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A little further out in Gariahat, in south Kolkata, the Residency is a recommended budget option. It's a homely boutique guesthouse with 18 rooms, spread across two wings (the larger and better rooms are in the new wing). Lovely views can be had from the rooftop. The peaceful, leafy location is very safe, and near many shops and restaurants.
- Rates: From 3,000 rupees per night for a double room.
- Address: 50/1C Purna Das Road, Hindustan Park, Near Ramakrishna Mission, Gariahat, Kolkata.
- Close To: Gariahat, Gol Park, Jodhpur Park, Bosepukar, Kalighat, Deshapriya Park.
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The Lalit Great Eastern is a luxurious option towards north Kolkata, located near BBG Bagh in the business district just north of Park Street. This stately hotel has a long history. Constructed in 1841, it has the distinction of being Asia's first luxury hotel. It's been restored to its former glory over seven years, and blends Victorian, Edwardian and contemporary architectural styles. There are 195 guest rooms, two restaurants, a pub, bakery, tea lounge, swimming pool, spa, and business center.
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- Rates: From around 8,500 rupees per night.
- Address: 1-3 Old Court House Street, Kolkata.
- Close To: Bow Bazaar, College Square, Mohammad Ali Park.
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Unfortunately, if you want to stay somewhere on the northern side of the city, decent reasonably priced hotels are limited. The Broadway Hotel is possibly the best choice without being isolated too far from the city center. The hotel is located in Kolkata's business district, opposite Chandni Chowk Metro train station (which is useful for those wanting to take public transport to Puja destinations). Yes, the hotel is old (it was built in 1937) but it's full of Colonial charm, with huge airy (but basic rooms), friendly staff, and good food. There's also a bar, with cheap beer, on the premises.
- Rates: From 1,045 rupees per night, for a double with a private bath.
- Address: 27A Ganesh Chandra Avenue, Kolkata.
- Close To: Bow Bazaar, College Square, Mohammad Ali Park.
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For a completely different experience during Durga Puja, stay at Kolkata's floating hotel. The Floatel Hotel, modeled on a cruise liner, is moored on the banks of the Hooghly River and is well positioned to catch the action on the last day of the festival when the idols are immersed in the river. There are 49 guest rooms. Make sure you get a Sunset room that faces the river. The hotel's rooftop restaurant offers panoramic views.
- Rates: Expect to pay about 5,500 rupees per night.
- Address: 9/10 Strand Road, opposite State Bank of India headquarters, BBD Bagh, Kolkata.
- Close To: Hooghly River, Bow Bazaar, College Square, Mohammad Ali Park.