You'll find most of the hotels near Kolkata airport on and around busy V.I.P Road. There are a few acceptable options and quite a few avoidable ones. With the completion of the new airport terminal in 2013, more hotels are expected to open soon. This guide to Kolkata airport hotels will help point you in the right direction. Do note that the vicinity of the airport is quite congested and unappealing, so you'll only want to spend minimum time staying there.
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The closest luxury to Kolkata airport, the Swissotel opened in mid 2010 and is part of the new City Center II urban development in New Town about 15 to 20 minutes from the airport. The hotel is attached to a large shopping mall and cinema complex. So, staying near the airport doesn't have to be boring. It's a striking property with 150 rooms, two restaurants, two bars, and spa. Double rooms are available for about 10,000 rupees per night, plus tax. Breakfast is additional.
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The Novotel is also located in New Town, albeit a bit further from the airport (25 to 30 minutes) than the Swissotel. It's a huge new property with nearly 350 trendy rooms and serviced apartments. There's a 24 hour fitness center, swimming pool, tennis court, spa with massage and sauna tour desk, two restaurants (with pan-Asian specialty), a deli, and two bars. Rates start from just under 10,000 rupees per night for a room, plus tax.
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This elegant boutique hotel is an excellent mid-range choice that's super close to Kolkata airport. It's near Gate Number 2.5, under 10 minutes away. It has a 24 hour multi-cuisine restaurant, lounge bar, and 40 rooms. The only drawback is that standard rooms are on the smaller side. So, if space is a concern, book one in a higher category. The front facing rooms on the top floors have a great view of the airport. Expect to pay about 4,500 rupees per night upwards, including tax and breakfast.
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Not far from the Swissotel in New Town, opposite City Center II mall, the Pipal Tree is a contemporary new hotel with 35 rooms and excellent service. Facilities include a distinctive global cuisine restaurant headed by a chef from leading luxury hotels, bakery and cafe, lounge bar with dramatic views, fitness center, games room, and travel desk. Rooms come with something you won't find often -- electronic foot massagers, perfect for relaxing after a long flight! There's free wireless Internet too. Expect to pay about 5,000 rupees per night upwards, including tax and breakfast. Cheaper deals, excluding breakfast, are often available.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Celesta is the most popular option for a mid-range stay in the V.I.P Road area, around 10 minutes from the airport. This new business hotel has 40 rooms, extensive conference center and banqueting facilities, restaurant, cafe, rooftop lounge bar, and free wireless Internet. Expect to pay around 4,000 to 5,000 rupees per night, including tax and breakfast.
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O2 Oxygen is another decent mid-range option on V.I.P Road, around 10 minutes from the airport. It's a newly renovated business hotel, with 51 quite attractive rooms and facilities including two restaurants (one on the rooftop), coffee shop, bar, disco, and banquet hall. Rates start from around 4,500 rupees per night, including tax and breakfast.
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For what it offers, Airport City Hotel is quite a bargain (especially if you get a discounted rate through an online booking engine). It's located close to Kolkata airport, near Gate Number 3. Facilities include restaurant, gymnasium, wireless Internet, and airport shuttle. The hotel also has a rooftop swimming pool, although it's small and shallow! There are 55 rooms. Expect to pay around 3,000 rupees per night upwards, including tax and breakfast.
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Options for a cheap stay near the airport are unfortunately rather dismal. The best inexpensive hotel in the area is perhaps the Hotel Eastern Plaza, situated 10 minutes from the airport on V.I.P Road. It has 40 rooms with TVs, air-conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, and wireless Internet. The rooms are small but clean and peaceful. In addition, there's a good restaurant, and an airport shuttle service on a chargeable basis. Expect to pay around 2,000 rupees upwards per night, including tax and breakfast.