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Budget Avenue Club Hotel
95 A, Chittaranjan Avenue, Kolkata (Calcutta) 700073, India

Hotel Oriental 2 stars
9A Marquis Street, Kolkata, 700016 India

Saroj Deep
16/1, Hindusthan Road, Kolkata (Calcutta) 700029, India

Sremon Guest House
136,Block A, Nr Super Market | Bangur Avenue, Kolkata (Calcutta) 700055, India

Hotel Maria, 5/1 Sudder St, ? +91 33 2252 0860. Basic rooms with attached bathroom (Rs 250) and also dormitory beds with shared bathroom (Rs 80)

Paragon Hotel, 2 Stuart Lane (off Sudder St), ? + 91 33 2252 2445. Recently under new management which refuses to pay the union wages that were previously paid. Rather loud dormitory next to rather loud reception area for Rs 120. You get plenty of action nearby

Hotel Modern Lodge, 1 Stuart Ln (off Sudder Street), ? +91 33 2252 4960. Not very modern, but cheap and fairly clean. Rs 150 for single with shared cold-water bathroom. Rs 100-250.

Mahabodhi Society of India, 4A Bankim Chatterjee Road (near College St), ? +91 33 2219-9294. The guesthouse is part of Buddhist Monastery, and although simple has a lot of character. Rs 250 room with private bathroom, Rs 150 for room with communal bathroom; Rs 60 dormitory.

Broadway Hotel, 27A Ganesh Chandra Ave, Chandni Chowk, ? +91 33 22363930 ( +91 33 2236 3931, broadway@vsnl.com), [7]. Nothing much judging from the exterior, but its popularity means you won't necessarily get a room if you don't book first. Upper triple rooms have balconies. Rs600.

Mid range

Hotel Jaapon, 30F Mirza Galib St (also called Free School St (at the end of Sudder St), ? +91 33 2252 0657, +91 33 2252 0658. A bright and cheerful hotel with excellent service. All rooms have attached bathrooms (with good plumbing), cableTV and A/C. Rooms on the right directly face a broad tree that allows a rich dappled light to fill the rooms - especially pleasant at sunrise. Singles Rs 650, doubles Rs 1200.

Astoria Hotel, Sudder St, ? +91 33 2252 9679 (astoria@hotmail.com), [8]. Clean, large, albeit drab, rooms with private bathrooms. Rs 1,000-1,250 +10% tax.

Fairlawn Hotel, 13/A Sudder St., ? +91 33 2252 1510, +91 33 2252 8767 (fairlawn@cal.vsnl.net.in), [9]. a relic of the British Raj and oozing with charm and character. Single:US$50 (full board) US$45 (with breakfast) double/twin:US$60 (full board) US$55 (with breakfast).

Hotel Royal Palace, 30F (also called Free School St), ? +91 33 2252 5280, +91 33 2252 4178. Clean and large A/C & non-A/C rooms with private bath, color TV, STD/ISD. Rs 350-750.

YMCA, 25 Jawaharlal Neru Rd (near corner with Sudder St), ? +91 33 2249-2192 (chowringheeymca@yahoo.com), [10]. An extremely drab and dark hotel that appears not to have received a lick of paint since its founding in the mid 19th century. However, in someways, that is the hotel's distinctive charm, and so it may appeal to strict traditionalists. There is a simple restaurant on the second floor. The food is nothing special, but the balcony offers a great view of the buzzing city below. Non A/C single Rs 600, with A/C Rs 850.

Hotel Lindsay, 8A/8B Lindsay St (Near Globe Cinema Hall, nearby Transit: Esplanade Metro Station), ? +91 33 3021 8666 (sales@hotellindsay.com), [11]. The hotel is well lit and clean. The hotel was recently renovated and its facilities, including a room minibar, hot water, tea and coffee, make it a good value four star property. New market is right on the door step, and provides plenty of local interaction right on the doorstep. Rs 4,600 std dbl.

Sunflower Guest House, 7 Royd St (200 m away intersection Park St and Free school St), ? +91 33 2229 9401 ( +91 33 2229 8388, sunflowerguesthouse@gmail.com), [12]. Clean and great location. Those who tote lots of luggage be warned there are stairs to climb to top floor reception. Rs 1,350 std dbl.

Esplanade Chambers, 2 Chandney Chowk St (40 m off GC Ave), ? +91 33 2212 7101 ( +91 99 0313 2621, esplanadechambers@yahoo.co.in), [13]. Very clean and reasonably quiet rooms, albeit not massive. Rs 1,500 dbl, Rs 1,800 deluxe.

DK international Hotel, 11/1A Marquis St, ? +91 33 2252 2540 ( +91 33 2252 2666, dkinhotel@gmail.com), [14]. All rooms A/C and breakfast included. Close to the Bangladesh bus stations. There are better deals out there but not quite as new as this place. Dbl from Rs 1,800+tax.

Splurge

Oberoi Grand Hotel, 15 Jawaharlal Nehru Rd, (Chowringhee Road), ? +91 33 2249 2323, [15]. One of the great hotels of the Raj, the Grand has been the last word in luxury for all of its 125+ years. A surprisingly quiet oasis in one of the busiest streets in the world. US$375-1,375.

The Park Hotel, 17 Park St, ? +91 33 2249 3121 (fax: +91 33 2249 4000), [16]. The unassuming exterior hides an elegant and homely interior with stylish Indian features.

Bawa Watson Spa'o'tel, 5A Sudder St, ? +91 33 2252 1512 ( +91 33 2252 1527, bawawalson@bawahotels.com). An upscale new venue that's breaking the trend from the Sudder St backpacker tide. Rs 3,000 std dbl 29 rooms.