Top Hostels to Book in Kolkata, India

Youll want to find a comfy place to stay after exploring the busy streets of Kolkata
You'll want to find a comfy place to stay after exploring the busy streets of Kolkata | © Design Pics / Alamy Stock Photo
Sridevi Nambiar

If you are looking for a budget bed in Kolkata, then turn to one of the city’s many hostels for an affordable stay. From single rooms to fun dorms, they provide a range of experiences that will also make sure your Kolkata visit is unique and memorable.

1. Kolkata Backpackers B&B Homestay

Hostel, Bed and Breakfast, Homestay

For a cosy, homely stay with hostel rates, this tiny boutique hostel in Bhowanipore is a fantastic choice. Managed by a backpacker himself, this hostel provides basic bed and breakfast services along with any backpacking assistance guests may need. The hostel offers a variety of rooms, each of which are graced with art and collectibles from across Asia, in addition to maps and books.

2. Kim Lawn

Budget Hotel, Independent Hotel, Guesthouse

Modest and economical, Kim Lawn provides a range of private and dormitory style rooms in Salt Lake, catering mostly to backpackers. They provide on-site dining services in addition to wifi, tour guidance and currency exchange.

3. Bengal Guest House


A simple private bedroom at Bengal Guest House with a double bed and tiled floor
Courtesy of Bengal Guest House /

Located in Ballygunge in South Kolkata, this family-owned guesthouse offers rooms with TVs, wifi, and other standard amenities. Founded in 1995, Bengal Guest House will anticipate your needs and provide help when necessary.

4. Hotel Galaxy


One of the most popular spots for backpackers in Kolkata, Hotel Galaxy offers a range of dormitory and private rooms at very affordable prices. Located right in the heart of Kolkata, near the historic New Market Area, the property also has a mini-library and other quirkily decorated common spaces.

5. Finestays Shanti Priya

Budget Hotel

This no-frills hostel offers a range of shared and private rooms at affordable rates in Alipore, South Kolkata. Providing 24 hour desk service and standard bed and breakfast services, Finestays is one of the most economical stays in Kolkata.

6. Youth Hostel Kolkata

Hostel, Budget Hotel

From travel guidance to bicycles for rent, Youth Hostel Kolkata offers many facilities for among the cheapest rates in the city. Their dorm and private rooms are clean and well maintained, and staff are around to serve you 24/7. Dining services, common spaces, books and magazines for rent are among the amenities at this modest hostel.

7. YWCA Of Calcutta, Gallway House


This cheap YWCA is right in the heart of Kolkata, on the ever-bustling Park Street. Though the hostel and its services are no-frills, it provides a safe, clean and functional stay with a range of room options, from private and double rooms to dormitories. Breakfast and tea are complimentary, as is wifi.

8. YMCA Chowringhee

Budget Hotel, Hostel

A spacious private room at YMCA Chowringhee with a double bed and dark-wood furniture
Courtesy of YMCA Chowringhee /

Centrally located in Chowringhee, Kolkata’s oldest YMCA dates to 1847. Though the hostel rooms are modest (read: provide just the bare minimum), the location and rates are hard to beat, making it ideal for the budget traveler. Along with complimentary breakfast and coffee/tea, the staff also offer plenty of handy travel tips.

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