The Best Hotels to Book for Foodies in Kolkata

Hotels like The Oberoi Grand Kolkata cater for all with onsite restaurants serving Thai, Indian and fusion cuisines
Hotels like The Oberoi Grand Kolkata cater for all with onsite restaurants serving Thai, Indian and fusion cuisines | Courtesy of The Oberoi Grand Kolkata / Booking.com
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Kolkata is an ever-popular destination in India for travelling food lovers thanks to its diverse culinary landscape. Sample the region’s tastiest treats at these epic foodie hotels, bookable via Culture Trip.

Kolkata, the restless capital of India’s West Bengal state, is one of the subcontinent’s most diverse cities. Originally founded as an East India Company trading post, and India’s capital under the British Raj for 138 years, Kolkata’s architecture and atmosphere have since been shaped by other communities, too – including Chinese and Armenian immigrants. This cosmopolitan nature has led to a wonderfully unique culinary scene, with travellers flocking to the city to experience its vibrant curries and famously rich desserts, which blend Bengali culture with the traditions of other Indian and global regions. If you’re in the city to eat, and we recommend that you are, here are some of the best places to stay to do just that.

1. The Park Kolkata

Hotel

A cosy room at the Park Kolkata with a double bed, spacious bedside tables and plush carpet
Courtesy of The Park Kolkata / Booking.com

Park Street is known locally as the street that never sleeps, and with all the clubs, bars and book stores, you can’t say it doesn’t deserve the title. There are plenty of restaurants, too, which has led to a second nickname: Food Street. If you stay at The Park you’ll have easy access to one of the city’s best restaurants, the in-house Zen, which serves Pan-Asian cuisine – the sashimi platter is a particular highlight, or stay for Sunday brunch for unlimited wine, sushi and dim sum. It’s one of several upscale offerings at The Park, including pool-side Champagne pavilions, pan-Indian dining, a cocktail den and a sexy nightclub, Tantra.

2. Taj Bengal

Hotel, Spa Hotel

A stylish room at the Taj Bengal with pale blue sofa and headboard and chequered marble flooring
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This five-star hotel in the ritzy Alipore neighbourhood features excellent views of the city skyline, and is a five-minute walk from Alipore zoo, India’s oldest zoological park. The choice of onsite restaurants includes Sonargaon, which happens to be one of the city’s most popular North Indian restaurants; Souk for Mediterranean cuisine; and Chinoiserie for one of the best fine-dining Chinese experiences in the city. The hotel’s Cal 27 bistro is open 24 hours, so it’s an excellent spot for a classy midday brunch or a late-night meal after an evening on the town. If you’ve got a better idea than a midnight shrimp nasi goreng, we’d like to hear about it.

3. The Oberoi Grand

Spa Hotel, Hotel

Richly decorated double room at the Oberoi Grand Kolkata, with finely detailed orange carpet, dark wooden furniture and expansive views
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The tranquil atmosphere of The Oberoi Grand makes it a top choice for a more chilled-out stay, paired with some seriously epic restaurant choices. Baan Thai, The Oberoi’s Thai restaurant is among the finest in the city while Threesixtythree, the on-site multi-cuisine restaurant, brings the fusion. In addition, the hotel offers packages for guests curious about traditional Bengali spices and cooking. After all that eating, stop by at The Oberoi Spa for a massage, or request a personalised yoga session and channel your inner Dhalsim. To get even more relaxed, head to The Bar and get a Bengali-style cocktail. As you’re in Kolkata, it’s only right to order a Kolkata Club – gin, dry vermouth, grenadine, egg white and tonic.

4. ITC Sonar

Hotel

The restaurant at ITC Sonar hosts fine dining with plenty of round tables, white table cloths and ornate floral centrepieces on every table
Courtesy of ITC Sonar / Booking.com
Another luxury hotel with fantastic culinary offerings, ITC Sonar has lush gardens, peaceful water ponds and Pala Dynasty-inspired sculptures that mean there’s a photo opportunity around every corner. The Northern Indian curries at the hotel restaurant, Peshawri, are pretty photogenic too, so save some space on your camera and in your stomach. When it’s time for dessert, head over to Fabelle Chocolate Boutique, and stock up on luxury chocolate bars. And if you can’t choose between cuisines, head to the ever-popular Eden Pavilion for some memorable fusion and multi-cuisine dining.

5. The Kenilworth

Hotel

Double room at the Kenilworth boasting both comfort and style with a padded headboard, white sheets and floral armchairs
Courtesy of Hotel The Kenilworth' / Booking.com

The gym at The Kenilworth features the latest equipment and a team of specialists who can provide dedicated training programmes tailored around your needs. You can then undo all this hard work by hitting up the nearby restaurants and stuffing your face. Mae Kong on Theatre Road serves delicious dumplings, pork belly and pad Thai noodles, but if you want a Kolkata take on British meals, visit The Big Ben, the hotel bar. There’s a bakery on site, too, for fresh-baked pastries the morning after.

6. ibis Kolkata Rajarhat Hotel

Hotel

Vibrant open kitchen at the Ibis Kolkata Rajarhat with colourful chairs and vases, and a view over the chefs cooking
Courtesy of Ibis Kolkata Rajarhat / Booking.com

This stylish hotel is a short walk from both the DLF Galleria, as well as a 15-minute taxi ride from Aquatica Water Park and Salt Lake Stadium, which hosts the Mohun Bagan and East Bengal football teams. It’s close to Windsor Bakery, so stop by and sample the cakes, sweets and pastries. If you’re not in the mood for something sweet, head to Spice It, and watch the chefs prepare classic curries before your eyes.

7. The Peerless Inn Kolkata

Hotel

Two single beds in a spacious room with chairs, a built-in TV and luxurious rug
Courtesy of The Peerless Inn Kolkata / Booking.com

Aaheli, the award-winning onsite restaurant at The Peerless Inn, serves proper Bengali food. In fact, it’s so authentic that its name literally means authentic. Each dish is prepared using freshly ground spices, and guests are encouraged to use their hands to eat. Aaheli is known for the quality and quantity of its portion sizes, so bring an appetite. After your meal, be sure to try a gulab jamun, a sweet dessert of soft dough balls soaked in cardamom-infused syrup.

8. The Sonnet

Hotel

Orange, beige and white soft furnishings in a double room at the The Sonnet Kolkata
Courtesy of The Sonnet Kolkata / Booking.com

The sleek and stylish Sonnet is located in Bidhannagar, otherwise known as Salt Lake, Kolkata’s business district. Guests can stop by the Rajwada, an authentic Rajasthani restaurant overlooking the pool, or sample some cocktails at Unwine. If you’re prepared to explore past the hotel grounds, Pabrai’s Fresh & Naturelle Ice Creams is just a five-minute walk away. You could be boring and get a scoop of chocolate or vanilla, or you could try authentic Bengali flavours like Calcutta Paan and Nolen Gur.

For some more indulgent options, discover our guides to the best boutique hotels and spas that Kolkata has to offer, and book now on Culture Trip.

This is a rewrite of an article originally by Sridevi Nambiar.

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