You know you’re doing something right when you’re regularly feted as one of the best hotels in India. A landmark in itself, there’s a sense of old-world propriety and statesman-like décor. Rooms enjoy period details and Victorian furniture and you will feel at home sipping a gin and tonic in the lush courtyard. There’s a chic French-style bistro, a Thai restaurant and a bar, a fitness centre and an outdoor pool fringed by palm trees. The Banyan Tree Spa is also a huge draw.
Housed in a palatial villa dating from the 1880’s, this elegant hotel is an 11-minute walk from the Hooghly River and a 15 minute walk from the Victoria Memorial.
Upgraded rooms have balconies and the suites include living areas, and some have 4-poster beds, writing desks and garden views.
Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is the capital of India’s West Bengal state. Founded as an East India Company trading post, it was India’s capital under the British Raj from 1773-1911. Today it’s known for its grand colonial architecture, art galleries and cultural festivals. It’s also home to Mother House, headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa, whose tomb is on site.