Hotel Hindusthan International in Kolkata, India

by Santorini Dave • Updated: July 1, 2019

Review of Hotel Hindusthan International in Kolkata, India.

Hotel Hindusthan International – Stylish and affordable mid-range option in a vibrant area.

Overwhelmingly catering to Indians (with Indian-style rates), the recently-refurbished Hotel Hindusthan is still a wonderful option for foreigners. The overall layout and design, especially at the opulent lobby, are of a standard expected at an international-brand five-star, but the HHI (as it’s affectionately known) offers significantly more personality and charm than most rivals. All rooms are nicely decorated with a slightly old-fashioned style, and the sizeable desk indicates that many guests are on business. The area is typically noisy and dirty, but also energetic and convenient, and it’s walking distance to a metro station and several pleasant cafés and bars.

Hotel Hindusthan International – The Location

  • Address: 235/1 AJC Bose Road, Sreepally, in the inner southern suburbs.
  • Area: Comparatively affluent area, with many offices, banks, and other commercial buildings. Packed with middle-class workers during the day, so the cafés, bars, and shops are better than average.
  • How to Get There: Taxis from the pre-paid counters at the airport take 50 minutes (23km). From the main railway station (Howrah), the hotel is 25-35 minutes (8km) by taxi. See Local Transport below for more information about taxis and the metro.

Hotel Hindusthan International – The Basics

  • Guests: Most are Indians on business or attending conferences or weddings.
  • Views: About half the rooms face the main road, but the soundproofing is very effective. The others facing the back are far quieter.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at an older-style inner-city hotel like this in Kolkata.
  • Extras: Daily newspaper delivered to each room.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 (0)33 2280 2323
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: hhikolkata.com

Hotel Hindusthan International – Amenities

  • Pool: The indoor pool is quite large, but not as inviting as the outdoor pools offered by rivals.
  • Spa: The spa is classier than expected, but only offers little more than massages.
  • Fitness Center: The Verve is pleasingly spacious and packed with all the latest gear.
  • For Families: Baby-sitting.
  • Other Facilities: Laundry. Money-changer. Business Center. Beauty salon. Boutiques.

Hotel Hindusthan International – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Kalash – Gourmet Indian, specializing in local cuisine. Gorgeous setting and silver service. • Mythh – Open-plan kitchen serving buffets for lunch and dinner, and a la carte 24/7. • The Oriental Express – Variety of Asian cuisines. Fashionable setting attached to the Mythh. Not overcrowded, so intimate tables are available. • Pastry Shop – Tasty treats including cakes, pastries, sweets, and breads.
  • Bars: Ugr – Unusual layout and popular with trendy business types. • Virgose – Ultra-hip bar/lounge with imported spirits and dazzling live music.
  • Breakfast: Only included with the most expensive suites, or pay for it at the time.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7.

Hotel Hindusthan International – Rooms

  • Room Types: Colony Premium Rooms • Colony Rooms • Imperial Rooms • Suites • Presidential Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms or public areas, but permitted elsewhere.
  • Best Room: Twice the size of the other suites, the Presidential Suites feature 2 bedrooms and separate living/dining rooms. Lots of free inclusions, such as airport transfers.
  • For Families: Not ostensibly set up for families, so get 2 rooms with connecting doors. The Presidential Suites have 2 bedrooms.

Hotel Hindusthan International – Local Transport

  • Walking: The sidewalks are full of food stalls, but it is still a comparatively pleasant area for strolling. Plenty of tempting shops and cafés in the area.
  • Public Transport: The Kolkata Metro is reasonably useful to reach areas a little further south or north, but won’t reach the airport and main railway station (Howrah) until at least mid-2021. The nearest metro station, Rabindra Sadan, is conveniently located at the major corner, 350m heading left (west) from the hotel gates (4-minute walk).
  • Taxis & Auto-rickshaws: Plenty of yellow taxis (with no air-con) and blue-and-white ones (with air-con) for longer trips. Both types have meters, but drivers need to be pressured into using them. Rides can also be booked using Uber and Ola apps. Unusually, no types of rickshaws anywhere in the area.

Hotel Hindusthan International – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    All sorts of food stalls catering to local workers pack the sidewalks, so this may be a good time and place to try some authentic street food.

  • The Senator Hotel – Offers a café with value-packed buffets and a la carte meals all day. Head right from the hotel gates, then left up Camac Steet. 4-minute walk (300m).
  • I Love Haldiram – Spotlessly clean and hugely popular cafeteria offering tasty food, sticky sweets, and yummy cakes – all at low prices. 2 outlets: 1 opposite The Senator Hotel (300m, 4-minute walk), and another at the major junction 350m heading left from the hotel gates (4-minute walk).
  • Monkey Bar – One of several bars also serving excellent food, and located on the upper floors of office buildings along Camac Street. Just up from The Senator Hotel. 6-minute walk (450m).
  • Deck 88 – Lovely café with al fresco setting and lively bar, open from late afternoon. In The Astor hotel, about 650m away. Past the Senator, then left at the major junction. 8-minute walk.
  • Kebab-e-Que – At ground level below Deck 88. Classy décor and popular with meat lovers. 8-minute walk (650m).

Shops

  • Better range of shops in this more middle-class area.

Attractions

  • The must-see Indian Museum is the country’s largest and oldest. It houses a world-class collection of ancient artifacts from India and beyond, along with Raj-era relics housed in an occasionally frustrating manner. Open from 10 am to 6.30 pm on weekdays and until 8 pm on weekends. 10-minute drive (3km).
  • Mother House – Also known as Missionaries of Charity, it houses the tomb of Mother Teresa as well as her photographs, awards, articles, and belongings. The description of work done by her charity is eye-opening. 12-minute drive (2.5km).
  • Victoria Memorial – Kolkata’s most popular attraction, this opulent British-era white marble replica of the original Victoria Memorial in London was built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s 25-year rule of India. In addition to lush gardens, statues, and sculptures, there are sound and light shows from March to June (7:45 pm). Open daily from 11 am to 4pm. 12-minute drive (4km).
  • Howrah Bridge – This famous Kolkata landmark is the world’s busiest and sixth biggest cantilever bridge. Built in 1943, it connects Kolkata with the important Howrah Station, and features wide footpaths full of pedestrians on both sides. 21-minute drive (7km).
  • Dakshineswar Kali Temple – Historic Hindu temple, built in 1855, featuring a vast courtyard, 12 shrines dedicated to Shiva, a Radha-Krishna temple, and a bathing ghat by the riverfront. 1-hour drive (18km).

Hotel Hindusthan International – The Hotel

The hotel is located in a commercial area.

The hotel is in a vibrant area of banks and offices, but the main road is typically dirty and noisy.

All rooms are soundproofed, and half face the back of the hotel.

About half the rooms of this 5-star hotel face the back of the hotel, away from the main road, but all rooms are effectively soundproofed.

The recently-refurbished hotel offers 5-star facilities at a cheaper price.

The hotel has been recently refurbished and offers 5-star facilities at lower rates.

The sparkling lobby sets the tone for the rest of the hotel.

The sparkling lobby area is indicative of the hotel throughout.

The Pastry Shop sells delicious pastries, cakes, and sweets.

Just around the corner from the reception desk, he Pastry Shop sells a range of delicious pastries, cakes, and sweets.

The Oriental Express serves several Asian cuisines.

Also at the hotel, The Oriental Express offers a wide range of Asian cuisines (other than just Indian).

Breakfast is served at the stylish Mythh restaurant.

Mythh is another stylish restaurant at Hotel Hindusthan. It serves breakfast to guests.

The Ugr bar/lounge is very popular.

The Ugr bar/lounge is popular among local workers.

Kalash restaurant is popular amongst locals for its Indian menu.

Another excellent restaurant at the hotel, Kalash is renowned across the city for its exquisite Indian cuisine.

All accommodations are spacious.

All rooms and suites are spacious and feature full-length windows.

Rooms have a subdued but pleasant decor.

The décor throughout the rooms is subdued but pleasant.

Large desks are provided in the rooms for the mostly business travelers.

The sizable desk indicates that many guests are staying for business purposes.

Bathrooms have an appealing old-fashioned charm.

The bathrooms are likably old-fashioned.

There are several popular food stalls around the hotel.

The sidewalks are tightly packed with food stalls which are popular with middle-class workers, so this may be a good place to try authentic street food.

The pleasant Deck 88 café/bar is located in The Astor nearby.

In The Astor hotel, about 650m from the Hotel Hindusthan, is the very pleasant Deck 88 café/bar.

The Senator Hotel's cafe offers good value buffets.

The café at The Senator Hotel offers good-value buffets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

2 outlets of the very popular Haldiram cafeterias are nearby.

There are 2 outlets of the hugely popular Haldiram cafeterias within a short walk of the hotel.

The large and clean Haldiram Cafeterias are very cheap.

The Haldiram cafeterias are large, spotlessly clean, and pleasingly cheap.

The Monkey Bar is a trendy bar along Camac Street.

One of several trendy café/bars along Camac Street, and almost opposite The Senator Hotel, is the Monkey Bar.

The main road in front has several good restaurants.

The hotel faces a main road lined with clean and casual restaurants.

The area has several upmarket shops.

Shops near the hotel are more upmarket than usual and cater for more affluent local workers.

The metro would be more useful once it's better connected.

The local metro station is about 350m away. However, services are of limited use to tourists until they connect the metro to the airport and railway station in about mid-2021.

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