by Santorini Dave • Updated: July 1, 2019
The Senator Hotel – Small, personable, and affordable mid-range choice in a better-than-average area.
Catering mostly to Indian business people (but still ideal for foreign tourists), The Senator is named after the numerous embassies that once dominated this area before the colonial capital moved to New Delhi. In the lower end of the three-star range, there’s no pool, gym, or spa, but this is reflected in the rates which are pleasing in overpriced Kolkata. Rooms are comfortable, without being remarkable, and they’re not cramped like those at competitors. A major attraction is the location: noisy but vibrant and convenient, walkable to a metro station, and surrounded by some of Kolkata’s finer cafés and bars.
The Senator Hotel – The Location
- Address: 15 Camac Street, which is a one-way heading south. Between 2 main roads: AJC Bose (to the south, with a flyover) and Shakespeare Sarani. In the inner southern suburbs.
- Area: Comparatively affluent, with many offices, banks, and other commercial buildings. Many middle-class workers in the area, so the cafés, bars, and shops are better than average. A quieter area immediately in the front and a park at the back.
- How to Get There: Taxis from the pre-paid counters at the airport take 45-55 minutes (21km). From the main railway station (Howrah), the hotel is 25-35 minutes (7km) by taxi. See Local Transport below for more information about taxis and the metro.
The Senator Hotel – The Basics
- Guests: Caters mostly to Indian business people, but foreign tourists are still welcome, of course.
- Views: Street views are extensive and quite interesting, although windows are surprisingly undersized. Rooms to the back overlook the modest Victoria Park, with a stagnant pond and walking path.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at a lower-standard inner-city hotel like this in Kolkata.
- Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +91 (0)33 2289 3000
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: thesenatorhotel.com
The Senator Hotel – Amenities
- Pool, Spa, & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided.
- Other Facilities: Laundry. Travel advice/bookings.
The Senator Hotel – Food and Drink
- Restaurants & Bars: Lounge Restaurant – Great-value buffets for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even afternoon tea. Cheerful, and popular with local workers. • L’Oriental Restobar – Open all day for a la carte Indian and Chinese, but most guests are there for the bar. Separate family area.
- Breakfast: Included in most rates, but check when booking.
- Room Service: Available from about 7 am to midnight.
The Senator Hotel – Rooms
- Room Types: Crystal Rooms • Gold Regular Rooms • Gold Premium Rooms
- Smoking Rooms: Ask the management about booking a smoking room.
- Best Room: The Gold Premium Rooms are a little more spacious and more likely to offer better views from the upper floors.
- For Families: Nothing set up especially, but with lower-than-usual rates, booking 2 adjoining rooms is quite affordable, though none have connecting doors.
The Senator Hotel – 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, and a tiny park right behind the hotel.
- 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, 650m away. Head left (south) from the hotel towards the flyover and then turn right. 8-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. Oddly, no types of rickshaws anywhere in the area.
The Senator Hotel – 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.
- I Love Haldiram – Cafeteria-style, with huge dining area. Tasty food, low prices, and spotlessly clean. The traditional masala tea is excellent. Also, sticky sweets and cakes. Directly opposite the hotel. 1-minute walk.
- Monkey Bar – One of several bars also serving excellent food, and located on the upper floors of office buildings along Camac Street. 150m up from the hotel (away from the flyover). 2-minute walk.
- Hotel Hindusthan International – Posh hotel offering several excellent options including: Kalash (gourmet Indian, adorable setting, and silver service), Mythh (lunch/dinner buffets and a la carte 24/7), and The Oriental Express (wide range of Asian cuisines and chic décor). Head left (south) from The Senator and turn right at the flyover. 4-minute walk (300m).
- Deck 88 – Lovely café with al fresco setting and lively bar, open from late afternoon. In The Astor hotel, about 350m away. Walk up the street (away from the flyover) and left at the junction. 4-minute walk.
- Kebab-e-Que – At ground level below Deck 88. Classy décor and popular with meat lovers. 4-minute walk (350m).
Shops & Markets
- Better range of shops in this more affluent area. The New B. K. Market is an indoor collection of stalls, mostly selling clothes, but with few customers, the hard sell is common. Up the street (away from the flyover) and left at the junction. 5-minute walk (400m).
- 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. 18-minute walk (1.4km).
- 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. 6-minute drive (1.8km).
- 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. 9-minute drive (2.3km).
- 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 (16km).
The Senator Hotel – The Hotel
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