Best hotels and hostels in West Bengal

  • Lodging in The Ganges Delta

    Rajbari Bawali

    The rajbari at Bawali, about 30km southwest of Kolkata, represents a masterful exercise in restoration of a once-crumbling 18th-century palace. Many of the 30 atmospheric rooms and nine suites are set around a splendid neoclassical-style courtyard and everything is in the finest taste, with high ceilings, art, antique wooden furniture and copper bathtubs as well as showers in some rooms.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Shantiniketan

    Mitali Homestay

    About 2km north of the university in verdant Phuldanga village, the art-, craft- and book-filled home of a retired diplomat and his chef-and-designer wife promises a delightful experience. Look forward to great company, comfy rooms and delicious home-cooked meals. You can enjoy Bengali meals in the house (veg/nonveg ₹300/400), or dine in the garden restaurant Rustic Flavours for a wider culinary choice.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Darjeeling

    Windamere Hotel

    This quaint, rambling relic of the Raj is one of Darjeeling’s most atmospheric digs. The charming Ada Villa, with the tea rooms and bar, was once a boarding house for British tea planters, and the well-tended grounds are spacious with lots of pleasant seating areas. The comfortable rooms, fireplaces and hot-water bottles provide just the right measure of comfort and mothballed charm.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Darjeeling

    Dekeling Resort at Hawk’s Nest

    Run by the good people at Dekeling Hotel, this is a great escape from Darjeeling's increasingly noisy centre, situated 1km south en route to the Japanese Pagoda. The four large 140-year-old suites are a perfect conjunction of comfort and authentic colonial ambience, while the modern 'super deluxe' rooms are superbly designed and reposeful with expansive views, parquet floors and solar-heating panels.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Darjeeling

    Dekeling Hotel

    Spotless Dekeling is full of charming touches such as coloured diamond-pane windows, a wood-fired heater in the sociable lounge-library, wood panelling and sloping attic ceilings, plus superb views. Tibetan owners Sangay and Norbu play perfect hosts and the service is excellent. The central location is also a plus, even if you have to climb a lot of stairs to reach reception!

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kalimpong

    Holumba Haven

    A unique and utterly charming property combining a nursery and a family-run guesthouse, Holumba is located amid sylvan settings a walkable 1km below town. The spotless, comfy rooms are arranged in cosy cottages spread discreetly around the lush orchid gardens, and good homestyle meals (preorders only) are available in the sociable dining room.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Darjeeling

    Glenburn

    About an hour's drive north of Darjeeling, this stylish, uberluxury tea estate is a true indulgence for those looking to splurge. The lovely estate sits pretty amid rolling tea plantations and makes for a perfect hideaway, with elegant colonial-style suites and contemporary comforts. Rates include fine meals of varied cuisines, transport, and sundry activities such as tea-estate tours and hikes.

  • Lodging in Kalimpong

    Elgin Silver Oaks

    This 1920s-homestead-turned-heritage-hotel packs plenty of atmosphere and is well run in a professional but friendly way, with a classy restaurant. The wood-floored rooms are plushly furnished in golds, oranges, pinks and blues, and offer grand views down the valley towards the Relli River (ask for a garden-view room). There's fascinating collection of historical photos on the walls.

  • Lodging in Siliguri & New Jalpaiguri

    Hotel Sinclairs

    Very comfortable Sinclairs, 1km north of the Central Bus Terminus, offers a delicious escape from hectic Hill Cart Rd, with professional, friendly service and fresh, bright, modern rooms with good bathrooms. There’s an excellent patio restaurant, a bar, a spa, and a cool clean pool, perfect for escaping the heat of the plains. Generous discounts offered at slower times.

  • Lodging in Darjeeling

    Karmi Farm

    A two-hour drive from Rimbik near Bijanbari, this cheerful place is managed by Andrew Pulger-Frame, whose Sikkimese grandparents once ran an estate from the main house here. The simple but comfortable rooms are attractively decorated with colourful local fabrics, and bathrooms have 24-hour hot water.

  • Lodging in Kalimpong

    Mayfair Himalayan Spa Resort

    Kalimpong's historic Himalayan Hotel, acquired by the Mayfair hotel group, has been expanded, glitterised and frillified into a top-drawer Indian luxury resort, with a classy spa, swimming pool, fountains, chandeliers, kids playroom, library, and primary-colour murals and historic black-and-white photos all over the place – all quite tasteful and cheerful and very comfortable in a slightly kitschy way.

  • Lodging in Kurseong

    Cochrane Place

    With 360-degree plantation views, this quaint getaway with a century-old main building offers oodles of period furniture and quirky artefacts in its bright and airy rooms. There's a delicious mix of Anglo-Indian, Continental and Indian food, and a fine selection of Darjeeling teas, at the in-house restaurant-cafe Chai Country. Room rates can go up and down a bit according to season.

  • Lodging in The Ganges Delta

    Itachuna Rajbari

    The rajbari (palace built by a zamindar) at Itachuna, about 95km north of Kolkata by road, packs a punch with its stately 18th-century architecture and traditional-style interiors, fine Bengali food and overall bucolic ambience. Its spacious, tastefully appointed rooms are named after relatives in a typical Bengali family, and the food is a delectable spread of signature Bengali cuisine.

  • Lodging in Kalimpong

    Kalimpong Park Hotel

    This former summer home of the maharajas of Dinajpur is perched on a mountain shelf overlooking the Relli Valley, and packs in oodles of Raj-era charm. Wicker chairs and scarlet blossoms line the verandah and there’s a charming lounge bar, along with a restaurant offering British boarding-school staples, such as jelly custard (order in advance).

  • Lodging in Darjeeling

    Mayfair Darjeeling

    Originally a maharaja’s summer palace but renovated within an inch of its life, this plush choice sits among manicured gardens and a bizarre collection of kitschy sculptures. The communal areas don’t have quite the charm of some of Darjeeling's other historic hotels, but the rooms are well decorated and many have balconies.

  • Lodging in Kurseong

    Makaibari Homestays

    This pioneering programme, active since 2007, aims to harness tourism to empower local women tea pluckers. Twenty family houses on the Makaibari tea estate, within a 10-minute walk of the tea factory, are currently involved in the project. Families speak basic English and the houses are simple but comfortable and cosy, with attached bathrooms for the guest rooms.

  • Lodging in Darjeeling

    Little Tibet

    A surprising number of Darjeeling's best-run hotels are Tibertan-owned and this is one of them, with a tasteful Tibetan theme throughout in the rugs, photos, prints cushions and even the bedroom cups. Nearly all the 24 wood-floored, half-panelled rooms look out towards Singalila Ridge. The restaurant often serves buffet meals which could be Indian, Continental, Tibetan, Chinese or Nepali.

  • Lodging in Darjeeling

    Revolver

    This Beatles-themed hotel certainly makes a change from standard hill-station hotel style. It's full of Fab Four memorabilia and the five small but stylish rooms are each named after one of the group (plus Brian Epstein). The downstairs restaurant serves good fresh-ground local coffee and interesting local, Naga and Thai set meals (from ₹150), and there's free filtered water too.

  • Lodging in The Ganges Delta

    Vedic Village

    Amid bucolic surroundings on Kolkata's northeastern fringes, this luxury ayurvedic resort offers a vast array of therapies, massages and wraps at its very professional Sanjeeva Spa. You can come for a single treatment (₹3000 to ₹9000), take an all-inclusive residential package, or just chill out in a fancy apartment or villa and enjoy the pool, restaurants and numerous other facilities.

  • Lodging in Shantiniketan

    Nayana's Homestay

    Nayana's is the abode of a helpful, knowledgeable member of the Tagore clan, and her two-storey house, on a leafy lane in the north of town, is full of character, crafts and art. The two guest rooms are medium-sized and comfortable without being luxurious, and there's plenty of common space to relax in, including upstairs terraces and a pretty garden.