Great budget hotel Sudder St Area in Kolkata

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Hello

I'm desperately trying to find a good clean budget hotel in the Sudder st area. I tried Galaxy but they are full

I'm a solo traveller (female) so want somewhere safe that I can meet other travellers but also somewhere I can pre-book as I arrive into kolkata at 1am

Any ideas??
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We stayed in Sunflower, I think that is a good choice.
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Try Golden Apple Boutique Hotel or Afridi International.

We stayed a couple of months ago at Afridi in the new wing. New room, flat screen TV, moden design - 995 rupees a night.

Great value and only complaint was lack of 24 hour hot water as advertised.

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Are all those places good to meet other travellers?

Sunflower was another choice but I was told it was away from the tourist area?
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They're safe, clean and bookable and great value for money.

To be honest, any place in Sudder Street is good for meeting travellers but you'll have more luck in restaurants/bars on sudder street if meeting people is your objective.

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Obviously being female I don't really want to be hanging out in bars/restaurants alone in India so a good hotel is essential
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You can also try YMCA if you do not get anything. Close to Sudder street. They have increased the charges recently. Not crowded. But safe.
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Originally Posted by reety View Post Hello

I'm desperately trying to find a good clean budget hotel in the Sudder st area. I tried Galaxy but they are full

I'm a solo traveller (female) so want somewhere safe that I can meet other travellers but also somewhere I can pre-book as I arrive into kolkata at 1am

Any ideas??
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Originally Posted by vonkla View Post We stayed in Sunflower, I think that is a good choice.
I missed your arrival time, I don't think Sunflower has a 24 hours check-in.
I think the best thing you can do is to book for the first night a hotel close to the airport. Here is a list of them hotels near airport.
We stayed in the North Star hotel, it was good enough.
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Originally Posted by reety View Post Obviously being female I don't really want to be hanging out in bars/restaurants alone in India so a good hotel is essential
I think you're missing the point.

India doesn't have a hostel scene like much of Asia so meeting travellers in hotels (especially in cities) is rare as most people are in their hotel rooms or out at restaurants/sites/ bars.

I've given you a list of safe, clean hotels. Not sure what more we can give you.

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reety,
Check out the Blue Sky Cafe on the corner of Sudder Street and Free School Street:
http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant...st_Bengal.html

It is a very popular hangout for backpackers.

As for hotels, try the Aafreen. It is cheap and comes recommended by a friend.



For another popular tourist hangout, which is very safe at any time of day:
Fairlawn hotel

You can very easily go there for a drink/meal in the courtyard without feeling uncomfortable.


Plus, check out the cafe at the Oxford Bookshop during the daytime for good cold coffee and free book browsing ! (It is situated on Park Street, a very short walk from Sudder Street.)
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Check out the Blue Sky Cafe on the corner of Sudder Street and Free School Street:
http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant...st_Bengal.html
This is exactly what I meant by hanging out in restaurants. I only popped in twice for the free wifi but if you want to meet travellers then this is the place to be. It's 100% safe and FULL of backpackers.

Not exactly a cultural experience though (full English breakfast anyone?!?!).

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Not exactly cultural but a good place to start to find people to tour with perhaps? It's not that I want to go to India to sit around and not be "cultural" but all I've got is warning after warning about not going anywhere alone as a female and to not socialise/speak to the locals hence my need to meet other travellers
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It's definitely your best bet in Kolkata. What are your wider plans as Kolkata isn't as firmly placed on the backpacker circuit as other parts of India so it might be worth trying to get somewhere a little more popular until you have your bearings and are comfortable.

As for not going out alone/not talking to anyone etc, where did you get that advice? From someone who hasn't been to India I'm guessing! Don't travel alone at night and take sensible precautions (as you would at home!) and you'll be just fine.

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P.s Fing Fang on the forum is (by her own ommision!) a pasty white girl currently travelling alone and having a ball. Maybe read through her threads and you'll soon see it's not all doom and gloom!
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Thanks, I'll check it out! off to Darjeeling from Kolkata so hopefully I'll meet some people

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