Friday, November 4, 2011

Hotel Diplomat, Kolkata

 I booked the hotel just a few days before my trip through agoda.com. It was a last minute deal. I wanted a clean budget hotel. Just as I expected, the hotel was a decent one, clean room and clean toilet. Except the entrance to the hotel which was dusty just like any other budget hotels in India. They claimed that was because of the renovation going on. Anyway, I think that was the best hotel for that price.
The location was good too. It's about 45 minutes from the airport if the traffic is smooth. Located at NO. 10 Sudder Street, Hotel Diplomat is closed by to many shopping area. The Metro Station, the new Market, Park Street, Indian Museum, McDonald, KFC and Subway are also within walking distance. There are a lot of restaurants at Park Street. To me, McD, Kfc and Subway are important because that's where I have my daily meal most of the time in Kolkata. 
 I booked the rooms for two days online. I decided not to change room after the two days because of the clean toilet and bed room over here. I wouldn't take any risk of paying higher bill for another hotel because in India, most of the budget hotel rooms are very bad condition. So I extended for another two days. This time I negotiate for a better room rate.
In India, it's better that you book your room is advance. The best way is through online. Because the walk in price is extremely high. I scouted around for room price. Almost all hotels quoted publish price knowing that you need the room badly if you walk-in. Unless you have a big group, you can always negotiate for a better deal. And always ask for a net price because they always twist around. And during all my stay in India, these hotels never issue receipt even though they collect your money in advance. I think they either try to evade tax or they charge us more than the local price.
At Sudder Street. taxis are available the whole day because there are a lot of budget hotels and tourist around. There are a lot of taxi drivers sleeping inside their taxi too during the night time. Also, Sudder Street is the most happening place in town.

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8 comments:

AWANG said...

The hotel look good..thanks fr sharing & looking more photos from you :)

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Looks can be deceiving, that's really clean for a budget hotel !

snapperoni said...

The exterior looks old, but surprisingly everything looks clean inside.xD

Love the last photo with the cabs lined up like that.

Powell River Books said...

Looks like an interesting place, one I will never go I'm sure. I love all this virtual travel. Thanks - Margy

Ann said...

you are right, clean bathroom and toilet is so impt. How are you?

Lorac said...

Looks like you found a winner in this hotel. Clean and comfortable.

Bengbeng said...

Happy new year 2012. :) It is omos 9 and I am working . I will come back n read more of yr blog later :)

Thomas C B Chua said...

`Kbguy, better half and I will be at the Golden Triangle of India this march. We are doing New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Srinagar (Kashmir). Is it true that the stench in Indian cities is horrified?