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Lytton Hotel
Ranked #61 of 218 Hotels in Kolkata (Calcutta)
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“A bit of an oasis within Calcutta...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

I took refuge at the Lytton after a poor experience at a nearby hotel and was very pleased with the hotel and my room overlooking Scudder St. and particularly with the welcoming, helpful staff. In fact, many of the staff I encountered at the hotel & restaurant within had worked at the hotel for upwards for 15 to 20 years. Everyone, including Ms. Martin at the front desk seemed pleasant & very eager to assist. A fellow named Ali even accompanied me after dark to an ATM & when that one failed to function, stayed with me till I found another that did work. The restaurant is not really out of the ordinary but again the staff was most cheerful and the included breakfast buffet, much better than expected. For the price, the Lytton is clean, well-located and a nicely comforting mid-point between budget and expense account hotels in Calcutta.

Room Tip: If interested in observing life on the street, the street-facing rooms are great and yet still quiet...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2013

We stayed in this hotel for two nights. It's an old hotel . The food is excellent and staff is very helpful . The rooms are really big and clean but not modern . The new market is walking distance from the hotel . You can find lots of foreigners in this hotel . It is actually a business travellers hotel and located on a busy road. Overall a nice hotel with good parking facilities

Room Tip: Take room away from road site to have a quiet sleep
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
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New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

I stayed at the hotel for 3 nights. The entry is through crowded bylanes and into a place that does not give the feel of a high quality hotel. The room alloted was in the adjoining buliding as it is spread over 2 bldgs. The reception and restaurants in one and the living accomodation in the other. The room was nice and clean. So was the bathroom, although you had to leave the tap on for 10 mins or more to get warm water (reception advised me to do that- what a waste!!!). No central ac- individual units which the housekeeping leave on even if you are not in the room all day. The service for an iron or other things you ask for is quick.

The restaurant is quite dingy though the food, particularly the breakfast was good and had the requisite variety - fruits, juice, north indian, south indian, continental and some chinese too. Cant say about the hygeine part bec i saw a shabby looking fellow carrying milk in a vessel in the open without any cover towards the restaurant :-P.

Although the rates are on the higher side they neither have a pool nor a gym or a fitness center (not even a few dumbells in a corridor :-D). They provide free wi-fi via a card which is a tad tedious.

Why didnt i go to another hotel? The IPL semi finals and finals were on so no room in any of the better hotels. For that price i would advise going elsewhere.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Ribe, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

We really like to stay at Lytton. We have stayed at Lytton five times. It is very comfortable and clean. Fantastic location. The food was good and the service was great. The staff is very friendly and helpful. We would like to stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2013

We really liked staying here. It is very comfortable and clean and in a great location to see the new market and all the hustle and bustle of Calcutta. We stayed in the suite and it was great value. The food was good enough and the service was great. Fantastic value for what it is. I would stay here again easily.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2013

My sister and I stayed at the Lytton first for one night before heading to Katwa to do some volunteering work at a home for the disabled and then for another 3 nights while volunteering for the Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity...
Not overly impressed the first night, the room we were put in wasn't very clean and seemed quite shabby. For about AU$100 a night we expected much better. It also took us having to call the manager about why we didn't have hot water. Turns out you need to let it run for about 5 minutes first... They could have told us that when we checked in.
Anyway, we weren't too concerned since we were leaving the next day. We did consider cancelling our booking when we returned to Kolkata the following week for something a bit better but that ended up being harder than it was worth.
We returned the following week and were put into a much nicer twin room, more space and much cleaner with a larger bathroom with a bath/shower. The reception staff are not particularly friendly but were efficient and trying to get more coffee sachets and creamer for our rooms was interesting. Rather than refreshing what we needed when housekeeping cleaned the room, we had to call room service for it several times which resulted in lots of tips being given. I think that was done deliberately. We eventually just bought our own coffee from the markets. Was easier...
The restaurant staff on the other hand were lovely. Really helpful, friendly and made every effort to accommodate our requests. I would like to give Nicholas (restaurant manager) a special mention as he welcomed us warmly and shared lots of greats tips about Kolkata - and also taught us plenty of Bengali words which helped us along). Thanks Nicholas!
They have a business centre with surprisingly fast and free internet which was a godsend after being very isolated in Katwa. The buffet breakfast in the mornings was great however the cut fruit left a lot to be desired - over handled and not particularly fresh. Don't expect any western food on the buffet however they seem to be happy to make omelettes or scrambled eggs if that's your preference. We love Indian food so were quite happy with traditional Indian dishes for breakfast.
Overall, returning sweaty and dirty to our clean, air-conditioned room for a hot shower and a gin & tonic at the end of a hard day was wonderful. Not great value for money at around AU$100 a night but ok... And we'll stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2013

The Lytton Hotel is in a convenient location, close to the Hogg Market, interesting shopping and the Oberoi Hotel. It is a collection of buildings, really. I stayed there twice in February, 2013, and each time found the rooms to be comfortable and clean. The old-fashioned airconditioners might choof out a bit too much noise in the summer season, but it would be a small price to pay for the comfort. The basin did not have a plug, and so I always felt as if I was wasting water when shaving. There were plenty of staff - in fact, they seemed to materialize out of nowhere each time you went to your door! Breakfast was tasty and varied, although i was surprised that the tea was allowed to stew for so long. Wifi is available and there were two computers usually available in the business centre.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Lytton Hotel

Property: Lytton Hotel
Address: 14 Sudder Street, Kolkata (Calcutta) 700016, India
Region: India > West Bengal > Kolkata (Calcutta)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #61 of 218 Hotels in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lytton Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 72
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