Howrah Hotel is situated at Mukhram Kanoria Road, Howrah, West Bengal. Luxury it ain’t but this 1890 mansion has loads of character for such an ultra-budget place. The brilliantly antiquated reception has featured in three movies and the inner courtyard is an unexpected oasis of birdsong. Rooms are rather tatty but basically clean, many retaining original tile work, Italian chequer-board marble floors and high ceilings. The hotel is five minutes walk from Howrath train station. Enter around the corner from the less appealing Hotel Bhimsain, which shares the same building.