While this postcard is from the early 1900s, as late as 1938 Murray's Handbook for India, Burma and Ceylon still recommended Costorphan's Hotel, with Cecil (Faletti's), Grand and Elysium to its travelers to the hillstation.
[Original caption] “Chowringhee, Calcutta. Chowringhee Road runs past the sumptuous edifice of the Bengal Club and the nest residential quarter of Calcutta to St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Hotel advertising postcards played an important role in the rise of the medium; they are often found in guest rooms today too, ready to send home and market the establishment where a loved one is staying.
[Original caption] Bombay from Harbour. Bombay is without doubt a prosperous city. The houses are large, hand some and well built–the gardens well laid out and cared for, while the streets are clean and orderly.
The Grand Orient Hotel is located on the waterfront in the Fort area of Colombo. The GOH (note initials at top of the building) as it is commonly known, was built in 1837 for British soldiers. In 1875 it was converted into a hotel.
Nedous Hotel was established on the Mall in 1880 by Michael Adams Nedou, apparently from Dubrovnik, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. A grand hotel, it would have held many secrets of old Lahore.
Tea was one of those commodities that benefitted from the marketing that came with postcards, going back to the late 1890s.