Gitanjali is a 70 year old privately-owned house on two floors. The owners occupy the ground floor and the upper floor has three guest bedrooms with attached bathrooms. It is not air conditioned but overhead fans are quite efficient.
The guide book which features this property says that it has "three simple rooms" and this is an apt description. There were no other guests during our four night stay, so the room allocated to us was the best of the three. Entry was from an airy and pleasant corridor furnished with cane chairs and tables to provide a comfortable sitting area.
The bedroom itself was of modest size and sparsely furnished. A large table in one corner gave much needed surface space. In another corner was a cupboard with two shallow shelves. A coat stand was brought from another room to augment the "wardrobe" space. One bed, which appeared to be classed as a double bed, stood in the centre of the room. Its width was
3ft 6in (107cm). We had requested 2 beds and the second was 2ft 3in (68cm) wide. Both beds had a rock-solid mattress less than 3in (8cm) deep with matching pillows.
The bathroom had a WC, a tiny wash basin with a cold water tap and an open shower (no curtain or tub) also with a cold water tap. In addition, low level taps provided hot and cold water for filling plastic buckets to give a mix of warm water which was then poured over the body using a plastic jug.
Breakfast, lunch and evening meal (served at 8:30am, 1.30pm and 8.45pm respectively) are included in the daily rate as there are no restaurants or cafes in the vicinity and the village shop has a very limited stock which does not even include water or soft drinks.
Daily room cleaning is not provided at Gitanjali but towels and bed linen will be changed if requested. As to overall value for money, all I will say is that the rate per day which I paid (albeit including meals) was more than that for a room in the 5 star Taj Hotel in Calicut.