We booked (and paid!!!) this hotel for three nights, but practically 'ran' away after about 20 hours. We were so very disappointed!!!
The whole idea and reason for choosing this hotel was, that it spoke of a loft with balcony and sea views.
We arrived at the hotel after quite a rough taxi ride of 5 hours at 8 in the evening.
The loft was very spacious and light. Clean too. But really basic, almost spartanic.
The rates btw are not cheap, for Indian standards. Not sky high either, so I was not expecting a 5 star hotel or anything.
Ok, so basic, but let's look at the balcony and view: a thick 'forest' of tree trunks from the garden. Oh my, no sitting on the balcony watching the sun come up or go under. Not reading a book on our private balcony while staring over the ocean.
That set the tone immediately.
Without AC (which I knew when I booked it, but did not hv a clue tt it would be so hot) it was SO SO SO hot in the room!!!
I have to admit, that once you are disappointed (and again and again) you tolerate less and less, while if you are happy with a hotel, you tend to be more forgiving. I try to be as honest and objective as possible here;-)
We went down to the hotelrestaurant, semi open air, no fans, so also steaming hot out there. On the menu was a lot, also there were about 5 dishes with beef and I went for one of those. "No, we do not have the beef. And not that. And not that." Getting grumpy. There was one staff member walking around to serve all the guests. So even the bottle of water took ages to come to the table. Hey, it was warm! "No, we have no chilled drinks....but we can give ice." Double grump. My husband wanted a beer. "No, we don't have alcohol. You have to ask for it an hour in advance and we will get it for you." Triple grump.
Slow service, a lot of no's, and no smiles or anything.
The room was noisy from the street side. And did I mention that it was hot?
Breakfast was basic and limited. The same one guy was waiting tables AND baking eggs in the tiniest possible frying pan.
Ofcourse there was nothing like cappuccino or espresso. But maybe good black coffee? With warm milk? There was a giant pot where a watery light brown liquid came from. I thought it was tea. "No, ma'm, Kerala coffee." Yaiks....
The evening before I had seen a breakfast menu, so I asked to order a la carte. "No, not possible. We DO have breakfast a la carte, but not during breakfast, because then we are too busy with breakfast." Tsssss.....getting pissed of here.
There were some uncomfortable lounge chairs in the garden where u could put a yoga mat on. You could climb the long, long way down...and the more challenging way back up...to the beach. Gorgeous, small and totally empty. Not a bed, nothing. Again you could bring a yoga mat down.
Ah, well, you got the picture by now.
I spoke to the manager that morning, Maria, who turned out to be Dutch, like me. She showed me some other rooms that had a slightly better view and was willing to help us. But with all the other limitations, another room would not have changed that.
It all simply did not feel like a relaxing holiday at all.
The views from the cliff down to beach and sea were stunning, that is for sure.
And there were other guests, more the alternative and ayurvedic ones, I think, who seemed fine with this hotel.
We made a big mistake in booking this hotel. Partly my own fault. This is not our type of hotel.
Having said that: also a simple, cheaper hotel should be service oriented and have enough staff walking around.
So if you are the ayurvedic yoga type who does not mind to pay a lot for a primitive stay in a beautiful environment then this is the place for you. If not, stay away.
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