Regarding "HELL HOLE"...We stayed at Ganges View at the same time as this couple. Upon checking out they gave us an earful about the room. That same day we had to switch rooms, so you can imagine my nervousness when we were told that our new room was to be the room they had checked out of. The thought of leaving this hotel, because of their opinion, was not an option (I had already fell in love with the place after our first three nights). PLEASE. It was a great room.- large, clean, and very nicely decorated. Did the tub and toilet need to be re-caulked? It could have used it . Was there mold around it? Maybe a tad bit. Were the towels stiff and off color? A bit. But , all in all, the bathroom was clean. Was it loud in the morning? A bit (however, the ceiling fan drowns out most of it) Is the shower a bit odd since it tends to get the whole bathroom wet? Yes- just move your stuff out before you turn on the water. It's India for God's sake. We are not at the Ritz and if that is what you want or expect then go to Nadesar Palace.
As for the bedbugs...The night before, this couple went to a ceremony along the Ganges. I went also. The mosquitoes were quite bad and that is what I suspect the "bites" were. I am completely OC about bedbugs so I checked the room completely several times for them. NO SIGNS of the pests. We stayed in this room for 3 nights and never got a bite. Clean as can be.
The Hotel is truly delightful. There are artistic touches all over and the staff was very friendly. Yes, they tend to shut the internet down at night but all you have to do is ask and they will turn the WIFI on or let you use their computer. Do you really need the internet in your room when you can sit in the lovely walk way or common area.
Unfortunately (or fortunately) we had to switch rooms three times (and move out once) because we had extended our stay. This was actually a bonus because each time the room got better!
At times, they have artists painting on the roof top and the owner has incredible art throughout the hotel.
We had breakfast there most mornings and dinner one night. It was perfectly fine. It wasn't four star but it was definitely good and ever so reasonable.
We had to stay at The Palace on the Ganges for one night and I am glad it was for only one night (although friendly, the hotel is more western and sterile and just not the same warm feeling). I could not wait to get back to the Ganges View. Our third room there was magnificent. Is the hotel expensive by Indian standards? A bit- but well worth it!!
Someone else mentioned that there was no mini bar or TV. You’ve got to be kidding me. I am not even going to address this one.
When you travel you must remember where you are and what they can offer you with what they have available. Pick your battles. Sheets and towels that are discolored BUT clean is not a battle worth picking. Noise, although disrupting, is part of the culture especially if you are staying along the Ganges. Take advantage of the early morning wake up and take a boat along the river. It is truly the most spectacular time as you watch the locals begin their day with a dip in the water, doing laundry, praying, or chanting. ( Another option, which I recommend anyway, is bring earplugs or take advantage of the “loud air-conditioning” to drown out the chanting)
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