I am giving my stay at Cosy Home three stars because whilst the rooms are clean and comfortable, staff friendly and the owner accommodating and helpful, my stay here was disappointing because of a few things...
Firstly, I feel that I was ripped off. I was going to exchange some money at Cosy Home as my parents had been before and had organised for me to stay here. I feel that perhaps Mr Tikku knew that I was travelling alone and took advantage of this. I was consistently quoted much lower exchange rates than current ones in India. My parents checked the exchange rate and also asked friends in India to do the same. They all said that it was between 84 and 86 rupees to the British pound. Mr Tikku began by telling me that the exchange rate was 79 rupees to the British pound! I had just arrived and really had no way of checking independently other than via these text messages as I was told that the wifi was not working (despite the fact that Mr Tikku's son had full wifi signal on his phone). I decided to change the minimum for what I needed which I think upset Mr Tikku but I was left feeling very ripped off. Later that day I exchanged my money with my driver for 84.5 rupees to the pound and he did not charge commission.
I found some of the conversations and questions inappropriate and degrading of Western women despite the fact that I was dressed conservatively and was respectful of traditional Indian customs. To be honest, I found the mere discussion of promiscuity in this context completely inappropriate. Additionally, the fact that my mother has been married more than once is really not anyone's business and should certainly not be subject to judgement. I would also add that I found it wearing to be told over and over that I was 'a rich Westerner' whilst they were 'poor Indians' when I'd saved all year for this holiday and our accommodation back home is a lot smaller etc.
I paid for absolutely everything, right down to a 20 rupee tip that Mr Tikku thrust into my hands to give to a puppeteer. I was unable to challenge anything on the bill as despite asking for it first thing in the morning, I was not presented with it until the very moment I had said I was leaving and Mr Tikku was not available to discuss it. I didn't want to cause a fuss and challenge the bill even though I knew that I had been ripped off and had been charged several hundred rupees over what was agreed. It was quite upsetting as my first experience/ stop in India and moreover my parents were upset as they had stayed previously and trusted this man. Having left and deciding to change my plans rather than return to Cosy Home the following week where I had begun to feel quite lonely and unable to sort the money out, I cancelled my reservation. When Mr Tikku realised that I was not returning, he emailed me to say that there had been an oversight of 400 rupees on the bill and that I should return to pick it up. Whilst this is fair enough, he is a former banker and on top of the exchange rate fiasco and very detailed bill, it is strange that this error occured.
It could have been a much nicer stay for me... The love birds and caretaker are very nice and if you are just looking for someone to put your head down and are preferably male, you will probably have a good stay. The rooms are very clean and in a safe, gated property. In a way I feel disappointed more than anything as my mother who was concerned about me travelling alone in India had planned this stay with Mr Tikku so she has been let down also and withdrawn her previous positive review on Trip Advisor as a result. Furthermore it is a shame for Cosy Home as I know that both myself and my family would have stayed here in the future had it have not been for this experience.
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