I was a bit worried about this place given the polarized nature of the reviews. Some people seemed to love it, some posted pictures of buildings that were in ruins. My husband and I visited with my two teenagish daughters and my elderly parents. The staff at Sterling are remarkable- extremely friendly and accommodating. They greet you with a glass of freshly squeezed lemonade and smiles. I had made all the bookings with Mr Safat and we were delighted. We had a dual unit consisting of a senior and a junior suite attached. The rooms did not have sea-view, but a nice view of the river and its banks (the sea-view units were not yet finished with renovations and seem less spacious). The place was incredibly secure, with armed guards patrolling. This allowed us to sit in the dark by the ocean enjoying the peace and the moonlight reflected off the waves without worry. My daughters roamed the place, freely without us worrying.The rooms were nice--not luxurious, but definitely, clean and comfortable. A few minor things needed fixing, such as the junior suite TV or the clock that needed batteries. The complimentary breakfast is great, and you can easily skip lunch after that buffet (one morning they had a continuous dosa bar--to accommodate my daughter's request). The food here is good, but expensive. For dinner it is cheaper to order ala carte rather than the buffet, if you aren't big eaters. The food is hygienic-- coming from the US we were worried about getting sick. The negatives are transportation-- the hotel arrangements are frightfully expensive. I suggest you arrange for cars from swargadwar if possible. The hotel is by the ocean, but to access their beach (which is very private, no one disturbed us with our daughters there,---a big plus) you have to take a boat. This boat is arranged by the hotel --but they charge you (per person!) to access their own beach. I think this is just wrong for a hotel that advertises beach access. Overall, given the remote location, the hotel should make the transportation seem reasonable, not like they have you at their mercy. They also have some loud parties at the hotel, which detracts from the tranquility we were looking for. But again, they do have excellent places to sit, relax and enjoy the view (they are on a hill and the vista is very attractive). It is a resort, so you can enjoy the entire location, not just sit cooped up in your room. Access to the beach (even with the boat) is indeed difficult for older people. On the whole, I would recommend this place as a reasonably priced comfortable place to stay far far from the madding crowds of Swargaddar. By the way, the pictures that were posted of the decrypt buildings were definitely by a malicious reviewer, those buildings were never completed and are not used. The pool is very clean and no one leered at my family as we wandered back from the beach in our swim clothes.
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