After some research on the Net and I decided to stay in Shraddha Inn (A Sarovar Portico Hotel) in Shirdi between 20th & 21st Dec 09 with my family. My wife was little worried as our son is yet to get used to outside food (he takes only typical home made food without any chillis etc); so she spoke to the Chef before so that we can be better prepared. The assurance from the Chef had really relaxed us and we could manage the kid's food without much of trouble.
Now comes the hotel, on our arrival, we had difficulty in getting the pickup (from the bus stop; I travelled from Hyderabad to Shirdi on Kesineni Volvo - pathetic service in the bus, if you don't speak telgu) so decided to reach the hotel on our own. This was first negative impression. But however, the front office staff and the room was definitely good (also we didn't have to change our room; which was informed to us just previous evening due to over booking !!! be careful). Hotel is not very close to Shirdi shrine (just over a kilometer), but they have a decent pickup & drop facility for travel to the shrine.
The food preparation in the restaurant is good, but the spread in the buffet (particularly Lunch & Dinner) is not great; with very little options. Also the staffs in the restaurant need to be more trained to attend the tables and customers.
The housekeeping staff definitely lacks the basic standards. They do cleaning work very well; but every time, they don’t put a single towel back in the room. You need to ask for and then only you get it.
Overall, the hotel is good (probably the best one in Shirdi after reading good number of reviews of the only 5 star hotel Sun & Sand; and Fortune is yet to become operational) rooms are clean; room size is ok; doesn’t carry tea/coffee maker and hair dryer in the room. It has a good green around which makes it feel much better. The children play area and pool is also added plus points.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shraddha Sarovar Portico,is located on Pimpalwadi Road in Shirdi. The nearest airport is Aurangabad, about 144 kilometers. The convenient railheads are Nasik (123 kilometers) and Manmad (60 kilometers). Shraddha Inn Shirdi, epitomizes the peace and serenity expected by all devotees of Shri Sai Baba, who visit this temple town for spiritual enlightenment. You can choose from 75 aesthetically designed and spacious rooms across superior room and suite categories. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shraddha Inn, Shirdi Hotel Shirdi
- Park Inn Shirdi