On a recent visit to India from Melbourne and taking in the sights Allahabad had to offer, and not wanting to stay in a hotel, I came across Kanchan Villa as a place to stay thanks to my taxi driver.
Having stayed in a few hotels in some of the other cities during my travels, I found this home style abode a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle which goes with most Indian cities. Purnima and Ivan are a delightful couple who run this old style family home which provides all the basics a traveller would need in a clean and fresh enviroment. From the moment you step into the home, the warmth and friendliness which is extended to you, is one to be experienced. The room was well furnished, clean and had all the comfortable ammenities one would need. The hospitality extened to us by the family was one of genuine warmth and we felt honoured to be invited to join them in a family meal and get together.
I will be returning to India for a visit again at the end of 2013 and look forward to spending some more time in Allahabad and continuing some of the interesting discussions we had with Purnima and Ivan on the various cultures and festivals celebrated in the country.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The property is an 85 year old bungalow, beautifully restored with all modern amenities. Certified as a gold category Bed and Breakfast establishment by the tourism department, it has 6 distinctly furnished bedrooms, one family room and one suite. All rooms are fully air conditioned with modern attached bathrooms and running cold and hot water. This B & B is personally managed by the owners who live on the property and ensure that every need of the guests are meticulously looked after. It has a lounge with a fireplace and a well stocked library. The facilities include 24 hr silent power back up, in house laundry service, car parking, pick up and drop service and free wifi. Centrally located it is just 2 km from the railway station and 25 minutes from the airport. ... more less
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