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Kanchan Villa
Ranked #1 of 24 Allahabad B&B and Inns
Mysuru (Mysore), India
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173 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“you will love it here!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

Kanchan Villa is a delightful homestay. Pixie and Ivan Lamech are the warmest, friendliest and most caring hosts one could wish for. They are full of fascinating stories, so do make time to hang out with them. They will help you figure out travel, laundry, shopping, and any other concerns you may have. And they speak English (this is an issue with most places in Allahabad)! The rooms are comfortable and pretty, and a treat for antique lovers. The food is delicious, wholesome, home cooked fare. There's plenty of greenery all around, some lovely sit-outs, squirrels running up trees and playful dogs. The guests are an interesting, cosmopolitan mix - we bumped into people from Nepal and Australia. I stayed here with my husband during the Kumbh and loved it! We had the self contained apartment to ourselves. It is totally private and has it's own terrace. I don't think I'll ever want to stay anywhere else when I'm in Allahabad.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Ananya_Roy
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ivanlamech, Owner at Kanchan Villa, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Thank you Ananya. We are glad that you and Jedi enjoyed your stay here. It was lovely having you with us and thanks Jedi for helping Pixie with her phone!
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New Delhi, India
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42 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

If you are heading to Allahabad, you wouldn't find a better place to stay - private, comfortable, spacious, central and the fact that the hosts are always there to help. Pixie, Ivan and the staff as well were extremely helpful and warm. Loved chatting with them over dinner.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Supsonthemove
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ivanlamech, Owner at Kanchan Villa, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Thank you so much. Glad you enjoyed your stay here and hope to see again.

Pixie and Ivan
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Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2012

We planned to stay for a couple of days and ended up staying five! Pixie and Ivan are lovely people, the service is the best, the workers are amazing and the rooms are lovely. Honestly, this is the first review I write and I'm doing so from the bottom of my heart. These people are lovely and generous and humble, the best stay if you're in Allahabad, no doubt.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank almubanos
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ivanlamech, Owner at Kanchan Villa, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Dear Al and Mike, Thanks for your review. It was lovely having you with us. We should in fact thank you for having kept us all entertained with your puzzles in the evenings!
Purnima and Ivan
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012

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.

Reg Barrie
Melbourne Australia

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Reg B
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ivanlamech, Owner at Kanchan Villa, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Thank you Reg. It was lovely having you with us and we shall always remember the great evenings spent together.

Ivan and Pixie
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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2012

Quaint, lush green with a strong feeling of being at home rather than having to stay in the sterilised environment of a hotel (especially in Allahabad, which doesnt have any decent 3-4 star hotels), this B&B run by a very warm and friendly couple is a better option than the some of hotels I personally checked out. The facilities are simple - very well maintained 2-3 rooms, TVs, hot water and staff that is happy to run around and perform smallish chores for you to make your stay comfortable.

Ivan and Purnima sometimes join you in the evening for a drink and interesting conversation and if you are in luck Ivan might even sing some songs while playing his acoustic guitar to liven things up a bit.

Room Tip: Ask for the Green Room, which has a green wall and lovely arabic tiling with a high antique bed.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Kanchan Villa
Address: 64 Kanchan Villa Lukergunj, Allahabad 211001, India
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Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > Allahabad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Allahabad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Kanchan Villa 2*
Number of rooms: 6
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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