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Kanchan Villa
Ranked #1 of 29 Allahabad B&B and Inns
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

We spent 5 wonderful days during Durga Puja (Durga Puja is held in a park next to the vila which is 107 years old) with extended family in the Vila with Ivan and Purnima (is Bengali), the most hospitable, versatile, friendly hosts you could ever wish to meet, who went out of there way to make our stay a most memorable one. The house is an old (perhaps built in 1932) villa from the colonial days and has very tasteful ethnic furniture (rarely seen these days). The rooms (AC) are very comfortable, spacious and extremely clean, especially room on ground floor (the Bengal Room). Also the location of the villa being in a quiet area of town makes it very relaxing. Conveniently located close to the station and they will provide transport upon request to and from the station and anywhere within the town at a reasonable rate which makes life and getting around a lot easier. Excellent food is served by friendly young staff personally supervised by Purnima. Last but not the least the hosts are having 3 friendly dogs. Every bit of it made our visit to Allahabad all the more enjoyable from October 9 to 13, 2013.

Room Tip: All the Rooms are very good !
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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ivanlamech, Owner at Kanchan Villa, responded to this reviewResponded January 26, 2014

Hi Sid,
Thank you so much for the lovely review about your stay at Kanchan Villa and sorry for the delay in acknowledging it. Got busy with the guests and family over X'mas. We really enjoyed your company and hope we can get together sometime.

Regards,

Ivan and Purnima

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Reviewed November 7, 2013

We stopped over at Allahabad from our way back to Banaras. Kanchan Villa is an excellent place to stay with friends and family. The house is an old villa from the colonial days and has some very tasteful furniture. The best part is the hosts - Ivan and Purnima - who are totally hands-on with their homestay. They were present with us throughout the evening and made it wonderful with their sense of humor and the live guitar session. Food was great too. We highly recommend anyone travelling to Allahabad to stay at Kanchan Villa. Thank you, Ivan and Purnima, when you read this :)

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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ivanlamech, Owner at Kanchan Villa, responded to this reviewResponded January 26, 2014

Hi Smita,
Thank you for your review and sorry for the late acknowledgement! It was a pleasure to have you both with us and we thoroughly enjoyed your company. Getting a good review from such a well travelled couple, warms the cockles of our heart and is much appreciated.

Don't be surprised if we visit you at Naukucthiatal sometime!

Warm regards,

Ivan and Purnima

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Reviewed July 27, 2013

We had gone to Allahabad for my father's Asthi Visharjan and had a very pleasant stay at Kanchan Villa. There is not much space around the building, but the residence is very well maintained. The decor gave me an old world British Colonial feel, which was great. The owners of the villa - Ivan and Purnima are excellent hosts. You get the feeling as if you are a guest in a relative's home which is very relaxing and very welcoming. They are genuinely good people, who enjoy sitting and talking with their guests.

I felt that the food was just excellent. Very well suited to our tastes. Homemade achars and pappads added special flavor to each meal. The kitchen personnel went out of their way in making our stay pleasant and met all our requirements with a smile.

Kanchan Villa provides transportation (at a fee) for any trips one may want to do during their stay. We went to the banks of Ganga for the rituals and the driver was helpful with local information as well.

We learnt that Kanchan Villa is also a great place for visitors who want to experience the Kumbh Mela.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Never said 'home away from home' before this, but this is how you will feel like here.
We booked the place at the last minute, for the last days of the Khumb Mela, when you have litteraly millions of people fleeding to Allahabad. We were told by the owners, Ivan and Purinma, that unfortunately no room at Kanchan's was available, but they could accomodate us in another similar place. Once in Allahabad early in the morning, we were offered at Kanchan's a room to rest a bit and refresh ourselves, then we were served a good Indian and Continental breakfast and, relieved and fed, we were given a transport to reach this 'other place'.
The other villa was Purnima's auntie's, a retired professor whose hospitality and kindness we enjoyed a lot.
Ivan and Purnima organized for us and other guests a BBQ at Kanchan Villa and they also arranged the transfer and boat trip to the Mela for the next day.
We really enjoyed very much the hospitality and the family environment in both places, as well as the way Ivan and Purima have organized everything for us.
Rooms are very clean, service impeccable, home made food just great, hospitality will make you feel home.
Highly reccomanded.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

We had an amazing experience in Allahabad and the main reason being a really beautiful and clean place to stay. Kanchan Villa can be compared to any 3-4 star boutique hotels. The rooms are done beautifully and is super clean. They serve you food if u are interested and its good healthy homemade food which you will nit find in hotels. I would highly recommend it to everyone traveling to Allahabad.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

It was a short visit to Allahabad - and we are glad for opting to stay for the night in Kanchan Villa. Good clean room, services, great food and top it off with good conversation with our gracious hosts - Ivan and Purnima. Thanks much.

Regards,
Krishna

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

I & some friends stayed for about 12 nights during the busiest time - the Kumba Mela. Purnima & Ivan are the most gracious & sincere hosts catering to our every need. Our special vegetarian food requirements were deliciously met, our need for meditation or quiet times in our rooms were automatically accepted & catered for, economical transport was smoothly organized to the Ganges River & Arial Ghat during periods of extremely heavy traffic. When we had trouble getting back at night Purnima & Ivan went out of their way to make sure everything went smoothly. For those that don't speak Hindi English is mainly spoken by the managers so there's no language problems for overseas visitors.
In short we were treated like special guests in one way & like members of the family in another way!
Kanchan Villa has a good "vastu" orientation with the street & front door entrances facing east. It also has big en-suit bathrooms & nice antique type furniture in Bengal Room I stayed in.

So our stay for the Kumba Mela really was problem free thanks to the kind & generous treatment of our wonderful hosts. A big "thank you" to you from myself & my friends. We hope to see you again on another trip - Andrew Hobbs

Room Tip: Flat at the back is very quiet & out of the way. Bengal room is next to the sitting room lounge.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Kanchan Villa

Address: 64 Kanchan Villa Lukergunj, Allahabad 211001, India
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Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > Allahabad District > 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 29 B&Bs / Inns in Allahabad
Price Range: $55 - $73 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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