This was my second visit to Mandarmoni and like my last trip, this time also I did not get a booking in Rose Valley (the most popular hotel in Mandarmoni). As far as the room tariff is concerned, Masara charges same or may be a little more than Rose Valley. There are a few cottages on one side and a bigger two storied building on the other side. In this building the ground floor rooms are "Garden view rooms" and the 1st floor rooms are "Sea View rooms". We had booking for "Sea View", however upon reaching the room we saw that the sea is not visible from the room and you need to go out in the corridor to get a view of the sea. The room is brightly lit and specious. The bed and other furniture are good. Bathroom is clean and fittings are top class. The AC worked flawlessly.
Now the most bizarre part. There was big hole (approx 4 feet in diameter) in the roof which opened in a small attic like room above. This small overhead room was empty and had a single door which opened in the roof. This door was open and anybody could enter the attic room from the roof and can peep through the hole to check on us !!! I went to the roof, entered the attic room and peeped to my room through the hole to confirm the same. One more surprise was that the attic room can only be locked from inside and there were no means to come down to my room through that whole after locking it. It was a straight drop of 10 to 12 feet.
I called the staff and found out that there are future plans of having a swimming pool on roof. There will be a spiral staircase in the room which will provide a private access to the pool through the attic. This grand plan failed to amuse me, because in its present condition it was a serious threat to my privacy. We were considering the option of cancelling our reservation at Masara and checking other hotels for a room. At this point a room attendant brought a ladder, climbed through the hole, locked the attic door from inside and again climbed down through that ladder. The guy had to use all his acrobatic skills, as the ladder was much shorter than the height of the room. However, finally the issue was resolved and I reconfirmed that it would not be possible to enter the attic from the roof any more.
The rest of the stay was comfortable and I don't have much to complain about. The 42 inch Sony Bravia mounted on the room wall was brand new. The sleep quality and food were good.
There are some under construction and unfinished areas in the hotel premises, but those are hardly a botheration.
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