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Aqua Marina Drive Inn
Ranked #1 of 15 Mandarmoni B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stayed in this hotel in March 13 for 2 nights. Our stay was comfortable. The location of this hotel is very good. Rooms are comfortable, big and have necessary amenities. The staff is also very helpful. However, food quality of some of the items were average and needs improvement. Overall - good experience.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Visited Mandarmoni with family on 29th Mar 2013 for a couple of nights. We stayed at Aqua Marina and must mention that the stay was really nice. Very peaceful place for family particularly. We stayed in the Royal rooms (101 and 112) but the entire property is being maintained nicely and cooperation from the visitors is also required. There is no much variety in the restaurant's menu but the food they offered is quite enjoyable. Altogether was a good experience.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Chakraborty_Sanjay
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

Very peaceful. These are the two words that come straight to mind whenever we think about our stay at Mandarmoni. Our hotel Aqua Marina Drive Inn offered peace in abundance.

A special mention about the hotel staff who are very courteous and agreeable. A special arrangement of flower decoration, chocolate and music, was made for the residents on Valentine's Day. I also liked their food - vegetarian - which was prepared with minimum oil and was as tasty as home. Fooding cost is reasonable as compared to other hotels in Mandarmoni.

We had booked the Elite rooms. Room size is good with comfortable & large beds, LCD TV sets. Bathroom was clear and most fittings are still new. Only thing missing from the bathroom is a gyser!! But please remember that there is no swimming pool, gym etc in this hotel. Instead, it offers its residents well-maintained lawn, garden with lovely flowers, sceneric view of the ocean , and some of the cutest pets like Rabbits, fancy birds, and guinea pigs.

A number of other rooms are under construction right behind the cottages that we stayed in, but there is no such disturbance because of the same.

Beach in front of hotel is clean and very calm. Safe for bathing.

Overall it was a lovely stay and I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wishes to have a day or two off from their hectic life.

Room Tip: Since there is no hot-water, hence it may not be worth paying extra for bathtub-equipped-Elite rooms...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Strider025
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

It was very nice stay at Aqua Marina Drive Inn.Great location and well maintained.As I was reaching at odd time, Hotel Management provide prompt travel assistance from Choulkhola (Village at Kolkata-Digha road where you can get public transport for onward journey).

It was comfortable stay at hotel and service was also very good.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank DeepYug
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

Pros :
Cool locations. you can enjoy pristine beaches. Not at all congested unlike in front of Rose Valley.
Very good lawn provides ample space for childrens . You can enjoy at sundeck leaving them at play ground.
I stayed at elite rooms which are big and clean .Room service is friendly and efficient.
Bengali Food is OK specially pomfret curry in mustard sauce.
overall good value for money given the price


Cons
Geyser is not available though they are working on a hot water plant for 24 hrs.They should proide atleast 2 set of towels(two hand towel, two bath towel).
Dormat is not available in bathroom .Two dormat should be provided one beside bathtub and another at the entrance of the bathroom.

Room Tip: All cottages are sea facing.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

considering the remote location of this resort and underdeveloped belt around, the facilities they are offering is quite good, enough for a place like this. One cannot expect a full fledged five star facilities like TAJ or GRAND hotel here. Air conditioned Rooms and their tariff are at par with city Luxurious hotels with very good hygienic food. The scenic beauty of the front garden adds to its value .All the rooms are garden and sea facing. one can easily figure out by looking around the resort that it is in the process of expansion, so more rooms and enhanced service is on the cards. The manager and the staff are courteous. Cash is preferred mode of payment here however cards are also accepted but often it is troublesome due to lack of server connectivity. The area is yet to receive industrial electricity supply from the state therefore the entire hotel business around here is carried on electricity generator sets (soundless) owned by the respective hotels hence has one hour downtime in morning and evening respectively for maintenance. Pick up and drop facilities are provided and if opted charge will be rs 400-500 for a combine distance of up and down journey of 40km to 50 km (25 km is the nearby railway station). One may be charged for both up and down journey as the cab often return unhired one way, fair enough in absence of state provided transportation.
overall it is a decent and worthy place to spend weekends compare to other resorts in mondarmoni which are unreasonably expensive and full of bad experiences except one or two. In my opinion everything of Aqua marina drive inn resort deserves praise, rather than criticism, what really deserve criticism is the state road and transportation department lack of interest in boosting the tourism here and snail's approach in connecting it well with adequate transportation facilities up to the nearest possible location where the hotels are situated and not to mention the industrial electricity supply to get relief from the two hour ordeal of power downtime everywhere in mondarmoni.
i am planing my second trip at aqua marina drive inn soon.and would recommend all the readers to check this resort once before settling for an expensive and unworthy resorts and ruining your weekends.Its worth it..................

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

Booked the room 103 for two days but have to change it to one day. My parents and sister were the travelers. Rooms quality is excellent and truly the room was sea facing. Service was provided with a smile initially. However for 2800 per night the hotel should have provided complimentary pickup from Chaulkhola for which 500rs was was paid for to and fro transfer which is merely 28kms, other hotels in remote areas like Shakarpur provides complimentary pickup and drop nearest railway station which is at distance of about 40kms. The kolkata office mentioned credit card payment was suppose to be accepted in the hotel but after much requests they agreed to take the payment with credit card at 9pm. The nearest ATM is at Ramnagar which is a 40mins drive. The Elite room ha a bathtub but does not has a geyser so every time you need hot water you need to call room service. They switch of the power backup between 7am to 8am and 4pm to 5pm. Which is unacceptable for a room rent of 2800@per night. Not even the fans work at that time at heat of 37 degree. As location and general hotel I would give full marks excepts some fine tuning could have done wonders.

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Address: Dadanpatrabar, Mandarmoni 721455, India
Location: India > West Bengal > East Midnapore District > Mandarmoni
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Mandarmoni
Price Range: $18 - $53 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We take the pleasure to introduce our property Aqua Marina Drive Inn, Mandarmani. Our resort is located just on this exotic beach, with beautiful landscaped garden on the beach side. The Resort offer accommodation in Cottage & Building at the nearest proximity to the beach with all modern amenities in Boutique Resort style. ... more   less 
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