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SeaShell, Port Blair
Ranked #1 of 33 Hotels in Port Blair
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Reviewed December 21, 2013

after suffering two very horrible resorts in our short 7 nights stay we demanded our tour operator for this hotel as we stayed in the same hotel at Neil.
We were booked for standard rooms(no balcony, no sea view) we requested an upgradation for 1000/- and were given deluxe room. everything was same but this room had a nice balconey with view of the sea.
Pros:neat and clean rooms with good amenities. very beautiful decor over all. island has you pay and u get attitude so if you want good sea view rooms, be ready to shell out the moolah for the same
food is worth a mention.very nice complimentary breakfast.excellent crab masala at dinner
they have a lounge with live music amd bar with barbeque. it was very crowded , we didnt want to wait for tables so went to restaurent for dinner
Lounge is a must visit for couples as guess they arrange candle light dinners there

cons: service at restaurant is slow and staff is not professional..helpful but restricted.
when in andmans do try Jolly Buoy island. one of the best places ever . for children ross island is a wonderful place with deers and rabbits and birds

Room Tip: deluxe rooms are towards the sea irrespective of the floor.try not to book through small travel agen...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

The place is great and has great food .
The staff is really very firendly and the ambience is nice and clean.
The sea facing rooms are great . Nice value for money.
It looks better than the pictures on tripadvisor.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Shruteegupta2001
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

After looking at their website, I had the imagination that this was next to the sea. Well, should have looked at the map as well!

We stayed in a Deluxe room, and was suprised that it was on the ground floor, with no view. Would have thought the better rooms would have the better view
The room had the tiniest balcony I have ever seen, with a tiny patch of garden in front of it , then a fence and then the road. Unfortunately in the morning the Garbage bins were taken out an placed next to the entrance, which made the mornings at the dwarf balcony not very pleasant - no "de luxe" feeling

However sleep quality was good, really comfortable bed. The bathroom is okay, however I would have preferred to have a glass door instead of shower curtain. Inevitably these become musty, and so were the one at our room

We liked very much the food at the restaurant, very tasty. However put on your cardigan before you go there, they run the A/C to nearly freezing temperatures. We were not too impressed about the breakfast - that is the only meal where we crave some western food, and the selection was a bit on the poor side

Also enjoyed drinks and snacks at the roof top lounge, including chilled Indian wine. Funny enough at one occasion they had no Indian beer..... You can also dine at the roof top, as they put up a bbq in the evening

It is a bit away from town, jetty and sights,. so you will need transport to get around. The hills back home to Marine Hills where the hotel is located are steep.....

Free wifi in the lobby area, however a bit troublesome procedure to get a logon name and password, and also quite often "weak signal" = no connection

In general, a good impression, despite some faults

Room Tip: The photogallery shows rooms with sea view - some of the rooms do certainly not have any views at al...
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Reviewed December 7, 2013

I along with my wife stayed at Sea Shell, Port Blair on 1st Dec.2013 and 4th and 5th December, 2013, the booking done by Andaman Escapades on behalf of SOTC. The Hotel is located on a higher plane right on the main road with hardly any space around. We were provided a room on the ground floor on day 1 with huge white wall on one side and three walls on the other. There is no view of the sea although the hotel is located next to the sea. A few blocks away is Fortune Bay Resort whose rooms and restaurant have a clear view of the sea. On day 4 we were allotted Deluxe room. There is nothing deluxe about the room except that you can partly see the sea from the balcony. On day 5, we were moved to Executive Room which is identical to the deluxe room but with a view of the main road.

On the first day we had our lunch and dinner at New Light House Restaurant located next to the Port Blair jetty with a beautiful garden around. The fish fry was tasty and food in general was ok. The complimentary breakfast provided at Sea Shell was good. On day 4 and 5 we had our lunch and dinner at the Hotel for want of any better option. The ambience of the hotel is good.

Visit to Cellular Jail and Ross Island, Viper Island and North Bay Island was rewarding. At North Bay Island you can do sea walk, which is an out of the world experience. It costs at present Rs.3,200/- per person only for sea walk. There are other water sports like snorkeling, scuba diving, speed boat ride, glass bottom boat ride to see corals, riding water scooter etc.

Room Tip: Only Delux rooms on the second floor have some view of the sea.
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

Went there to celebrate marriage anniversary.
Location is average, not near to airport or any other destination.
Pros:
1) Awesome Rooms
2) Quality Service
3) Excellent food.
4) Clean

Cons:
1) Not near to any tourist place etc, need a vehicle to commute.
2) Kitchen service is quite slow, can be better.

Overall, a very above average experience.
A cake was arranged for us and was exceptionally delicious, thanks to the team.

Can be a top option if taxi, auto etc is available to commute locally, no need to go anywhere else.

Room Tip: Do not opt for sea view rooms, no need for it, enjoy sea on sea beach rather than end up paying more...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 27, 2013 via mobile

I was on my honeymoon at Port Blair from 23rd to 27th November 2013 and was staying at The Sea Shell. The staff is good and well equipped with the information. Very pleasant and professional. Food and ambience of the hotel is good. Clean rooms and very importantly clean wash rooms.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
3  Thank Sanket N
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Reviewed November 22, 2013 via mobile

Due to lack of proper eating options at port Blair me and wife decided to have a lunch at the salt and pepper restaurant.
Ordered a mushroom tikka (good), garlic fish gravy and mixed sea food fried rice.
The sea food was disappointing for sure. Didn't taste fresh at all. We couldn't finish our food despite being hungry. The prices were exorbitant as well.
Explained our situation to the manager who was good natured and gave us complimentary ice cream.
However the dining experience wasn't up to the mark

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
3  Thank Vikrant B
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Address: Marine Hill, Port Blair, South Andaman Island 744101, India
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Location: India > Andaman and Nicobar Islands > South Andaman Island > Port Blair
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 33 Hotels in Port Blair
Price Range: $170 - $219 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perched on top of Marine Hill, our property provides a panoramic view of the sea as well of the city of Port Blair. Its well-appointed rooms with modern amenities and 24 hours housekeeping services, ensure that guests are comfortable and care for. Banqueting and conference facilities are available at "Utsav" and "Moksha" respectively. Dining options include our all-day dining "Salt & Pepper" which serves a multi-cuisine fare. "Amaya", our roof top lounge bar which overlooks the Andaman Sea and the iconic North Bay, is sure to WOW you with lip-smacking seafood delicacies from the live kitchen, signature beverages from the bar and a live musical band to keep you entertained. With a menu specially crafted by our chefs and a personal butler, "Amaya" is the perfect spot to have a Candle Light Dinner with your better half. Being centrally located from the harbour, Aberdeen Bazar, bus-station, Cellular Jail, water sports complex, this the preferred hotel for the tourists visiting Andaman before they proceed to our resorts in Havelock and Neil Island. ... more   less 
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