I was in India last month for a short holiday. The holiday was a relatively pleasant one all throughout; my companion and I put up at reasonably priced hotels and did not have much to complain or rave about. We were "forced" to stay at The President Hotel on the last day of our trip. Yes, we were forced as the room tariff was much higher compared to the 2000rs we were paying at other places. No free wifi was another deal breaker for us. We were not left with much choice sadly and did not want to waste time fussing about. Now the moment we were shown our rooms, it was a different story altogether. It was luxurious, spacious and absolutely clean. Pure comfort! I loved it, so much so that I was hesitant to leave the room for sight-seeing or shopping. When I finally did hours later, I was delighted to discover that the hotel was strategically located with the beach and malls some five minutes away. So that was a really good thing.
Service was excellent. The staff appeared well-trained. Complimentary breakfast buffet had a decent spread. The hotel also boasts a bar (Purple Room) that has a rather catchy interior. Dining in wasn't cheap obviously, but in my pursuit to fully "enjoy" the room, I ordered lunch in. Tasty but the portion was small.
I only wished they could provide free wifi. I paid an additional 600rs for a 24-hour wifi card which I found ridiculous. Moreover, the room tariff quoted to me excluded taxes, so the final bill came up to a good 1000-1500rs more. I was also surprised to see a substantial fee for "luxury taxes". It's important to spell out these so-called hidden costs earlier. But at the end of the holiday, what I could remember most was my excellent stay at President Hotel and this is what truly matters. I did think it was worth it overall! Definitely recommend this place to those who seek comfort and a little "poshness" - provided you are willing to spend more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Clarion hotel is recently refurbished and upgraded is an ideal boutique hotel, be it for business or for fun. You can check-in to experience the world of hospitality comfort and the ambiance of the modern Indian cultural heritage.Retreat from the action of business and relax in our completely renovated guest rooms, Club rooms & suites with sweeping views of the beach, Dive into the comfort of our pillow-top beds and rest up for a big day ahead or enjoy the night in with a film from the channels available. All the rooms have been aesthetically designed and furnished with ultra-modern facilities like mini bar, 52" LED TV's, electronic safe, and tea/coffee making facility. The en-suite bathrooms come equipped with 24 hour hot/cold water, bathrobes, and luxury bathroom amenities. ... more less
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