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“Small glitches...but OK” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Sonar Bangla

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Hotel Sonar Bangla
Ranked #19 of 78 Hotels in Puri
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44 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Small glitches...but OK”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

I recently stayed at this place with family. We had booked two non AC rooms. Figured out that there is no generator support for AC so it is better if you book non AC sea facing rooms.

The rooms are big and have a good balcony. The only backdrop of this place is that bathroom is tooooo small. You will literally touch the WC while bathing :(

Management, waiters and rest of the folks are helpful and nice. Food prices are bit steep when compared to other bigger and better places (near swargadwar). Also, they will make you order lunch at the time of breakfast and dinner in evening itself.

No. of chairs are very less which are provided in the beach...you would need to ask security guy to get it repeatedly. Fresh towels and soap was provided everyday and room cleaning was also done.

They have a swing for kids which is good considering other budget properties do not have it. From hotel to swargadwar it will take 80 bucks.
Buffet breakfast just has cornflakes and one indian dish, so pls do not expect anything more ;)

Room Tip: Take 1st floor rooms
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sushmita D
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English first
Calcutta, West Bengal, India
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013

I would start right away with points not story -
1 - You cannot drink the hotel provided water is worst than sea water. You have to buy packaged water. The hotel charges exorbitant rates for the same.
2 - The water coming out of the wash basin tastes is so bad you will have a shock of you life. It is better to walk across the road to the sea and do you morning brush in the sea.(I am opposed to polluting the sea).
3 - When u flush the loo the smell that come out is worst than the open drains in Kolkata.
4 - When we came in to the room so called clean the soap used by the last guest was there.
5 - You will have to run after them to get the bed sheet / towel changes. In a room meant for 4 people (210) you get 2 towels.
6 - Food though tasty doubt the quality as all in my family felt sick including myself though i can vouch i have a good immunity system. I can understand we have to order you lunch at breakfast and Dinner at lunch. So be sure you plan early as you have no option to change.
7 - Good if you like calmness as it is still on the part of Puri that is not developed. Be sure to shell out extra bucks if you are to go to the market or temple or the railway station. The airport will not make much of a difference :).
Will keep posting or updating

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank Jayjitdas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013

i booked a suite (the costliest) what i got was a side sea view from balcony....but two drains were more prominantely visible and stinking.they dont provide sea view for suites ..if you book a cheap room you will get sea view...ridiculous.each trip to temple will cost you 200 rupees.they provide only one cup tea kit.water is salty.you have to purchase mineral water for drinking.they offer complimentary breakfast ,but that consists of only puri,sabzi,omlette,cornflakes.no fruit juice or fresh fruit,no south indian dish.and the check out time is 7 am .they start reminding you to leave the room at 6 am horrible

Room Tip: the hotel has no lift ,if you have enough strength then 3rd floor is fine
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank nirantar
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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74 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights in early June 2013 and in a room that was sea facing (room no 306). The room was okay in size and had a balcony too opening right to the magnificent sea -- one can hear the waves crashing while even in the room. The early morning sight of the fishermen bringing in their catch and the day long peace and tranquility is worth the stay away from the maddening crowd here. However the toilets are very small, the water is too salty and the generators are not connected to the AC (in fact the first day i was asked to move to the next door Coco Hans resort if I wanted ac connection through generator).
The food was tasty and homely -- however the idea of having to order your lunch during the breakfast and dinner during lunch hours was irritating.
The best part is the proximity to the beach which at most is empty save a few of the hotel guests.
The worst part is the distance from the main hubs and the unrealistic demands of the auto people -- the hotel should seriously look into the matter and ensure passengers are not fleeced at every trip.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Sabitra
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Kolkata
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2013

This was our second stay at the hotel. But the service has deteriorated to the extreme condition. The charges are premium but the service doesnt is hopelessly poor.
The drinking water is salty. Many guests fell sick. They only provide 1ltr mineral water bottle and wash their hands-off. You either buy 1ltr bottles or get your own water from outside!
Running water is erratic. The tap went dry a couple of times during the noon bathing hours! People had to stay put in their bathrooms with soap on their body. I myself had to suffer for around 20 min!
The electricity connection is very erratic. 2-3hrs during the day, the electricity connection used to be out. But the generators are only connected with the lights and fans. And one had to suffer due to the sticky weather. With the charge per rooms the hotel must atleast provide a generator connection to the air-conditioners.
The management had excuses ready for anything that went wrong.
The phones in the rooms didnt work properly.
Even the room-cleaner maid would shout at you if you requested to clean-up the room!
Room service were bad.
Food was pathetic and served cold.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank SaAni20
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

I stayed in this hotel for one day on 17.05.2013 , Despite paying for an AC Room , the AC was not working and the engineer was not able to repair it . The hotel people shifted me to the next room , but to my dismay here also i faced the same problem . The entire Sunny day was spent without the AC and the hotel people could not do anything . When i was checking out i was presented bill for AC Room , after my arguments with them , they just provided a Rs.300 Discount . It was one of my worst experience .

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Muchhal
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Level Contributor
32 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

This is the second time that we stayed again in this hotel. It is really nice staying in this hotel for three days. One will find this hotel a bit away from the crowded city but spending leisure on the beach under the tent is awesome. Needless to say, having coconut water along with "Madanamohana"( a sweet item famous in Puri) on beach during sun bath would be an excellent option.
The food at Sonar Bangla has improved a lot as compare to our previous visit. The hotel staffs are very good and courteous
Again only one shortfall of this hotel: the bathroom is really very short.
Overall very good stay and would certainly recommend to others.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank RABINDAS
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Property: Hotel Sonar Bangla
Address: New Marine Drive | Balipanda, Puri, India
Location: India > Odisha > Puri
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #19 of 78 Hotels in Puri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Sonar Bangla 2.5*
Number of rooms: 40
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