Was there from 29-31 Mar 2013.
The Hotel is on the other side of the Ganges from the town, so one needs to cross the barrage (before 7pm) and drive through a beautiful road between the Rajaji National Park to reach the Hotel. It's also approachable from Ram Jhula, but one needs to park on the other side and walk around 1.5 kms. Parking is a pain. If you drive to the hotel, the only parking available is an empty plot 2 plot away from the hotel. Else you've got to park in a public parking lot with no assurance that you'll find your vehicle as you left it.
It's nothing much from the outside, but once cross the doorstep it's like stepping into a different world altogether.
First off, the rooms do not have any view - the lower priced ones have NO view, and the ones with the balcony just about over look the ashram next door. Avoid this if one of your must dos on a vacation is sitting in the balcony with a cuppa and watching the view.
The hotel is amazingly neat & clean. in this respect, it's one of the best budget hotels I've stayed in a long long time.
The management is nice and very helpful - they let us stay on for another half a day without any charges. The service is amazingly prompt and polite.
But their highlight is definitely the restaurant. It's a pure vegetarian affair, and the food is out of this world. They have an amazing spread of Indian and Italian cuisine and their pastas and cannelloni simply excellent. Do try the Sauteed Mushrooms in Cheese and the Spinach Cannelloni in white sauce. In fact, as far as this place goes, just go ahead and order anything from the menu and be prepared to be amazed.
The restaurant manager (Bhangwan Dass if I remember correctly) is super polite and an amazing person to chat with. He ensures that the food is served fast, well cooked and hot. and he can recommend the good stuff on the menu. A big change from restaurants where you ask what's their specialty and all you get is a blank look or a fumbling answer.
Have heard that their spa's excellent too, but didn't have the opportunity to try it out.
Stay here if you're not fussy about whether you have a view or not and want to indulge in some exceptional food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is very new property. We have 24 rooms in hotel - 9 premium rooms and 13 Deluxe rooms. 9 premium rooms with private balcony and beautiful garden view. Cubical shower included in premium rooms. Lift facilities also available. ... more less
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