Based on the reports on TripAdvisor, this is a well regarded hotel, and for the most part I would endorse the positive observations previous guests have made. It is certainly good value, and that is always an important criterion. Throughout my stay, the Reception staff were welcoming and helpful; the room to which I was assigned was very clean, the bed comfortable, and the bathroom good. The food is really excellent. I didn't try the lunch in the restaurant on the ground floor, but I regret I didn't as it looked wonderful. The queue of people waiting outside the door for a free table clearly indcated that the high quality of the food and cooking are widely known by the locals.
One minor problem for me, at least for the first couple of hours, was the unusual locking system for the rooms. Ask the guy who takes you to your room on your arrival to demonstrate how the lock works. if you don't, you might find, as I did when I returned to the room after a short time away, that you activate a signal suggesting something is wrong. One of the staff came along and demonstrated how to close the door correctly. It took a while to get used to. As I say, this is not a serious problem.
One of the nights I was staying at The Grand Thakar was a Sunday. From about 8:30 to 10pm there was band playing below the room I was occupying. I'm guessing the band was in the banquet hall on Level 1, but it could have been a nearby restaurant or hotel. Whatever the case, only the thudding sound of a very monotonous drum beat was audible. It was very unpleasant. It's hard to know what a hotel does about this when it is trying to serve the wishes of 2 groups of guests with very different needs. My advice, for the sake of hotel guests, would be for management to reduce the amplification, and to hire a drummer with a little more musical imagination!
These issues aside, this is a good choice of accommodation in Rajkot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel The Grand Thakar is located on Jawahar Road in the heart of Rajkot city. Major Private and State Transporation vehicles pass through Jawahar Road. There are several bus stops on Jawahar Road and our hotel is very close to Hospital Chowk, Rajkot. ... more less
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