Damascus, Dimashq, Syria
April 2, 2005
The new manager (and person responsible for these improvements), Vipin Katare, is a charming, efficient, and interesting man. He is genuinely concerned about the welfare of the guests and is always ready to provide information about the area, in particular, the Wildlife Park, which, as of yet, has no leaflets or maps.
The cottages themselves are spread out around the grounds, each with French windows leading out to its own garden area. They are light and airy, with painted murals on the walls both inside and out. The staff is wonderful, and it was no trouble for them to serve dinner in whichever part of the grounds took your fancy. In my experience, state tourist hotels do not usually come up to such high standards. Also worth noting is that, every evening from 8 to 10pm, a troupe of musicians perform local songs and dances in a renovated courtyard area sunk into the side of the hill on the hotel grounds.
From journal A Long Weekend in Orchha