Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom
January 13, 2006
My non-AC standard double cost 450 rupees per night. The room was spotlessly clean, square shaped and brightly lit, with off-white walls, a marble floor and light wood fittings. It was furnished to two-star standard, with a large double bed in the centre of the room, a long dressing table topped by a fan shaped mirror, a fitted wardrobe and chest of drawers, portable cable TV, and a coffee table and two padded chairs in front of curtained glass doors that opened out onto a small balcony. The towels and bedding were clean, although the blanket provided was thin and itchy.
The bathroom was big, bare and functional, tiled walls and a slightly grubby floor around a Western toilet and a shower that had hot water between 6am and 1pm. Small complimentary bottles of liquid soap and shampoo stood on the sink.
The gym on the ground floor is open every day except Sunday from 6-9 in the morning and evening. The equipment was surprisingly new and I had the place completely to myself before 7am. The restaurant is also good, but I preferred the food across the road at the Madhuvan International.
Doubles at the Kanishka start at 450 rupees for a standard, rising to 550 for deluxe and 750 for AC. Check out is 24 hours. It’s the best mid-range option in town for price and facilities, and very conveniently located for the Golgumbaz.
From journal The Power and the Glory: Bijapur