Santa Barbara, California
March 2, 2006
There are cheap, super nice, and comfortable rooms. The owner, Mr. Singh, is very accessible and always working on improvements. The rooms have painted ceilings, TVs, and fairly comfortable beds. Our room had a balcony and cost only 350 Rupees, about $7 or $8 . Internet is available downstairs (though in a cramped little room) for (I think) 50 Rupees an hour. Stamps are also available, along with laundry service; drop-off in the morning, pick-up after 3pm.The rooftop restaurant looks out over Hathroi Fort and has unique wrought iron tables and chairs, all designed by Mr. Singh, in the shape of different animals. There is a decent menu, but don't believe them (or anyone else) when they say they have pancakes (or pen-cakes as they're sometimes called). They're really just crepes with no syrup. Tasty hot chocolate, though.The hotel is in a quiet, residential neighborhood. This makes it not so easy to walk places, but it's not easy to walk anywhere anyway, so the peace and quiet is worth any tiny inconvenience.As usual, drinks and bottled water are available from room service. Bring your own toilet paper, or be prepared to ask them for new rolls every morning. Our room had a refrigerator which used a standard western plug—no adaptors required to charge the Ipod! Score. The staff was quite friendly and helpful, and even warmed-up enough to joke around with us after a couple days. This hotel is extremely popular. Reserve ahead of time, and before your arrival: email to let them know when you'll be arriving; arrive before 4pm, or you might have your room released to one of the many travelers who shows up hoping to get a room during the afternoon.
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