In the course of my two days here, my opinion of this pace dropped from positive, to neutral, to very negative.
The place is scruffy and, at 900 R, overpriced. But the view is spectacular, and the bed, unlike every other in India is actually soft¸ so I took it.
But then the problems came up:
- Found out on the bus leaving here that I’d paid 50% more than another couple that was staying there at the same time, AND hotel management lied to me about the distance (and cost) to the bus station--and yes, I asked repeatedly, because it did seem high. Seems they were preying on me because I was female, alone and feeling too ill to shop around.
- Floor is dirty. Seems like it hasn’t been mopped in ages.
- No top sheet (as it typical in India), but there’s a very musty-smelling quilt, and the bottom sheet was stained. Thank god I brought my backpacker sheet.
- Outside is filthy. I’m shocked nobody noticed the streaks of…something…on the white paint on the door jam.
- The bathroom (in room 19) backs onto the hotel’s kitchen, and they directly vent into one another. This means when I take a crap, it wafts into the kitchen, and I can hear every. Word. They. Say. Very clearly. I nearly screamed when I heard a male voice in the room with me when I was showering.
- I later moved to room 29, whose bathroom vents into another room, and vise versa. Again, it sounds like the people from the next hotel room are there in the bathroom with you.
- Though the view is great when it’s clear, there’s a regular stream of pedestrians who take the short cut across the long shared balcony along the front of the rooms to cut down the two flights of stairs (instead of shuffling down the steep road). Many of them look into the room as they do so, an annoying invasion of privacy. I could close the curtains, but this would mean no daylight and no view.
- The mouse on the computer they gave me to access the internet didn’t work (they swapped it out) and the 8, 9, and 0 keys on the keyboard didn’t work (they didn’t swap it out - no parenthesis for me!). Meanwhile, because of the position of the computer screen, the 6 men hanging out in the room watching cricket, could follow everything I did online.
- I also have a problem with the locks they use: the outer locks are deadbolts, meaning you can be locked inside with no way out (there are bars on the windows of some rooms). Creepy!
- It’s the off season, and there are way more “workers” here than people who are paying to stay here. They spend a lot of time hanging out watching the television or reading the paper or smoking on the balcony instead of, say, washing the mildew off the walls (I saw about eight rooms, most had mildew), or repairing things like locks and doors that were broken.
- One guy, the cleaner/porter, kind of gave me the creeps, I didn’t trust him from the start, but I figured maybe it was his steely blue eyes, and gave him the benefit of the doubt. One of the many front desk guys gave him my laundry (I’d asked if they had laundry service and they said yes). When he brought it back and gave me the price: 360 rupees. NO WAY. The most I’ve ever paid, even in touristy or resort areas, for the same amount of that same laundry, was 180 rupees. He started to challenge me, and even tried to grab my clean clothes, but backed off after I offered to talk to his boss about it. I gave him 200.
- And yeah, the two guys who help put tours together (and push Kasmir in the process) are nice, but the rest of them seem to not really care much for customer service, even to the point of being annoyed when you ask for something. Icing on the cake? I asked them to show me something on the map, and boy does that one guy have some have really nasty breath.
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