This property is away from all the noise.It has a beautiful view of the Ghats from the 3rd/4th floor. It is walking distance to the Brahma Temple- the only one in India.It is also close to the Prarikrama Marg . You can hear the bells at various temples along the Ghats at dawn and dusk, as they ring them during aartis. It has ample parking and is a heritage site.But. It is not a "palace" as the misleading name suggests. It is named a palace since it is a century old haveli or mansion/private residence belonging to a maharaja to house his guests.They have tried to preserve that old era feel. While it is successful to an extent, it certainly does not have a "palace " feel. It is a clean and comfortable property, but not at all luxurious. The room decor is still of the bygone times- old furniture with old paintings and pictures of the royal family.Beds are old and hard. The rooms have old style lock and key.No safe in the room. We had a suite -which consisted of a small room with the bed, 2 bedside tables, an old sofa, armoire(beautiful, old but broken) coffee table and an even smaller area with the bath tub, basin , an old armoire and a dressing table.The light switches are still of the old times and are temperamental.You need to turn the knobs to hot and let the water run at full in the bathtub and the basin, for the water to become hot. Even then it takes a good 5 to 10minutes for the water to turn hot.They do have electric power cuts twice a day, 11am and 5pm (I think that is what they said) mandated but they have backup generators. The breakfast is okay-no selection there.They seem to be skimping at this which is unfortunate, especially since the room tariff supposedly includes breakfast.
Staff is okay.Not the pleasant, courteous reception you'd expect at the checkin desk-but not unfriendly either.
The hotel is walking distance from the local market/shops and ideal location to buy souvenirs.
IMPORTANT- they do not accept American Express.They accept Visa/Mastercard only. We were not aware of this and had only arried our American Express.We had to pay cash. Luckily, we had that amount in rupees on us. If you pay cash, remember to collect a receipt. They dont give the receipt for the amount paid unless you insist.
Another important fact to remember- do not engage with the priests or "holy men" at the Ghats. They seem to be separate individuals,but are all one and same -all teamed up ready to fleece foreigners. They will say you dont need to pay them anything ,-that you would only pay for the cost of the items used for the rites that you should perform for peace of your family and children; or for your ancestors' souls to rest in peace.But their "small" ritual can turn out to be an expensive affair, costing you anywhere from INR5000 to upto INR10000+.
So when they approach you, do not stop or enagage in conversation.Just keep walking.They will follow you insistently, but if you ignore them and keep walking, they will eventually give up and walk away. Oh, and remember to take your shoes off before you walk down the steps of the Ghat towards the lake- whether to take pictures or to take a dip in the lake. We witnessed these priests take in someone who had not removed his shoes and had walked down the steps with shoes on - these priests tried to tell that family that he had committed sacrilege and should perform a rite to wash away their sins!
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