This hotel is actually called Panthasala (not Panthanivas), and is owned by the Odisha Tourism Development corporation. If you plan on staying overnight at Talsari, this is really the only option available to you (there are two other private hotels - there are really low budget places).
Booking a room online can be a bit tedious - the OTDC booking site was very slow, and it was only after many attempts that I was able to connect to make a booking. The online site doesnt allow you to book rooms before 48 hours from the time of booking (so if i wanted to book a room for tomorrow, i will not be allowed to do so online, even though rooms may be available).
The hotel property is huge and sprawling. The hotel isnt really very old - constructed only around 2006/2007; but looking at the maintenance, you will think that the hotel is much older.
I needed to book two rooms, and there was one AC room availalbe, so i had booked 1 AC room and 1 non-AC room. The online booking site didnt give me the option to book the AC Suites.
On reaching the hotel, I enquired at the reception and was told that Suites are available. Went to have a look at the AC rooms first - the rooms have a peculiar musty / damp smell in them; there isnt any TV in the room (the Brazil - Chile world cup match was to be played that evening), and the bathroom wasnt particularly nice.
The Suites are located in a separate building (bulit around 2011) and are much much nicer. It isnt really a suite in the true sense of the word, its just a very large hotel room. The rooms smelt nice, and the bathrooms were also much much cleaner. We immediately upgraded and booked two suites for our stay. And yes, the Suite rooms have large screen LCD TVs :)
Food in the hotel is good - nothing great, but not bad either. It is safer to home style food here (rice, dal, vegetable curry, chicken curry) rather than fancy dishes (chinese, or typical north indian dishes etc.). The restaurant facilities are very basic.
The service is good, and we didnt have any complaints in this regard.
There are children's play areas in the hotel premises.
The four star rating provided by me is valid only if you are staying in the Suite. If I had to stay in the AC rooms, I would probably rate the experience as two stars or max 3 stars
- Also Known As:
- Pathanivas Chandaneswar Balasore, Odisha, India