I have spent one week at Alcove “535” (Koramangala). My overall appreciation is good, as my stay was corresponding to what I was advised.
The guesthouse is in a residential district, with quiet backstreets lined with high trees, a very enjoyable surrounding. But there is no commercial area nearby, and you have to walk about 1 km to find shops and restaurants.
Check-in (at 2 A.M.) was swift and nice.
My room, located on the ground floor was clean and reasonably large, with a double bed and wooden floor. Several drawbacks however: The size of drawing table which is ridiculous (actually this is a tablet fixed on the wall) . Another concern for some people is a corner window, very narrow but high, which cannot be occulted at night, so that you never get complete darkness in room. The ensuite bathroom is good, with a large shower delivering adequate quantity of hot water. I would have preferred hot water available also from the tap in the washbasin, as it is not nice shaving in the morning with cold water ! And a glass was missing in the bathroom. Besides, while room cleaning was good, the tap in the shower had not been cleaned for ages. Last but not least, not fridge in the room. While this is common in India, it is an inconvenience during hot season.
Breakfasts are made to order by a very helpful staff, and taken with other guests around a large dining table. The choice is relatively limited, but the quality is quite good.
The management is very nice, helpful and welcoming. They make their best to provide you with the most enjoyable experience of your stay. One bad point is the lack of laundry service, and the management inability to provide you with a workable solution. You have to do by your own, which is relatively easy by walking up to the main road corner and find a laundry shop.
All this would deserve a good mark, but unfortunately, the level of price (about 60$) is extremely high for what you get.
In conclusion, I would recommend this hotel after checking what is available around (I checked apparently better opportunities), for its nice staff, pleasant family atmosphere, cleanliness, good neighbourhood and safety.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Alcove Service Apartments in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune & Coorg Looking for a centrally located, well appointed and affordable accommodation when visiting any of the above cities on work or pleasure? Alcove Service Apartments in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune are the perfect answers. These furnished apartments in above cities include air-conditioned rooms, fully equipped kitchens along with a cook, free unlimited internet facility, club house facilities, laundry service, round the clock security and power backup. We offer you a safe and secure stay with all the comforts of home away from home. We are located in posh and easily accessible residential localities and most sought after addresses. ... more less
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