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Hotel Sonar Bangla
Ranked #28 of 84 Hotels in Puri
Reviewed 1 June 2014

I stayed at this hotel with my wife from 21st to 25th May 2014. I had booked this hotel through its online portal. I had booked the AC Deluxe room @ Rs.2,500/= per night plus taxes. The good point about this hotel is that its located right on the beach and majority of the rooms are sea facing. There maybe some rooms which have a side view of the sea but generally all the rooms are sea facing. The beach in front of the hotel is clean and not much crowded. Jagannath Temple is not too far from the Hotel and it takes Rs.100/= if one reserves an entire Auto. Swargadwar (the shopping area) is around 20 minutes walk from the Hotel.

Room: I was given Room No.204 on the 2nd Floor. The room was sea facing with an air conditioner, tea coffee maker and a mini refrigerator. Theres a balcony attached to the room. The size of the room was reasonable but the furniture and interior requires immediate attention. The bathroom is tiny!! I guess tiny would also be an understatement!! However everything works in the bathroom including the geyser.

Food: I felt its a bit over priced compared to its quality and quantity. Breakfast spread is very average with standard bengali spread of luchi, porota etc. Eggs are only boiled...other preparation of eggs not available in the breakfast spread. Taste is normal nothing exceptional. However one Chinese preparation turned out to be excellent.

Service: Polite approach to the guests. Rooms cleaned everyday. However, one drawback I noticed that the cups and glasses provided in the rooms arent removed and cleaned voluntarily. You have to be proactive enough to ask the service boys to change the cups and glasses. Towels and bed sheets are changed everyday.

I was a bit scared about power cuts as I had read in earlier reviews that there were long hours of powercuts. But during my stay i experienced power cuts but maximum for a period of 30 minutes. During power cuts the AC and the fridge doesnt work but the ceiling fan and television works just fine.

Overall the hotel has a great location but the room decor needs a complete overhaul to make it worth Rs.2500/=. Lastly I would say I had booked this hotel as I had a wonderful stay in Sonar Bangla Darjeeling but the Darjeeling branch of the Hotel is much much ahead of the Puri Branch.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Visited Puri from 18.05 to 23.05.2014, and stayed at Sonar Bangla for 5 days. Booking was easy, a phone call, advance deposit through bank transfer and a mailed confirmation. Reached at night, around 11.45 PM. A nice AC car was available to pick us up (Sri Bapi Ganguly, 9040139675). Chk-in was also hassle free.
Had sea facing AC DLX room.Room was reasonably spacious, clean & comfortable. Apart from AC, added accessories like tea coffee maker (with supplies), a tiny freeze are available. Bath room (as reported by many other reviewers) is really small but is functional & came with a geyser. Breakfast is built in and was to my liking- Luchi/paratha sabji, cornklakes-milk, bread-egg plus tea-coffee. Since most Puri tourists are Bengali the food is predominantly Bengali type. Front desk people, Pranab and Chinmoy are courteous and helpful.
The support staff are sufficient in number and the tip box at the reception allows you to drop as per your convenience. The room was cleaned and sheets changed daily.
Few negatives- AC does not have ANY control, it can not be switched off/on through the remote leave alone controlling the temperature (R-106). Geyser also did not work during my stay. The mosquitoes did not really allow peaceful sleep. I think the last draw back need to be addressed pretty quickly and seriously if the hotel wants to be competitor to Swargadwar hotels.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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5  Thank anjan0981
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

The Hotel is located in a very quiet and calm location just on sea beach, new marine drive. And the view from the hotel is at its best than any other hotels in Puri. Mainly the front side rooms with balcony.
The rooms are well furnished with modern equipments though they have become little old, but very neat and clean.
Actually as the hotel is located just on sea beach and the salt water wind affects the hotels ACs and fronts sides, and requires lots of cost for regular maintenance. But the Hotel tries at its best to keep them good.
The staffs are very good and well behaved. Front executives Chinmoy and Mr. Manna are very helpful always.
The only thing is that they need to improve in Food quality. Though we managed. But still it requires improvement.
According to the location of the hotel, you don't require ACs in front side rooms, as lots and lots wind from sea, it will make you feel cool and comfortable even in hot summer conditions.
They don't have swimming pool, infact its not needed. The beach in front of the hotel also very clean and safe for bathing.
Its away from the hustle and bustle and crowdy Swargadwar. Its very difficult to stay in any hotel in Swargadwar now as its become dirty and polluted like Kolkata.

Overall according to my view, its a top class hotel in Puri for relaxing in front of beach. its 1 km from Swargadwar.

Room Tip: Choose front side rooms with balcony, also four bed rooms are also good.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank Niladri_Shekhar
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

This hotel is situated in front of the sea and less crowded area this is the only plus point they have on the other side if you have to buy anything u have to take expenses of autorickshaw 120 INR for going and coming from swargadwar the heart of all things in puri the rooms are small and toilet is too small we travelled few months back when we booked from kolkata office we booked two sea front facing room but when we arrived we were given a side sea view room and beside the hotel dump of garbage. The breakfast quality is not up to the mark and dinner and lunch menu is very limited and highly priced the toiler cleaners are very reluctant to clean inspite of request from the hotel staff as they hire them on daily basis. Power cut and a/c are worst to say. The reception people are untrained ......so what more to say it is your choice to decide.......

Room Tip: dont take room number 309 and 314
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Thank travel2011Kolkata
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

Booked for 4 night stay for AC sea facing room.
Room: Room was in bad shape and bathroom was very small. I have never been to any hotel ever with this small bathroom.
Building: No lift in the hotel, poorly maintained.
Breakfast: Horrible, everyday we were only offered oily poori, boiled potato and white bread.
Location: Walking distance to the beach, however at night the area was scary and dark with no street light and road to walk to city.
Incident: 3rd day there was a theft in our room at night, we lost some cash, mobile phone and camera.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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3  Thank skgupta_online
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

We went to Puri from Gopalpur and stayed in this hotel. It is situated on new marine drive, near lighthouse. The place is less crowded, so one can enjoy the sea. We stayed in a sea facing a/c delux room and enjoyed sunrise from our hotel room balcony itself. I liked the view. Their restaurant was another attraction. Food was really tasty.
Overall it was an excellent experience staying in this hotel. After staying here, we selected the same group of hotel in Darjeeling and that choice was also great.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Thank b_subhashis
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

The location planning and services were good but it would appear that as it ages the maintenance is on the dip. The room was cleaned, linen was changed regularly and toiletries/ hot beverage accompaniments replenished daily but AC baffles were missing which was a prominent shortcoming. The location was excellent in my view away from the bustle of the tourists and business bustle though travel was somewhat costlier due to this but was welcome to me as I wanted just this and the long walks that this opportunity provided. Lift is under installation and will probably be ready in a months time although that is not yet a setback till further floors are added vertically. Telephone and communication was bad and needs looking into. Perhaps what was really a bother is that internet services were not available in the rooms which is a primary requirement of the day and I reiterate that this aspect is very very vital and non availability is a discredit. Card payments were not possible due to non availability of internet which is very amazing for a business organisation of this nature. Non supply of morning dailies again was very disturbing and unexpected. This ought to be reviewed by management.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Address: New Marine Drive | Balipanda, Puri, India
Region: India > Odisha > Puri District > Puri
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Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #28 of 84 Hotels in Puri
Price Range: £35 - £65 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Sonar Bangla 2.5*
Number of rooms: 40
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