One of oldest hotels in Kolhapur, and I had a chance to stay here in 2014. My oversight is what I will say. The first and foremost memory that I carried back with me was the utter value for money that I got on the room rates.
Compared to "luxury" hotels elsewhere, I think the prices here are pretty low considering the rooms. The rooms are spacious and clean. I felt I was staying in my room back home. I had the fortune to book a room at the backside, which avoided the noon-sun and was pretty cool throughout.
The hotel does allow online booking, but it's an easy-go-lucky kinda hotel. I enquired about reservation and I was told to come down at my own pace and not worry about reservation, as the phone call was good enough and I was a little melancholic as I was reminded of good old days when a man's word was his currency, but I digress.
The food is basic fare, but being a pretty famous spot, the dining hall is almost always full. You would do well to be present a little early to get a place of choice to sit and eat. There are not much options other than the thali and some basic Punjabi food. The place is pretty famous for "tambada rassa" and "pandhara rassa", which comes as side dish for non-veg thali. You can ask for both along with veg thali as well, but does not go so well.
Being a vegetarian, can't really comment on the non-veg fare, but have heard good things about it. If you are vegetarian, I think you will be a little disappointed with food on offer. One word of caution, NEVER EVER HAVE CHINESE. Even though you might be tempted to try, I strongly recommend, don't even think about it. You will thank me later. It's too oily and not that special.
The food is good, but nothing out of ordinary. The rooms are excellent and great value-of-money. Biggest plus, the people. In my three days of stay, there was not once incident, regardless of however big the crowed, that I could see a frown on any of the servers or attendants. The people are gems, regardless of what the demand or the situations.
In summary, try it once, you may like it if you like quaint old things. If you are a fan of modern amenities and fancy show, then probably Opal is not for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Today after 45 years, it has become a brand with a speciality of Kolhapuri Tambda & Pandhra Rassa. People from all over India & the world come to Kolhapur to visit Shree Mahalaxmi Temple (Goddess Ambabai) & relish the Kolhapuri Cuisine at Hotel Opal.Today, brand "Opal" has gained not only a strong brand loyalty but also a widespread world of mouth publicity for it's 'Hospitality with Simplicity'!Opal's cuisine is a natural choice not only for Kolhapurians but also for people thronging from all over India & the world to Kolhapur. In 2012; Opal was awarded with the "Times Foodie Award for the Best Local Cuisine". This award is a yet another feather on the Opal's throne.We are always here to serve our guests with our specialty authentic Kolhapuri cuisine & a tradition of hospitality with simplicity ! ... more less