We arrived in Aurangabad early in the morning/night. A (cab) driver took us to this hotel. According to him it was all sunshine, to us it seemed a bit pricey but we were tired. Right from the arrival at the place there was haggling about the price. Ok it is India, and we were used to that, but these guys took it to a different level. We stood our ground, and after half an hour or so, we got the room for the price that was initially offered by the driver (who works for the hotel). After that they will try to charge you for everything. Make sure you have everything clear and on paper. Its really hard to trust any of these dudes with their mocking smiles.
They will ask you for your passport to make a copy, and won't give it back. We had to ask for it a few times. We didn't leave the frontdesk until he gave back our documents. That was pretty weird. They're dishonest and try to play with you, at least that's the feeling we got.
The rooms: not the worst weve seen, not very good either. Its a budget place, they will try to sell it to you as a hotel, it is not.
Locations: bad, very inconvenient, if you want to eat out, it is quite a walk.
Information: if you book your stuff at their place theyre helpful, if not, youre on your own.
Our advice: dont stay too long in Aurangabad, and dont stay at this place.
The pictures of the hotel that we saw online (hostel world) were very outdated and misleading. The place is very run down with plaster falling from the ceilings in the bedrooms. The bathroom was filthy, no hot water and the shower didn't function. There was no sink.
We were also awoken from 5am with shouting and screaming which was non stop outside our room for several hours.
The manager seemed very friendly, purchasing us breakfast and helping to advise on local sights to see. He organised a driver for our trip to the ellora caves. However, after paying for a driver for the whole day we were ditched without being dropped to the station as previously planned.
I was checking the pink thermos lying in my bed table (see my pix) and it was full of vomit! Its almost a month but I can't erase the horrid smell and image off my mind.
Definitely the worst i ever saw in my entire life. Oh boy India!
The linens are visibly dirty. I had skin asthma because of the dirty bedsheet, pillow and the blanket the reeked with dust.
Owner Riyas is accommodating while the other receptionist (the one in polo always) was snooty and will cheat you of money. He will tell you that you owe the hotel with this amount. I showed him my booking.com
Reservation amount and he backed off. When he asks for money, ASK FOR PROOF.
Just be careful that they will try to sell you their private cab services. But those cab services (owner's car but different driver) will take you to different shops (my driver took me to three until I buy one himroo)z
There's an MSRTC bus going to ellora and ajanta, so you might want to do this instead of the private car.
If I could rate this hotel any lower I would, but unfortunately trip advisor only goes down to 1 star. Me and my partner have been budget backpacking around the whole for over a year and have stayed in some pretty bad places, but looking back they seem like paradise compared to this hotel. Where do I start? We got poached at the bus stop an told about a 'luxury room' which couldn't possibly be further from the truth. The room was thick on all surfaces with dirt and mold, but we needed a place to rest our head, so after some serious haggling I managed to negotiate the room down from 1,200 rupees to 600 rupees. Little did we know at the time that the dirt would be the least of our troubles. The desk staff asked for nearly 4 times the amount as a 'deposit' which I refused to give. The TV was broken. The room and all corridors smelt heavily of cigarettes. No toilet paper or bin provided. The food was rediculous overpriced, and after ordering some food because there was nowhere else in the area, it was by far the worst meal either of us have ever tasted and was left untouched. Also, if you happen to step an inch outside of your room, you will be bombarded and attacked by the staff to buy their insanely overpriced trips to the caves. They wanted just over 3000 ruppees for 1 cave and told us that it was impossible to get a bus. I researched it infront of them and there is a bus station less than 5 minutes away which we managed to get to the caves for 150 rupees. Even after we had been, they still did not relent and kept pursuing us for any money they could take. After a extremely loud nights sleep, we were woken by a phone call at 7am to be told it was checkout time! We both hurried down to reception to get out of there as fast as possible and banged our heads on the low and unmarked ceilings, to be rudely greeted by the most horrible staff I've ever encountered. They tried to make us pay extra and unknown charged before we left, and when we refused they got aggressive and spat at us. Do yourself a favour and never stay here. These people deserve to go out of buissness and never steal a single rupee off anyone again.
We got taken here by a guy from the bus stop as we didn't plan anything before we arrived. He said nice hotel. It was disgusting. The room is smelly, dirty and old. The whole time they tried to take our money for tours and taxis and lied from beginning to end. Saying it's too late to visit the caves by bus at 1pm.... Such lies. The food was rancid and put me off food for days afterward. Worst of all, at 7am on checkout day, he calls me to tell me it's a 24hr system and we have to leave and it'll be 500 to stay until 12!! We didn't even check in until 10am!! Couldn't not believe it. Absolutely horrendous experience. No respect for people. They just think you're stupid and say anything to rip you off, don't fool for it, DON'T STAY HERE!