SINGLE NON AC
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Fri, 03 Mar – Sat, 04 Mar (1 Night) | 1 Room | 1 Guest
Non AC Room
its a average hotel within budget limit..gud for 1 day stay..
(based on 133 reviews)
I booked and paid in full for this trip with Expedia but when I arrived at the hotel the owner spoke to me over the phone to tell me in a very rude manner that he has nothing to do with Expedia because they are a bad company and I must pay for my stay in cash. The Expedia booking had come through to the hotel and my credit card debited so I did not accept this but he said I could pay in the morning. In the morning he was very disagreeable and in a demanding tone of voice and said I needed to pay him in cash now. I left the hotel to find cash but unfortunately due to the ongoing cash crisis in India I could not get any. When I returned to the hotel the owner refused to give me my key and I said I would speak to the police. At this point he gave me my key and made the rest of my stay very uncomfortable although I did not pay him any cash. This hotel is still advertised on all the major travel booking websites including Expedia. The hotel is extremely basic and the wifi just works in reception but you have to ask them to turn it on. There are a ton of similar budget hotels in the area for around 300/400 rupees per night. I do not recommend this hotel to anyone.
It is one of the budget hotel in chennai, we organised party in this hotel, it is easily accessible, and has a good view, they have very limited parking space, the attendants and receptionists tend to be less professional, the lightings are good, the seminar hall is quite accomdative, the architecture looks soo old and needs to be renovated, overall it's a simple budget hotel with mediocre facilities...!!
The hotel is old and rundown and tolerably clean.If you are on a budget and just wanted a room to sleep for the night then it's recommended otherwise look somewhere else. On the plus side the hotel location is fairly good on the upper end of Anna Salai Road and the staff are friendly and helpful.
The room had working AC and was ok value given the rate I paid. There was no hot water, but this is not really necessary in Chennai anyway. I found the room was not particularly clean, with empty bottles under the bed and hair scattered around the room. There was a window, but 2 meters across was another building so not much daylight in the room. I had to ask twice to have the electricity for the AC turned on. No wifi in room. Location is decent. It's ok for a night, but I wouldn't want to stay longer than that.
Considering my short stay in Chennai, merely a 2 day stopover to pick up a parcel and fly out again, I weighed my options after hours of the tripadvisor vortex and decided to try this budget hotel, mixed reviews and all. Usually in my experience, bad reviews are often written by people with bad attitudes who tend to be the main cause of their own unhappiness, an unsatisfactory hotel or restaurant simply being an outlet for their innate frustration at life. So I take bad reviews with a handful of salt and usually this pays off. HOWEVER, in this particular instance I am to become one of these bad attitude reviewers, because my experience of Hotel Ammu Palace was kind of crappy and it was in part my fault. I arrived at 12:30am which regardless of timezone hopping is always well past bed time for me, to find the receptionist unaware of my reservation despite my calling earlier that day to confirm I was coming and would be a late check-in. I was then asked if I could take a non A/C room, an offer which I declined with perhaps a little more 'tude than was necessary (I may have said something like "Come on man..."). The receptionist then asked me to fill out the arrival book and began closely scrutinising my passport and visa, seemingly questioning it's validity when I'd just arrived straight from the airport where the people whose job it is to do so had done so without a fuss. This seemed exceedingly pointless and I told the receptionist so, with perhaps a little more 'tude than was necessary (I may have said something like "Don't give me this s**t, it's way too late at night for stupid questions man!" I may have also added "This is bullsh**t" which depending on where you are in India is probably very offensive or else a compliment). I was asked to pay the balance for the room in advance, another offer which I declined, and demanded my key because I already felt embarrassed and pissed off and altogether too hot, I wanted to go to sleep in a A/C room and be done with it. After about 15 mins in the A/C, in a very small and expectedly budget room, I went back down stairs to apologise and pay the balance. I wanted peace or at least a truce. However, I don't believe the receptionist ever really forgave me, as he made almost everything difficult or uncomfortable for me over the next few days. He begrudged my every request, like the wifi password or resetting the router when it wasn't working, and every time I left and came back the mains power to my A/C would be cut off, which I would have to trudge back down 3 flights of stairs to reinstate. Anyway, none of this would have been that bad if I hadn't lost my cool at check in, so my advice for this and all situations is; remember you are almost always the cause of your own unhappiness. Some more notes, the WIFI only works in the foyer, which if the receptionist has a grudge against you is an uncomfortable place to be. There are a selection of great restaurants and Dhabas across the intersection, I went to the one that was always full of people, it was great naughty indian snack food. I never met one tuk-tuk driver in the area who would agree to use the meter without at least one walk away feint. Just down the alley there is a combo tailor/barber whose prices are great and does a pretty fair job.
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