I stayed for 4 nights in October 2016 in the female only dorm. Only plus was the "caretaker" Bunty picking me up from airport so I wasn't ripped off by the rickshaws. And meeting other travellers which was fun.
- Firstly the female dorm shares a bathroom with the large mixed dorm next door - so it is NOT an ensuite - misrepresentation. The two dorms are separated by one door and a curtain of sorts. The door is always open so the guys can keep using the bathroom. The bathroom itself was a bit gross.
- The male staff kept just walking into the female dorm without announcing at random.
- They didn't clean or put new sheets for next person, simply tidied the bed and folded old sheet.
- They cooked breakfast for you at inflated prices for the quality but the shared kitchen was not clean. I was a bit sick at the time from residual delhi belly so I started just eating plain bread to save myself from further illness.
- Bunty was initially nice and helpful with suggesting places to visit, but frankly quite patronising - I was using a driver for my stay and had a second phone that I'd borrowed from a friend with an Indian sim card and he kept making "jokes" about it. Mind your own business please.
- the hostel is in an apartment block in a hard to find street. The neighbourhood doesn't look that nice but didn't have issues there at least.
- obviously it's India so the price was cheap but compare it to other places and for a dorm that's not even clean I'd say it was overpriced
- I just didn't feel comfortable there appreciate all these things felt worse as I was a bit sick at the time but I'm confident it's not a good place
Probably the worst hostel I stayed at. The guy in charge (I think he was called Bunty?) was rude, the rooms were basic and he would turn the AC off all the time, the rooms are crowded and the standard is no good for the price. On my second trip to Mumbai I stayed at the Backpacker Panda round the corner which only just opened and it was a million times better.
Anjali is tucked away down a rabbit hole in Wonderland. Auto driver had to ask directions several times. We had booked a private room but they double booked so we ended up in a mixed dorm. 650 Rs per bed, same price if we'd had the private room but we were only there for a night. Place has a good vibe but is poorly maintained and bathrooms are a disaster. Would be looking some were else if we are back in Mumbai.
i just stayed here for one night.
its difficult to find it unless u have google maps..
common room ...gud place to spend some time with likeminded people.
over all rooms are not properly ventilated..
650 per night in ac dorm..pretty cheap in mumbai
.they will charge for drinking water..mineral water is provided..
.no common kichen..but the staff cooks for some price..basic food..omeltte..u can walk and have local food close by
decent..not ventilated ..you cannot party or smoke..its closed apartment.,,u can chit chat and spend some time..wifi..tv..board games..etc
clean but only 3 for 25 people..but manageable
near chakala metro..far away from south mumbai the the attraction of mumbai..40 minute journey
co operative ,,dont expect so much
if u dont have so much expectations and busy with ur schedule u can stay here..but dont expect this is place to chill out..but u can meet many backpackers over here..but go out and chill..3./5
EXTREMELY poor hospitality, to the extent that one of the guys (named BUNTY) made me cry.
Absolutely no respect when talking to me. I was shouted at when taking down my laundry from the line early as we needed to check out, then shouted at again when putting it back up for an hour as it was still slightly damp. Asked him to lower his tone of voice and was... again, shouted at.
We checked out at 12 and wanted to chill in the common area for a while as our bus was at 7:30pm. We were told (in a very rude manner) that if we wanted to carry on using the Wifi and chilling after 12pm we'd have to pay 200INR. Even when we said we wouldn't use the wifi, we'd just sit and chat and play cards - we'd still have to pay. Hospitality? I think not.
We left our bags to go and book our bus to Udaipur (and were told the previous day we could leave them there for 3 days and pick them up when we return.) This was after very little help from Bunty with booking our bus - despite the hostel saying they could help with transport. When we returned, i went to the toilet and Stephen (my partner) went to retrieve our day bags with valuables from his locker. We were followed into the room by Bunty. I'd placed my clean scarf and shorts i'd retrieved from the line on the freshly made bed, and was shouted at by Bunty. At this point, Stephen was in the toilet; i felt vulnerable. Again, in a malicious tone insisted that we had checked out and MUST LEAVE. Shouted that i MUST get my stuff off the bed. I felt very threatened. Asked what we were still doing here and so i explained we'd left our valuables in the locker until we came back. We babbled on in an angry rant about how we were not allowed to do this (despite me trying to explain that there was 3 free beds...and the rest of the lockers empty.. understandable if someone was wanting to use the locker.)
Bunty kept arguing with us as we tried to keep our cool. Very hard to reason with.
This escalated, and after numerous attempts of me asking him to stop shouting and lower his voice - he shouted to my partner to tell him to tell me to stop shouting.... sorry, what?
This is only 1 of the issues with this place.
Yes, they have A/C... however it is only from 7pm-11am. I understand it is expensive... but it does not state the A/C is between certain hours. It's very hot during the day, and very hard to relax in the hostel with just the fans if the A/C is not on. When the A/C was on... it was freeeeeeeeeeeeezing.
I never really understood who worked there, lived there, and was a guest. I think there is a family who lives there in the common area on a small mattress. Half the time i was wondering whether i could ask them questions and the other half i was wondering whether we were disturbing them.
The rooms themselves were actually pretty okay. Beds comfortable enough, and as clean as you can expect from a hostel in India. I'm sure we saw them give a bed to someone without changing the sheets though.
Bunty and other male workers would regularly enter the female dorm without knocking/asking. In any other instance this wouldn't have bothered me, however when you read back to other reviews of females being harrassed(sexually/verbally/physically) alongside how i was treated on numerous ocassions - this leaves me feeling uneasy, vulnerable and unsafe. Due to the dorms being segragated by gender, i spent some time in the male dorm with my boyfriend (none of the male guests had a problem with this) purely to sit and chat in the A/C, as the common area was just fan. Also- i didn't want to be alone in the female dorm. Bunty made numerous snidey comments about me always being in the male dorm - another reason for me to feel uncomfortable.
Location - hard to find but locals can direct you (they see sweaty backpacker and know where you're going!) PRO: close to metro.
After long term travel in Asia - I can honestly say that this has been THE worst experience i have had with a local, let alone in a hostel/homestay.
NOT a place for females, and for anyone expecting a friendly stay.