I have stayed here for about 15 days due to my treatment in near by hospital and found that hotel is good enough for budget travellers. When I came in this area I have seen few hotels but in some the price is too much and in some there is no room available, but luckily I found 1 room in this hotel. I have seen their previous reviews and was afraid of staying here, but the hotel manager told me that the Management has changed and they have taken over this month only, so do not worry. After 1 day I found nothing wrong in the hotel. Everything was working properly and the managers were really helpful and and good. I stayed there for 15 days and recommend this hotel for good service and helpful team.
I got moved here after another I showed up late for a four day reservation at another hotel and they claimed not to have any rooms [?] The lobby area, stairway, etc, looks nice. After that, it's hard to catalog everything the matter with this one. In short, most people will be unhappy here. OTOH, if you don't mind living a little rockily, and you want to have a kind of down-and-out, Charles Bukowski kind of experience, it's serviceable, and the houseboys can be sent on all kinds of errands, so I'm sitting here happily writing.
-I have to ask every few hours to have the fuse or circuit breaker for my a/c turned back on
-No inverter or generator, or candles, when the power goes out
-Tears in the very grey sheets
-Pillow, beneath the dingy pillowcase, is even darker and greyer
-Staff comes in to clean, turns on the tv, and then stands around watching and doing very little
-Area is less backpacker-friendly than nearby Pahar Ganj, ie, there is nowhere to go for breakfast if you don't want Indian, and personally, I like breakfast to be a very mild experience
-Sometimes the toilet doesn't flush
-Showerhead jets out a dozen piddly streams of water; more like a wall-mounted water pistol
-Faucets leaked heavily
-Don't expect things like towels, soap, toilet paper--actually pretty standard for lower-end Indian hotels, but you should know
-Bed is pretty hard
-Walls are dingy and scuffed, probably some paan spit marks here and there
-Half the lights don't work
-Exposed sketchy looking wiring
-Furniture looks pretty tired out
-No jug in the bathroom for use during bucket baths
-Room across the hall is, I guess, being gutted, and the debris is everywhere in there, with the door always open--looks like a bomb fell.
-On the whole, the neighborhood has a lot of touts. I let them try for a minute or two, and then explain to them in Hindi why I want nil to do with them.
After all that, for rs800, this is an a/c room in which I can say I'm comfortably seated and secure, and getting work done. You can do a lot better for a little more, though.
I'm in the hotel right now and I felt morally obliged to warn anyone thinking about booking here to stay away. I can deal with the filthy room, the stained sheets, even the absolutely disgusting toilet. What I cannot deal with, is that last night a mouse came into my room via the broken AC unit. It's now just a tunnel that let's in roaches and assorted other vermin. I caught the mouse and asked to be moved rooms, but I had to wait till the morning. I'm now in this new room, ready to go to bed. 5 minutes ago I went to the toilet to find a salamander type lizard crawling about on the seat. This place is beyond bad, it's an utter joke. I have another 6 nights booked here as I'm waiting for a tour to the south to begin. I think I'll just write off the cash I payed and find a new place tomorrow. Avoid at all costs, sleep on the street with the stray dogs if you have to, just avoid hotel Astoria.
Awful place, filthy, smelly rooms. Do not trust the staff, after simply asking the man on reception for a map some very dodgy men turned up trying forcibly to get us to book a tour. Managed to get away from them in a rickshaw, only to find the driver was in on it too. He stopped to pick up the dodgiest one of them, who kept trying to get us to go on a tour. Managed to get out of the rickshaw, they followed us for a while but we got away. Ended up changing hotel to hotel rahul palace who arranged a driver to take us back to pick up our bags. Hotel astoria refused to refund our remaining nights stay so we lost out on the money we paid upfront.
Quite simply do not stay here as it is unsafe.
Stayed here 2 nights, the staff are friendly and helpful but that is the only thing going for the place!
The rooms are pretty dirty, we found quite a lot of bugs in ours. The toilets look extremely unhygienic an there is a VERY unsafe fan on the ceiling that looks like it might fall out at any time!!