Booked a Deluxe room for three nights in August, 2018 through Cleartrip. Total tariff was over Rs 7,500 for the room (or Rs 2,500+ per night) (on sale). Below is the summary of my experience.
Looked tiny. When asked the staff was told that since it had a double bed it was a deluxe room. Through tile sizes and my stride I estimate the size to be 70 sq feet (less than 7 sq meter) for the room and 20 sq feet (2 sq m) for even tinier bathroom. Checked the neighborhood hotels (Hotel Blair a few steps away and Milan in the Aberdeen market) and their standard sized room were bigger. The budget room at posh Milan was similar in size, room was newer and better, price on the card he gave e was Rs 1,700 and when I stayed there later for a night when back from Havelock island they gave me discount on that.
In Havelock island stayed at Dolphin resort where breakfast was free, it had its own beach, AC room was gigantic and I paid Rs 1,000 for it. (Off season is June-Sept and rate was halved.)
At Guru offered me a complimentary breakfast on first day, was able to eat some choley-looking item with thin gravy and 3 (maida?) puris, and asked for black/red tea which they could not provide. In view of excellent eating places nearby (Milan, Annapurna, and many others) very limited offering from their mini-kitchen at their maxi-prices didnt make any sense to me. Decide for yourself though.
Their website mentioned 32 TV - my room had a tiny 22 TV. hot running water meant there was a 3L geyser which worked when the power was on, there was an air conditioner in working order, had a cheap no-brand kettle (carried my own Prestige kettle bought new for Rs 700), provided a mug of water (the website mention mineral water bottles though). The bathroom had shampoo and soap (website mentioned soap) that sell for Rs 1 each pouch. Didnt use them. Wi-fi was offered but it didn't work for me.
In my 3 days of stay no one came for housekeeping.
When I asked the staff where is the ticket counter for buying long-distance bus tickets he just shrugged his shoulders. He didnt know. (By the way the main bus terminal is less than 10 minutes walk and easy to spot.) Asked about where could I buy ferry tickets, he told me it was far. (Ferry port is about 15 minutes walk in a straight road and anyone can tell.) Guru has a travel agency office in the ground floor and perhaps explain matter.
My suggestion is not to book rooms online unless the hotel has a good reputation. Rooms are plentiful in India, most dont put themselves up on internet, and while online most are honest, some are not and it will be difficult to do anything once they have taken money from you.
Pleasant stay at reasonable fare. All amenities are available. Staff is very cooperative. Food quality is good. Food delivery e.g lunch/dinner was done at appropriate time. Room quality and cleaning was maintained.
Not sure if I should really categorize this place as hotel/hostel/road side bunker. Its the worst you get to stay after paying a good share of money. Very bad maintenance. Rooms are cramped with almost no ventilation. Bed sheets are stained and stinky. Min facilities like tea/coffee also take up to 15-20mins. Ask for wi-fi, you might get it after 3hours and yes it does not connect...
Never every stay at this place.
Good for short stay
by D S on
August 7, 2018
Located in a convenient place. Walking distance from cellular jail, sports complex and markets. Rooms are clean and tidy. Service also good.
Good for short stay. They have a restaurant at the top floor with good quality of food.
Verry good hotel, quite clean and Well maintained, afordable prices, good staff. You also get complementary breakfast. Especially acceptable for European turists, since the hygiene standards here are pretty high. We recomemd it to everybody who wants a good stay in Port Blair, fairly close to the Airport, city center and the harbour for the ferry :-)