This government hotel has a beautiful seaside location, but everything for which man and management are responsible is poor and overpriced. As a foreigner who has consistently delighted in the wonderful food Indian hotels and restaurants routinely offer, I found the dinner buffet by far the worst food I have ever had in India. My seaside deluxe AC room was worn and tired, needing paint and maintenance badly, and secured by an awkward and likely antique padlock on the door. The contrast between this high potential but decidedly mediocre public sector hotel and the lovely, well located and very well managed private sector hotel where I spent a night recently in Madurai for the same adjusted net price, is a case in point for privatization of such public sector properties. That being said, there is nothing amiss with this hotel that $150,000 of investment/maintenance, replacement of management, development of a reasonably competitive and market oriented service culture, training and merit based hiring could not cure within six months. It couldn't be more obvious that the state's supervisory officials lack the inclination and/or resources to make this happen. Customers, Rameshwara and the state would be best served by privatization, permitting this property to approach and honor its excellent potential.