We booked on the strength of the review in the LP, and after having viewed the website. Getting us from the train station to the hotel seemed excessively complex: a young man on a motorbike was dispatched to meet us, and then he negotiated a tuk-tuk for us while we waited at the side of the road with our heavy bags. We then had to pay for the tuk-tuk (though it was a fair price, this isn't the norm for hotels in India - usually they arrange the transfer free of charge). Ostensibly this is because the touts will tell you the Saji Sanwri is awful, and the owner doesn't want you to believe them. In this case, you should believe the touts.
So, we arrived, and we met a middle-aged woman who we assume was Indu. We were given a coke while we waited for our room (which was clearly not ready, despite us having booked weeks in advance and paid the first night by credit card up front). We waited around 20 minutes, at 7.30pm, when all we wanted to do was drop off our stuff and head out for food.
Eventually, she took us to the room we'd booked. We'd booked an air-conditioned room, though not the most expensive one. We'd booked at the rate Rs1600. But. Apparently, the airconditioning was 'not working' in the room we'd booked. We looked around, and there was absolutely no sign of air conditioning ever having been present. We were told we could have her most expensive room (with aircon) for Rs1750 instead (a discount of Rs150 off the normal price, we were told).
It was April, and forty degrees outside. We agreed, despite knowing we were being screwed.
The room itself was OK in terms of cleanliness, but the wiring looked like an electrician's nightmare, and the bed was only marginally more comfortable than the floor would have been.
The bathroom was foul. This is the first time we have been moved to put pictures on tripadvisor, but we wanted to show because we don't want anyone else to be conned by this woman. The toilet was dirty, had no seat, and was flushed by a bucket (filled from a floor tap next to the toilet). The sink taps didn't work, and the only way to turn on the water supply was to reach down behind the pedestal and use the master-valve. The ineffectual airconditioning unit drained across the floor of the bathroom. The down-pipe from the sink wasn't plumbed in, simply draining into a hairtrap. There was a dirty toilet-brush full of hair and god knows what else was simply left on the floor of the bathroom for us to find.
There was no lock on our room: fortunately we had a padlock we could use with the bolt, but we felt that it really wouldn't be too much to ask for, given that there was a giant hole in the outside of the building through which anyone could climb!
This, for Rs1750 per night! Having stayed in other places in India, we know this was a total screw. Other Indians we mentioned it to were appalled.
We checked out the next morning, despite having booked for three nights. We would have walked away immediately, but we'd paid in advance and didn't fancy a long argument and then not getting our money back anyway.
Interestingly, the proprietor seemed neither surprised that we were leaving early, nor particularly bothered. We got the distinct impression it happened to her alot.
Do yourself a favour and stay somewhere else.
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