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Reviewed September 30, 2018

The old BNR , a British era railway hotel still retains something of its splendor.
You certainly get huge really pleasant rooms themed in a nice railway way.
The opportunity to sit on the large airy balconies is still there but no more views of the sea, only an unimaginative railway building newly built across the road to see now..
A nice swimming pool was kept well.
However an old heritage building like this needs a lot of care and there was a feeling of decay in the common areas, outside the restaurant for example.
Incidentally according to various sites on the net, this building is listed as one of the most haunted buildings in Puri, if not India .
We were a little alarmed to discover that rooms 12 and 13 had seen supernatural activity.
We were staying in room 12 !
Well you cant believe everything you read on the net ...even Trip Advisor reviews!
I can only say we slept soundly with no bumps or sounds in the night!
I am sure you will too..

  • Stayed: July 2018, travelled on business
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SudhirMisra, General Manager at Chanakya BNR Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear TripAdvisor Member,

It was a pleasure to have you stay at Chanakya BNR Hotel -Puri. Thank you for taking the time to write this review on TripAdvisor.

We are delighted to know that we were able to live up to your expectations. It was such a pleasure to have you stay at the hotel. I am wondered in twentieth century people believe in Ghost kind of things !

Your words of appreciation shall go a long way to motivate the team to continue to deliver a high level of service to our valued guests. We very much look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you back to one the Chanakya’s property at Ranchi, Puri and Patna.

Best Wishes,

Sudhir Mishra
General Manager – Ranchi & Puri

Certificate of Excellence 2017 winner.
Certificate of Excellence 2018 winner.

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Reviewed September 10, 2018 via mobile

Huge rooms, long corridors, rooms named after Princely state..Nice garden. It's a different world. Away from maddening crowd at same time. 10mins from Main Beach... Had a good, memorable stay. Good staff..

Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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SudhirMisra, General Manager at Chanakya BNR Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for choosing Chanakya BNR Hotel , on your trip to Puri.

We are grateful for your appreciation of the property and services. Your word " Different World " will go a long way in motivating our team and are unsurpassed. Thank you very much for giving us the opportunity to showcase our hospitality.

We all as a team feel proud to be the part of such an outstanding hotel. We hope to have a chance of welcoming you back in not the distance future.

Best regards,

Sudhir Mishra
General Manager – Ranchi & Puri

Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame award winner in the year 2018, because we have won this award every year for the past five years.

Winner of Certificate of Excellence for every year for the last two years.
The only Rail Heritage Hotel in Orissa.

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Reviewed August 22, 2018 via mobile

Best hotel in this price . Good service .ground floor is Better than other rooms.wifi is good speed .staff behavior is good . Room cleaned everyday by cleanner . Nature's view also good . Parking place is ok.

Stayed: July 2018, travelled with friends
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SudhirMisra, General Manager at Chanakya BNR Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2018

Dear TripAdvisor Member,

It was a pleasure to have you stay at Chanakya BNR Hotel Puri which is also fondly known as the Legend of British Time. Thank You for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor.

I am so glad to note that we were able to live up to your expectations with our service and accommodation at the hotel.

Thank you for your appreciation of the hospitality and services provided by the team. Indeed it has always been our endeavour to offer excellent accommodation, food and prompt service to all our guests and I feel privileged that you have considered writing this review.

The team and I so look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you back to Chanakya BNR Hotel and Puri.

Best Wishes,


Sudhir Mishra
General Manager – Ranchi & Puri

Certificate of Excellence of 2017 winner.
Certificate of Excellence of 2018 winner.
The only Rail Heritage Hotel in Orissa .

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Reviewed July 21, 2018

Spread over a vast area, the Hotel Chanakya BNR at Puri was earlier owned and operated by the South Eastern Railways; of late, the management of operations has been handed over to a Private Hospitality Management Company.
Nostalgic as it was for me, visiting the hotel after about 45 years (last time we were here was with my parents, back in 1970s). Not much has changed in the façade of the Hotel; ofcourse, modernity has crept in , but has been merged very well with the Old World Charms that was the Hallmark of the then BNR Hotel.
Check in was smooth and we were ushered into our rooms on the ground floor ( we were told that the rooms on the 1st floor are more expensive); though the hotel was running to near capacity, it was a nice thought for the Manager to accommodate us in adjacent rooms.
The rooms open into a long Verandah – traditional and very colonial, which then overlooks into a sprawling garden (reasonably well kept).
Room Service was there even at 10:30 in the night, the rooms smelled fresh, the aircon was working perfect and the washroom was pretty well done up.
A well deserved sleep later, we were on our way to the seabeach close to the Hotel (a 5 minute walk). This beach does not have the huge footfall that the Golden Beach (near Swargadwar) has; infact, it’s a boon as we could enjoy the luxury of soaking in the wonderful sights of the pristine beach.
Breakfast is a feast (the price is included in the room tariff) in the Dining Room on the ground floor; the food quality and selection was immaculate on all the 4 days of our stay.
The Concierge Service (handled by the Front office staff) was pretty good too – we had booked our taxis for the bucket list trip to Konark and also to Bhubaneswar Airport, through the front desk – we were provided with good quality vehicles at competitive prices. As a bonus, we were introduced to a Pujari of the Jagannath Temple, who guided us on our Puja trips to the Temple.
Auto Rickshaws are available in plenty just outside the Gate of the Hotel for frequenting to Swargadwar or the Temple.
The Swimming Pool at the Hotel is good with a children pool annexed; the Gym (on the 1st floor) is small, with sparse equipment – good enough for toning down on a holiday!
Dinners were always at the Restaurant – the food quality and prices are comfortable; we tried Continental, Chinese and Indian food on 3 evenings – my take would be to go for traditional Indian food prepared the ODIYA way – it was really fabulous.
The upkeep of the Hotel is of reasonable standards with linen and towels changed everyday (we desisted from allowing them this as it is unnecessary)
Checkout process was easy and fast.
I would recommend all for staying at BNR in Puri if you wish to be away from the hullabullo traditionally associated with hotels near Swargadwar or do not want to spend a fortune in staying at Luxuries available on the beachfront near BNR.
The only sore point (no fault of the Hotel) is the Ugly building of the Railways built right across the Hotel – it’s an eyesore, spoiling the view from the Hotel and also blocking the sea view.

Room Tip: Ground Floor rooms good enough
  • Stayed: June 2018, travelled with family
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SudhirMisra, General Manager at Chanakya BNR Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2018

Dear TripAdvisor Member,

I am just thinking how can we thank you for this wonderful review. It was a pleasure to have you stay at Chanakya BNR Hotel Puri which is also fondly known as the Legend of British Time. Thank You for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor.

I am so glad to note that we were able to live up to your expectations with our food, service and accommodation at the hotel.

Thank you for your appreciation of the hospitality and services provided by the team. Indeed it has always been our endeavour to offer excellent accommodation, food and prompt service to all our guests and I feel privileged that you have considered writing this wonderful review.

Best Wishes,

Sudhir Mishra
General Manager – Ranchi & Puri

Certificate of Excellence of 2017 winner.
Certificate of Excellence of 2018 winner.
The only Rail Heritage Hotel in Odisha.

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Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile

BNR Chanakya, is a heritage hotel and revives memory’s of the bygone British era . The outside edifice remains the same ,imposing and majestic.However the rooms have been refurbished with modern amenities and are spacious and comfortable.Though one does not get a sea view,thanks to the Railways who have built a huge structure in front blocking the view, the whiff of the sea breeze can be felt sitting on the veranda. The distance to the seashore is quite a bit , especially for senior citizens and kids .
Here one can relax with the hotel providing , enough space to walk around with swimming pool.The service provided is just about O.K though the attitude of the staff lacks professionalism and appears to be laid back. They need to be more prompt and responsive. Food is fine with good choices and the restaurant staff appears to be more positive and helpful. Would suggest that they introduce some of the food serving style that was there prior to the change of management.

Stayed: March 2018, travelled with family
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SudhirMisra, General Manager at Chanakya BNR Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2018

Dear Trip Advisor Member,

It was a pleasure to have you stay at Chanakya BNR Hotel Puri. Thank You for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. I feel privileged that you have considered writing this review.

We are happy to know that we were able to live up to your expectations. It was such a pleasure to have you stay at the hotel. Your word " Relaxed atmosphere,spacious room." has delighted us very much.

Your feedback related to staffs is matter of concern and we will definitely work on that for the improvement.

It is wonderful to receive such positive feedback about the team and I have shared your appreciation with them. It is feedback and appreciation from well travelled and discerning guests like you that enable us to meet and exceed guest expectations.

The team and I look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back to The Legend of British time.... Chanakya BNR Hotel Puri.

With warm regards,

Sudhir Mishra
General Manager – Ranchi & Puri

Certificate of Excellence of 2017 winner.
Certificate of Excellence of 2018 winner.

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