This is an absolute NO-NO if you are travelling with families. The place is only suitable for backpackers on budget. The rooms are small - the bathrooms an afterthought. Although you get autos on doorsteps - the place (its run out of a house by a family) is uphill making walking up and down a challenge.
I personally had a very bad experience with the owner (Shadab). A good review in Lonely Planet landed me there (along with my parents). I had expressed my intent to stay 3 days over email. However on arrival we found this was not going to work for us -
(a) Room was small for 3 people (with drain pipes running through the room) although with a good balcony,
(b) Bathroom cramped
(c)It was on 3rd floor which made it a challenging climb for my parents (although we were offered a room on ground floor as alternate which was not airy)
(d) They dont have any provisions for food (lunch/dinner) though they said breakfast could be arranged
I mentioned that we wanted to move out after staying 1 day. We were told that if we leave we have to pay for 3 days since I had expressed my intent to stay for 3 days on email !! This was the worst part of the experience
- It was not as if the place was full - there were rooms available (during our one day stay we saw more than a couple of foreign backpackers landing up there scouting for rooms) - hence the claim that they would be losing money since they had kept a room booked for us for 3 days was not valid
- The gentleman Shadab was audacious enough to say "All people from Kolkata are problematic" - very very ill behaved (to the credit of his family his brother later apologised for his behaviour and offered to give a 10% discount on room price if we decided to stay 3 days)
Overall it really left a bad taste in mouth and that too upon arrival in a new place. The place gets mostly foreign backpackers due to a good review on Lonely Planet guide. And at least I saw the foreigners getting a smiling welcome and being chaperoned around - so may be that treatment is not extended to Indians.
However I have to say that even for foreigners there are other places in Port Blair that offer a better rooms at same value.
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