I agree this place has potential. It could be amazing. It could be grand - a historical oasis with a pool, a restaurant, and peacocks strolling around. It has potential for all that. Alas, it is not currently these things. The pros: It was very inexpensive at about $18 night. I imagine it was much quieter and cleaner than staying in many of the backpacker places in the Taj ganj area (which looked horrible - unless you could afford The Oberoi). The towels and sheets were clean. The staff were friendly, the manager was informative. It was quiet. Too quiet? The cons: The giant, dingy, dimly lit room (#61 - I'll get back to this) was sparsely furnished with beat-up 1960's era furniture and probably last painted around 1960 too. The dirt and grime was ground into the floors, fixtures, and fabrics with bugs crawling around giving it an un-lived in, depressing feel. The bathroom wasn't filthy but it wasn't quite clean either. There was no shower curtain or hot water and the bucket for washing yourself had a layer of grime in it. My husband's overall impression of Lauries was that of a horror movie; expansive park-like grounds; three big buildings with rows of doors and dark corridors; no one around; power cutting in and out. When we registered we noticed almost eveyone ahead of us had checked into Room #61. We could see all the room keys in their slots behind the desk except our room. Room #61! Eeeekk. . . Sorry, I'll be serious. The hotel is a bit of a drive to the Taj Mahal and other sights. There is internet and a small grocery down the street a short distance. It wasn't all bad but we couldn't wait to get out of there. Some paint and a good scrub would go a long way toward improvement.
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