Yesterday only i returned from Shimla (10/02/12). After reading the review in Trip adviser i choose Hotel Sunrise Villa for my honeymoon package.
I still amaze that how this hotel got 7th position in overall Shimla. On what basis this decided even i dont know, Last time when i visited Kerala i select the hotel based on Trip advisor rating only. But this time i think i made some mis-judgement.
First of all this is not a hotel, this a house changed to Hotel kind. We choose the Honeymoon site in the 3rd floor, as the name suggest, the hotel was located in the top of the hill (shoghi), u can see the sunrise. Room size was ample for a couple. But rest all is not that worth. There is no room heater facility, if you need the heater it ll cost you Rs.200/-.
Regarding the food, as it was included in our package, it was prepared by the owner's wife (with 1 additional guy), it was a home food. But if you thought of having variety of food with your own choice than this hotel was not the right one.
Next is your package travel to sight seeing, in hotel itself they provide the sight seeing package. For local ss & Kufri trip they are charge you around Rs.1800/- but this might be less in out side, Even they are not having the vehicles on their own, they are hiring the car from outsiders so they try to keep some margin.
In overall if you are not bother about your money, then pls dont choose this hotel as it is only for budget ppl.
Also in my return to Kalka, initially i planned in the Toy train as it took 6 hrs finally i decided to reach Kalka in Taxi. When i checked the Office Manager (Mr,Ankur) he charged me Rs.2000/- for a Indica but if check in outside they will charge you Rs.1800/- for Swift Dzire with some additional local SS. So pls check outside & choose the package.
My intention to write this comment is not to say fault about the hotel & facilities. But the feedback which is available in the net & the actual are completely different.
Pls think before you choose this hotel.
Choose the 3rd or 4th floor rooms as it will have the overall mountain & sunrise view.
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13 March 2012
Thank you for your review about Sunrise Villa Shimla.
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We wish to clarify the points raised by you for the benefit of guests coming to Shimla
Sunrise Villa is managed by our family and three helpers, the same is approved by Department of Tourism, Government of Himachal Pradesh. We reside in the same Villa on the ground floor. We also have travel management Company " Sunrise Travels" which has additional staff.
Our rates, travel packages are all published on our websites with all details and sightseeing places covered and the type of vehicle provided. Hiring of taxi from us and meals are optional. We do not insist for this. All vehicles we provide are well maintained with drivers having complete knowledge of the area and cover all the sightseeing points provided and also act as a travel guide at the same time. The vehicles are provide for the full day, there is no time limit and you can use them as per your convenience.
We do not have our own vehicle but we take full ownership of the services provided and no guest has complained about this. Our services are worth the amount we charge for and we keep on fine tuning our services as per the feedback received from guests.
Room heater charges are extra @ Rs 100 per heater per night. You took two rooms and two heaters so we charged @ Rs 200 for two heaters.
We provide neat and clean homely hygienic buffet vegetarian meals only with the best available ingredients ( you can have a look in our kitchen) in our dinning room.
Breakfast usually has any one of the following in addition to bread / butter/ jam/ tea. Alu / onion / gobhi paratha with curd / pickle/ butter, alu poori, Chana Bhatura. This costs Rs 75 per person.
Dinner usually has 2 vegetables, 1 dal, rice, chapati / poori and pickle.This costs Rs 100 per person
On the return you took Tata Indigo vehicle for Rs 2200 which included Shimla Local sight seeing places like, Indian Institute of advance studies / army museum / Mall Road / ridge and dropping at Kalka Railway station. Ankur has quoted the same package for Rs 2000 for tata Indica car.
We always try to provide the maximum possible information to guest about our services at the time of bookings to make their trip a memorable one. All information provided on our website is also updated regularly.
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