I did not make a reservation for this place. I had seen a price online, and since it was low season, was hoping to knock a few more dollars off. But the wife of the homestay is quite clever. She showed me the room available (the same as online) but said it was 2000 rupees instead of 1300 as it said online. I showed her the booking.com page and said it looked to be the same room, but she said her husband had made a mistake on website and that it was a different, nicer room she was showing me. We settled on 1200 for the first night and 1000 for the second. Not much of a bargain, but one nonetheless.
I had a king room with en-suite bathroom and it was beautiful, which is why I was willing to spend energy negotiating for it. The AC works well. Wifi is hit or miss. If you want hot water, you need to wait for the tank to be hot (best to warn them you’ll want a shower when you arrive).
You will primarily deal with a Nepalese boy named Ganesh. He is very well intentioned, however his English isn’t great so it slows down communication. But he’s very sweet. I tried to make bus bookings or taxi but staff wasn’t too helpful.
Overall I’d say it is worth it for the building and the location is good. You get a nice view of the fort from the rooftop cafe, but service isn’t their specialty. If, like me, you want a nice, cool room to relax in, while you sightsee, this is a good choice.
Note: this hotel is in the old town. No cars allowed, only Tuk Tuk’s. You MUST negotiate price. They’ll try and charge you 250 rs to go anywhere. For short distances, aim for 50. For larger ones, like the Bhawan, max 150!
Also, the pug is adorable.
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