Kanchan Villa

Kanchan Villa

64 Kanchan Villa Lukergunj, Allahabad 211001 India
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4.5
#1 of 1 B&B in Allahabad
4.3 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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The property is an 85 year old bungalow, beautifully restored with all modern amenities. Certified as a gold category Bed and Breakfast establishment by the tourism department, it has 6 distinctly furnished bedrooms, one family room and one suite. All rooms are fully air conditioned with modern attached bathrooms and running cold and hot water. This B & B is personally managed by the owners who live on the property and ensure that every need of the guests are meticulously looked after. It has a lounge with a fireplace and a well stocked library. The facilities include 24 hr silent power back up, in house laundry service, car parking, pick up and drop service and free wifi. Centrally located it is just 2 km from the railway station and 25 minutes from the airport.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bicycles available
Board games / puzzles
Books, DVDs, music for children
Airport transportation
Business Centre with Internet Access
BBQ facilities
Secured parking
Wifi
Car hire
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
Shoeshine
Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Safe
Bottled water
Iron
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Bridal suite
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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HOTEL CLASS
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2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mid-range
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, Hindi
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David G wrote a review Feb 2015
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Let me start by saying that I don't write a lot of reviews, and I often take the reviews that I read with a grain of salt. But for this place, all of the positive reviews are absolutely true, and even understated. Ivan and Pixie are just the warmest, sincerest, and kindest hosts you will ever find. Guests are treated more like family than guests. There is no need to go out for food - breakfast, lunch, and dinner are better than anything you will find in a restaurant. The hosts sit and schmooze with you over drinks before dinner, and then dinner is "family style" with the hosts and other guests, leading to fascinating and stimulating conversations, and new friendships. I am usually not a B&B type of person, since we like our privacy, but this place struck the perfect balance between privacy and togetherness. The place itself is lovely, beautifully and tastefully decorated with antiques and artwork, and is perfectly maintained - everything works, and there's not a spot of dirt, decay, or other blemish anywhere. The staff is great, from the drivers to the cooks, and seem to genuinely enjoy their work hosting guests. Pricing for everything is totally fair, from meals to journeys. Ivan and Pixie are wonderful, warm, loving people, and they will make sure your stay in Allahabad is perfect. From the moment we arrived with their driver waiting for us at the train coach, to the moment we left, everything was arranged to make sure we were taken care of. The room was big and comfortable, immaculate bathroom with 24/7 hot water. Honestly, its worth a trip to Allahabad just to stay at Kanchan Villa and get to know Ivan and Pixie, but do go to the Sangam, too! If you think I've exaggerated, read my other reviews, and you'll see that I tell it like it is.
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Date of stay: February 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Didn't see the other rooms, but my wife did. She said the upstairs rooms are nice with verandas.
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Response from ivanlamech, Owner at Kanchan Villa
Responded 21 Feb 2015
Dear David and Yudit, Its always nice to read good reviews, but yours was special! Thank you for taking the trouble. We are glad you enjoyed your stay here and God willing we shall meet in Orlando. Love to you both, Ivan and Pixie
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Sanjiv M wrote a review Jul 2013
Houston, Texas
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had gone to Allahabad for my father's Asthi Visharjan and had a very pleasant stay at Kanchan Villa. There is not much space around the building, but the residence is very well maintained. The decor gave me an old world British Colonial feel, which was great. The owners of the villa - Ivan and Purnima are excellent hosts. You get the feeling as if you are a guest in a relative's home which is very relaxing and very welcoming. They are genuinely good people, who enjoy sitting and talking with their guests.

I felt that the food was just excellent. Very well suited to our tastes. Homemade achars and pappads added special flavor to each meal. The kitchen personnel went out of their way in making our stay pleasant and met all our requirements with a smile.

Kanchan Villa provides transportation (at a fee) for any trips one may want to do during their stay. We went to the banks of Ganga for the rituals and the driver was helpful with local information as well.

We learnt that Kanchan Villa is also a great place for visitors who want to experience the Kumbh Mela.
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Date of stay: June 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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roelgrol wrote a review Jul 2018
Arnhem, The Netherlands
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were hosted in this marvellous villa by a gentle young staff. The villa itself dates from the 1930s and is beautifully decorated with lovely antique furniture. The bedrooms are equipped with AC. The vegetarian dinner we had here tonight was excellent: tasteful vegetables and a delicate sauce. Definitely an oasis to return to!
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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KeepSmilingUK wrote a review Apr 2018
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This large, white 1930s pile is the ancestral home of our amiable host Purnima and her husband Ivan Lamech, a charming couple whose English is impeccable and whose hospitality is second to none.

Our quiet first-floor room at the rear of this imposing property, named 'Gulmohar' after the flowering trees of that name close by, was clean, comfortable and well-equipped. Its patio with an abundance of potted plants overlooked the Lukerganj Club grounds where local boys practised their batting, bowling and fielding after school each evening.

It was a great pleasure to share Purnima and Ivan's home, which we found convenient for all we'd come to see - and reasonably priced too: (January 2018) Rs.3600 (£40/US$55) for the room per night including breakfast and with excellent, freshly-prepared vegetarian meals just an extra Rs.350 (£4/US$5.50) each.

When I return to Allahabad, I'd stay here again without hesitation.
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Date of stay: January 2018
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: If visiting during wedding season, request a room at the rear of the house as there's an...
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Esjay05 wrote a review Apr 2016
Kolkata, India
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was the best find of our trip to Allahabad. Situated in Lukerganj, which is 6 mins from the railway station, the villa is located in a residential part of the city. Kanchan villa is a B&B place but the service, food, cleanliness and warmth of the owners will leave any star rated hotel behind by miles. Named after the host's (Purnima) grandmother, the century old bungalow is Imperial India's charming legacy.The rooms are divided on the ground and first floors and each room has it's unique theme. We were thrilled to be in the Bengal Room which had the old world Calcutta charm so beautifully captured. Ivan and Purnima are extremely caring hosts and are always ready to help out with cars, sight seeing options and many stories. One has to mention the cook who made outstanding food every morning for breakfast. They have a 15% off season discount till 30th June when booked from their website. When in the city of the Nehru's, stay HERE!
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Date of stay: April 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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pensioner090 wrote a review Feb 2016
southwest England
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The reviews put us off staying in Allahabad hotels, so we looked into b&bs and found the wonderful Kanchan Villa where we spent five happy days in a large suite with our own entrance, a lovely flower covered patio and the use of a family kitchen adjacent to our sitting room. The other rooms in this huge beautifully restored family bungalow looked lovely and were large.
We were able to be as independent as we wished, but chose to eat all our meals here family style...and we were able to ask for our favourite foods each day. As we love Indian food, we were also able to try lots of new foods suggested by Purnima, the owner and our hostess. Needless to say, the food was outstanding and there was plenty of it.
Kanchan Villa is an 'establishment' with several vehicles and drivers and guides available. We were grateful for the opportunity to use the transport facilities available (at a reasonable cost) and for the help we were given in finding places we wanted to visit.
The rooms themselves are beautifully done with quality fittings and luxury bathrooms. Everything is immaculately clean and superbly maintained. It was rather like staying in a 4/5 star b&b at a very reasonable cost.
The house is well located for touring Allahabad and is in a very safe upmarket area. You can walk to the nearest main road in five minutes and pick up a rickshaw to get around if you want to or you can buy fruit and provisions from the stalls and small shops in the road.
We were looked after very well by the staff and by Purnima. We would certainly recommend Kanchan Villa to other visitors without any reservation.
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Date of stay: February 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The suite was great because we like space and wanted to be able to make simple meals.
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Devraj S wrote a review Feb 2016
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Kanchan Villa a year ago. It was a wonderful experience. The hosts, Ivan and family made our stay very comfortable and were very hospitable. Although it has been a year, the memories of our stay are fresh. Thanks Ivan.

Radhika, Seema and Devraj.
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Date of stay: February 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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chawlachirag wrote a review Jun 2014
New Delhi, India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I was in Allahabad for a business assignment for 15 days and my wife was to join me there. It was important that the accommodation we had was safe, spacious, clean and comfortable. Kanchan Villa is all of this and more. Its a bungalow with large spacious bedrooms, well appointed lounge and dining hall. Ivan & Purnima are a lovely couple and very warm hosts. They are well traveled and strike interesting conversation. Ivan has a great sense of humor and Purnima is intelligent, caring and friendly. The staff they have is also helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Kanchan Villa and would highly recommend their place if you are looking for a home-stay kind of a place.

Thanks you Ivan and Purnima for making our stay a memorable one.
We look forward to meet you again :)
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Date of stay: April 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Krishna Sankar M wrote a review Jun 2013
Bengaluru, India
4.0 of 5 bubbles
It was a short visit to Allahabad - and we are glad for opting to stay for the night in Kanchan Villa. Good clean room, services, great food and top it off with good conversation with our gracious hosts - Ivan and Purnima. Thanks much.

Regards,
Krishna
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Date of stay: June 2013
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ahobbs108 wrote a review May 2013
Uttarkashi
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I & some friends stayed for about 12 nights during the busiest time - the Kumba Mela. Purnima & Ivan are the most gracious & sincere hosts catering to our every need. Our special vegetarian food requirements were deliciously met, our need for meditation or quiet times in our rooms were automatically accepted & catered for, economical transport was smoothly organized to the Ganges River & Arial Ghat during periods of extremely heavy traffic. When we had trouble getting back at night Purnima & Ivan went out of their way to make sure everything went smoothly. For those that don't speak Hindi English is mainly spoken by the managers so there's no language problems for overseas visitors.
In short we were treated like special guests in one way & like members of the family in another way!
Kanchan Villa has a good "vastu" orientation with the street & front door entrances facing east. It also has big en-suit bathrooms & nice antique type furniture in Bengal Room I stayed in.

So our stay for the Kumba Mela really was problem free thanks to the kind & generous treatment of our wonderful hosts. A big "thank you" to you from myself & my friends. We hope to see you again on another trip - Andrew Hobbs
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Date of stay: February 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Flat at the back is very quiet & out of the way. Bengal room is next to the sitting room lounge.
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Pranish_Basu asked a question Feb 2019
Kolkata (Calcutta), India40 contributions3 helpful votes
Need the contact & email for reservation.
Pillayss asked a question Mar 2016
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India87 contributions93 helpful votes
Who is the owner of this building ?
Chennaiholidayer wrote a tip Oct 2019
Chennai (Madras), India37 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bengal room in ground floor was good"
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Theloniusmonk wrote a tip Feb 2019
Aberdare, United Kingdom47 contributions13 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"upstairs rooms looked light and opened onto a nice terrace"
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KeepSmilingUK wrote a tip Apr 2018
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom567 contributions373 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If visiting during wedding season, request a room at the rear of the house as there's an occasionally noisy wedding venue nearby."
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isha s wrote a tip Mar 2018
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bengal room"
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Rajeev K wrote a tip Mar 2018
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India3 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There's a lot of variety- antique styled Bengal Room, a Cane room, a Writer's retreat room, a suite for a family with kids etc"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kanchan Villa
Which popular attractions are close to Kanchan Villa?
Nearby attractions include Triveni Sangam Prayagraj (7.8 km), Hanuman Mandir (5.3 km), and Anand Bhavan (5.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Kanchan Villa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at Kanchan Villa?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Kanchan Villa?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kanchan Villa?
Conveniently located restaurants include El Chico, Dewsis, and Sagar Ratna Restaurant.
Does Kanchan Villa have airport transportation?
Yes, Kanchan Villa offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Kanchan Villa?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Kanchan Villa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Hindi.
Are there any historical sites close to Kanchan Villa?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Anand Bhavan (5.5 km), Khusro Bagh (6.0 km), and Allahabad Fort (3.5 km).
Is Kanchan Villa accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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