We reached Munsiyari after a long days drive from Pithoragarh. It was almost dusk & we missed out on checking the Kumaon Mandal run Hotel & instead drove straight to Zara Resort as the Wayfarer Resort on the way was best left by the way.
Although the Hotel was empty (at this time of the year, they usually are), the manager was adamant that he would not give us more then 40% discount on the rack rates but as we were tired, we just checked in. Only ONE room in the entire hotel has a view of the magnificent Panchchuli mountains. We occupy 3 rooms & suddenly the hotel occupancy shoots up from zero to 30%!!!
The manager instructs the skeletal staff to turn on the boiler so that we may get some hot water for a much needed shower. One hour & tons of buckets of cold water later, some hot water at last!
The rooms are pathetic with threadbare carpets & plastic sheets hammered on to thin brick walls(???). No need for intercoms. Even a whisper can be heard in the next room. No wardrobes to hang your clothes in. The bathroom are gloomy, dirty & with plastic doors that look like thin sheets with an aluminium frame to hold them. But at least they provide us with room heaters & electric blankets.
The food is ok types but then we are really hungry & can't complain. Beware! At this time of the year, only potatoes & lentils are available. Maybe one or two green veggies.
In the morning, the passage outside the rooms are like small streams. The hot water geyser outside the only room "with a view" is leaking. The exposed wiring is reason enough to be scared. But no one from the hotel seems worried. Maintainance is pits!
The staff isn't very friendly but at least they are not hostile. Thank *** for small mercies! We had all meals in the restaurant & can safely say the food was tolerable.
Check out after 2 days & drive straight to the Kumaon Mandal run hotel. Beautiful Hotel, great rooms & fantastic view of the maountains from every room. The new wing has sit outs in every room to sit & watch the sunrise & sunset. Very friendly staff too. The older wing has large rooms with all modern amenities. The whole building has great character. How we regret not having stopped here first!!!!
- Also Known As:
- Zara Resort Munsyari, Uttarakhand