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“A Garbage Dump, avoid it at all cost!”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Zara Resort

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Zara Resort
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Munsyari
Mumbai, India
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“A Garbage Dump, avoid it at all cost!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2010

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!!!!

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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220 reviews
63 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2007

The hotel is a real dump but it was a place to sleep -- albeit in my clothes and travel sheet. For those who have been trekking for a week or more it must seem like a comfortable place to arrive at -- and you have your sleeping bag. The food was decent, the view was nice, there were photo ops from the roof. The town of Munsyari is some distance away so there are no shops nearby for purchases. The views to and from Munsyari are as spectacular as any in the Himalayan foothills.

Stayed October 2007
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Property: Zara Resort
Address: Munsyari, India
Region: India > Uttarakhand > Munsyari
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Munsyari
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