Hotel Sapna International is ideal for those who don’t mind roughing it out and are not too squeamish.
We chose to take an air-conditioned room (INR 900) to get some respite from the intense summer heat of Bidar after exploring the lovely ruins of the town’s massive fort. Our expectations were not set too high, but our overall experience was quite mixed.
For starters, we discovered that the television, the little refrigerator and the toilet flush tank were out of order. We brought this to the attention of the manager, who thankfully had them all fixed by the time we returned.
The room is rather small, but adequate and fairly clean. There was a television, a small refrigerator, a cupboard, a bed (that took up most of one half of the room), a small table, two chairs and a one-legged table that was attached to the wall.
The location is another plus. It is about 500 meters away from Bidar bus station and a 10-minute autorickshaw ride away from Bidar Fort (INR 20-25)
The hotel does not have a restaurant of its own. However, a vegetarian restaurant- Kamat, is on the ground floor of the commercial complex in which the hotel is located. The food is decent and reasonably priced. You will also find a number of menus of other restaurants in one of the drawers, and the staff can arrange to deliver the food to your room.
The bathrooms were terrible and the maintenance seems to have been absolutely zero. The flush tank was old and barely worked, the fittings were dirty, the tub was filthy (I had a bath wearing my floaters), the shower was missing, the hand shower pipe was leaky and the floor was badly stained.
In addition, the ventilator does not connect to the outside, but to the next bathroom! So all the noise our neighbours made even in their rooms could be heard by us.
The bed sheets seemed to be old. Our pillow covers were full of holes but seemed ‘reasonably’ clean otherwise. The one-legged table was not properly nailed into the wall and fell over while we were preparing to leave.
Two of the switches in the switchboard were missing and the wires were clearly visible (not something you’d want to touch in the middle of the night when groping for the light!)
Our floor was filled with several extremely noisy revellers of a wedding party. Despite the hotel prohibiting alcohol, I did smell it when I stepped out of the room and even saw a whole lot of assorted bottles being cleared out the next day. During such times, I’d advise that women remain indoors to avoid unnecessary trouble.
Overall, we had a fairly peaceful stay and recommend the place only if you don’t mind roughing it out. Else it’s best that you finish your exploration of Bidar Fort and head back to Hyderabad.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Sapna International Bidar, Karnataka