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“The Shack -- Great location to have a drink” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Park Visakhapatnam

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The Park Visakhapatnam
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Washington DC
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“The Shack -- Great location to have a drink”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2012

This hotel has a open-air bar called 'The Shack' where I had a beer (two actually) yesterday. Wow - what a location. Easily one of the best locations I have had the pleasure of having a drink and I have been to quite a few bars around in the US and to some in Europe.

I went after sun-set and sat in there. Not many people around, they trickled in later, but still it was a serene environment. It was warm and sultry and the backdrop of Dolphin's Nose with the ships docked far away, and the mist from the waves constantly hitting the rocks just 20 feet away made it an evening to savor.

What is sad is -- the hotel does not advertise The Shack prominently -- not exactly sure why.
Also The Shack is only open from 7:00 PM onwards, but I intend to go there again before 6:00 to see how the sunset dazzles this place and take some pictures and for sure I will head to the bar upstairs and get my drink to the shack and have it there. Hoping for the hotel management to not have an issue with this.

Food -- I just ordered an appetizer and did not like it much as it was heavy on the salt side. The Indians in general do like their salt :-). Hope they correct this in the future.

Looking forward to visit again.

If you go -- be prudent about your choice of drinks. I think some western brands are heavily priced, which did not matter to me as when in India I'd love my Indian drinks. Also make sure it is not an extremely warm day, more like an extremely hot day otherwise it could get uncomfortable. Of course if it does get uncomfortable you can always walk up to the bar on the 4th floor and still get a stunning view, but the warm, sultry breeze hitting your face would be missing.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2012

The hotel is very well located with a private beach. The property is well maintained, with nice rooms and professional staff.

A great plus point, I feel, is the power backup. We stayed for 3 nights there, and there were incessant power cuts. However, the generator would turn on immediately, and power is back in a blink, literally.

The buffet is not that great, specially lunch and dinner.
A-la-carte is good, and we really enjoyed their signature dish, "Chicken a-la-kiev".

There is no free internet in the rooms, but you can get a paid service.

Overall, we felt very relaxed and rejuvenated during our stay and it's a good place to be with kids and family.

Room Tip: Select rooms on the 4th floor for a better view of the sea. All rooms do face the sea, though.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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AjitGarcha, General Manager at The Park Visakhapatnam, responded to this review, 3 April 2012
Dear RashmiSaha,

Greetings from Vishakhapatnam!

Thank you for choosing to stay at The Park while recently visiting Visakhapatnam. We would like to take a moment to sincerely thank you for taking the time to write a review about your experience with us on TripAdvisor.com.

We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We are in the process of launching a new menu at Vista starting 5th April and our signature dish Chicken a la kiev on garlic 'n' parsley potato mash, continues to occupy the place of pride in our extensive new menu.

Thank you again so much for your wonderful review- we can not wait to have you stay with us again!

Always at your service,

Ajit Singh Garcha
Executive Manager
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2012

I am a 40 year old professor from Canada. I stayed here for 1 night on business. The room was immaculate and sleek as were all the common area. The view from the room overlooking the sea was also beautiful -- ask for a room that is high up. The buffet food was only average however. The staff were all very friendly and professional. The grounds were very well maintained and beautiful. This was a 5-star hotel, but I only paid $100/night on Agoda.com, so I consider this excellent value. My only complaint was that the hotel, though located on the ocean, had a beach that smelled like raw human sewage. There must be an sewer valve from the city nearby. It was only a problem when I was close to the water and then it was very strong. Don't ever expect to go into the water or sit on the beach at this place (or likely at other nearby hotel). I suspect if you want a beach resort that you have to leave the city.

I didn't feel that there was much to walk to though the hotel can arrange taxis or private cars.

Anyway, excellent value for the money but stay away from the beach itself.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
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AjitGarcha, General Manager at The Park Visakhapatnam, responded to this review, 22 March 2012
Dear MNRJSS,

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at The Park, Visakhapatnam.

It is our endeavour to provide the best to our esteemed guests always. Your feedback on food has been shared with our kitchen team.

We look forward to have you visit us again soon.

Best Regards
Ajit Singh Garcha
Executive Manager
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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

There was a problem with our room on the day we arrived, but the staff was especially apologetic and for the remainder of our stay they worked hard to make sure we had a good stay. That is great customer service and was much appreciated.

The rooms are not large, but comfortable. The gym is nice, especially for India. The highlight for me and my family was the breakfasts. Good Indian selections (sambar, idly, etc) and good "European" (reminded me of things you'd get in a European hotel vs an American one) selections (scrambled eggs, passable pancakes, pastries, etc).

One thing that was lacking from the staff was local knowledge. They weren't able to give great information on other restaurants in Vizag, or the cost of a taxi to the airport, or the locations of specific streets, etc. That was a little annoying, but not a deal-breaker.

Overall, a nice hotel that works to make you feel comfortable.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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AjitGarcha, General Manager at The Park Visakhapatnam, responded to this review, 5 March 2012
Dear alotau

We are delighted to hear that you had an enjoyable stay at The Park, Visakhapatnam.

We continually strive to give the best of service and facilities to our guests. We have noted your concern about lack of local knowledge among front line staff, we assure you that the same will be refreshed in our upcoming training sessions.

We eagerly look forward to seeing you and your guests again soon.

Thank you once again for choosing to stay with us.

Best Regards

Ajit Singh Garcha
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Bengaluru, India
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2012

We just left Visakhapatnam yesterday. I was rather sad to leave. This hotel offers a nice personable touch that can't be offered by other huge luxury hotels. All requests were attended to with a smile in a professional manner & with surprisingly quick response time. The laundry service was meticulous. We found their computer specialists to be extremely knowledgeable. The spa massages were excellent. The food was very enjoyable. All in all, I would highly recommend "The Park" in Visakhapatnam, India. The staff and the view make it quite special!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
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Additional Information about The Park Visakhapatnam

Property: The Park Visakhapatnam
Address: East Point Colony Road, Visakhapatnam (Vizag) 530003, India
Region: India > Andhra Pradesh > Visakhapatnam (Vizag)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Visakhapatnam (Vizag)
#2 Spa Hotel in Visakhapatnam (Vizag)
#2 Luxury Hotel in Visakhapatnam (Vizag)
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Visakhapatnam (Vizag)
#6 Business Hotel in Visakhapatnam (Vizag)
#6 Family Hotel in Visakhapatnam (Vizag)
Price range (per night): ₹ 5,963 - ₹ 17,822
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Park Visakhapatnam 4.5*
Number of rooms: 66
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Park Visakhapatnam is an urban beach resort overlooking the Bay of Bengal. The surrounding scenic beauty is a treat to the senses and creates a very tranquil atmosphere ideal for unwinding after a hard day’s work. The resort has a private beach area and beautifully manicured gardens with tiled pavilions.One may be forgiven to think that this resort is primarily for the leisure tourist however this is not the case, in fact quite the opposite - majority of the hotel’s guests come on work-related activities. The hotel is conveniently located and offers swift access to the city’s local railway and airport facilities (15 and 30 mins away respectively by car).The dining experience that you get here offers an unparalleled experience enhanced by the backdrop of orange sunsets and the glittering calmness of the sea. Bamboo Bay in its refurbished avatar reflects the rich ethnic heritage of East Indian tribal culture in a uniquely chic way. While Vista offers a highly appetising spread ranging from Pan-Indian to authentic Italian gourmet food. ... more   less 
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