I actually stayed at the hotel in Dec 08.
The service was fantastic, both staff and the manager treated us with lots of respect. There wasn't any WIFI, however the manager was kind enough to allow me to use his office to send some mails and upload pics onto the net, which was really appreciated.
The room was clean and spacious with a good aircon system, TV and usual facilities - my mum and sister had the double bed while I slept on a mattress provided by the hotel with no fuss (we pre-booked this arrangement). The bathroom wasn't huge but it was cleaned every day, and we had hot water at all times which a bath and power shower. Our window overlooked the main street which was always noisy, but I didn't mind that too much as you get the local vibe below, and it has a small balcony too.
The location was great, as a tourist I was pretty much within walking distance of shops and restaurants which have 'siesta' opening times, as well as the 'chawpatti' beach. Anywhere else was a very cheap and short rickshaw ride away, which included the business district and Manek Chowk, the latter locating the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi.
Being on the coast, Porbandar gets a little smelly at night, however this of course is not the hotel's fault! If I didn't feel like going out or staying in the room I lounged in the reception area reading papers and chinwagging with their very friendly staff on the desks, who always smiled :) There is also a restaurant upstairs with a diverse menu to suit all tastes, and the food was fantastic and reasonably priced.
As this was my first trip to India I was prepared for the worst. In fact I was spoiled by the Kuber, which was my first hotel, and I didn't appreciate it until I went to Dwarka four days later and experienced the horror show that is the Hotel Damji! On my return I could have practically kissed the steps of the Kuber! (although not recommended!).
I would definitely recommend this hotel.
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