The Swosti is a better-than-average hotel with very average service in a excellent location. The reception was quite friendly and prompt.
The room was, well, OK. Nothing fancy, and nothing you would remember very particularly. But then, you go to the beach for the beach and not for the Hotel. In that sense, the hotel is OK.
The attached restaurant is also OK (you have to either order in advance or wait about 30 minutes to be served). The view from the restaurant were horrible (it had no view and all the curtains were drawn).
Am I being picky or was it really average ? OK, let me describe why the average rating. The restaurant cannot be approached from within the Hotel by guest. Why > Because the vegetable are stored in the pathway by the kitchen. So one steps out of the Hotel and then steps back in - this is not expected of a good Hotel. Hence, the average rating.
The wifi password was common to all guests and was handed to me on a bit of paper - highly insecure. And very average.
That is also a shame because the Swosti Premium in Bhubaneswar which is a Group Hotel is so much better.
The Gopalpur beach in the evening was quite nice. But when, swept away by the romantic thought of seeing the fisher men off next morning, we decided to re-visit the beach in the morning there was this disgusting sight of neat piles of human excreta all along the beach. The sea would reach one of these and it would vanish , leaving a nice clean spot behind. Then you had to recall that this was the beach and this was the sea water in which you had splashed about yesterday with such enjoyment.
Suddenly I did not want to come back to splash around in the sea at Gopalpur again.
Are there no standards which the local administration has to maintain for a beach where so many visitors play and splash about in sea water that is clearly highly contaminated by human faecal matter ?
Highly unsafe beach, healthwise.
I was looking forward to the fresh sea food on the beach one usually gets at the sea front. Unfortunately, the sea food was there but it wasn't very fresh at all. The crabs and fish and prawns were obviously stocked from earlier that day - I tried a plate and come away convinced I should not have tried it. So, somewhat disappointed on that front too. More so because I grew up in Berhampur and I remembered a much cleaner beach (though it was less developed in my childhood about 40 years ago).
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- Also Known As:
- Swosti Palm Hotel Gopalpur On Sea
- Swosti Palm Resort Gopalpur On Sea, Odisha